Teaching Cooking

I have taught basic cooking to my seven children and to classes of elementary children. When my youngest daughter wanted to learn, I found that taking the recipes and making them into a step-by-step format made it easier for her, so here is a blog to hopefully make cooking easier for the beginner.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Snickerdoodles

1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar

Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. 

Beat in:
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir in:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Once the batter is smooth, shape the dough into balls that are 1 inch in diameter. 

Stir together:
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet. 
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, just until the outer edges are starting to look a little darker than the rest of the cookie. 
Let them sit on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes. 
Remove them to a paper towel to finish cooling.

Makes about 36-40 cookies, if you can keep from eating the dough...  😉

Monday, October 23, 2017

Brookies (Half cookie, half brownie!)

Brookies

This was inspired by the fact that I had left over chocolate chip cookie dough and it wasn't going to make enough cookies for the group I was making a dessert for, so I quickly looked up for a recipe on Allrecipes.com  and up pops THE perfect solution.  I used my own chocolate chip cookie recipe that is on my blog and it is a little different than the one on the recipe page mentioned earlier.  So I would use half of that recipe for the cookie base and then the following to make the Brookie.

Use half of this recipe http://step-by-stepcooking.blogspot.com/2012/10/chocolate-chip-cookies.html  for the cookie base.  Spread it in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan make it no more than 1/2 inch think.

Then for the brownie part:

Mix together:
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butter that has been melted
1 tsp vanilla

Add:
2 eggs

Beat well.

Mix together:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

Add to the egg, butter, sugar mixture.
Stir to combine all ingredients.

Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough in the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees (175 C), for 20-25 minutes.  Use a toothpick poked in the center to check it, if the toothpick comes out clean, it is ready.


Friday, July 14, 2017

No Bake Chocolate Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Cookies

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter.

1. Place these ingredients in a 3 quart pan.  
2. Bring to a boil and boil for 30 seconds.  Remove from heat.

3. Add 2 tsp vanilla 
4.  If you like add 1/2 c peanut butter (not something I usually add but if you are a peanut butter lover, do it).

5. Stir in 3 cups oatmeal.

6. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper or tinfoil.  Let cool.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Down-In-The-Dumps Pudding

Beat together:

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons cocoa

Stir in:

1 cup milk
4 Tablespoons oil
2 cups chopped nuts

Spread mixture in an ungreased 9 x 13 pan.

Blend in a small bowl:
      2 cups brown sugar (packed)
      1/2 cup cocoa

Sprinkle over the top of the batter.

Pour over all:
   3 1/2 cups hot water.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Oatmeal Macaroons

1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar (1/2 brown or all brown if you want)
2 eggs
2 Tbsps Molasses
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla

Combine and beat well.

Add:

3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp soda
2 cups oatmeal

If you wish you can add:
2/3 cups raisins
2/3 cups nuts

Roll into balls and then roll in sugar.  Press down with a glass.

Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Kay Cox's Easy Caramels

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups cream
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1/2 cups chopped nuts

Mix together all the ingredients and cook slowly to hard ball stage (240-245 degrees), stirring constantly.

Pour into a well buttered 8 x 8 pan and cool.  Cut into squares and wrap in plastic wrap or dip in chocolate.

Kay Cox's Basic Cream Fondant

This will be posted in two different sizes.  First the small batch, then the large batch numbers in parenthesis.

4 Cups white sugar                (10 lbs white sugar)
1 cup milk                              (4 cups whole milk)
1/2 cups whipping cream        (2 cups whipping cream)
2 Tbsp white corn syrup         (1/2 cup white corn syrup)
2 Tbsp butter                         (1/4 lb of butter aka 1/2 cup butter)
Pinch of salt                           (1/4 tsp salt)

Combine all ingredients in a large pan, place over heat and stir constantly until mixture begins to boil.  Keep boiling rapidly until fondant reaches desired temperature, soft ball stage (230-232 degrees).  If a firm fondant is desired, cook two or three degrees higher.  Cool as rapidly as possible and beat.

When making the fondant, the amount of cream, milk and butter can vary to make as rich a fondant as you like.  You may use more milk and less cream, but increase the butter, etc.  Ten pounds of sugar when dipped makes twenty pounds of chocolates.