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

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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Monster Cookie Math and Measuring | Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Lab

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I was writing another post and looking to link to my Monster Cookie Math and Measuring lab, only to find that I have never blogged about it. How could that be?! It is one of my very favorites! I’ll get to that shortly, but first I have the winner of our The Donut Book giveaway to announce.

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Now for my best-ever Monster Cookie Recipe! I stress to my students that we are actually learning math and measuring skills and that we get to make cookies. First, students pick up a worksheet and practice dividing the recipe in half.

We check the student’s work with a demonstration. I make the cookies, demonstrating our lab procedure and how to measure each ingredient.

Then students make their cookies. They practice the unit pricing math as they finish.

I love this recipe for many reasons. First, it demonstrates the many ways to measure ingredients. Second, it is fail-proof. I have taught this lesson dozens of times and it always comes out great. This recipe refrigerates well so you can divide the measuring and baking between two days. It is also loaded with whole grains so I don’t feel so bad about making it in a nutrition class.

There are many options for modifying the recipe. We almost always eliminate the step of rolling the cookies in powdered sugar. Also, I provide students with only 1/4 C chocolate chips and ask them to bring in the extra add ins from home which keeps my costs down. The cookies have turned out with no add ins at all and up to 1 C additional add ins.

I hope this recipe is helpful for your class. Even if you can’t fit it in, it is a great family recipe to have on hand. I have also modified it to be vegan and gluten-free for my family.