Bake a Treat to Share with Friends
Butterbean knows that baking can be a great way to practice creativity, entrepreneurship — and friendship!
Bake together with your child to hone his or her fine motor and early math skills — and to learn important lessons about sharing delicious treats with people we love.
Parent/Caregiver Tip: Baking and sharing is just one great way to show we care! Involve your child in donating, giving gifts, and other acts of generosity on a regular basis. Read this article from Greater Good at Berkeley University, Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids, to learn some more ways to help children learn to prioritize kindness to others.
- Your favorite cookie recipe or store-bought dough
- Or, for a healthier version, use watermelon
- Let's make a giant Friendship Cookie to share with friends!
- Let's start with a basic cookie dough (we can mix up our own ingredients or use store-bought dough). Instead of making many small cookies, let’s use our fingers and/or a rolling pin to make one big cookie! For a healthier option, we can decorate a round slice of watermelon with other fruits and/or yogurt.
- While our giant cookie is baking, let’s invite some friends over. How many people will there be?
- Once the cookie cools down, let’s think about how to share our cookie with everyone who is coming over. How many pieces will we need? How can we make sure that every piece is the same size, so that everyone gets the same amount?
- How do you think our friends will feel when they see the Friendship Cookie? How will YOU feel when you get to share it with friends?
A Friendship Cookie Recipe
This recipe will help you make a yummy chocolate chip cookie, but you can make your own favorite recipe, too!
½ cup unsalted butter, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg, 1 ½ cups flour, ¼ tsp baking soda, ¼ tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 cup chocolate chips, nuts optional
- Preheat the oven to 375°f
- Cream butter and sugars until fluffy, beat in eggs and vanilla.
- Mix in dry ingredients, followed by the chocolate chips and optional nuts.
- Shape the cookie dough into a giant cookie on a baking sheet.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until the cookie is starting to turn a tiny bit brown. Keep an eye on it because it might cook faster or slower depending on the shape and size of your cookie.
- Cool completely and divide to share with friends.