Four Easy Baking Recipes

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Stacie Caplan>Senior>Film>University of Western Ontario

Baking is a great activity to do with friends or to help reduce stress during exams. There is nothing more exciting than smelling fresh baked cookies in the oven. These four recipes are simple, delicious, and fun to make. However, if you live in a dorm and don’t have access to an oven, check out the common room, cafeteria, or visit a friend’s house to use the oven. These delicious treats are worth it!



1. Super-easy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
1 egg
½ cup sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tbs all-purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips (milk/semi-sweet/dark/white)
       Preheat oven to 350°F
       Mix together 1 egg and ½ cup of sugar until frothy
       Add 1 cup of peanut butter, mix until smooth
       Add 1 cup of flour
       Mix in 1 teaspoon of flour and sugar to flatten (if necessary)
       Add chocolate chips and mix
       Bake at 350 degrees until slightly browned around edges (approximately 8-12 minutes)
2. Chewy, Chocolaty Mini Brownies
2 semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, coarsely chopped
1 cup of sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cocoa, sifted if lumpy
¼ tsp salt
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
2 tbsp. canola oil
       Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
       Put chocolate into small microwavable-safe bowl
       Microwave, uncovered, on medium for about 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until almost melted
       Stir until smooth
       Add sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt into medium bowl and stir
       Whisk eggs, oil, and melted chocolate into small bowl until combined
       Put mixture from small bowl into medium bowl
       Stir until moistened
       Fill 24 greased mini-muffin cups ¾ full
       Bake for around 15 minutes until center of brownie comes out moist but not wet (use pick or fork)
3. Lemony-Lemon Cake
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Lemon unsweetened Kool-aid drink powder
½ cup shortening
4 tsp of water
       Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
       In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and drink powder
       Stire with a whisk until blended
       Cut shortening until evenly distributed and mixture resembles corn meal
       Grease and flour a 4 inch miniature cake pan
       In a small bowl, combine cake mix and water
       Stir wit ha fork or spoon until blended and smooth
       Pour mixture into prepared pan
       Bake 12-13 minutes in oven (or until
       Remove from oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes
4. Rice Crispy Treats 
4 tbsp butter
10 oz. marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups crispy rice cereal   
       Spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray
       Line the pan with parchment or waxes paper for easy removal
       In a 3-quart saucepan, heat butter and marshmallows over medium heat until melted
       Remove from heat, and immediately stir in the cereal using a spatula
       Spread into the prepared pan and flatten
       Let cool and harden completely
       Cut into squares and enjoy!



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