cooking with kids

Project. Bird Seed Cookies.

It’s spring!  We can be outside more and it is perfect weather for outside projects.  You know what the best part of outside projects is?  No clean up!  My favorite projects are ones that my tots can be involved in completely and this one fits that requirement.

My family loves to stand by the windows in our family room looking outside and trying to figure out what birds are visiting us that day.  Now that it’s nice outside we are getting lots more bird friends coming to see us.  I figured.  Why not offer them a snack?

One of the best part of having Farm Tots is that they start to appreciate the plants and animals close to home more and more.

This project is courtesy of one of the awesome bloggers I read, The Hungry Homemaker.

All you need to do this project is-

  • 4 cups bird seed
  • 3/4 Cup all purpose flour, we used whole wheat
  • 3 Tbs corn syrup
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • Twine
  • Straws
  • Cookie cutters
  • Wax paper

In a large bowl add ingredients, mix well until blended.  Let tots mix with their hands.  Should make bath time more interesting.


Line your work surface with wax paper and weigh down the corners.


Press seed mixture into a cookie cutter, press firmly so mixture is tight packed and insert a piece of your straw into the shape to make a hole in your “cookie”. Be sure not to make your hole too close to the top, or the yarn will break right through when it’s hung.  Cookies are easily broken.  Take it from us.


Let sit for one minute, then slowly slide your cookie out of your cookie cutter. Repeat until all your mixture has been used up.  Let the cookies dry over night and don’t move them!  Even if they seem dry.  They aren’t.  We know.  From experience.


String your twine through the hole and tie them.  Hang from a visible tree.  Watch your new friends arrive!

Apples. February Farmstand Finds. Vegan Applesauce and Oats Ginger Snaps.

It’s pouring rain and we need every drop so no one is complaining around here. Both my tots have the day off today so it’s family baking time! I like baking with as little refined sugar as possible and using the seasonal ingredients we find in our travels.  I especially like baking when it’s cold and wintery outside and the kitchen is toasty and full of activity.

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Baking with tots takes tons of patience and quick reflexes.  There are many dangers lurking in the kitchen and tots can find every one in one rapid swoop.  With this recipe take precaution to keep tots away from the oven and pans as they come out of the oven.  I keep my tots on low stools during measuring and mixing and even the floor if that’s easier.  For the cookie ball process I line up the assembly line on the floor and let them have at it.

I had some applesauce in the pantry we made last year after one of our Apple Hill trips, so we made some applesauce cookies. This recipe is easy enough that tots can measure the dry ingredients and do some mixing. The best part is once the dough is finished they can roll the dough into a two step finishing step of oats and sugar.

This recipe made 2 full batches of 12 cookies and a third batch of 4 cookies. Total recipe makes 28 cookies.

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Tot Jobs

1. Measuring dry ingredients and pouring into bowl.

2. Rolling dough into oats and sugar.

3. Lining finished cookie balls onto the baking pan.

4. Flattening cookies with measuring cup.

5. Eating finished cookies!

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Vegan Applesauce and Oats Ginger Snaps
Print Recipe
Vegan cookies easy enough for tots to work as sous chefs. Cookies contain minimal refined sugar.
Servings Prep Time
28 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes batch
Servings Prep Time
28 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes batch
Vegan Applesauce and Oats Ginger Snaps
Print Recipe
Vegan cookies easy enough for tots to work as sous chefs. Cookies contain minimal refined sugar.
Servings Prep Time
28 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes batch
Servings Prep Time
28 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes batch
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer combine brown sugar, oil, molasses and applesauce on low speed for three full minutes.
  3. In a bowl stir dry ingredients except for the oats. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer slowly and turn off before it’s fully combined. With a spoon, mix until all the dough is combined without over mixing.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop the dough and roll into balls one by one. Roll the balls first in the oats, pressing gently to get them to stick. Next, roll in the sugar and shake off before putting cookie on baking pan. Flatten each cookie using the back of a metal measuring cup or a glass.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack before eating.
Recipe Notes

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