The Duckling Gets A Cookie & C Gets One too!

Reading, as many would know, is the foundation to mastering any language. However, for parents with kids with autism, finding a book that would interest them as well as assist them with comprehension might be difficult. I read on And Next Comes that books with speech and thought bubbles will assist our children with comprehension. We found this book from the local library and C loves it!

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This book is titled, The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems. You can read more about the book here from the Book Depository website. (ISBN-13: 978-1423151289)

Access code for the local library: WIL under Junior Section
If you want to borrow the book from the local library: Access code WIL under Junior Section

After reading the book several times, C asked to make cookies with nuts. It just so happened that the July issue of Singapore Women’s Weekly has a recipe for Choc-Mint biscuits. I simplified the recipe by omitting the chocolate icing and sprinkling of mint and replaced it with Cadbury Dream White Chocolate that we have at home. Well, I also didn’t add nuts in the cookies as I didn’t have any at home.

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Time needed: Prep 30mins Cook 30-34 mins Drizzle the White Chocolate 10 mins

Ingredients needed (18 cookies):

  • One block of butter (250 grams), softened
  • One teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1/3 cup of Hershey cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

White chocolate icing:

  • 1/2 a bar of Cadbury Dream white chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to moderate 180C. Line oven tray with baking paper. (My oven is the built in type and normally I would have to leave the oven on for about 10 minutes at the designated temperature, which in this case is 180C in order for the food to be cooked thoroughly.)
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla essence together until pale and creamy.
  3. Add combined sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda. Mix well to form a dough.
  4. C sifting the dry ingredients together.
    C sifting the dry ingredients together. Do be careful as kids will tend to sift too fast and the mixture might spill on the table.

    C still playing with the sifted dry ingredients.
    C still playing with the sifted dry ingredients.
  5. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on trays, 4cm apart, flattening slightly. Bake in two batches. I had to bake them for about 15 to 17 minutes for each batch. Cool completely on trays.
  6. C flattened the cookie dough. He really enjoyed this process and wanted more cookie balls to flatten.
    C flattened the cookie dough. He really enjoyed this process and wanted more cookie balls to flatten.

    The cookies baking in the oven.
    The cookies baking in the oven.
  7. Drizzle the white chocolate

    Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small unmelted chunks, remove bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest).
    Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the saucepan. Stir white chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small unmelted chunks, remove bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest). I placed the white chocolate in the corner of a plastic bag. Next, I tied a dead knot to the bag. Cut a small hole at the corner of the bag and let C to drizzle the chocolate.

Reflection

C ate the cookie with delight with B. As the next day was the celebration of National Day in C’s school, we gave some of the cookies to the teachers and some to my colleagues in school. These cookies are definitely easier to make than the Minion cupcakes. Even till today, one week on, C is still reading the book and asking to make more cookies 🙂

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