"Mmm, Cookies!" Story and Activity

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May 25 is Cookie Monster's Birthday! Celebrate by reading this great story and making your own cookies. Mmm, Cookies by Robert Munsch is a fun story about a boy named Christopher who tricks his family and friends with playdough cookies. Robert Munsch wrote this story based on his experience working in a daycare when the children would make him “cookies” and laugh at his funny faces and noises. Substitute your funniest sound effects to make this story your own.

What You’ll Need:
*Mmm, Cookies by Robert Munsch
*Prepared sugar cookie dough, or use the recipe below
*White icing
*Food coloring
*Colored sugar or sprinkles
*Raisins (optional)
*Red & yellow playdough

Preparation:
*If you plan to make the sugar cookies from scratch, print out a copy of the recipe below and make sure you have all the ingredients.

Activity:
*Read Mmm, Cookies by Robert Munsch. Make up your own sound effects and funny faces and encourage your children to do so, too.
*Bake the sugar cookies according to the package directions or using the recipe below. (To make the sugar cookie dough red like the playdough cookies in the book, add a few drops of red food coloring to the sugar cookie dough & mix thoroughly before baking.)
*While the cookies are baking, have your children use the playdough to make their best imitation sugar cookies and take turns “eating” them with sound effects and funny faces.
*While the cookies are cooling off, spoon out some white food coloring into a few different bowls. Add a drop or two of food coloring to each bowl to make different colored icing.
*When cookies are cool, ice with colored icing, sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles, and add raisins on top. Enjoy!

Suggested Resources:
http://www.robertmunsch.com/books.cfm?bookid=66 : The Official Robert Munsch site
http://www.biblio.com/search.php?author=&title=mmm+cookies&keyisbn=&form... : Get a copy of Mmm, Cookies, by Robert Munsch for $1.99 plus shipping!

This activity can be found in the Book Club section of our site.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Courtesy of http://www.AllRecipes.com
Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Ready In: 40 Minutes Servings: 30

Ingredients:
½ c butter
½ c shortening
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ¼ c all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tps baking soda
Add’l sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in sugar. Place on greased baking sheet; flatten with a glass. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.