Does anyone have any ideas for my 12 year old daughter's cooking theme sleepover? I don't want to spend much money, but I want to stick to the theme. Please send me some cheap ideas having to do with baking. Thank you.
By Sara from Orlando, FL
How about getting cheap aprons at the dollar store and letting them decorate with ribbons, paint pens, buttons and other things you have around the house. Then let them make cookies. You could also let them make chocolate covered strawberries which are so easy. Good luck sounds like such a fun idea which I am sure the girls will love.
I think you could get some of those ready to bake pizza crusts (Boboli is one brand. I can't remember the brand that we normally get "Mama" -something.) Get some of the crusts, pizza sauce, cheese, and an assortment of toppings. My daughter enjoys making those pizzas with me, and it's fun to eat, too (perfect sleepover food).
And along the lines of what Amy3e suggested, you can let them make/decorate cookies or cupcakes. Depending on how involved you want it to be, you can either have them do both the baking and decorating, or you can have them already prepared and the girls can just decorate.
If you have a Wii, they might enjoy the Cooking Mama games. I think there are two different versions. You could always rent the game, so you don't have to purchase. Best of luck -- I hope the girls have a great time!
You can make granola, which requires baking. The large container of old fashioned oats is only 2.99 and you can make about 4 batches of it.
Just mix 4 cups oats with 1/2 cup oil with 3/4 syrup (&/or honey, molasses) and bake.
Bake 15 min. at 350. Stir. Bake another 15 min. Check for color. You want it evenly toasted looking.
When you remove from oven, add raisins, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, coconut, etc., anything you want (chocolate chips!). Stir together. Cool completely. Enjoy over yogurt or ice cream or just eat is as is for a snack!
Not really baking, but fun!
Popcorn Treats....like Poppycock!
Yield: Makes 8 servings
1 3/4 cups sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or peanuts, toasted
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
8 cups plain popped popcorn
Oil a 9-inch square baking pan. Heat sugar in a dry 4-to 5-quart wide heavy pot over medium heat, stirring with a fork to heat sugar evenly, until it starts to melt. Stop stirring and cook, swirling pot occasionally so sugar melts evenly, until it is a deep golden caramel. Reduce heat to low. Stir in butter, pecans, vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. When butter is almost melted, add popcorn and stir to coat. Quickly press mixture into baking pan with a spatula. Cool completely. Cut or break into pieces.
Sooooo Good and fun and involves baking!
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch fine salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
4 large cold eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups large marshmallows
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 by-8-inch square baking pan with foil so it hangs over the edges by about 1 inch.
For the crust: Lightly butter the foil with some of the melted butter. Stir the rest of the butter together with the crumbs, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Press the crumb mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the brownie. Put the butter and chocolate in a medium microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave on 75 percent power for 2 minutes. Stir, and microwave again until completely melted, about 2 minutes more. Alternatively, put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 1 inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl on the pan without touching the water. Stir occasionally until melted. Stir the light brown and white sugars, vanilla and salt into the melted chocolate. Add the eggs and beat vigorously to make a thick and glossy batter. Add the flour and stir until just incorporated.
Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the top is crispy and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean, with a few crumbs, about 40 to 45 minutes.
Remove from the oven and carefully position a rack about 6 inches from the broiler and preheat on low. Layer marshmallows across the top and toast under the broiler until golden, (keep an eye on it, it can go quick), about 2 minutes. Cool on a rack, gently removing the brownies from the pan using the aluminum flaps. Carefully separate any marshmallow from the foil and fold away. Cut into 12 (2-inch) squares.
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