Button cookie, button cookie, who’s got the button cookie?

Just a quick question or three before I find out exactly how easy it is to make button cookies:

It says here to sew thread through a small stack of buttons. Do I use one of those sharp metal pointy thingies? Can you help me with that part, please?

Or can I skip all that decorating stuff and go straight to eating the cookies?

Eh? I should share the cookies??

Maybe you can help me with that part, too.

There are a bazillion button cookie recipes out there. Today I like For Chic Sake‘s version best.

For Chic Sake Milk Button Cookies Recipe

Inhabitots: Red Velvet Cupcakes (the video)

You’ll need to watch this video at least twice: once to giggle to pieces over the 4-year-old pastry chef, and once to catch the recipe tips ‘n tricks. [3 mins 37 sec one way]

Also: Pete is a 4-year-old who is all kinds of comfy in the kitchen? I’m a little bit older than 4, and I still haven’t made red velvet anything.

Off I go to investigate what other 4-year-olds are baking these days.


Rachel Chew: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Sometimes it helps to show your young cooks a video of what they’re going to make.

Often the excitement kicks in just a few minutes sooner than with analog recipes, and those seemingly random steps (the instructions) might make a bit more sense to them.

Rachel Chew from Elephantine makes nice short easy-to-follow recipe videos. I like ’em.

And if you get started with her Pineapple Upside-Down Cake video, then – whoo-hoo! – there’s your dessert for tonight.

[Rachel Chew on Vimeo]

Cheap Thrills Cuisine: Phyllo Pear Nests

Somebody is baking with pears and phyllo dough?

Well, then, ‘scuse me, comin’ through, ‘scuse me, ‘scuse me, ‘scuse me, ‘scuse me, ‘scuse me, pardon me, oh boy oh boy oh boy I really need to move closer to the oven, yes, sorry, ‘scuse me, ‘scuse me….

P.S. Step 9: Good call.


Phyllo Pear Nests

1. Peel and slice 5-6 Bosc pears into 1/2-inch by 3/8-inch slices.

2. In a large saucepan, add: pear slices, 1/4 cup water, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 2 teaspoons cinnamon

3. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates.

4. Chill 30 minutes.

5. Spray 12 muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.

6. Fold one sheet of phyllo dough in half. Cut into 6 equal squares. Lay 3 squares in one muffin cup. Spray with oil. Lay 3 remaining squares at right angles in cup. Repeat with 11 more cups.

7. Spoon equal amounts of pear mixture into nests. Top with 1 tablespoon of strawberry preserves.

8. Bake at 375 F for 7-8 minutes. Cool in tin 5 minutes. Carefully remove.

9. Serve with ice cream.

10.Sigh contentedly.

[Cheap Thrills Cuisine!]

That mini chocolate fondue in a muffin

Just like the mini seven-layer dip, you really have to make a mini fondue in a muffin.

1) Chop some fruit.

2) Melt some chocolate.

3) Scoop out the innards of a muffin. Save the top, eat the innards.

4) Carefully pour the chocolate into the scooped out muffin.

5) Dip fruit and eat.

6) Sigh contentedly.

7) Repeat.

Elie Ayrouth politely points out that there is no need to limit yourself to chocolate. As the muffins change, so shall the contents inside.

Spunky chili in a corn muffin? Oh boy oh boy oh boy.

[Miit Studio via FoodBeast]

Single Serving Pies In A Jar

Several years ago, Our Best Bites patiently explained how to make Pies In A Jar.

The instructions are step-by-step, and you should be putting together your own freezerable Pies In A Jar in remarkably little time.

If this whole idea is new to you, hike up your pants/skirts and gallop on over to learn more!

Worried about glass breaking when you bake? That’s covered.

Worried about needing to share? That’s covered.

Worried about all the weight you’ll gain when you eat them all? Nope, that’s not covered. (Play outside after eating one!)

[Thank you!]

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