Cooking with kids creates memories and fun

Learning how to bake increases children’s confidence and prepares them for full-time cooking when they are older

Kids love to bake and most of them quickly learn the right way if you take time to explain it.

They are not allowed to take baking out of the oven until they are older but they can easily make pastry for butter tarts under supervision or measure everything for a batch of cookies or muffins.

Our youngest granddaughter is six years old and she can make butter tarts or cookies but I always take things in and out of the oven for her.

It builds up children’s confidence and they will be able to make a full meal by the time they are 12.

Learning how to measure ingredients is a learning experience they can use all their life. They can make a batch of muffins or cookies for their school lunch.

These recipes are standbys for lunches to the field or before our children were grown for school lunches.

When they were in university I made millions of them to take to share with their friends.

Chocolate chip cookies

  • 1 c. Crisco shortening
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. chocolate chips (butterscotch or white chocolate chips can be used)

Cream shortening, brown and white sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.

Bake at 375 F (190 C) for 10-12 minutes.

Rena’s oatmeal cookies

Rena Reid shared this recipe for oatmeal cookies with me and she said the secret was using butter. They are definitely 100 percent better made with butter.

  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 c. oatmeal
  • 2 c. Rice Krispies
  • 1 c. coconut

Cream butter, sugar, add eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda. Stir in cereal, coconut and oatmeal.

Bake 350 F (175 C) for 10-12 minutes.

Grannie snaps (ginger snaps)

  • 3/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ginger

Cream butter and sugar together. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Roll teaspoons of dough into a ball then roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 10-12 minutes.

Mom’s oat delights

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. coconut
  • 3 c. oat meal

Combine sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk in saucepan bring to boil.Add vanilla. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and oatmeal. Drop by teaspoonfuls on wax paper.

Vanishing oatmeal cookies

  • 1 c margarine or butter
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. firmly packedbrown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c. oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. raisins
  • 1 1/2 c. flour

Beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla beat well.

Add combined flour, oatmeal, soda cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

Stir in raisins.

Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 10 to 12 minutes.

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