Friday, May 14, 2010

My Own Batch of Cookies


OK, folks, I have a really simple way for you to make cookies if you have more than one child. You know that kids don’t want to be told, “Susie, you can add the baking soda after Joe puts in the flour...” They want to do the whole thing by themselves, and at least once a year, they should! (After all, baking is a great opportunity for learning math skills: measuring, fractions, lining up rows and columns on the cookie sheet for “skip counting” etc.)

In stations on the kitchen table and/or counters, set out the ingredients (and a measuring cup or spoon for each one) in the order they are listed. Then send each child through the production line with a mixing bowl and a recipe card (and possibly an older helper). They can choose which optional ingredients to stir into their own batch.

Cream with a mixer:

1/2 cup shortening (butter, margarine, etc.)
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar

Add and mix well:

1-1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Optional: 1/4 cup chocolate chips, nuts, peanut butter, raisins, coconut

Drop by the spoonful onto cookie sheets or press into a greased or sprayed 9"x13" baking pan. Bake at 350ยบ for 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Be prepared for a sticky but happy mess!

(I found this article, written by me, in the very old archives of my Hope Chest e-magazine.  I've got to try this again!)

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