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 - http://educationtipster.blogspot.com/ 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 http://jacktoon.blogspot.com/ and check out his wonderfully humorous illustrations, they'll make your day!
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
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