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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Books With Cookies And Milk (8)

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep

writen by:  Kathy Stemke
illustrated by:  Jack Foster

     This is a story about Zachary and his baby sister, Layla.  Zachary becomes a Super-Hero by putting on thick black glasses.  These glasses give him the power to protect his baby sister.  Follow along and see how Zachary does all this while taking Layla for a walk, while she is sleeping. 

     The story is so wonderfully told by Kathy Stemke and the art done by Jack Foster is fantastic.  I highly recommend this picture book.

     If you have time stop by Kathy's blog - for more great reading.  She has some coloroing pages and Super Hero Glassess that you can print and cut out for your Little Super-Hero.

     Also please stop by Jack Foster's website at and check out his wonderfully humorous illustrations, they'll make your day!

Chocolate Crinkles


4 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsley chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted


In a stainless steel bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter. Remove from heat and set aside.

In another bowl beat the eggs and sugar, with a hand mixer, until thick, pale, and fluffy. (When you slowly raise the beaters the batter will fall back into the bowl in slow ribbons.) At this point beat in the vanilla extract and then stir in the melted chocolate mixture.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to shape into balls (3-4 hours or overnight).

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the confectioner’s sugar in a small bowl. With lightly greased hands, roll a small amount of chilled dough to form a 1 inch ball. Place the ball of dough into the confectioner’s sugar and roll the ball in the sugar until it is completely coated and no chocolate shows through. Gently lift the sugar-covered ball, tapping off excess sugar, and place on prepared baking sheet. Continue forming cookies, spacing about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. (If you find the dough getting too soft for rolling into balls, return to the refrigerator and let chill until firm.)

Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or just until the edges are slightly firm but the centers are still soft. (For moist chewy cookies do not over bake. Over baking these cookies will cause them to be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

These keep well in the freezer.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time:  15 minutes        Cook Time:  12 minutes        Total Time:  30 minutes

Don't Forget The Milk!


kathy stemke said...

Thanks for featuring our book! I love the cookie recipe too. What a great idea. My husband has a cooking blog where he shares stories and recipes.

God bless!

Nicole said...

What a delightful post! I need to introduce your blog to my sister.. who is always looking for special books/recipes/etc for kids! Hope you are doing well!

Maeve Frazier said...

Kathy - thanks for stopping by. Really, how could I not blog about your book! It is wonderful! I do visit your husband's site. I only wish I thought to see if there was a cookie recipe I could have asked him, to use. Thanks, for posting his website - I hope others stop by there as well.

Nicole - I posted on your blog twice today. I think I was reading your blog while you were reading mine. Thank you for wanting to introduce your sister to my blog. Soon, I will be posing a list of favorite published picture book author's blogs. Thanks for stopping by.

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Thanks for the sweet comment you left over at my blog. I love to hear from my readers (don't we all?). This PB looks like a gem! Hope you're staying cool in Mass.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I love that glasses make him a super hero. Love this cookie recipe too. I haven't figured out how to make it properly at our elevation in CO. I look forward to your list of PB author blogs.

Maeve Frazier said...

Angelina - thank you for stopping by. I love this picture book! It is a little cooler here, today.

Stacy -Thanks for your comments. I look forward to the posting of the picture books, too! Almost as much fun as reading them.

Jack Foster said...

Hey Maeve! Thanks for the link and the wonderful review..... and your encouraging comments.... and thanks for stopping by :o)

Maeve Frazier said...

Jack - Thank you! I love sharing something wonderful!