Teaching Tennessee, CTE Task: Cookie Baking

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COURSE:

Culinary Arts III

TASK LENGTH:

I hour

 

Cookie Baking

Task Description

Standards

In this activity, students will

  1. first watch the short video “The chemistry of cookies” (4:29) to review the science behind baking cookies;
  2. complete the cookie baking ingredients crossword puzzle, which asks them to match cookie ingredients with their primary baking functions;
  3. complete the cookie types match game, which ensures students are familiar with the six basic types of cookies (i.e. bar, drop, molded, pressed, refrigerated, and rolled)—how they are formed, examples, etc.;
  4. develop their own cookie recipe for one of the six basic cookie types.  

Culinary Arts III, Standard 21: Compile a collection of cookie recipes from multiple sources. Develop an original recipe, taking into consideration the ingredient proportions, flavor profile, and presentation of the final product. In small groups, review and revise the recipes of peers. Take a photograph of the prepared cookie and place in the student portfolio.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • identify and explain the main cookie baking ingredients and their functions;
  • distinguish between and explain the differences among the six basic types of cookies (i.e. bar, drop, molded, pressed, refrigerated, and rolled);
  • write out their own cookie recipe for one of the six basic cookie types.

 

To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  • exchange newly develop cookie recipes with peers and bake their peers’ cookies;
  • evaluate the ease, accessibility, accuracy, and overall success of their peers cookie recipes after baking and provide written comments and feedback for revision.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions

Bar cookies

 

 

 

 

Drop cookies

 

 

Molded cookies

 

 

 

Pressed cookies

 

 

 

Refrigerator cookies

 

 

Rolled cookies

_________ ___________, which are typically baked in a square or rectangular pan and are cut into squares once slightly cool, include brownies and blondies.

 

Chocolate chip and oatmeal are examples of _______ ________.

 

When baking ________ _________, like peanut butter cookies, shape the dough into walnut-size balls.

 

Spritz cookies are a type of _______ ________, which are typically shaped using a cookie press.

 

When baking __________ _________, you first chill the dough and then use a sharp knife to slice it into individual cookies.

 

Christmas sugar cookies, which are typically cut into various shapes, are examples of __________ ____________.

Why is it important that you measure your ingredients properly with baking cookies?

 

Why do you need to understand the different functions of baking ingredients when baking cookies?

Additional Resources

Teacher Instructional Materials:

Cookie Baking Ingredients Crossword Puzzle  

Cookie Types Match Game

Develop Your Own Cookie Recipe Activity

 

Teacher and Student Instructional Videos:

The Chemistry of Cookies TED-Ed (TED-Ed. (2013, Nov. 19). The chemistry of cookies – Stephanie Warren [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6wpNhyreDE&feature=emb_title)

 

Basics of Baking: Measuring Ingredients (C&H Sugar. (2014, Aug. 25). Basics of Baking: Measuring Ingredients [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYU942728FM&feature=emb_title)

 

Teacher and Student Instructional Resources:

Home Baking Association Measurement Guide (Home Baking Association. (n.d.). Measurement Guide. Home Baking Association. http://www.homebaking.org/measurement-guide/)

 

Home Baking Association Glossary (Home Baking Association. (n.d.). Glossary. Home Baking Association. http://www.homebaking.org/glossary/)

 

Cookie Making Tips and Secrets (What’s Cooking America. (n.d.). Cookie Making Tips and Tricks. What’s Cooking America. https://whatscookingamerica.net/Cookie/CookieTips.htm)

 

“Cookie-Baking Chemistry: How To Engineer Your Perfect Sweet Treat” (Doucleff, M. (2013, Dec. 3). “Cookie-Baking Chemistry: How To Engineer Your Perfect Sweet Treat.” NPR. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/12/03/248347009/cookie-baking-chemistry-how-to-engineer-your-perfect-sweet-treat)

 

Cookie Baking  

Activity Steps:

  1. Students will first watch the short video “The Chemistry of Cookies” (4:29) to review how the science behind baking certain types of cookies.
  2. Once they’ve watched the measuring video, students will complete the cookie baking ingredients crossword puzzle, which asks them to match cookie ingredients with their primary baking functions.
  3. Next, they will complete the cookie types match game, which ensures students are familiar with the six basic types of cookies (i.e. bar, drop, molded, pressed, refrigerated, and rolled)—how they are formed, examples, etc.
  4. Students will set out to develop their own cookie recipe for one of the six basic cookie types. Before developing their cookie recipe, students will want to look through some cookie recipes provided by the instructor. Students can use these recipes to help them come up with ideas and inspire their cookie recipes, but they should not duplicate any of these recipes. They should also read What’s Cooking America’s “Cookie Making Tips and Secrets.”
  5. After completing the crossword puzzle, match game, and recipe, students will submit all materials to the instructor for feedback.

Student Resources

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Crossword Puzzle CTE

 

 

Word bank:

Oil     Peanut Butter     Water     Sugar     Baking Soda     Oatmeal     Flour     Cocoa     Salt     Butter     Milk    

Corn Syrup     Cinnamon     Brown Sugar     Chocolate Chips     Eggs     Baking Powder     Molasses     Shortening     Vanilla  

Crossword Puzzle CTE 2

 

Develop Your Own Cookie Recipe Activity

Instructions: For this activity, you’ll want to develop your own original cookie recipe. To do so, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Watch the “Basics of Baking: Measuring Ingredients” (2:43), if you haven’t done so already, and re-watch “The Chemistry of Cookies TED-Ed,” if needed.

 

Step 2: Read What’s Cooking America’s “Cookie Making Tips and Secrets” and follow the tips as you prepare to develop your own unique cookie recipe

 

Step 3: Take a look at some of the following cookies and bars recipes from the Home Baking Association. Use these recipes to help you develop your own unique cookie recipe:

Cinnamon Crunch Cookies (Difficulty level: culinary)

Homemade Oatmeal Cookies (Difficulty level: culinary)

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Difficulty level: culinary)

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Difficulty level: culinary)

Soft Sugar Cookies (Difficulty level: culinary)

Toasted Pistachio Fig Crisps (Difficulty level: easy, intermediate)  

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies (Difficulty level: intermediate)

Apple Pie Bars (Difficulty level: intermediate)

Cinnamon Bun Blondies (Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate)

Whole Wheat Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies (Difficulty level: easy)

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies (Difficulty level: beginner)

Brown Butter Mexican Wedding Cookies (Difficulty level: easy)

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies (Difficulty level: beginner)

Gingerbread Cookies (Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate)

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Sugar Cookies (Difficulty level: intermediate)  

Classic Sugar Cookies (Difficulty level: easy)

Chocolate Chip Biscotti (Difficulty level: intermediate)

Cocoa Nut Torte Bites (Difficulty level: intermediate)

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie (Difficulty level: beginner)

(All of the above recipes are taken from Home Baking Association. (n.d.). Recipe Types: Cookies and Bars. Home Baking Association. https://www.homebaking.org/recipe-type/cookies-bars/)  

 

Step 4: Complete the cookie recipe planning chart to help you plan and organize your cookie recipe.

 

Step 5: Once you’ve completed the cookie recipe planning chart, format your recipe according to the Home Baking Association cookie recipe examples you reviewed.

 

Step 6: Submit your planning chart and final, properly formatted cookie recipe (along with your crossword puzzle and match game) to your instructor.  

 

 

Cookie Recipe Planning Chart

Student name:

Date:

Cookie Recipe Name:

Ingredients

List all ingredients below

Servings # _____________

Instructions

When writing your recipe instructions, make sure to include the following:

Measurements

List all measurements for ingredients below  

 

 

  1. Preheat oven to _________________

 

  1. Type/size of pan/cookie sheet? Greased or ungreased?

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  1. Other hand tools and smallwares needed (e.g., saucepan for melting chocolate, blender, food processor, whisk, etc.)?

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  1. Outline each step in the process—don’t take shortcuts or gloss over anything. Remember, while it may make sense to you since it’s your recipe, it may not make sense to another person. Take it slow and provide each step along the way.
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Other important information to include in your final recipe:

Prep time: __________

Cook time: ______________

Approximate Yield: ________________

Estimated difficulty level: _________________