Kids Cookie Challenge

If your kids are interested in cooking and baking and love the cooking competition shows, they’ll love this idea.  The concept is simple – a simple baking competition that even little kids can participate in.  You can make this as ‘top secret’ as you’d like to.  Secret ballots, numbered cookie trays, mixing cookies secretly or together.  Customize it for your kids!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make your favorite batch of chocolate chip cookie batter and leave out the chocolate chips.  Depending on the age of your kids, they can do the mixing or at least help.  I used the Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion cookbook.  This recipe is pretty close.
  2. Split the dough into 3-4 bowls (depending on how many participants you have).  I’ve found that 6-12 cookies per kid is a good number.  Check the yield of the cookie recipe to make sure you don’t need to double the recipe.
  3. Put out bowls of mix-ins – we used crushed up Halloween candy but you can use different types of chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, dried fruit…
  4. Let each child choose their own mix-ins and mix up their cookies.  You can have them do this one at a time, secretly or let them create together.
    This is the fun part – let them create and concoct their secret recipe – it’s always fun to see what they come up with!
  5. Scoop cookies on cookie sheets.  I scooped all the cookies so they were all the same size and less likely to be recognizable for the ‘contest’.
  6. Label the trays – I just put a number on the parchment paper.  Bake the cookies.
  7. Set up your judging stations.  I cut the cookies in fourths and numbered them.
  8. Choose your winner!  Again, you can make this official or casual as you’d like, have fun with it.

Even the youngest kids will enjoy this activity, it’s fun for all ages and a great way to have a tasty competition in the kitchen.


Game Changing Make-Ahead Cookie Tip

So…I can’t take credit for this tip but I will give credit to my sister’s friend Tiff for this awesome tip.  Tip is being used with permission 🙂 .

Want to be the mom with the cookies fresh from the oven when the kids grace the threshold?  Want to bring cookies to a friend’s house but don’t want to make them ahead of time?  Want to get a jumpstart on those Christmas cookies – start now!  Or how about just for those days when you want one or two cookies fresh from the oven and don’t want to make a whole batch?  This tip has you covered for all of those instances and probably some more.  Best thing about this tip?  I’m pretty sure you can use this tip/technique for any drop cookie in your repertoire.Game Changing Make-Ahead Cookie Tip via Clean MamaReady for the tip?  Of course you are!

Start by making your favorite batch of drop cookie – I used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe from The Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Prep via Clean Mama

The Best Make Ahead Cookie Tip:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough via Clean Mama

Instead of dropping the cookies on a cookie sheet you’re going to scoop the dough into a 1 gallon zip top bag and freeze it.

Put Dough in a Zip Top Bag via Clean Mama

Press out the air, seal the bag, and flatten the dough into a square disc.

Squish Dough Into a Zip Top Bag via Clean Mama

Label and freeze – keep in your freezer for one to two months.

Cut Coookie Dough Out of Bag via Clean Mama

When you are ready to bake the cookies, take the out of the bag and put on a cutting board.  Do this when it’s slightly frozen – it’s easier to cut and remove from the bag.  Using a large knife, cut the dough into the squares.

Cookie Dough Tip Close-Up via Clean MamaIf the recipe calls for 24 cookies, cut the dough into 24 squares, or make them cookies smaller or larger to suit your needs.

Place Dough On Parchment-Lined Cookie Sheet via Clean Mama

Place the cookie ‘pucks’ on baking sheets and bake in your preheated oven for the allotted time.  (I let them sit for a few minutes to thaw before putting them in the oven, but I have found that they bake better when they are still very cold.)  The cookies come out perfectly round and beautiful EVERY time!

Bake as Usual via Clean Mama

Enjoy!  Don’t you just love this tip?

Game Changing Cookie Tip via Clean Mama copy

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