In an attempt to keep my kids brains from turning into summertime mush, we are doing activities based on the letters of the alphabet over the break. We are focusing on a few letters each week. The little ones are practicing writing the letters, coming up with words that start with the letter and identifying the letter sounds. Ashley is picking a topic that starts with the letter, researching the topic and writing up a little report on it. I know it sounds dorky, but they are all really enjoying it and it is keeping us busy.
A few of the activities we have done has included cooking foods that start with our featured letter. We started with banana bread for b and last week we made Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies for C. This was my favorite recipe for cookies back in the Deceptively Delicious craze. Normally I feel like if your going to make a cookie, go all out with the fat, but the chickpeas really make them even better. They kind of disintegrate and make the cookie even more moist and don't change the flavor at all. These cookies are always big hit around here.
Alan and Rowan loved helping to make the cookies. They took turns adding the ingredients to the mixer.
The hardest part of cooking with your kids is dealing with the messes. Just be prepared for flour to be spilled all over!
My favorite part of making cookies is licking the beaters, but this time I decided to share with the kids.
Don't they look awesome! This kids loved them (so did I) and they got to practicing writing C words while they cooked. You can't beat tasty education!
For more ideas on getting your kids involved in cooking , check out Thekidscookmonday.org.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (with Chickpeas)
Recipe by Jessica Seinfeld
Nonstick Cooking Spray
1cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup trans-fat free soft tub margarine spread
2 large egg whites
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat Oven to 350. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray
In a large mixing bowl or bowl of electric mixer beat the sugar and margarine with a wooden spoon or on medium speed until smooth. Beat in egg whites and vanilla, then the chickpeas and chocolate chips. Add the flour, oats, baking soda and salt and mix on low speed until a thick dough forms.
Drop the dough by the tablespoonful on the baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Press gently with a fork to flatten. bake until the cookies are golden brown and just set, 11 to 13 minutes: do not over bake. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.