One of the best ways for children to learn their letters is through multi-sensory experiences.  By creating letters for themselves in a variety of media, they are expanding their exposure to the shapes and strokes necessary to learn their alphabet.  So, why not make it a truly delicious experience with edible letters?

Alphabet cookies can be made with pre-made dough from the store or with any plain sugar cookie or peanut butter-type recipe (see below for my favorite!).  Roll the dough into 1.5 inch balls, then have the child roll the balls into “snakes” about 8 inches long.  Shape the snakes into letters and follow the directions for baking on the package.  It might be necessary to add a couple of minutes to the baking time; keep an eye on the cookies while they are cooking.  This is also a great way to work with shapes and numbers as well.

JUDY’S ALPHABET COOKIE DOUGH RECIPE

1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c light corn syrup
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c unsifted flour

In a large bowl, beat margarine, corn syrup, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla at medium speed until smooth.  Lower the speed and gradually add flour until well blended.  It might be necessary to chill the dough for about an hour or until it is easy to handle.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place dough on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on racks.  These cookies may be stored in a tightly covered container for up to 3 weeks.