Saturday, September 3, 2011

Baking For Fun

By the time your son or daughter is nine years old, they are old enough to begin learning the basics of cooking.

One way to do this is cookie baking. What kid doesn't love cookies? Pick a simple recipe that they can easily follow. Oatmeal cookies are a good choice because they can be either dropped or rolled into balls and placed on the cookie sheet. This can be time for a math lesson in factions as well. They can also learn that each stick is 1/2 cup of butter and two sticks is one cup of butter. All of these little lessons will be useful later on.

Baking cookies is also a good memory maker. It doesn't have to be a holiday for this to be a special time. It is important to explain safety in the kitchen, and closely supervise the child around the oven. Then there is the responsibility of cleaning up after the "fun" of baking and before eating the cookies!

Make it fun..keep it simple and enjoy!


Just a note...a "silpat" or other silicone mat makes cookie baking even simpler...clean up is easier too!


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
raisins or nuts (optional)


1. In a medium bowl, cream together white sugar, butter, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

2. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda,and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. If you are using nuts or raisins, mix into dough, combining well. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Let the child pick a fancy plate to put the cookies on and encourage them to share. My little one wanted to take some to the neighbors....spread a little love!

Makes approx. 36-60 cookies, depending on how large or small you make them.

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