Monday, August 2, 2010

Easy Bake Cookies

Emma received an Easy Bake oven from her grandparents for her birthday last week.  Ah, how this brought back memories. Only I recall mine as having been red and in no way resembled a microwave.  Were microwaves even invented back then? *L*

I have to say that some of those memories made me determined to not allow her to take her oven up in her room.  Isn't it funny what we were allowed to do as children we won't let our kids do?  For some strange reason I was not only permitted to have the Easy Bake oven in my room but I also mixed up the recipes on the floor of my room.  Then when I ran out of little cake mixes you would be amazed by the strange creations I created probably without my mother's knowledge even.  I guess my parents figured I couldn't do too much damage with a 100 Watt light bulb other than burning my fingers.  Maybe I was little older when I had mine.  I don't recall.  The box says 8 and up and Emma is just 7 so and one thing I have learned, no matter how old or mature you think your child is... stick with the recommended age. 

However, having said all that Emma was tickled pink to have received it and it was probably one of her favourite presents.  Of course it took us about a week to finally pick up the right light bulb.  The first one I picked up was frosted, apparently a no no. 

Now what to make?  Emma promptly chose sugar cookies swayed I am sure by the attractive photo on the package cover of lovely frosted cookies with pretty pink sparkles on top. 

We read the directions:
  • turn oven on and allow to heat for 15 minutes
  • mix two sugar cookie packages together (TWO?)
  • add 2 TBS water
  • mix until ball formed
Okay Emma could mix quite well after all she's had lots of practice helping mix wet ingredients for me quite frequently.  When it comes to forming a dough ball, well it wasn't happening anytime soon.  Put into the role of teacher I find it quite difficult to convey to her in words things I simply know by feel.  Still I will keep working on that.  After all learning by feel is probably the best lessons to learn when it comes to cooking.
  • divide dough ball in to four parts
  • lightly grease pans
  • roll each part in to a ball and gently press one into pan.
Got that... ONE cookie per pan. 
  • push through slot and bake for 10-12 minutes
  • push into cooling chamber for a minute or two
  • remove and cool cookie
  • repeat 3 more times.
So let's do the math, 15 minutes to heat the oven, 10 minutes per cookie and it made four cookies so that comes to... 55 minutes total... to cook four cookies.  It's funny but I don't recall having that much patience when I was a kid. 

Was it worth it?  What do you think?


Nicole on December 6, 2010 at 6:11 PM said...

I love the Easy Bake oven! I had one when I was a kid but I don't remember making cookies, just little cakes. I think. Microwaves were around - but barely. They were gigantic clunky things. I had a friend who told me she baked Sweet Tart candies in her Easy Bake and gave herself third degree burns. I was shocked, since I was such a rule follower I couldn't imagine someone using the oven except in the prescribed way.

LisaDay on February 10, 2011 at 5:28 AM said...

Yup. Worth it. I loved my Easy Bake oven.

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PearlMountain on August 8, 2012 at 8:16 PM said...

It looks delicious.


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