March 31, 2000
Nothing captures the imagination or lights up a child's eyes
like a colorful
rainbow hanging in the sky. Unless it's creating! Kids love the satisfaction of making something they can actually play with or eat. But there are more benefits to developing budding young chefs and artists. Cooking teaches kids to read, follow directions and measure. It teaches simple math skills and nutrition education. It gives kids permission to play with their food by touching, washing and mixing ingredients.
These recipes and activities from the new Rainbow Bakery cookbook promise hours of cooking and creative fun with great-tasting results. They're terrific ideas for a special Saturday, rainy afternoon or family evening at home. So get out the pots and pans, and start cooking with your kids.
Kitchen Tips for Kids
1 HEAT oven to 400°. Stir sugar, margarine, shortening and eggs in large bowl until mixed. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
2 SHAPE dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Roll balls in colored sugar or candies until coated. Put about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
3 BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden and cracked on top. Right away, take cookies off cookie sheet. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
Oops-a-Dazy Orange Cake
1 HEAT oven to 350°. Grease and flour round pan, 9x1 1/2 inches. Beat all ingredients except orange segments and whipped topping in medium bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl all the time. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl a few times.
2 POUR batter into pan. Save 6 to 8 orange segments for decorating. Put the other orange segments evenly on batter.
3 BAKE 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick poked in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Top with whipped topping, and decorate with orange segments. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Cool & Crazy Dough
1 PUT all ingredients in 1 1/2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat about 4 minutes, stirring very hard, until mixture forms a ball.
2 TAKE ball of dough out of saucepan, and let it stand on the counter 5 to 10 minutes to cool.
3 SQUEEZE dough about 30 seconds or until it is mixed and smooth. Cool completely. Use dough to make fun shapes. Store dough tightly wrapped in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Makes about 1 1/3 cups dough.
Twisters Biscuit Sticks
1 STIR all ingredients except egg and toppings in medium bowl until a soft dough forms. Put dough on lightly floured surface, and shape into a ball, using floured hands.
2 KNEAD dough by folding and pushing with the palms of your hands, then make a quarter turn. Repeat these steps to knead 10 times. Put bowl over dough, and let rest 15 minutes.
3 HEAT oven to 425°. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope, 15 inches long. Put on ungreased cookie sheet. Fold each rope in half, and twist halves together. Brush egg over dough. Sprinkle with your favorite topping.
4 BAKE 9 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Take twisters off cookie sheet. Makes 6 twisters.
TIPS: Add drops of food color when you add the milk for a fun, colorful bread. For a special treat, dip twisters into applesauce or cheese sauce.
RAINBOW BAKERY. This children's cookbook is filled with kid-pleasing recipes and activities, each represented by a friendly animal pal such as Rosie the pink pig and Rusty the red monkey. Seventy-five pages of "color-full" adventures.
ALPHA-BAKERY. In this children's cookbook, you'll find the ABCs are recipes and the recipes are delicious. You and your child can have fun measuring, mixing, baking and enjoying pizza, cookies and cakes. Sixty-seven pages of recipes and activities from A to Z.
Offers good in U.S.A. only and expire 12/31/00. Allow up to 8 weeks for delivery.