Monday, August 30, 2010

Back To School...Time For a Snack!

Today Rebecca & Maggie's boys head back to school after a long and wonderful summer break. But what makes this extra-special is that Jonah and Jack are starting kindergarten (*sniff* where did the time go??)! So to make this day super-special, we wanted to come up with a fun after school snack. We came across this recipe for cookie cups, although the original recipe uses them to serve ice cream. While we thought ice cream wasn't the best idea for a snack, we thought these would make fun bowls for fruit salad, making this both fun and (sort of) healthy!

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

First, cream the shortening, butter and sugar in a large bowl. Then add the egg and vanilla and mix until blended. In a separate bowl sift together the salt, baking powder, and flour. Then mix it little by little into the batter. Then stir in the chocolate chips. Wrap the dough in plastic and let it chill in the fridge for at least two hours.
Heat the oven to 375ยบ. Using upside down muffing tins, cover the cup bottoms with squares of aluminum foil (use every other cup so there's some space between them). Grease the foil and set it aside.

Unwrap your dough, place it between 2 sheets of waxed paper, and roll it out to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out 4-inch circles of dough and place each one over a cup bottom, smoothing out any cracks (we did this and still ended up with small cracks in our bowls - oh well!).

Bake the cookie cups for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Let them cool for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and cookies together from the muffin pan. Peel off the foil and let the cups cool completely on a rack. AS you can see from the pics, ours didn't turn out nearly as pretty as the original recipe's, but looks aren't everything! :)
Just before serving, fill each cookie cup with some yummy fruit salad (or ice cream if you prefer). Makes about 10.

We know our kids are going to love this tasty surprise after their big day back. We hope yours do, too!
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  1. These are so cute!
    ...although I can totally picture my littles saying, "we'll just take the cookie part"!
    Happy school year!

  2. These look so good!

    new follower from the Monday linkup.


  3. Mmmmm YUmmy! I take it you have twins as well?? Mine start grade 1 this year..time flies!

  4. Glad you all like this! The kids definitely favored the cookie bowls over the fruit, but oh well! :)

    @ Dawn, no Jack and Jonah are cousins, but they might as well be brothers!

  5. Yum. I want one. Guess I'll have to have an orange for now, but I'm making those. Look delicious1

  6. Found you on SugarBee- these look YUMMY :)
    We're your newest follower... follow back if you'd like!
    :)Happy Monday!

  7. How totally cool are these?!?!? I love the idea!!!

  8. YUM!!! I like that you wanted to make them "healthy!" Hey, it works for me!

  9. This is really cute and I am sure it is delicious. I think my kids would flip for them! Thank you for the idea.

  10. This is so cute! Love this idea! You could even fill them with pudding!

  11. Oh my, Delicious! My kids would love these. And adding the ingredients to my shopping list! WOuld love to have you link up with Make it Fantabulous on Friday!

  12. What a fun idea! I love how it's a little treat and something healthy, fruit! What a great combination. Would love you to join me at A Crafty Soiree, every Thursday.

  13. YUM! I use the same idea with parmesan cheese to make bowls for salads. (they don't go in the oven that way, but after the oven)

    I am sure my kids would like the cookies better! ;D

  14. Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, I really appreciate that you drop by almost every week! I've always wanted to make cookie cups for ice cream, and love the fruit salad idea!

  15. That's such a great idea! I love it! I'm going to have to try this sometime! :)

  16. What a great idea!
    Greetings from Scotland

  17. YUM! They look so cute too! I host a food link party on Friday's, called Foodie Friday. I'd love it if you'd link these up this week!

    ~The Speckled Dog