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  • Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

    So you want to bake for your friends, family, and self?  That is great news!

    In this project we will practice making chocolate chip cookies that are ensured to earn you a blue ribbon at county fair or with your family and friends, as long as you follow the directions.

    No prior experience needed, just follow the directions, practice and recruit some friends to help you taste test and enjoy!

    To complete the project - please do all of the items in each of the sections (you may check off boxes as you do them, and you will notice the discussion boxes self-check when you do the activity requested.  Each section includes a:

    1. "Discussion" - a chance to chat with others, please answer the Q and then respond to one other person <you don't have to have a long reply - okay to say something like - "cool idea" or "that has happened to me">
    2. "Lesson" - read or watch the information that is shared, and do the activity.
    3. "Check-in" - the check-in is a little knowledge check (not a quiz!) - you can do this as many times as you want.  

    When the project week is finished, I'll send out a survey to complete.  Please complete this project by 10/30.

  • 1. Baking is a Science

    When my kids were little, I would have them complete the sentence..."Cooking is an art, but baking is a ____________".  At that, they would roll their eyes a bit and say "SCIENCE"!  This fill in the blank phrase was intended to help them to remember that the main ingredients in recipes each have a purpose (for example - baking soda will help your baked good to rise or "leaven") - and when accurately measured and added, the results of a tried and true recipe are just what you expect.  Some ingredients can be switched out for flavor or texture...but the ingredients are like a formula - if you are expecting a certain result - you need to follow the formula.  Your kitchen is a great laboratory!

    In this project, I'm inviting you to pay attention to the details on a tried and true Carmichael family chocolate chip recipe.  If you want to mix things up a bit - go for it, but pay close attention to what you have done...and make notes about what you change so that you can repeat your results next time. 

  • 2. Let's Make Cookies

    Often times we bake, without getting ready to bake.  I spent years getting supplies out just as was getting ready to use them...sometimes forgetting an ingredient because of the confusion (just being honest).  A good practice is to gather your supplies and cooking tools, pre-heat the oven and wash your hands...all before you start to bake.  This will help you to manage any surprises (for example, you don't want to be surprised by the fact that you don't have any chocolate chips in the house as you are in the midst of baking chocolate chip cookies - especially if you are baking after local store is closed).

    Below is our family chocolate chip cookie recipe - one that we've worked on over the years.  It has earned blue ribbons, been sold at many bake sales, and given to our friends and families.  I find it funny, but maybe revealing, that this is cookie that friends ask for more than anything else that we bake (and I love to bake!).

  • 3. Share Your Success

    Well, how did it go?  There are so many good things about baking - I'm curious to hear about your experiences.   Did you know that talking about your interests will help you to consider your next project?  A sure-fire way to keep learning and growing about baking is to talk it, read and explore new recipes, try new recipes, keep notes about what works, and what doesn't, journal, or-photo document your progress!  

    Please do share your results with your friends and families...and feel free to post on social media with the hashtag #blueribbonchocolatechipcookies