Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall is Baking Time: What Child Doesn't Love Homemade Cookies?

What combines art, math, reading, creative thinking, science, sensory experiences, and social skills, and results in delightful treats for the family and friends? Cooking! Let your youngsters engage in this activity with you – a lot of learning goes on in your own cozy kitchen.

These cookies are not crispy or chewy, but cake-like with healthy ingredients such as orange juice, dried cranberries and nuts (your choice or omit if you wish). They make a great dessert, snack with milk, and adults love them with their coffee or tea too.

Ingredients you will need:

½ lb. butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups chopped nuts
1 ½ cups dried cranberries
1 cup orange juice
3 ½ cups cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

What to do:

  1. Beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer until well blended.
  2. Add the egg and beat again.
  3. Mix in the orange juice and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour a little at a time until the entire amount is mixed.
  5. Fold in the cranberries and nuts.
  6. Drop by tablespoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in a 450-degree oven.

Note: all ovens vary so check the cookies for doneness in the shortest time so they do not burn.
Make cooking and baking a family activity. Children learn so much by doing and the bonding is memorable!

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