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Baking Ladybug Cookies


2 tablespoons water
2 bowls
2 wooden spoons
icing tube
weighing scales
oval or round cookie cutters
Note: This recipe makes about 30 small cookies.


Safety Note: Allow the children to do as much as they can, but using the oven is
an adult-only part of this activity.
* 2 1/2 cups flour * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 4 oz. margarine or butter * 1 1/4 cups powered sugar
* 1 egg yolk * red and black food coloring
* 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Let the children help make the cookies. Put the butter and sugar into your
large mixing bowl, and mix with the wooden spoon. Add egg yolk and vanilla.
Continue to mix. Add the flour until you have a dough-like consistency. Use
hands to finish mixing the ingredients.
3. Roll out the cookie dough on a floured board until it is about 1/4 " to 1/2".
4. Use cookie cutters to make ladybug body shapes. Put shapes on a baking tray
and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees (adult-only step).
5. Cool cookies on a rack (adult-only step).
6. Put 1 cup of powered sugar into a bowl and mix with water and a few drops
of red food coloring. Add liquid slowly until you have desired consistency.
7. Mix 1/4 cup of powered sugar with black food coloring and a small amount of
water. When the cookies are cool, cover with red icing and leave it to set.
8. Using an icing tube, dot the black icing on for spots and eyes.
9. Have the children choose how many spots they want their Ladybug Cookie
to have.
Consider the following:
* Do the children understand the process of making food?
* How well are the children able to participate in the activity?
Book: Learn Every Day About Bugs and Spiders
Center: Cooking
Topic: Bugs/Ants/Insects/Spiders
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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