6 Making Time for Kids and Cookies!

My kids are all grown up.  *sniff*  Fortunately, my hubby is a kid at heart!  He suggested having some neighborhood kids over after school to bake some cookies.  What a great idea!

When he asked the kids what kind of cookie they wanted to bake, they jumped up and down and said, "Chocolate chip cookies!"

We didn't tell them, but these Applesauce Chocolate Chip cookies are soft, cake-like and a healthier version that OUR kids have loved over the years...

First, they read the recipe and got out all the ingredients...

Mixed the baking soda with the applesauce...

and watched science in action!  They loved how bubbly this applesauce gets!

He helped them measure all the ingredients and put them in a bowl...

This girl wanted to be in charge of the measuring scoop!  Don't worry, everyone got a turn...

When the cookies came out of the oven they couldn't WAIT to try them!  The cookies are done when the tops are dry and spring back when touched. 

While the cookies cooled on the baking sheet, hubby got down on the floor and played with the kids, which I think was the BEST part!  They were having so much fun, they almost forgot about the cookies...

The kids all thought dunking the cookies in milk was the BEST part!
If you need other kid-friendly cooking/baking ideas, head on over to the Kids' Cooking Academy, where you will find daily tips, great recipes and how-to videos to inspire your family to get cooking together!  

Even better, each time you visit the Kids' Cooking Academy between now and 4-25-11, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children to help make sure that more children have access to healthy foods!

Does this look good?  Then grab some kids and make 'em!

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a recipe that can teach your child about reading, math (measuring), science and teamwork!  Kids will love mixing the applesauce and soda to watch it "foam."  They can also help with some mixing and scooping the cookie dough onto a prepared baking sheet. 

1 cup applesauce
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. vegetable shortening
1 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 c. all purpose flour (can use 1 1/4 c.  all purpose flour and 1 c. Wheat Pastry Flour instead)
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped nuts, if desired

In a medium mixing bowl, combine applesauce and baking soda.  Watch the bubbling begin!  Set mixture aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. 
Crack eggs into a small plastic bowl.  Add the eggs and to the creamed shortening and mix well.
Stir in applesauce mixture.
Add flour, spices, and chocolate chips.  Mix thoroughly.

Lightly grease a baking sheet, or use parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Use a medium (2 T.) cookie scoop and drop cookie dough mixture on prepared pans, 2" apart.

Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 10-12 minutes or until tops are dry and when centers are touched, the cookie springs back.  

Allow cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before eating.

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