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:

Ingredients:

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

Directions:






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.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

Those cookies look delicious. Thanks for the recipe, Sophie. And Ellery, you must definitely enter your blackberry apple upside down cake in the contest!

Debra said...

I am definitely making Sophie cookies! But could you ask Pastry Chef Sophie if it is ok to grind the apples in my food processor instead of dicing them?

Ellery Adams said...

Sophie's in school, but I'll answer for her. :)

Yes, you can put your apples in the food processor, but I recommend pulsing a few times and that's it. You don't want slivers or to have the apples get runny - just some nice bits to fill the cookie dough.

Maggie Sefton said...

To be read to Sophie---

Go, Sophie!! You're doing great! I'll bet Rachel Ray and Paula Dean started cooking when they were young. I made my first pie at 8, so you've got me beat. :)

You go, girl! I'm proud of you! And I' going to make your cookies in October when I'm cooking with my granddaughter Natale. They sound delicious.

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your recipe, Sophie. Good luck in the contest! I think my 7 year old granddaughter Alex will enjoy making these cookies, too.

Lynda said...

These cookies look awesome. Definitely going to try them. And the blackberry apple upside down cake also sound yummy. You go girls!!

Aurian said...

Lovely post, such a cute little chef! But you have to tell us the result, what place she got.
And no, never entered a cooking contest. No idea if they excist here in Holland.

Linda McDonald said...

Thanks for the recipe! Those cookies look wonderful. And what a wise girl you have!

Ellery Adams said...

The contest is on Sunday and I've decided to enter as well. I'll let you guys know what happens!

Dru said...

Your cookies looks delicious Sophie. Did you make enough for the family to eat and some for the contest?

Vickie said...

Oh yum! Thank you for sharing this cookie recipe. Lady K loves to bake, especially with apples.

Mare F said...

What a cutie and good for her. I love the recipe and I'm going to make some as soon as it's not 75 degrees and humid in my kitchen. Please let us know how she does.

Anonymous said...

I agree that parents allow this child to cook because they have to learn to do those things, because when they growing up they have to serve to the husband.

Tonya Thomas said...

Serve the husband? I don't think so. I let my husband know quite early on that I didn't like to cook (I've since changed my mind). Guess what? He happily took over the task. Now we share the duties.

I would hate to think that any child is brought up to think they must SERVE a husband.

I hope your comment was said in jest.

Tonya Thomas said...

Dear Anonymous,

I sure hope your comment was said in jest. Serve the husband? I don't think so. I let my husband know quite early on that I didn't like to cook (I've since changed my mind). Guess what? He happily took over the task. Now we share the duties.

I would hate to think that any child is brought up to think they must SERVE a husband. Marriage is a partnership. And if it isn't -- why are you still with the beast?

(I don't think you'd enjoy the fiction I write--about women empowering themselves.)

Anonymous said...

Hello!! I'm here again, I apologize because of I said, it wasn't my intention, maybe my words were misunderstood, what I wanted to say was the it would be perfect if this little child was able to make delicious recipes when she grows up, maybe she can prepare excellent recipes for her husband because it's part of the marriage, but both can share the tasks.