Do you like cookies and milk? It is my daughter’s favorite way to drink milk. Since she loves it so much, we started the New Year, and now every morning, STRONG with milk, would be to bake one of her favorite cookies in small cereal bite sizes!
Cereal is one of the easiest ways to include milk in your child’s diet. This is important because all milks (event low fat and fat free) have nine essential nutrients that their growing bodies need. Calcium Dairy, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Niacin (or niacin equivalents), and
For only eighty calories, one 8oz. glass of fat free milk provides the same eight grams of protein as whole milk or low fat milk. Milk is one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein you can find. The protein in milk and cheese builds and repairs muscle tissue and serves as a source of energy. Learn more about the amazing benefits of milk HERE.
Heart Cereal Instructions
Most cookies can be made into a cereal, but it’s easiest to do this with recipes that are designed for cutout cookies as they don’t rise during baking. I chose to make cereal from my favorite sugar cookie cutout recipe.
Prepping and Coloring the Dough:
Prepare dough using your favorite cutout sugar cookie recipe. Before chilling, divide dough into three-four sections and color each section using gel food colors of your choice. I went with green, orange, and pink.
Once dough is colored, place in ball, cover with wax paper, and allow to chill for ten minutes before shaping.
Making Hearts (without a cookie cutter):
- On wax paper, roll each colored ball into half-inch thick logs.
- Make logs into a triangle shape by flattening the bottom and pinching the top into a point.
- Turn dough onto the next side and repeat.
- Turn dough again and repeat making sure the sides are smooth.
- Your dough log should now have three sides.
- Take a pizza cutter and make a thin slice down the middle of one side of your dough. This will be the top of your heart.
- Using the tips of your fingers, find the slice and widen the top of the log’s heart shape.
- Once you are satisfied with your heart, freeze dough for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- Slice frozen dough into 1 centimeter thick slices.
- Place hearts on baking sheet.
- Bake hearts for 11 minutes.
Serving & Storing Homemade Cereal:
- Allow heart cereal to cool completely before serving.
- Serve cereal in bowl with 8-10 oz of cold milk.
- Store unused cereal in tightly closed container or plastic bag for up to three days.
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