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Cooking with Kids: Stir 'n' bake oatmeal cookies a snap

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Name: Kerianne Hensel

Kerianne Hensel

Age: 5
Parents: Wendy and Bill Hensel
Brother: Peter, 2
Community: Swisshelm Park
School: Just finished kindergarten at John Minadeo Elementary School
Hobbies: Making cookies
Favorite food to cook: Cookies
Favorite foods to eat: "These kinds of cookies because they are very good."
Favorite subject in school: Math
Favorite TV show: "Scooby Doo"
Pets: Dog named BooBoo
What she wants to be when she grows up: A veterinarian

Kerianne started baking about a year and a half ago with her grandmother, Diana Hensel of Regent Square. "Her grandmother picks her up from school three days a week and that is one of the things they like to do together," said her mother, Wendy. "My mother-in-law is a former home economics teacher and enjoys cooking."

Kerianne enjoys making these cookies and, in fact, made them with her classmates at school, along with her grandmother.

"My grandma taught me how to make these. They are very easy," Kerianne said. "I'm going to learn how to bake all by myself when I grow up."

She is off to a good start with these quick but delicious cookies.

Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

1 package spice cake mix
2 eggs
1 cup quick-cooking oats (not instant or old-fashioned)
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips or M&M's

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets or use parchment paper.

Combine cake mix, eggs, oats, oil and raisins, chips or M&M's in a large bowl. Mix on low speed of electric mixer until blended. Drop from rounded teaspoon onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 9 minutes. Cool 1 minute on baking sheet. Remove to cooling rack.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

-- Tested by Kathleen Ganster

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 or e-mail at kganster@fyi.net

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