Kids at home for Spring Break? Looking for some delicious fun at home to occupy the day? Look no further than your own kitchen! Over the next weeks, Spring Break will be taking place all around the country. Take advantage of time together at home and start baking -up some sweet memories.
Today’s theme is Cookies. Every day in our Batter Up Kids Spring Break Cooking Camps we have a different theme for our baking and cooking classes. The entire cooking camp this year is centered around traveling to different cities…even if the city is fictional such as our “Cookie City” theme is today. There’s lots of fun and festivity in our classes and kids walk away with good eats and sweet memories. Here are our 3 recipes for the day!
1 gift jar makes 12 brownies
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini candy-coated chocolate M&M’s
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Let’s Start Creating!
1. Spoon cocoa powder into bottom of glass jar. Top with granulated sugar. Add chocolate chips to jar, forming an even layer.
2. Spoon 1/2 cup candy-coated baking bits over the chocolate chips. Add brown sugar; pack down lightly with a spoon. Top the brown sugar with flour. Sprinkle salt onto flour.
3. Wrap the remaining M&M’s in plastic wrap and add to the jar. Seal jar tightly with the lid.
Write the following instructions on the index card and attach to the jar with ribbon:
Baking Instructions for Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
1. Grease 9-inch square baking pan. Remove packet of M&M’s and reserve.
2. In a 2-cup glass measure, pour 2/3 cup vegetable oil; stir in 3 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.3. In a large bowl, empty contents of jar and stir together. Pour in oil mixture and stir until well moistened.
4. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved baking bits. Bake for 30 minutes.Remove brownies from oven and cool 10 minutes, cut into 12 squares and serve with a big glass of ice cold milk!
Groovy Granola Bars
Makes 24 bars
4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup all-purpose flour (or ½ cup whole wheat flour and ½ cup all-purpose flour)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup butter (not margarine) softened
3/4 cup honey
1 cup dried raisins, cranberries, blueberries, or apples
½ cup sunflower seeds, almonds, or other nuts
Let’s Start Baking!
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the dried fruit and nuts. Mix well with an electric mixer until all ingredients are incorporated.
3. Get your muscles ready. This stuff is thick! Stir in the fruit and nuts until they are mixed into the oatmeal dough. Scoop out dough and press into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
5. Lift foil on the sides to remove the entire batch from the pan.
6. Cut into bars and cool another 10 minutes before removing cut bars from foil. Store in an air-tight container or individually wrap each one in plastic wrap so they’re ready to go when you are!
Kid-friendly kitchen tips:
1. If working with a group of kids have each child measure and pour in a different ingredient.
2. Let kids sample the dried fruits as they add to the mix and if possible have the same fruits available for them to try samples of the fresh fruits compared to the dried fruit.
3. Discuss how fruits are dried and why they are dried (they keep longer and often have a higher nutrient value than fresh fruits!)
Fancy Fortune Cookies
Makes 12 fortune cookies
12 (2-inch) pieces of paper for fortunes
1 package refrigerated pie crusts
2 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch sprinkled on work area
1 tablespoon water
Colored decorating sugars, each one in a small saucer
Let’s Get Baking!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line sheet pans with foil and spray with cooking spray.
1. Write a note of good fortune or draw little symbols (a sun, moon, heart, flower, and so on) on each piece of paper approximately 1/1/2 -2 in length with a pen or nontoxic marker.
2. Unfold 1 pie crust at a time and place on work area. Turn over crust to dust both sides with cornstarch. Flatten and smooth out wrinkles with rolling pin. With a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 4 to 6 circles per pie crust. You may re-roll scraps if you wish.
3. Put 1 fortune in the center of each circle and fold in half. Then fold the semi-circle in half.
4. Brush each fortune cookie with a little water to moisten. Dip one side of each cookie into a colored sugar and place on cookie sheet, sugar side up. Place cookies 2 inches apart.
5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Carefully take from oven and cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.
Good fortune is coming your way!
Kids-Friendly Kitchen Tips:
1. Make sure the pie crusts are well-chilled.
2. Construction paper and computer both work for the fortune paper…neither will burn.
3. You can also cut –out a free hand large circle (6-8 inches in diameter) and make a GIANT Fortune cookie!
4. Melt white or chocolate candy coating or use canned icing and dip one end into the coating or icing and decorate with sprinkles instead of dipping in colored sugars before baking.
An easy cookie for even the youngest child, but sophisticated enough for teenagers.