The Peanuts Cook Book – ICING
I was 1 years old when The Peanuts Cook Book was published, 10 years later, I tried out the first of many recipes from this book. So as a man who learned early how easy it is to bake as a kid, let’s take a look at my first recipe I followed by the book – ICING.
1 Cup Confectioners sugar
1 ½ tablespoons of very soft butter
1 tablespoon of vanilla or orange flavoring (actually any flavor you want)
Dash of salt
1 unfrosted cake
Blend sugar, a little at a time, with the butter. Add a dash of salt. When the sugar and butter are thoroughly mixed, blend the vanilla or orange flavoring. Add a few drops of milk if icing seems very dry. It should not be runny, but smooth and soft enough to spread. Pour on to top of cake and spread lightly over the cake with a knife of spatula.
Pretty simple, right? Totally is. In fact, if you want add a little color to this, you can. Add your desired amount of food coloring (one drop for light color, multiple drops for darker /richer color).
And when you want to make frosting, it’s practically the same recipe, but less runny. Use the BakerMaker frosting tips for cool decorations.
FUN FACT: My brother and I went to an elementary school that had this cook book in its library. We would check it out every two weeks for months at a time just so we could read the comics and try out the recipes. We checked out this book so many times that the librarian asked us to stop for a while so other kids could have a chance at checking it out.
Kid recipes – Oatmeal cookie recipe
We’re start a series of kid recipes that are easy to make, starting today with kid recipes – Oatmeal cookie recipe, I was an elementary school kid in the 80s who baked. A boy who baked, (Insert cruel jokes here). The real reason I started baking was for selfish reasons, my mom wouldn’t buy (or rarely, very rarely) my younger brother and I store-bought cookies. She always wanted us to eat healthy, or healthier. No Oreos, no Chips Ahoy, no Nilla Wafers – you get the idea. So, in an effort to get my way, I asked my mom if she could teach me how to make my cookies.
The first cookie recipe my mom would allow me to make were oatmeal cookies ( see the “health” angle). So, “healthier, easy to make and very tasty.
Here is that recipe.
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old-fashioned Quaker Oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
BONUS ADD-ONS (mix in with wet ingredients).
1/3 cup rasins
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In large bowl,, mix all ingredients (except oats, flour and raisins) with big wooden spoon or electric mixer on medium speed. Stir in oats, flour and raisins.
- On an un-greased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet and place on a cooling rack immediately.
That’s it. They’re delicious. I must admit, my mom would not let us add chocolate chips at first, but like any kid, I always pushed the limits. Eventually we got to add chocolate chips as an “experiment”, an experiment that we made a few dozen times.
BakerMaker Supply Company encourages young bakers to try all recipes under “kid recipes.” These are kid tested, tried and true.