Category Archives: Bakery

Cookie Jar Project For Cookie Types and Definitions | Family and Consumer Sciences

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Fruits and vegetables posters here, magnets here.

I’m a bit of a nerd for vintage pottery and glassware. I start our cookie unit geeking out a little bit about my favorite brands and styles of vintage cookie jars. I have a few on display.

I explain to my students that they are going to be adding to my vintage cookie jar collection. They can design their own cookie jar or look online for vintage inspiration.

Within the cookie jar students need to draw the six types of cookies. Each cookie is labeled with the type and definition. It should be in a shape that exemplifies the cookie. This is what I use for “notes” for the cookie unit.

I love the creativity that the students show with this project! Students really remember what they write. There is a little friendly competition involved too. The finished cookie jars are definitely my favorite decoration.

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Good Eats: Pretzel Logic | Three-Day Yeast Dough Soft Pretzels Lab

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Oh. My. Goodness. It is recipes like this that make people think Family and Consumer Sciences teachers have magic superpowers. (Does anyone else feel under high pressure at potlucks?) Even if you don’t have time to make these soft yeast dough pretzels with your students, do it for yourself. They are so good!

Good news teachers: This lab can be spread across three days!

Day 1: Students watch “Good Eats: Pretzels Logic” and take notes on their recipe card

  • Recipe is also available on Food Network.
  • This episode is a little confusing because he does the pretzels “wrong” first before correcting it. So have students record the recipe for the dough and then stop recording until he adds in the baking soda step.

Day 2: Students mix dough and review for their test with a Kahoot review game

  • Refrigerate the dough overnight after the first kneading step. We actually froze our dough and that worked well too. Just give it a whole overnight to thaw.

Day 3: Students can form pretzels, boil, and bake.

Do yourself a favor and don’t wait until your yeast bread unit rolls around to make these. 

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Holiday Baking Championship: Not the Holidays Without Pie to Introduce Pie Unit | Family and Consumer Sciences

I came up with this activity much sooner than I’d like to admit. I had been planning on showing Holiday Baking Championship: Not the Holidays Without Pie to review the pie unit instead of to introduce it but ran into a snag with yeast dough and a delay for fog.

For a graphic organizer students divide scratch paper into four quadrants. They are to record pros and cons of store-bought crust, types of pies, and types of crusts. I ended up really liking it as an introduction and will probably do that in the future.

My students really enjoy this series. I use the first episode, Holiday Cookie Madness, to review our cookie unit. It is nice to have something like this in your back pocket for multi-day recipes that leave a spare 10 or 20 minutes.

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