This Tuesday Winston Jones from the Douglasville Sentinel which is our local newspaper came to my second block class just to spend a little time and find out exactly what goes on in Nutrition and Wellness. It just so happened to be the first episode of a short unit on cookies. My students were excited about making cookies and were very attentive. Winston took several pictures and lots of notes. He left loaded down with cookies and me wondering what kind of impression I made.
The next day my friend Syble met me at my room with a newspaper and kidding said, “Here sign this.” The article was on the front page!
Why teach baking cookies you ask? Cookies and cake are essentially made using the same method. If you can make one you should be able to make the other. Usually recipes have six or more ingredients. So this means more can go wrong and it is hard to judge mixing times.
I used a new piece of equipment to make cookies – The standing mixer. Here’s the low down on mixers:
- If you buy a good hand mixer with a powerful motor it will work on almost every recipe. You’ll spend less money, but you won’t be able to make pizza dough or other heavy dough with it.
- A good stand mixer does not have to cost as much or more than a car payment. I have an old Black and Decker mixer that has a digital control including a timer that I love. I paid $100 for it. Please spend time reading reviews on different models before choosing one.
- When buying a higher end mixer first know that it will take you some time to get familiar with how to operate it. These mixers are more powerful therefore you will have a shorter mixing time. I bought a large Kitchenaid four years ago and I’m still learning new things about it.
Check out these tips for baking cookies more successfully.
Here’s what happened on lab day:
- I ate way too many cookies!!!
- The back hall smelled like a bakery.
- Everyone was busy.
- Everyone was happy.
- Only 3 out of 12 kitchen made mistakes.
- One group left out granulated sugar when copying the recipe down so therefore left it out when preparing the cookies.
- Another group added too much salt and overmixed the batter.
- The third group overmixed the batter.
- All kitchens were left clean.
- Everyone got their sugar fix for the day.
- It was a great day for learning!
Here is the link for the recipe. When adding the oats add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.
Here are some great photos of today’s bake-off.
You might be interested in these recipes for Oatmeal Cookies:
Food Blogga Oatmeal Everything Cookies
Cucina Bella Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
A Canadian Foodie Oatmeal Pecan Blueberry Cranberry Cookies
Mele Cotte Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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