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Cooking With Kids: Cameron Louttit

Thursday, August 31, 2000

Tested by Kathleen Ganster

Age: 8
Parents: Anita and Michael Louttit
Community: Plum
School: third grade at St. John the Baptist Elementary School
Hobbies: playing the piano, karate, Boy Scouts, swimming and baseball
Vacation this past summer: Cameron went to the beach with his parents.
Favorite food to eat: peanut butter sandwiches, spaghetti and an Italian dish called gnocchi
Favorite foods to make: spaghetti and cookies
Favorite TV Show: "Rugrats"
Favorite movie: "Escape to Witch Mountain"

Peanut Butter Kisses

According to Cameron's mom, Anita, Cameron started cooking with her when he was only 3 years old. "We bake a lot, especially around the holidays," she said. These cookies are one of his favorites for Christmas. "I like the Hershey kisses," he said.

1/2 cup of butter or margarine (Cameron prefers butter, which we used)
1/2 cup peanut butter (Cameron prefers Jif or Skippy)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Sugar for rolling in
Bag of Hershey's Kisses

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup of the flour, the sugars, eggs, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla. Beat until combined. Beat in remaining flour.

Cover dough and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from oven and press Hershey's kiss into cookie. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

To submit a recipe to Cooking with Kids, please send the recipe, along with the name of the child, a head shot (preferably a school picture) and a telephone number where the child can be contacted to: Cooking with Kids, Kathleen Ganster, 3142 Camberly Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Questions? Call Kathleen at (724) 443-1664.

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