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If you are looking for the best weekend or afternoon treat for your little ones then have I got the thing for you.
You know how much I love pairing craft projects or food with books and movies, well today I'm sharing two new Mo Willems books with you, We Are Growing and The Cookie Fiasco. They are the first two books in the new beginning-reader series Elephant & Piggie Like Reading. Of course The Cookie Fiasco made me crave cookies, and we all know cookies and milk must go together, so I give you this:
Yes, that is a giant gluten-free chocolate chip cookie milkshake. Perfect for enjoying while you read.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
makes approximately 15 large cookies
- 1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp xantham gum
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (1 11.5 oz package) chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375F.
Line baking tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour, coconut flour, xantham gum, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
In a second large bowl, using an electric mixer, blend together the cream cheese, butter, brown and granulated sugars. Add the vanilla and eggs and blend again.
Add half the flour mixture and blend just a little, then add the other half and blend until just combined.
Knead the dough together a little with your hands, I find it gets a little crumbly otherwise.
Use an ice-cream scoop (for large cookies) and pop scoops of cookie dough onto the trays a couple of inches apart.
Now, here is where my great cookie fiasco came in. If you don't flatten these a little you will end up with little cookie mounds, which isn't a bad thing, they just don't spread and flatten very much. So I did one batch of cookie mounds, and one batch of large flattened cookies. I'm actually kinda digging the mounds though.
Bake the cookies for 11 minutes. Do not transfer to a cooling rack right away, let them sit for a couple of minutes on the cookie tray, I found they set better this way.
Now, to make the milkshakes:
Use a spatula to put a little chocolate icing (like for a cake) around the outside of the glass, about 1 inch from the top. Cover with chocolate chips and sprinkles.
Drizzle a little chocolate syrup down the inside of the glass and put a little into the bottom of the glass too.
In a blender combine about 3 cups of vanilla ice-cream and 1 1/2 cups of reduced-fat milk. Pour into the glass.
Top with whipped cream, more chocolate sprinkles and chocolate chips, and a little chocolate syrup if you like. Pop a cookie on top.
Want to know more about the new beginning-reader series Elephant & Piggie Like Reading, created by Mo Willems?
Best friends Elephant and Piggie introduce kids to their favorite books – brought to life in original stories created by contemporary children’s book authors and illustrators. Each 64-page beginning reader delivers a high quality reading experience that speaks to kids’ interests and abilities through stories that are fun and funny. The defining dialogue-driven format, established in the Elephant & Piggie series, unifies the collection with an active, participatory storytelling style that fans love. Plus, each book contains all-new Elephant & Piggie story bumpers!
The first two books in the #EPLR series hit shelves September 20th: We are Growing and Cookie Fiasco.
WE ARE GROWING
By award-winning author and illustrator Laurie Keller
In Stores September 20th
Growing up isn’t always the EASIEST
Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!
About the Creator
Laurie Keller, an award-winning author and illustrator, has created many children’s books including Birdy’s Smile Book, The Scrambled States of America Talent Show, and Do Unto Otters, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year. Laurie lives near Lake Michigan. Visit her at www.lauriekeller.com.
By Caldecott Award winner Dan Santat
In Stores September 20th
Four Friends. Three Cookies. One Problem.
Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . And four of them. . . What’s more, they need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs!
About the Creator
Dan Santat (www.dantat.com) is the author and illustrator of the recent Caldecott winner, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, and many other books. For Disney-Hyperion he illustrated Oh, No! and Oh, No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett, Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo by Ayun Halliday, and Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa. He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.
ABOUT MO WILLEMS
Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering five Geisel Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball! and Waiting Is Not Easy!).
Learn more about these two great titles here: