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-You're watching Real Moms, Real Moments on Parents TV. From the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens in Minneapolis, here's Julie O'Claire. -Hello again. It is the season. The holidays are here and there is no better time to connect with your loved ones especially in the kitchen. Just ask today's Real Mom. -Hi. I'm Janna and I'm a Real Mom. And today, I'm in the kitchen with Grant, my 6-year-old and Meredith, my 4-year-old and we are baking snow-capped tree cookies. We love baking cookies together because it brings us together during the holidays, gives us something to do that we all can get involved and enjoy. It gets a little messy, but that's okay. That's what we do. We like spending time together in the kitchen. Are you guys ready to make some holiday cookies? -Yeah. -Yeah. -Okay. Grant, I'm going to have you start. You put the cookie dough mix in the- in the bowl here. The reason we picked this recipe is because it's easy. It's fun. It's something that the kids and I can all do together. -Can I make it? -Yes, now. Sure. You put it in the melted butter. Good job. Thank you. It's an easy recipe. You start with the mix from Betty Crocker. You put in an egg. You mix in your almond flavor, some flour and roll it out. That is the green food coloring. Why do you think we should put some of that in here? -Because these trees are green. -Because these trees are green. Exactly. When I'm in the kitchen and we're baking, I have to have a game plan. I have to have things measured in advance, make sure that I've got it even so they both can participate. Makes it easy to pour. Give somebody something easy to do so they can feel like they're involved. This is your tree trunk. We're gonna put it underneath the tree just like this. Oh, I think they look awesome. Let's go ahead and get them ready for the oven. -Cookies! Cookies! -Okay. I think it sounds like you're ready. I've got the cookies out of the oven and they're cooled. The kids get to dip the cookies in the white chocolate. It tastes great and make the kids do a little sprinkling on top. And then the sprinkles. One of the things that we love about the recipe is that, with all the hustle and bustle that happens during the holidays with going places and then the programs and the kids' activities and the shopping and the stores late and all the crowd, to be able to come together and, in 20 minutes, spend time together, bake cookies, create a tradition and being together in the kitchen is just great. I hope to be an inspiration to my kids. What I want, most of all, is for them to be happy and I know that, by participating in things that they do and letting them do things that I do, that makes them feel more responsible. It encourages them to try things and it also helps me remember that, in the big picture of life, they will matter most. Oh, thank you. That was fun. Merry Christmas! I love you. You wanna eat more cookies? I love you. -Ready to make snow-capped tree cookies like today's Real Mom? Visit bakelifesweeter.com for this recipe and more.