Math and Baking Cookies From Scratch

By | September 23, 2014

Baking cookies today is very different from baking cookies in the past.  Today, you can buy frozen cookie dough that is ready for your cookie sheet.  Another option is to buy the packaged dry mix.  All you have to do is add softened butter and eggs and mix.

While either of the above methods is fast and convenient, there are many educational lessons that can be taught from baking cookies from scratch.  Below are some examples:

  • Units of measure – Kids can learn about tablespoons, cups, and ounces while mixing the ingredients.
  • Multiplication – On a cookie sheet, there are 3 columns and 6 rows of cookies.  How many cookies are we baking?
  • Multiplication – One recipe found on the internet is for 5 dozen cookies.  What is the total number of cookies made?
  • Ratios and proportions – How many cups of sugar is required to make 15 dozen cookies?
  • Units of measure and conversion – Rather than using a 1 cup measuring cup, use a 1/2 cup measuring cup.  How many 1/2 cups equal 2 1/4 cups of flour?
  • Density versus mass – When measuring 1 cup of flour, is there a difference between flour that has been sifted and flour that has been scooped from the bag?
  • Chemistry – What happens to to cookies if you change the ingredients slightly such as using 1/2 teaspoon of salt instead of 1 teaspoon of salt?  What about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda versus 1 teaspoon of baking soda?

Adding context to math problems can help your child remember units of measure and understand how to solve various math problems.  If your child is having mental block in converting 1 cup to ounces, try baking some cookies from scratch.

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