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From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen


December 20, 2018

As a teacher, I am blessed with many wonderful students. One of the main things that I have learned over the years about children is their love of cooking and baking.

I have incorporated that into my classroom lessons. It’s funny to see how proud they are of mixing something good or even learning to spread icing on a cookie. Perhaps one of these days, I and my assistant teachers will teach a child who will grow up to be a chef or baker.

The two cookie recipes I chose this week are all kid-friendly, so pry your child or grandchild away from their electronic device and bring them into the kitchen to help make Christmas memories for years to come.

Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

Who doesn’t love confetti cake? Well, my mother, at least. But these cookies are super easy and extra tasty. The kids will not only love to make them but eat them, too.


1 box vanilla cake mix

1 tsp. baking powder

2 large eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. Set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and vanilla by hand. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form dough. Fold in sprinkles.

Drop one-inch balls of dough onto baking sheet. Bake for nine minutes – do not let cookies get brown.

Allow to cool on baking sheet for three minutes; they will be soft at first. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Reindeer Chow


6 cups Rice Chex cereal

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup dry brownie mix

1 bag Christmas M&Ms

2 cups mini peanut butter cups

2 cups pretzel twists


Place the cereal in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter and then microwave for 30-second intervals until smooth.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and use a spatula to gently toss the cereal in the chocolate until completely coated.

Place the brownie mix inside a resealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Add the chocolate coated cereal. Seal and shake until cereal is coated. Spread the cereal on a baking sheet and allow to cool completely.

Combine the cereal, M&Ms, peanut butter cups and pretzel twists.


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