Friday, November 13, 2009

Muffin Cookies

We have been gone so much this month that it seems like we haven't had much time to do fun projects, but here was a quick and easy one the boys thoroughly enjoyed.
The part of me who didn't live through the Great Depression, but thinks I did, can't ever just leave crayons at the table of restaurants -you know the ones that come with the kids' menu? So I stash them in my purse, and every six months or so, when I clean out my purse, those poor crayons go into a box with all the other derelict colored wax bits (it's like the Velveteen Rabbit only with even less animate objects. Sad, really). We spent a good half hour peeling and sorting according to color (here's my one and only parenting tip: If you need a 1/2 hour to make dinner, take a shower, paint your toes red, or read a magazine, this is a great way to occupy your kids).
Put the muffin tin in the oven at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, (all the while talking about the properties of a solid vs. a liquid if you're an overachieving parent) let them cool on a rack until they solidify (here's where more Science talk can be inserted) and then pop them out! I was impatient and cooled them in the freezer, so they cooled too quickly and most cracked in half...I'm sure there's another Science property in there, but you're on your own for that one.

p.s. Crayola is the best crayon to use for this. I hate to be a brand-name snob, but all the non-Crayola crayons seem to have an excessive amount of oil in them and not enough pigment and did not turn out as well. See bottom right hand muffin round for proof.


  1. On so many levels, yes. Love the color, love the science, love the "muffins." Can I enroll in your school? And what did your boys do with these muffins?

  2. Ooh! I made those when I was a wee one, only we mixed the colors (probably out of laziness) and the result was a collection of neat hodge podge colors.