Bring the whole family together for some fun holiday baking. A wonderful way for children to collect both memories and math skills. Together reading recipes, filling measuring cups, estimating then counting ingredients and cause and effect relationships all create a yummy mathematical adventure.
All you need to start is a few family fun recipes:
Santa’s Peanut Butter and Jam THUMBPRINT COOKIES
It will be so much fun for your little one to press their thumb into the dough to make a space for your favorite jam.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg, separated
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup strawberry or grape jam
- Preheat oven to 300 Fahrenheit. Line a couple cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream butter, peanut butter sugar and egg yolk.
- Add vanilla, flour and salt. Mix well.
- Use your hands to shape a teaspoon of dough into a ball. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Have your child made a deep thumb print dent in the middle of each cookie.
- Bake for 5 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and with your thumb, dent each cookie in the same place your child’s thumb was.
- Place a dollop of jam in each thumbprint. Bake for another 8 minutes.
Christmas Oatmeal Cookies
Preheat oven to 375
In a large bowl mix together in order:
· 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
· ¾ cup granulated sugar
· ¾ cup packed brown sugar
· 2 eggs
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· ½ cup creamy cinnamon peanut butter
· ½ teaspoon cinnamon + ½ teaspoon baking soda
· 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
· 3 ½ cups quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
· 2 cups chocolate chips
· 2 cups of red and green M&Ms
1. Drop by measuring tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets, decorate with red and green
2. Bake 7 to 8 minutes.
3. Remove from cookie sheets; cool completely.
Blend in a saucepan:
· 2 tablespoons cocoa
· 3 tablespoons sugar
· ½ cup hot water
Bring to a boil over low heat and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
· Stir in 2 cups milk
1. Heat over low heat -do not boil
2. Drop a marshmallow into each cup and pour hot cocoa over it.
3. Squirt whipped topping on top of cocoa sprinkle topping with green sprinkles and top with a stick of peppermint candy.
-Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty is a parent resource, filled with ideas to help children become the best they can be. Daily activities for family fun, that make subjects become more than pencil and paper, moving learning into everyday life. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203
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