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CELEBRATE NATIONAL COOKIE CUTTER WEEK & NATIONAL COOKIE CUTTER DAY!

National Cookie Cutter Week is the first week of December. Friday, December 4th is National Cookie Day. Would you say “perfect timing” for the forthcoming holiday cookie- baking frenzy?!

1. Check-out everything you want to know about National Cookie Cutter Week at  http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/national_cookie_cutter_week.html

2. For tips, tricks and techniques on how to make, bake and decorate perfect cookies go to the Best Ever Cookie Collection http://www.best-ever-cookie-collection.com/how-to-make-perfect-cookies.html

3.  Buy all kinds of cookie cutter sets and create a kid-friendly cookie making center in your home kitchen at  Kids Cooking Shop http://www.kidscookingshop.com/cook-bake-decorate/cookie-making-supplies

4. To purchase beautiful and delicious gourmet cookies check–out Cookies by Shar http://www.cookiesbyshar.com/home.htm

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Cupcake of the Month! 

The kids will have a Holly Jolly good time baking and decorating these delectable and darling Holly Jolly Gingerbread Cupcakes. The  perfect cupcake for all the kids holiday parties, the recipe and decorating tips can be found at http://www.kidscookingshop.com on the Home Page-Cupcake of the Month.

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The Great American Bake Sale’s mission is to end childhood hunger in America. Please stay tuned to our blog for updates about the 2010 GABS next spring.  We’ll show you how to start your own neighborhood bake  sale and provide exclusive kid-friendly bake sale recipes for your kids and their friends to bake-up together for a good cause.

Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is not far away, but I continue to have fun celebrating all of the “food” holidays we have in America and Saturday is National Cake Day. What’s a birthday without a birthday cake? What’s a wedding without the wedding cake…Cakes are indeed the celebration!  

Here’s a step-by-step video created for the Modern Mom website http://www.modernmom.com/ on Easy Cake Decorating for Kids. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn5YFoX59Es

And for all your cake and cupcake decorating supplies, check out everything at http://www.kidscookingshop.com/cook-bake-decorate

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Gingerbread Day is Saturday, November 21. ..And what a great day it is!! While visions of sugarplums dance in some people’s heads, visions of gingerbread men dance in mine. I made up my first batch of gingerbread  this morning and made them into big fat Thanksgiving Day turkeys  to use as place cards with piped icing names on each one for our guests at our Thanksgiving Feast. Here is my all-time favorite Gingerbread Cookie recipe from my Batter Up Kids  Delicious Desserts Cookbook. I have used this recipe for over 30 years and I hope you enjoy making (and eating!) these as much as my family and I do. Take a look at all of the adorable and festive Gingerbread -related products http://www.kidscookingshop.com/cook-bake-decorate/kids-holiday-baking-supplies 

HOLLY JOLLY GINGERBREAD COOKIES
Makes 24 (2-inch) cookies
 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
3/4 cup molasses
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Powdered sugar for rolling out dough
Assorted candies and decorating sprinkles
Let’s Start Mixing-up some cookie dough!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside until ready to use.
1.In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, egg, and molasses.
2. Stir in dry ingredients and mix completely. Cover bowl and put in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
3. Take out small portions, about 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup, of the cookie dough, and roll out 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness. Use powdered sugar instead of flour to roll out cookie dough. It won’t toughen cookies as flour does if too much is used.
4. Decorate cookies using candy and sprinkles or leave plain and ice and decorate after baked.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. Remove from oven.
6. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and carefully remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool another 10 minutes before using icing and decorating.

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 Christmas Gifts for the Little Chef! At Batter Up Kids Cooking Shop we’re cooking –up some festive and kid-friendly holidays!  There’s a site I’d like for you to check-out called ChefMom http://chefmom.sheknows.com/ it is full of helpful “foodie” information of all sorts and has tons of kid-friendly recipes. Wondering what to get the little chef in your life for Christmas? Kitchen gadgets, cookbooks and cooking classes for kids are at the top of ChefMom’s gift list! Check this out and let us know what you think. http://chefmom.sheknows.com/featured/2009/11/16/christmas-gifts-for-the-little-chef/ .

Pink Princess Cooking products  http://www.kidscookingshop.com/barbaras-pink-princess-series

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National Bread Day reminds me of sharing and taking time to enjoy life’s simplest pleasures- spending time in the kitchen with family you love. My grandma and mom made the best homemade bread and coffee cakes—Every week; was I ever a lucky little girl! To honor them and National Bread Day, I ask that you and your kids make and take time this week to bake some homemade goodies and share with a neighbor, a friend,  a family member or a person who is in need of some loving care . What a wonderful way to teach kids to help those less fortunate. Contact Kids Café   http://feedingamerica.org/our-network/network-programs/kids-cafe.aspx , or Share Our Strength http://strength.org/ to find out what you can do to share some food and bring someone hope for the holidays.

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bowlspumpkinbreadThis is  National Homemade Bread Day! After teaching kids to cook for the past 25 years, I have never met a child who did not love to make bread dough and bake up a batch of homemade bread. And what a perfect time of the year to learn to bake bread…Just in time for the Thanksgiving Holidays. Check out this wonderful site chocked full or baking resources and recipes galore for kids and grown-up alike. http://www.homebaking.org/recipes/index.html#biscuits 

Start mixing-up some homemade bread dough and other Holiday baked goods in this colorful set of mixing bowls – great for kids and parents too. http://www.kidscookingshop.com/cook-bake-decorate/mix-measure 

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