Baking with kids is a great way to spend some quality family time together. It’s also an opportunity to teach them a science lesson or two! Have your kids ever wondered how mixing flour, eggs, sugar, and baking soda can create a delicious cake? Or how about what makes cookies chewy or crunchy? Within every batter or dough, there are multiple chemical reactions occurring at once to create the perfect baked treat.
Now that you and your kids are armed with baking knowledge, it’s time to start baking in the kitchen! Feel free to print out this guide and stick it on your refrigerator for your next baking project. Before you know it, your kids will transform from being little bakers to mad scientists! Start with this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe shared by my blogging friend, Tammy Whitten, at www.womenmanagingstress.com:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 T. molasses
- 3 T. water
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 3/4 t baking soda
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 3/4 c. toasted chopped walnuts
- 1 egg
- 1 t. vanilla
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 3/4 t salt
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter, egg, vanilla, molasses, and water in a bowl. Sift together the sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Combine the moist mixture with the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Be sure to chop the walnuts before you toast them. Toasting should take approximately 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them.
Shape dough into one inch balls and place one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes or until edges are just brown. Cookies will be slightly doughy in the middle. Place on a cooking rack. Dunk in a glass of cold milk. Yum!