1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tea spoon baking soda
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 tea spoon strawberry essence
1 half-teaspoon salt
(All about the number 1, see?!)
- If you're working with multiple kids, make sure that they know ahead of time what their roles are. In my case, D is in charge of the "wet" ingredients (eggs, sugar and butter batter), and K in charge of the dry ones. They also know that they need my help when using the hand-held beater. Have them choose their favorite decorations, etc., to build the anticipation
- In a glass bowl, beat the butter, sugar and essence together till crumbly, then add the egg and beat till smooth. I love my little Cuisinart 9-speed hand-held beater
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together
- Mix the dry ingredients (second bullet) into the wet (first bullet above), a spoon at a time, beating all the time
- Start pre-heating the oven to 350°
- Spoon the batter onto baking sheets, a table-spoon of batter should get you a nice-sized cookie. Leave at least a half-inch around all sides of each dollop, since the batter will spread out as it cooks. I tend to use Reynolds wrap on the baking sheet since that makes it much easier to clean up, and you don't need to butter the baking sheet
- An optional step is to have the kids add in their decorations. D uses her dragon sprinkles, and K uses his rainbow sprinkles
- Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, till they get to be a nice golder-brown. Take them out, and pop them off the sheets to serve!
You should have about 20 cookies (depends on how big the dollops are - ours are never uniform!) It's loads of fun, and if you draw out the prep time, you can make this into a 1 hour activity. If in a rush, it won't take more than 20 minutes of mommy cooking time!