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5 Best Story Time Recipes of 2016


Lit Mama's Top 5 recipes from 2016 Story Times

I know you love Story Time.  And I appreciate it.  I put a lot of time and effort into each post so you can have fun reading picture books with your littles with almost no effort at all.

One of the funnest parts of Story Time for me is coming up with the snacks that go with each book.  I love getting an idea from the plot or the illustrations and making it for you and showing you how to make it.  Food is a good thing.

5 Best Recipes of 2016

Lit Mama's Top 5 recipes from 2016 Story Times

Since January is drawing to a close and I’m looking forward to creating many more Story Times with many more snacks, I thought it would be good to tell you the top Story Time snack recipes from last year.  In case you missed them.  Or forgot about them.

Moon Pies

This yummy deliciousness from Story Time: Hello, Harvest Moon really tickled your tummies.

Moon Pies

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F and lightly grease a cookie sheet

For cookies:

  • In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 stick of butter and granulated sugar.
  • Add egg, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • In a small bowl, mix together flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Add flour mixture to sugar mixture slowly, stirring all the time until just mixed.
  • Drop dough onto the cookie sheet in rounded tablespoons, leaving at least 3 inches between each. (Make sure you leave that room; these spread as they bake)
  • Bake 6-8 minutes until firm when touched with a finger.

For marshmallow filling:

  • In a medium bowl, blend 1/2 cup of butter, powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and marshmallow creme.
  • Mix until smooth.
  • Spread 1-2 tablespoons on flat side of one cookie.  Press the flat side of another cookie atop it.
  • Continue until all cookies are used.

Iced Caramel Chip Cookies

Iced Caramel Chip Cookies

This yummy goodness was featured in Story Time: Snomwen at Christmas.  These were some of my favorites, too.  I have a huge crush on them.

What you need:

For the cookies:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups  butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 package caramel chips

For the icing:

  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp cold water

What you do:

For the cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Grease 2 cookie sheets
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and soda, and salt in a large bowl
  • In a mixer, cream brown sugar, sugar, and butter until light and fluggy
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
  • Add vanilla extract
  • Add flour mixture
  • Stir in caramel chips
  • Drop in spoonfuls onto cookie sheets 2″ apart
  • Bake for 13 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through

For the Icing:

  • Mix the powdered sugar and the water in a small bowl until desired consistency.
  • Ice cookies once they’ve cooled a bit.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

This one comes from what is perhaps my favorite Story Time, and definitely the very first, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.   These cookies are delish and pretty easy peasy.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies for Story Time:

What you need:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in large bowl.
  • Beat sugar and butter together in a large mixing bowl until well blended.
  • Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes until edges are firm.
  • Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make a glaze:
  • Combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar (I love sifting!  I don’t know why.), 3 Tbsp milk, 1 Tbsp melted butter and one tsp vanilla in a small bowl until smooth.  Drizzle over cookies

Seed Cakes

This deliciousness from Story Time: Miss Rumphius was a big hit, too.  Not so sweet as a cookie, but still a fun snack.

Seed Cake for Story Time: Miss Rumphius

What you need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup milk

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Heavily grease 2 bread pans
  • Cream together eggs, butter, and sugar
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a separate bowl
  • Add caraway seeds to flour mixture
  • Combine flour mixture and butter mixture
  • Add milk and mix well
  • Divide the batter between the bread pans
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Let cool in pans for 20 minutes (don’t skip this)
  • Slide bread onto cooling rack
  • Cut or cool, depending on how warm you want it

Peanut Butter Honey Balls

These no-bake yummies were featured in Story Time: Make Way for Ducklings.  They are so easy, so delicious, and so good for your littles, you won’t believe it.

Peanut Butter Honey Balls

And yum.

What you need:

What you do:

  • Dump all that in a bowl
  • Stir it around
  • When it’s all mixed together, grease your hands
  • Roll into 1-inch balls

There you have it.  If this is your first time here, make sure you follow those links to the Story Times, because they also have printables, science projects, and crafts you can do with the picture books.  A whole day of fun with one picture book?  I mean, I’m in.

Are you?

Love wins,


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Story Time: Little Bear’s Valentine

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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