Monday, October 28, 2013

Baking Chocolate Cookies

(44 Months)

My Aunt Geri sent down an adorable care package for the kidabunks.  Thank you so much!  As soon as they saw their new pumpkin aprons they asked to bake "something", then they pulled out a cute set of Sesame Street bakeware: cookie cutters, muffin liners and character picks, and a pull-apart cake tin.  I knew that even though we just made two batches of banana nut muffins yesterday, we were going to bake "something" today.

While Little Miss napped in her big girl room (they just moved into their own bedrooms- la sigh, wipe tear), Wild One kept asking me when are we going to bake "something".  I started searching for a healthy-ish recipe for a sugar cookie, but what I found was something so much better.

I went onto Weelicious and typed sugar cookie into her search engine, after a quick browse of the resulting recipes I chose her Chocolate Graham Crackers.  I read the ingredients and became instantly intrigued: a mix of all-purpose and whole wheat flours, unsweetened cocoa powder, honey and brown sugar, oh and of course butter.  I quickly assembled the list of ten ingredients and called the kiddos over.

This recipe is very kid-friendly.  Wild One, I mean Chef Wild One, went straight to work leveling cups of flour with the back of a butter knife and adding them to the food processor.  He poured dry and wet ingredients, while remembering to take care to work slowly and not drop or dump the ingredients, but carefully pour the ingredients into the processor.

He tried rolling out the dough, but it was a little hard to do. You need to push down quite a bit as you roll the pin.  He kept trying though.

I eventually took over that part of the recipe.  Then Little Miss came running over when she heard it was time to use the cookie cutters.  The two of them took turns pressing the cookie cutter into the dough.  This part was a bit time-consuming.  It took a little over a half-hour to press and place the cookies.

This easily makes two trays of cookies.  Which works out well, because these are soooo good.  They taste like a slightly less-sweet Oreo cookie (the outside part).  I know!

Little Miss kept saying that she ate one of Cookie Monsters eyes.  She thought that was hilarious.

Weelicious is one of my favorite recipe sites.  I began visiting Weelicious when the kids started eating solid foods.  Catherine has a lot of wonderfully delicious and healthy (or healthy-ish) recipes.  Some of our favorites that we have made, countless times over the past two and half years, are her Red Beet Pancakes, Red Beet Cupcakes, Spinach Cake Muffins (I know what you are thinking, you have to try these - they really are spectacular), Pumpkin Apple Muffins, Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Gingerbread Pancakes and Spinach Ricotta Bites.

Thank you again Aunt Geri for the adorable care package, as you can see the kidabunks loved it!

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