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Cooking with Kids: Cookies are the basis for Dirt Cake

Thursday, February 28, 2002

Name: Domonique Valentine

Domonique Valentine

Age: 11
Parents: Jill and Al Valentine
Community: Marshall
School: Fifth-grader at Marshall Elementary School
Hobby: Drawing
Sports: Basketball and football
Favorite food to cook: Dirt Cake and pancakes
Favorite foods to eat: Ice cream and raw broccoli
Favorite subject in school: Science
Favorite TV show: "Great Pretenders"
Favorite book: "Are you there God? It's me, Margaret" by Judy Blume
Favorite movie: "Snowdogs" and "Shrek"
What she wants to be when she grows up: A Women's National Basketball Association player, teacher or singer

Domonique enjoys making that all-time kid favorite, Dirt Cake. She has been cooking with her mother for about three years, and she shares these cooking tips:

"Always wash your hands before you cook. And if your parents want to help, let them. Listen to what they say so you don't mess up."

Dirt Cake

1 large bag Oreo cookies, not double stuffed
2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
1 large container nondairy whipped topping
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Crush the Oreos, center and all. Put half of crushed mixture into the bottom of a 9-by-12-inch pan. Save other half of the mixture for the topping.

In a small bowl, mix the butter, cheese and sugar and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the pudding, milk and vanilla.

In a large bowl, mix the cheese mixture with the pudding mixture -- it is best to mix it by hand. Add the whipped topping and mix well. Pour over the crust, then add the rest of the crumbs to the top.

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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