Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Five-Year-Old Chef

My daughter is entering her first cooking contest and yesterday we made her entry. She's entering Sophie's Apple Cookies in the 18 and under category at a harvest festival this weekend. The only requirement is that she use fresh apples in her dish.

Now I love to bake, but I'm terrified of the idea of having my food judged by anyone other than my friends and family. Sophie is fearless and reminded me (while she was cracking an egg without getting a single piece of shell in the mixing bowl) that even if she doesn't win, we still get to eat the cookies.

Wish I'd been that wise at 5. Shoot, wish I were that wise now!

Anyway, she wanted me to share her recipe so here it is:


1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar

1 large egg

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 large Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored and finely diced


Beat butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and blend thoroughly. Add vanilla.

Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Stir the dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Stir in apple.

Drop from tablespoon 1 1/2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Have you ever entered a cooking contest? Should I be brave and enter the 18 and over category? I'd make a blackberry apple upside-down cake.