Let them eat cake… or bake cookies.

So let’s take a break from my NYC rambles to tell a fun little story:
   I try to be a good big sister. Most of the time I fail, but sometimes things work out. Aside from the big sister duties, I am also practicing to be an aunt someday. It has been a dream of mine since I was six years old. Not just any aunt, not the aunt that pinches cheeks and gives ugly socks as christmas presents, I plan on being kind of like the best aunt ever. If not the best at least the quirkiest, most interesting, strangest, and most adventurous. I practice every time my lil bro has friends over.
These guys make my day. I love playing with young boys, can’t lie. 
“Boy’s do you want to help me make some cookies?” I called out to the trampoline where they had been diligently practicing their stunt double tricks. 
“YES! YES!” 
“Wait a minute then while I look up a recipe.” 
They both looked at me incredulously. Too late for recipes, they were already in cookie mode. And when a nine year old boy gets into cookie mode, there is no time for anything else. 
“But you don’t use recipes…” My brother accused me. 
“Yah, let’s go FREESTYLE” his friend added. 
   *light bulb* The boys want to go freestyle, why not let them? What better way to continue my life long effort of interesting my little brother in cooking and eating good food? What better activity for this cold january afternoon?

   So I rampaged the house for every possible flavor additive I could muster. I set them all out on the counter and told them they could choose. If we were going to go freestyle we were going to do it all the way.
  “These are going to be YOUR cookies. You guys are going to make all the decisions.”

They had a blast. Cracking their own nuts, choosing their flavors, and stirring the batter. The cookies were really their own creation. Of course I sneaked in tiny hints here and there:
“How much sugar do you guys want to use?”
  “Hmmm… Maybe four or five cups!”
“For a dozen cookies…? well maybe start with one and a half and see how it goes.”

   They mostly made all the decisions. I simply stood by to make sure the final product could be identified as a cookie. Cocoa powder, chocolate sauce, butterscotch chips, assorted nuts, lemon zest, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut milk etc… it was a very fourth grade boy cookie. But I was proud as proud could be. Not only did they exercise creativity in designing the recipe, they timed the cookies themselves and came back from their robot building session just in time watch me pull the baking sheets out of the oven. Responsibility, creativity, and a whole lot of fun. It was a wonderful project.

And now without further ado (since I know your on the edge of your seat), I present JZ FREESTYLE.

they even named them together )

     Oh and you wondered how they tasted? Parents were skeptical, even I was skeptical, but you know what? They were pretty amazingly tasty.
    So if your looking for a fun activity for elementary school kids, I adjure you: Let them cook with you and once in a while turn the tables and cook with them.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

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