Zucchini Boats & Cookies Recipe by: Sophia & Joe
by: Joe Scrizzi
My niece Sophia has been attending Little Chefs Academy over the past 2 summers while school is out. It’s great to see her grow and take interest in cooking and baking. She knows I have a Cooking Degree and has asked on several occasions to help in the kitchen. Any time I get to spend with her and pass along knowledge in a fun way and learn something that she will take with her throughout her life, is time well spent!
I’m showing her some basics along the way and adding in some challenges that I’m sure she hasn’t learned in her Summer Classes. Whatever we make, I have her taste along the way prior to see if seasonings need to be adjusted and after the item has been plated. This is another way for kids to try new things! Life isn’t about chicken nuggets and orange mac n cheese…..hahaha!
The last few weeks, we’ve made Baked Ziti with a Meat Sauce, Sugar Cookies, Shortbread Cookie Bars with Vanilla Icing, and Brownies with Walnuts.
This week, we made Stuffed Zucchini Boats & Orange Creamsicle Cookies
Right away, she said, “I’m not eating this Uncle Joe, because it’s green.” I know she prefers baking over cooking, however I feel the 2 go hand in hand.
I’m challenging her to make a Main Dish + a Dessert each week and so far, it has been working out. Some weeks we cook/bake over the course of 3 days (prep/cook/bake). By doing it this way, it keeps her mind active and she looks forward to making the item the next day.
For dessert we made Orange Creamsicle Cookies (these were a hit with several people). I altered the recipe a bit after making and tasting the version we made, to include more orange flavor.
Hope you enjoy!
Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Score the outer edge of each of the zucchini halves with a sharp knife. Use the tip of a teaspoon and scoop out the core and seeds. Finely chop and set aside.
Orange Creamsicle Cookies
1 box vanilla cake mix
1 box orange Jello (small box)
1 bag (12oz) while chocolate chips
8 T/ 1 stick of butter, (softened)
2 Large eggs
Pre-heat oven to 350deg F
Combine the cake mix, gelatin in a large bowl and whisk together until fully combined.
Add softened butter, eggs and mix until a cookie dough forms (will be stiff).
Fold in chocolate chips
Roll dough into 1.5 inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on sheet, then transfer to wire rack to fully cool.
Add 1 tsp orange extract with eggs and butter.
To cut sweetness use dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips in place of white chocolate chips.
Experiment with different flavors of Jello & chocolate chips or brickle.
Italian Stuffed Zucchini BoatsOrange Creamsicle Cookies