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Rubber Trees: Food Craft

Rubber Tree Roll-Ups

Rubber Unit: Kitchen Creation
Rubber Tree Roll-Ups Kitchen Creation

High Hopes


Much like that little ol' ant from the song , I went into this kitchen creation with some high hopes. Not knowing if it was going to be tasty, cool, or a "whoops" when it crossed the finish line, I kept the idea rolling anyway.


While in our homeschool study all about rubber (...yes, rubber!), I wanted a kitchen creation that poured into our topic, and made way for some conversation to introduce the entire week. My kids and I love to create new ideas in the kitchen, so with each weekly unit, I get us to work our skills in this lighthearted and delicious way.



Whoops!

There Goes Another Rubber Tree!


Although oddly unique, and a bit abstract, this kitchen creation didn't only function the way I had hoped it might, my kiddos gobbled them up! They greatly enjoyed rolling the cookies, planting their trees, and testing to see if any "rubber" was going to drip into their cookie cups.

HOPE ACHIEVED!


Gather up your little ones and get planting with these delightful and entertaining

Rubber Tree Roll-Ups.

 

RUBBER TREE ROLL-UPS

Rubber Unit: Rubber Tree Roll-Ups Kitchen Creation
Rubber Tree Roll-Ups

What You'll Need:


For the wafer rolls:


3/4 Cup of flour

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

1/4 Cup of softened butter

4 Egg whites

1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract


For the presentation:


Green Icing

Green Sprinkles

White Candy Melts

Fudge cookies (Crushed)

Milk

Condiment cups

Toothpicks

Rubber Unit: Rubber Tree Roll-Ups Kitchen Creation
The Spread: Ingredients for Rubber Tree Roll-Ups

LET'S MAKE IT!


Making the wafer cookies:


Rubber Unit: Rubber Tree Roll-Ups Kitchen Creation
Preparing the wafer cookie dough

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.


Step 2: Add the softened butter and powdered

sugar to a large bowl. Cream together until the

mixture is smooth and fluffy.


Step 3: Add the egg whites, vanilla, and flour to the bowl and mix together until blended.


Step 4: Prepare the baking sheets. Generously coat the baking sheet with butter or spray butter.


Step 5: Measure and spoon 3 teaspoons onto the baking sheet for each cookie. Use a circular motion to thin and smooth out the cookie into very thin circles, similar to the thickness of a crepe.

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Spooning on the cookie batter and thinning it out





Step 6: Place the cookies into the oven, and bake for approximately 4 minutes.


Step 7: Carefully remove the cookies from the oven. Using a metal spatula, loosen the cookies from the baking sheet. Work quickly to roll the cookie up( You may use a wooden spoon handle, but we just did the rolling by hand). Move the cookies onto a cooling rack once rolled.


Step 8: Repeat step 5-7 for additional cookies.


Preparing the Rubber Trees:


Step 1: Add the green frosting to one end of the

cookie roll. Dip the frosted end into the sprinkles.

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Adding the details

Step 2: Place the candy melts into a bowl and

heat them until melted.


Step 3: Spoon the melted candy into the other end of the cookie roll in order to "plug" the opening. Place the cookie into the freezer until the melted candy has hardened. Approximately 3 minutes.


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Spooning and tasting the melted candy into the cookie roll end.




















Step 4: Remove the cookie(s) from the freezer and set aside.


Step 5: Prepare the "dirt". Place 3 fudge cookies into a baggie and crush up the cookies.


Step 6: Plant the trees. Place the cookie roll upright into a condiment cup. Add/Fill in around the cookie with the crushed fudge cookie crumbs.

Rubber Unit: Rubber Tree Roll-Ups Kitchen Creation
Planting his cookie rubber tree

Rubber Unit: Rubber Tree Roll-Ups Kitchen Creation
Ready to get a taste of the rubber tree!


















Step 7: Poke a hole in one side of the cookie trunk by using a toothpick.


Step 8: Serve with a spoon and condiment cup of milk. Pour the milk into the top of the tree to watch the "rubber" leak out and soak the cookie crumbs for an extra treat.


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Entertaining as much as it is delicious!

Rubber Unit: Rubber Tree Roll-Ups Kitchen Creation
Testing her rubber tree roll-up before eating it up!

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