Fun2Do - recipe

  • Respect

    We are all different and that’s beautiful. We need to respect everyone’s differences and value them. Bake cookies and then allow everyone to create their own master pieces by decorating the cookies. Use frosting, sprinkles, colored gels, candies and anything else edible that inspires you. After decorating go around and talk about what you like about everyone’s creations. Remember that we are all works of art and we need to treat everyone with respect because they are valuable too. Then enjoy eating your delicious works of art!

    Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

    3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg
    1 large egg yolk
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy (about 3 to 5 minutes). Add the egg, and beat on medium-high speed until incorporated. Stir in the egg yolk and vanilla extract until combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Stir together until incorporated.
    Use a 1.5-tablespoon cookie scoop to drop balls of cookie dough on the prepared baking sheets, allowing two inches in between for spreading. Flatten the balls slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake the cookies (one sheet at a time) in the center rack of the oven for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are set and just barely beginning to turn golden. (Take care not to over-bake, or the cookies will not be as soft.) Cool on the baking sheet and transfer to an airtight container for storage.

  • Uniqueness

    Discover how unique each of your family members are by building your own nachos. Head to the store and get everything you need for nachos. Set up all your nacho toppings and let each family member create their own unique nacho bowl. Compare bowls, who’s are similar and who’s are different. Talk about how each person’s bowl reflects that family member’s personality.

    Topping Ideas:
    Taco meat, Shredded rotisserie chicken, Nacho cheese, Shredded cheese, Green chilies, Green onions, Chopped onions, Cilantro, Sliced olives, Tomatoes, Bell peppers, Jalapeños, Salsa (sweet, mild, hot), black beans, Shredded lettuce, Sour Cream. Different types of chips: blue corn, corn, Fritos, Ruffles, Doritos

  • Creativity

    What if you could combine two delicious cookies into one incredible cookie?! These easy, no mess cookies are fun for any age to make.

    1 box of Oreo cookies
    1 tube of chocolate chip cookie dough

    Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees. Slice cookie dough about a half an inch thick slices, using your fingers flatten dough then wrap dough around one Oreo cookie. Be sure to completely seal the dough around the cookie. Repeat until you have 24 wrapped cookies. Bake for 11 to 15 minutes and until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy your Creative Cookies.

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    It’s time to celebrate someone who’s accomplished a big task. Maybe you have a friend or family member who is graduating soon, won an award, got that promotion, learned to ride a bike, learned to swim, bought their first home ect. So why not make them some delicious brownies to celebrate their hard work and determination!?


    1 cup butter, melted
    3 cups white sugar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    4 eggs
    1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.

    1. Combine the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until throughly blended.

    2. Sift the flour , cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl. Gradually stir flour mixture into the egg mixture until blended. Stir in the chocolate morsels. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish.

    3. Bake in a preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove, and cool pan on wire rack before cutting.

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    There’s nothing humble about the ingredients — delicious peaches and berries — but the simple shaping method for the crust keeps this pie from taking on airs!

    1 2/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 tablespoon dried buttermilk powder (optional)
    1/4 cup vegetable shortening
    1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
    1 large egg
    1 to 2 tablespoons water

    1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
    2 to 3 peaches, peeled and sliced (12 ounces before peeling)
    2/3 cup sugar
    1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    1/4 cup white sugar for garnish


    1. To make the crust: Whisk together the dry ingredients, and cut in the vegetable shortening and butter.

    2. Whisk the egg and water together, then sprinkle over the flour mixture.

    3. Knead together, adding a bit of extra water to make the dough cohesive, if necessary.

    4. Form the dough into a disk, wrap it well, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    5. To make the filling: Toss the berries and peaches with the sugar and enhancer or flour. If the berries are frozen, don’t thaw them. If they’re dry (like blueberries), run them under water first; this makes easier to combine them thoroughly with the sugar/thickener mixture.

    6. To assemble the pie: Roll the crust into a 13” to 14” round, and transfer it to a pizza pan or baking sheet.

    7. Mound the sugared fruit in the center of the crust, leaving about a 3 1/2” margin of bare crust all the way around.

    8. Fold the crust up over the fruit, pinching or pleating as you go, leaving 5” or so of fruit exposed in the center.

    9. Spritz the crust with water and sprinkle with sparkling white sugar, if desired.

    10. Bake the pie in a preheated 425°F oven for about 35 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the edges of the crust are brown.

    11. Remove it from the oven, and cool for 15 to 30 minutes before cutting into wedges.

  • Forgiveness

    Is there a recipe or food that your family may not have enjoyed at one time? It’s time to give that food a second chance! Pull out those cook books or search the internet for a recipe with that food item or a new version of an old recipe.

    If you have trouble finding a recipe/food to “forgive” and give a second chance to, try brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts get the short end of the
    stick, however they are yummy and nutritious. Try this delicious recipe and give them a second chance.

    Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon


    12+ Brussels sprouts

    Extra-virgin olive oil

    Kosher salt

    black pepper

    2 slices thick cut bacon, cut into pieces

    1 block Parmigiano-Reggiano

    Preheat the oven to 400
    degrees F.

    Cut the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise, from top to bottom. Toss the sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven until tender, about
    20 minutes. While the sprouts are roasting, put the bacon in a small sauté pan with a splash of olive oil and bring the pan to a medium heat. Cook the bacon until it is crispy, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan. Toss the roasted Brussels with the crispy bacon and about a tablespoon of bacon grease. Using a peeler, shave a few slices of Parmigiano on top. Enjoy this second chance food!

  • Love

    Anyone can buy a box of chocolates, surprise someone your family loves by making them chocolates! As a family work together on this easy recipe for delicious chocolate truffles.



    1 (8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened

    3 cups confectioners’ sugar

    3 cups of semisweet chocolate chips, melted

    1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

    options for outer coating:

    chopped nuts

    cocoa powder

    crushed cookies

    coconut flakes

    chopped candy bars

    In an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls, kids will love this silly messy step. Roll truffle in chosen outer coating.

  • Knowledge

    As a family try something new! Here’s a list of foods that are good for your brain, pick one or ten to try! Look in cookbooks or online for recipes that will incorporate your brain food picks. Spend time together thinking of new ways to add these foods to your daily meals and see if your knowledge grows with theses new brain foods.

    Brain Foods:

    Avocados, Beets, Blueberries, Broth, Broccoli, Celery, Coconut Oil, Dark Chocolate, Eggs Yolks, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Leafy Greens, Rosemary, Salmon, Turmeric, and Walnuts.

  • Joy

    Sometimes the holidays can feel like a rocky road. This candy can turn a rough day into a JOY filled day! Plus it’s pretty easy and incredibly delicious.


    2 cups (1 bag) chocolate chips

    1⅔ cups (1 bag) of butterscotch chips

    ½ cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy. I used creamy.)

    9 cups of mini marshmallows (1 bag)

    1 cup of dry roasted peanuts


    Cover a 9x13 baking pan with foil. Melt chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl for about 2 minutes. Stir until smooth when completely melted. Mix marshmallows and peanuts in a different large bowl. Set aside ¼ of the marshmallow/nut mixture to use as topping later. Pour melted chip mixture over marshmallows and nuts and stir to completely coat the marshmallows and nuts. Spread evenly in pan, top with reserved topping and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Lift foil from the pan and peel away from the bars. Cut into squares.

    Enjoy this yummy Christmas treat. Pack some in a ziplock bag and bring a long with you to snack on while looking at Christmas lights!

  • Honor

    Make a batch of warm cookies for someone you’d like to honor and deliver these chewy gooey cookies to them.

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


    8 ounces unsalted butter

    12 ounces flour

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    2 ounces granulated sugar

    8 ounces brown sugar

    1 large egg

    1 large egg yolk

    2 tablespoons whole milk

    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    12 ounces chocolate chips


    1. Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, then set aside to cool slightly.

    2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda onto a paper plate.

    3. Pour the butter into your stand mixer’s work bowl. Add the sugars and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes.

    4. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, whisk together the whole egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract.

    5. Slow the mixer to “stir” and slowly work the egg mixture into the butter and sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds

    6. Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula

    7. Once the flour is worked in, drop the speed to “stir” and add the chocolate chips.

    8. Chill the dough for 1 hour.

    9. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and place the racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven.

    10. Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-ounce portions onto parchment paper-line half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet.

    11. Bake two sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.

    12. Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack, and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.

  • Courage

    These are perfect for you to enjoy while outside on a fall evening!

    16 whole Graham Cracker Squares

    1 container Marshmallow Creme

    1 whole Package Chocolate Almond Bark Or Other Melting Chocolate

    Scoop a heaping tablespoon of marshmallow cream onto 8 crackers. Top with the other 8 crackers, pressing gently. Immediately put the sandwiches in the freezer—-within a minute of putting the second cracker on top. Freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes to set the marshmallow creme as much as possible.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl, then set aside to cool, stirring occasionally to keep the chocolate melted. When the chocolate is room temperature, remove the sandwiches from the freezer. One by one, dip the sandwiches in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Immediately put the sandwiches back into the freezer to set the chocolate and keep the marshmallow from rebelling and oozing out.

Freeze for at least 30 minutes, then you can store the s’mores at room temperature or in the fridge until you’re ready to serve!

  • Trust

    You’ve baked with your kids before and you’ve had to use measuring cups, whisks, an oven and a real recipe. This cake doesn’t use any of those things! You’ll have to work together and TRUST that the cake will turn out.

    You’ll need:

    Crock pot

    1 box of Spice Cake Mix

    2 cans of Apple pie filling

    1 stick of butter melted

    several pinches of ground cinnamon

    Nonstick cooking spray

    Whipped topping or ice cream


    1. Spray inside of Crockpot with non-stick cooking spray

    2. Dump cans of Apple Pie Filling into bottom of crockpot, and spread out evenly.

3. Sprinkle Cinnamon over the apple pie filling.

    4. In medium bowl, combine dry Cake Mix and melted Butter, and stir until crumbly. {break up any large chunks into small crumbles with spoon}.

    5. Pour cake/butter crumble mixture over apples in crockpot, spread out evenly, and cover crockpot with lid.

    6. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours, or LOW for 4 hours.

    7. Serve with Ice Cream or Whip Cream and ENJOY!!

  • Obedience

    Sometimes we can’t see the bigger picture: the piñata we are swinging at, the donkey whose tail we are pinning on, the treasure at the end of a treasure hunt. But just because we don’t know how it will all work out doesn’t mean we don’t swing, pin and hunt with all our hearts, right? Well, that’s exactly what it means to obey even when you don’t know how it’s all going to work out.

    So this week, try to follow what this delicious recipe asks you to do. But here’s the catch—you don’t know what it’s going to make! Will it be a cookie? A pizza? A fruit salad? Or something else entirely? You’ll just have to trust the recipe to find out!


    1 pouch (1lb 1.5 oz) of sugar cookie mix

    ½ cup butter, melted

    1 egg

    1 cup whipping cream

    ½ cup cream cheese frosting

    3 ½ cups assorted fresh fruit

    How To:

    1. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray 14-inch pizza pan or 15x10-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

    2. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, melted butter and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.

    3. In chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Gently stir frosting into whipped cream. Spread over cookie pizza. Arrange fruit on top.

  • Faith, pt. 2

    For each person, you will need:

    2 sandwich-sized baggies

    1 gallon-sized baggie

    1/2 cup cream

    chocolate syrup


    1/4 cup salt

    - Add cream and chocolate syrup in a sandwich baggie and seal tightly. Put that bag into the other sandwich baggie and seal it, double bagging the mixture.

    - Put that baggie into the gallon sized baggie and fill the gallon with ice. Pour the salt in with the ice.

    - Shake the baggie for 8-10 minutes. If it gets too cold, wrap a plastic grocery bag around it to protect your hands.

    - As you shake, notice how the liquid changes to a solid—a delicious, soft-served, chocolate solid. Eat immediately as it will melt quickly.

  • Faith

    For each person, you will need:

    2 sandwich-sized baggies

    1 gallon-sized baggie

    1/2 cup cream

    chocolate syrup


    1/4 cup salt

    - Add cream and chocolate syrup in a sandwich baggie and seal tightly. Put that bag into the other sandwich baggie and seal it, double bagging the mixture.

    - Put that baggie into the gallon sized baggie and fill the gallon with ice. Pour the salt in with the ice.

    - Shake the baggie for 8-10 minutes. If it gets too cold, wrap a plastic grocery bag around it to protect your hands.

    - As you shake, notice how the liquid changes to a solid—a delicious, soft-served, chocolate solid. Eat immediately as it will melt quickly.

  • Contentment

    As the school year is coming to a close, plan a pizza night and talk about all that you’ve already accomplished this year. There were probably some great moment and some not-so-great times. It may not have been a perfect year, but you can be content with what you’ve done.

  • Perseverance

    Finishing the school year well can take a lot of perseverance. Want to help your family stay focused and finish strong? Get them motivated with a “MAKE IT Your Own” pizza night where everyone makes their own mini masterpieces. (Who knows? Bacon and skittles just might be a good combination.) Ask, “What do you want your ‘end’ of school to look like, and how will you MAKE IT happen?”

  • Hope

    This month, schedule a family movie night. Draw from a hat of your favorite movies or creatively choose one family member who gets to pick. Make your favorite snacks and press play and then . . . watch for it. Did an element of hope show up somewhere in the storyline? It likely will. Afterwards, talk about how it plays out. Then point out how the idea of hope shows up in your own family storyline.

  • Cooperation

    Dinner can feel like an insurmountable task, but when you cooperate with other families, you can accomplish a lot more! This month, plan a progressive dinner with other nearby families. Each home will host and serve one course. Keep it simple by asking each home to make a favorite recipe, or give the evening a theme to make the meal even more cooperative. At the end of the night, talk about how you had so much more fun, and food!, because you all cooperated.

  • Self-Control

    We could all use a little help with self-control in the kitchen. This week, force some self-control by making only half of a favorite treat recipe. If you bake only half a pan of brownies, you can’t eat as many. Talk about how much is enough of different foods and see if you agree when it comes to broccoli and ice cream.

  • Compassion

    Christmas is a time for family and loved ones. It can also be a time that magnifies the loss of or lack of loved ones nearby. Think of someone who feels alone this Christmas. Ask them to share a favorite Christmas cookie recipe with you. Then invite them over to make and enjoy the cookies with you and your family.

  • Service

    Traditions make a family a family. (Well, traditions and embarrassing photos.) This month, pass on a family tradition by working together to make a dessert that Grandma or a favorite aunt makes. Then take that dessert to a friend or neighbor to help cheer them up.

  • Individuality

    Nothing displays each person’s individuality like a creative competition!

    This month, invite friends and family over for a pumpkin-carving contest. While everyone works on their pumpkin masterpieces, roast the pumpkin seeds to make a delicious snack. Use your favorite recipe or try this one from food.com.

    Consider salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, seasoned salt or Cajun seasoning.

    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
    2. While it’s OK to leave some strings and pulp on your seeds (which adds flavor), clean off any major chunks.
    3. Toss 1.5 cups of pumpkin seeds in a bowl with 2 tsp. melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice.
    4. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet.
    5. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
  • Initiative

    This meal is going to require some initiative by everyone, not just the family chef! Have each person in the family write down their favorite meal for dinner, then turn all the papers over. Choose one to make for dinner tonight, and everyone works together to make it except the person who wrote it down. The cooks need to take initiative to find recipes, gather ingredients, and prepare the meal. And one person is honored by having their favorite meal prepared by some of their favorite people.

    The next evening you’re all gathered for family dinner, choose another favorite meal. Continue until everyone’s been able to enjoy their favorite foods. And everyone’s had a chance to show some dinnertime initiative.

  • Wisdom

    Before you can do what you should do, you’ve got to find out what it is that you should do, right? Put your sleuthing skills to good work as you find out what you should do to make this week’s top-secret recipe. (Parents, turn the recipe upside down to see what two ingredients you’ll need to have on hand for this recipe.)

    Use this code:

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    5=E 15=O 25=Y

    6=F 16=P 26=Z

    7=G 17=Q

    8=H 18=R

    9=I 19=S

    10=J 20=T

    To decipher this recipe:

    16-15-21-18 1 7-12-1-19-19 15-6 13-9-12-11.

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