Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Little Kitchens - Interactive Baking for Children
Welcome to the first edition of Little Kitchens. I hope to make this a new feature that we can have at least once per month. What is Little Kitchens?
Number one this is simply a chance to bond with your child. Sometimes we might get caught up in everyday life and it’s always nice to fully focus on your child while doing something you love at the same time.
Number two is teaching, we are our children’s number one teacher. Why not move that to the kitchen? And so Little Kitchens is born.
Let’s get interactive, let’s forget perfection and bake our little hearts out.
Let’s measure flour, sugar, butter, and chocolate chips…and eat the evidence.
Let’s color, glue, cut, and place our art from Little Kitchens on the fridge.
Let’s teach our kids how to cook – Lets bake cookies and roast vegetables.
Today we are going to bake Oreo Pudding Cookies. There are a few things you as the parent will need to print out before we get started.
INGREDIENTS 4 Little Kitchens
Cookie Print Out
Ingredients Print Out
Scissors (to cut out the Baking Items and cookie)
*Print out the 2 items above, carefully cut out ingredients for your child to color & glue*
INGREDIENTS 4 Oreo Pudding Cookies
Delightfully borrowed, slightly altered from The Girl Who Ate Everything
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 (4.2 ounce) package instant Oreo Pudding mix
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Hershey's Cookies N Cream Large Candy
1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mom or Dad, Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Let’s get out our measuring utensils. I like to go over the different measurements with Indigo. For each measurements I filled the cup and let her pour the ingredient in to the bowl. I placed Indy right on the counter, that’s right girls butt all up on the counter..live a little.
First pour the flour into a bowl.
Next measure out the baking soda, and salt and let your child pour over your flour. Hand over the whisk and let your little one stir gently.
Cream together butter and sugars. We used a hand mixer, I let Indigo hold on and help. Remember to let your little one count measurements with you.
Beat in pudding mix until blended. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add the flour mixture and mix to combine. Stir in cookies n' cream pieces and chocolate chips. Now taste the dough together, good habits start early.
Using a cookie dough scooper, place golf ball sized dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cookie stays a very light color, not brown at all. They stay quite “puffed” too. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Now while the cookies are in the oven, we can make art. I covered my table with some white paper, and placed the cookie and ingredients on it.
Me & Indigo talked about the ingredients while she colored each one and then glued them on to her large cookie.
Presto – Little Kitchen art.
I hope you enjoyed your time, I know me & Indigo sure did. It only takes an hour to have a very special moment with your child. One she or he will never forget. Let me know if you try this out
PS. This is Indigo pre-face plant on the cement
PPS. I will be on vacation next week.
PPPS. Love ya’ll, don't party too hard while I'm gone...because I would be jealous.