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Friday, August 12, 2011

Books With Cookies And Milk (21)

Itsy Mitsy
runs away

Itsy Mitsy Runs Away

By:  Elanna Allen

     This book is so adorable.  Itsy Mitsy has had enough of bedtime.  Tonight she is running away.  She wants to go some place where there are no more bedtimes, ever!  This is such a fun story that will pull young preschoolers.  As each page turns, there is more and more opportunity for laughter.  Read how Mitsy packs to run away, packing a snack for Mister Roar and her dog, Pupcake. (how cute is that?)  With some help from her Dad, Mitsy might want to run away tomorrow night, too!

Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies


5 ounces good-quality semi-sweet chocolate bar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts, very, very finely chopped (by hand)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raw sugar


     Preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.

     Finely chop the chocolate bar into 1/8-inch pieces, more like shavings really. Try to avoid big lumps and chunks, which make flattening out the cookie dough later more difficult.

     In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, walnuts, and shaved chocolate. Set aside.

     Using a mixer (or by hand) beat the butter until fluffy. Beat in the sugar and mix until it is also light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Beat in the molasses, then the egg, mixing until both are well incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mix and stir by hand until the ingredients barely come together into a uniform dough.

     Scoop out the dough in exact, level teaspoons. I then tear those pieces of dough in two before rolling each 1/2 teaspoon of dough into a ball shape. Place two inches apart on your prepared baking sheets. Gently flatten each dough ball into a thin, round patty with two fingers and then sprinkle the top of each cookie with a pinch of raw sugar. Bake for 7 minutes or until cookies are golden. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 12 dozen tiny, bite-sized cookies.

Don't Forget The Milk!


Joanne said...

This sounds adorable. I have a niece and I think this book would be a great book for her!
Blessings, Joanne

Madeleine said...

Sounds like a cute read, especially with a few of your yummy cookies :O)

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I'm making a list of this book and several others from your series to put on hold at the library. Then, reading and maybe just one batch of cookies. :)

Maeve Frazier said...

Joanne - I hope your niece enjoys the book! Thank you for stopping by and following my blog!

Madeleine - The story and the illustrations are both adorable.

Stacy - Thank you. I hope you enjoy