Challenge Accepted! Buffalo County 4-H members and their cookie, cake and candy skills featured

Buffalo County 4-H members participated in the 4-H Project Challenge during the months of November and December 2020. Here’s what they created in the kitchen and what they learned, too.

Alanna Hurlburt a freshman at Arcadia High School & a member of the Glencoe Hustlers 4-H Club made a white cookie dough & used a snowman cookie cutter to shape the dough. She then made a cream cheese frosting and added different dyes to color it. Using cake decorating utensils she decorated the cookie.

Catherine Hurlburt a junior at Arcadia High School & a member of the Glencoe Hustlers 4-H Club made a white cookie dough & used a tree cookie cutter to shape the dough. She then made a cream cheese frosting and added different dyes to color it. Using cake decorating utensils she decorated the cookie.

Hannah Noll & Hazel Wik, Clover 4-H, Grade 11 & Grade 4
“We made Marshmallow cookies. We melted caramels and added sweetened condensed milk. The recipe said 1/2 cup butter but used we 1/4 cup instead. When melted together we dipped the marshmallows and rolled in Rice Krispies. They are a tasty treat.”

Patience Larson, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 6
“I made a Gingerbread House for Christmas. My Mom and sisters and I had a lot of fun making them and eating them!!”

Grace Larson, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 5
“This is the Gingerbread House I made with Graham crackers and candy decorations. We made them and then ate them!!!”

Hope Larson, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 3
“We made houses from Graham Crackers and the decorated them with candy. It was a lot of fun.”

Kennedy Ziegeweid, Glencoe Hustlers 4-H, Grade 7
“First, I made the cakes, then I cooled my cakes and cut off the tops. Then I made cream cheese frosting with A big circle tip to glue the layers together. Then I made a crisco frosting. I melted green chocolate wafers and then poured the chocolate over ice cream cones with parchment paper over them to make it look like a Christmas tree. Then I frosted the outside of the cake with a large spreader.”

Bray Wilkerson, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 4  “I made Almond Candy Krispie Christmas ornaments. I made Rice Krispie bars in a pan and melted almond bark. I covered them with white almond bark, and then lined them with red and green. I used a toothpick to make the designs on them. Lastly, I cut them out with cookie cutters and put a marshmallow and a licorice strand to add finishing touches.

Rylee Rosenberg, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 10  “I decorated these three Christmas cookies to be gnomes, as they seem to be the thing this year. I used royal icing for the icing. I used a wet-on-wet method to make the icing not run all over the cookies.”

 

Jacob Morris, Lucky 16 4-H, Grade 2  “I decorated a cake to look like a tree farm. I used different colored frosting, sprinkles, and candy for decorations. I also put trees and presents around the outside.”

Elizabeth Elsenpeter, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 4  “I baked 4 cakes to make a candy cane themed cake. Then I frosted it in red and white piped buttercream. The top has a candy cane made out of frosting and crushed up candy canes.”

 

Bray Wilkerson, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 4  “I made a giant Christmas sugar cookie. My grandma had a big cookie cutout that I used. After baking it in the oven, I decorated it with frosting.”

Rylee Rosenberg, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 10  “I made some Oreo truffle snowman for a cute Christmas treat this year. I used white almond bark, which was melted in the microwave to glaze over the snowmen, and crushed Oreos for the truffle balls. The balls were put in the melted almond bark one by one and then stacked on each other. Then, I put sprinkles that look like carrots and coals to decorate them. They are very filling!”

Kyan Rosenberg, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 8  “I made a giant gingerbread Christmas cookie. I used molasses cookie dough in a large cookie pan and put it in the oven. I decorated the cookie with red, green, and white frosting.”

 

Alison Geroge, Hilltop Climbers 4-H, Grade 8  “I made 3 different size sugar cookies so they would stack like a tree. I used the large star tip between the layers and on top to create a star as you look down at it. I decorated with round candies for ornaments and a star candy on top.”

 

Cecelia Dittrich, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 8  “I made home made caramel corn by boiling butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to 245 degrees and spread over popcorn and baked at 250 degrees for an hour stirring every 15 minutes.”

Norah Lisowski, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 4 “I made homemade marshmallows for the first time using a candy thermometer, gelatin, and the stand up mixer! I learned how to temper chocolate for the poinsettia bottoms, too. My favorite part was testing the product with hot cocoa because the poinsettias “bloomed” as the chocolate stems melted.”

Kylee Bork, Lucky 16 4-H, Grade 4  “I picked a gingerbread snowman cookie to decorate. I put frosting on the hat part then I took some big sprinkles and put them on my snowman. Then I started to pipe the frosting on my snowman with the star tip.”

Marli Meier, Lucky 16 4-H, Grade 3  “I used a snowflake cookie cutter to make the cookie. I used a knife to spread the blue icing. Next, I used white icing in a bag with a round tip to add decorative lines. Last, I put round little pink sprinkles on my cookie.”

Norah Asher, Lucky 16 4-H, Kindergarten  “I made a stocking gingerbread cookie. My mom showed me how to use the decorating bags. I did red on the top of the stocking with the star tip and added marshmallows. I spread the green around and used the white flower tip on it.”

Rylee Rosenberg, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 10  “This summer, I would usually either work, make masks, or make cookies with my brothers. We started out making simple cookies such as peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip. After about a month, we grew bored of making and eating these, so we decided to experiment. One of our creations were these oatmeal peanut butter M&M chocolate chip cookies, and now we make them all the time.”

Kobin Bechel, Lucky 16 4-H, Grade 7 “I made gingerbread cookies and cut them into stockings. I frosted a layer of red buttercream as the bottom layer. I piped white buttercream with an open star tip for the trim.”

Norah Lisowski, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 4, “I chose to create ugly sweaters cookies for the decorated cookie challenge. I helped cut out the sugar cookies and bake them and prepare the homemade icing with food coloring. Putting on the sprinkles was my favorite part!”

William Dittrich, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 3  “I worked on my cookie skills by creating my own colored sugar with my gingersnap cookies. I colored white sugar with red food coloring and then rolled the dough in the sugar and baked them!”

Kobin Bechel, Lucky 16 4-H, Grade 7  “My caramels are made by mixing butter, corn syrup, sugar, and 1/2 of a can of sweetened condensed milk then the rest after boiling. Then I brought it to a soft ball and took it of the heat. After that I added real vanilla bean. Finally I poured it in a pan, cut it into slices, and wrapped it in waxed paper after it cooled.”

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