Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sugar Cookie Science Project

My son, the Musician, is taking biology this year in school.  His teacher assigned the class to form groups and then make edible cells.  Some of the groups are making cakes, some are making pizzas.  The Musician's group chose to make a giant cookie and elected him to actually make it.  Someone else is doing the paper and  another student is doing a poster.

He used this recipe.
Gram's Sugar Cookies:

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla
3-3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, milk, lemon extract and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and add. Mix well. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut into round shapes. Sprinkle with sugar and bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. (Makes about 5 dozen cookies if baking normally. )

 I took a picture of it before it baked. 

I was concerned that some of his cell features might melt into each other and I wanted a picture to show his teacher.  However, the finished product turned out just fine.
He poked toothpicks into the various parts and attached little pieces of paper labeling them. 

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Savings Ninja said...

What a fun project! It looks great.

A Year on the Grill said...

I'd give him an A

Melissa said...

How neat! My DS is studying biology, too, and he would like this project. I like how the raised "bumps" (sorry to get so technical LOL) browned so they stand out. Looks great!

Kayla Fay said...

Wonderful idea! I love the nucleolus - that is what the peppermint piece is, right? (Maybe WE need the labels! lol)

Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

I think he will go to the top of the class with this one. Smart kid.

Amy said...

How clever! It turned out really cool!

zaylyn said...

This is a really cool idea. I bet you all had fun with this. It's always fun to do a hands on project. Thanks for following. Following back from

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