Monday, March 12, 2012

Baking Cookies....starring Maddie (aka "Dance Diva")

I have kids who LOVE to cook.  

Maddie, aka Dance Diva, loves it the most and has become almost completely independent in her cooking adventures.  Today she decided to make vegan Oatmeal Raisin-Chocolate Chip cookies....
my absolute favorite cookie combination!  Yum!

This recipe is adapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero's wonderful book, 
Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.

Oatmeal Raisin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/3 cup rice milk
2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
cinnamon, nutmeg to taste
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the rice milk with the ground flaxseeds and then add in the sugar, oil, and vanilla, mixing well.  Add in each dry ingredient, mixing as you go.  Fold in the oats, raisins, and chocolate chips.  Drop onto a cookie sheet (covered in parchment or sprayed with non-stick spray) and bake for 10-12 minutes.

We all thought that these were the BEST Oatmeal Raisin-Chocolate Chip cookies ever....
and we make them quite a bit!

Maddie has become a confident, independent baker.....wonderful!

As much as I enjoyed sampling these yummy creations, it gives me even more joy to see how Maddie has become such a wonderful baker.  I am thrilled that my children are learning how to create in our kitchen.  I  think that it is a skill that should be right up there with reading and writing.  Maddie, in particular, loves to plan meals.  She will look through our cookbooks, write down what she needs from the store, do all of the preparing herself, serve us all, and even clean up.  What a gift to see my child share one of my passions!
Keep cookin', Maddie!


  1. Just came over from Kath's blog and wanted to say that I love this!! I, too, am a mom (of 5!) struggling to set a good example for my kids and get them to eat right. It can be so hard when there is junk food all around school, friends' houses, sports.

    I would love to see an 'About' page to learn more about you and your family. Maybe look into ReciPage as well so it would be easier to print your recipes.

    Keep up the wonderful blogging!!


    1. Good to hear from you, Megan! I am working on an "about" page, but with 4 kids, it is hard to find the time (as you understand, I'm sure). :) I'll look into ReciPage....thanks for the tip.

      Lydia :)