Let’s bake some cookies!

The kids love to bake and have been asking to bake cookies the past couple of days. I said we could if they did some work and so some worksheets later, I dug up a recipe for some matcha butter cookies. I thought that would be fitting since Spring has sprung and the cherry blossoms and tulips are out.
We’ve got 2 tulips in our garden and T2 has since plucked them…sigh…
I used a recipe from my friend’s blog  (http://merryantoinette.com/2016/12/dr-seuss-grinch-cookies/) but slightly modified it as we didn’t have enough cream cheese.
Some of our ingredients
Recipe from matcha butter cookies:
2 1/2C sifted all-purpose flour
3/4C superfine sugar
1/4t salt
16T butter, cut into 1/2″ squares and softened
2 1/2T matcha green tea powder
2T cream cheese, room temperature
1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and green tea at low speed.
2. Add butter 1 piece at a time. Mix until crumbly (~1 min).
3. Add cream cheese. Mix until dough forms large clumps (~30 sec).
4. Knead the dough by hand for 2-3 turns.
5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
6. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
7. Bake until cookie edges are light golden brown (10-12 min) and cool on a wire rack.
This is her recipe. We added milk to our batter to make up for the lack of cream cheese (we only had 0.5 T of cream cheese and I was lazy to run to the store).
T1 working hard cutting butter and adding it to the batter.

We mixed our butter in manually with a fork…oh such a painful process (time to buy a KitchenAid)!
We rolled ours into little balls (working on dexterity here!) and arranged them in groups of 3.
I used the opportunity to talk about skip counting in groups of 3 with T1 (sneaking math into baking! yeah!) and made T2 count all the cookies on the tray.

Our cookies came out a little dry. We will try it again with the right amount of cream cheese next time! But T1 and T2 still enjoyed baking and of course…eating the cookies!

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