Olive Us: Episode 14: Hand Cookies

November 29, 2012

By Gabrielle.

Come make hand cookies! No cookie cutter required.

I loved working on this episode. Making hand cookies was a family tradition when I grew up and I remember it fondly. I loved the feel of the butter knife moving around my fingers, and I loved seeing my very own cookie — that was just my size (with my initials carved in!) —emerging from the oven. And most of all I loved decorating the hand with rings and bracelets made of sprinkles and candy pearls.

If you have a favorite cut-out cookie recipe, it will probably work just fine for these cookies. Or you can find my mother’s recipe here.

Some fun facts about this episode: The Grandma is my mother, Donna. She no longer owns the home I grew up in, but that recipe box? metal rolling pin? Those are the very same I grew up with. Seeing them makes me so nostalgic! And seeing the actual recipe card we used, in my mother’s fantastic hand-writing, is my favorite part.

Enjoy the video. Three cheers for baking with Grandma!

P.S. — For aprons in a pinch, we grabbed dish towels and tied them on with ribbon and twill tape. Easy (and cute!).

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1 Melissa November 29, 2012 at 9:07 am

My two year old loves this video! He’s asked to watch it about sixteen times. I love the idea of these cookies too; we’re totally going to make some this year. Thanks for sharing!

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2 Design Mom November 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

Yay! I never get tired of hearing that the videos are a hit with the little ones. Thanks, Melissa.

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3 Rachel November 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

This made me happy Gabby.

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4 Design Mom November 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

Good. Miss you guys.

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5 Jennifer November 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

Adorable! Definitely making this weekend!!

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6 Design Mom November 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

I hope your kids will love it as much as I did when I was a kid.

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7 Lara November 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

What a wonderful video! The direction and quality is just so perfect. What kind of equipment do you use?

Thanks!

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8 Design Mom November 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thank you, Lara! We work with Tiger in a Jar, a husband-wife team based in SLC, for Olive Us videos. They’re so talented! They used Canon DSLR equipment. Their website is tigerinajar.com

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9 shadygrove November 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

Oh, this might be my favorite Olive Us yet! So sweet, with your mom in the picture! And I love how the kids’ cookies reflect them so perfectly, too. Darling. Makes me want to bake cookies early!

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10 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:30 am

I agree about how the cookies reflect each child. Makes me happy!

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11 Tara November 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

Next time we make sugar cookies I’m definitely making hand cookies, it’s such a sweet idea! I think my two year old will love it.

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12 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

Yes! Though it’s sometimes hard for the 2 year old to understand how to keep their hand still for the tracing. We’ve found if we model it first on a big kid or a grownup, then June was more into it. : ) Happy baking!

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13 Summer November 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

This choked me up – I’m think it’s a combination of not having grandparents anymore (those recipe cards!!!), not having any pleasant cooking experiences growing up, seeing Betty Blair all grown up, and being a hormonal woman. Hahahahaha! That’s very cute and sweet though! We did get to make cement stepping stones though, that were a ton of fun – we’d dip our hands in and then decorate with whatever we could find (including broken glass, but we were old enough to be careful at that age). I always had rings and painted nails and bracelets!

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14 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:33 am

The recipe cards do me in too! I do almost all my baking from internet recipes and books. I was so sad to realize my kids won’t have our favorite recipes in my hand-writing. : (

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15 tere November 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Lovely tradition, Gaby!! And your beautiful mom is enjoying passing it. This must be a threat to watch for you! I should tape my mom working with my kids one of these days…

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16 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:33 am

It makes me want to have my video camera on all. the. time.

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17 Starr November 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

That is ridiculously cute.

I see beauty in the opening shots of your mother’s hands…hands that have worked hard & continue to act with love.

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18 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:34 am

It’s true. My mother’s hands have worked hard.

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20 Kjersten November 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Gabby, I loved, loved, loved this episode! I loved seeing your mom on camera with your kids, passing on a fun tradition with them. This will for sure be a treasured video for you and your kids.

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21 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:35 am

I love seeing comments from you, Kjersten! When I see the j, I know it’s you.

I would love to see video of your mother sewing. All my 4-H skills came from your mom!

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22 Gina November 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I just have to comment today. I love these little videos so much! They inspire me to be a better parent. We are just starting our family (1 six month old, and 1 on the way!) and it’s refreshing to see families and siblings doing fun, constructive, worthwhile activities together that promote bonding, friendship, and love. I love to see families like yours, who are more real life, and less Disney channel. The Blair family is very inspiring! Thank you so much.

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23 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:36 am

Oh Gina. Ben Blair just read me your comment aloud while I was making breakfast for the kids. You made our day! Thank you.

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24 Jennifer Jordan Burns November 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

SO happy and wonderful!!! Looking forward to making with my children. Thank you for the inspiration!

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25 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:36 am

High-five for hand cookies!

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26 Carter Higgins November 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Love.

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27 Design Mom November 30, 2012 at 12:37 am

Thank you, Carter.

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28 Jenny also November 30, 2012 at 7:31 am

What fun idea! I love that it’s do simple and personalizable! Play dates haven been getting little wild around her recently. Next time things get crazy I’m busting out the mixing bowls!

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29 Whitney December 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I will definitely be making these cookies with my kids! What a fun idea! Does your mom mind sharing the recipe?

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30 Design Mom December 6, 2012 at 3:16 am

Happy to share! You can find the recipe here:

http://oliveus.tv/ep-14-hand-cookies-with-grandma/

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31 Sadie R March 8, 2013 at 12:18 am

I love Olive’s cardigan!

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