Mr Cookie Baker

Last week we went to the public library twice. I forgot how much fun it is to find new books. One of the ones we checked out is called Mr Cookie Baker. The words are simple enough for Arora to read the the pictures are well done. My favorite part of the book is that it includes four of Mr Cookie Baker’s recipes.

So far we have tried two of them, Sugar and Oatmeal. The sugar cookies were good Arora and her cousins had a good time frosting and decorating them.

The oatmeal cookies were the best oatmeal cookies I had ever made. Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup butter

1 C brown sugar

1 egg

1 TBS milk

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup flour (we used whole wheat)

1 cup oats

1/2 cup raisins ( we used 1 cup chocolate covered raisins. yum!)

heat oven to 350

cream butter and sugar. Mix in egg and milk. then mix in spices and flour. Add oatmeal and then raisins. Drop on cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.

I found these to be super soft, almost crumbly soft, which is the way I like my cookies. The chocolate covered raisins were a great addition because the chocolate melted into the cookie dough.

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The Gingerbread Man

We have copy of “The Gingerbread Man” that Arora has been quite enamored with lately. So I decided to have us make some gingerbread cookies. The recipe we used was not great, really dry and crisp. Arora didn’t mind and has been snaking on them for a few days. She also is very insistent on everything having two eyes, a nose and a mouth. So this was a good activity for her.

cake mix cookies

Today David had a review at work and I wanted to make him something special. I decided on an easy cake mix cookie recipe.  I found this recipe and decided to give it a try.

1 package of cake mix (any flavor) We used devils food cake
1 large egg
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of chopped nuts, raisins, oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chips, M&M’S® etc. (anything you like in cookies)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine cake mix, egg, oil, and water. Beat until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredient (s).

Drop by teaspoon about 1 inch apart onto greased cooke sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until done.

Makes about 4 dozen. Yummy!

I added an additional TBS of water and oil, the dough was very stiff still.  I normally do not like nuts in my cookies but David loves them. We added 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. 

We baked them for about 13 minutes. We like cookies on the softer side. Arora was only interested in eating the nuts and chocolate chips today. Not the most helpful, but she is 2 and still learning. The cookies come out quite lumpy so I would advise flattening the dough before you bake it. We gobbled these up right away.  They are great with a tall glass of cold milk.

Help Momma make cookies!

I have fond memories of helping my mother make cookies. I have four siblings, of course all of us wanted to help. We would all crowd around the Kitchen Aid Mixer and wait to lick the bowl.

Looking in the bowl

Now I take time every few days to cook with my daughter. There is so much to learn about in the kitchen.  Safety, following directions, scooping, pouring, stirring, the list goes on. Last evening I asked Arora (in ASL) if she wanted to help me make dessert. After a moment she exclaimed “Help Momma make cookies!”

We made a tried and true peanut butter cookie recipe.

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup peanut butter
pinch of salt

Cream butters and sugars together, then add dry ingredients. Mix well. Dough will be soft. Plop onto cookie sheet and press with a fork. Bake for 13-15 minutes. These store well for up to 5 days if in an airtight container.having a taste

When cooking together we will pull a chair next to the counter and pull the Kitchen Aid Mixer close so she can see. Then we will go to the pantry and get out all the ingredients.  Arora makes sure she gets to pour each ingredient into the mixing bowl. Then she gets a turn to stir. This is always a highlight of cooking. But the best part in her mind is the end when she gets to have a little lick of whatever we made. She will sit of the chair and have her taste, while I put our goodies in the oven.finished peanut butter cookies