My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that begins with the letter of the day. I also added a few fun facts about the cookie and/or its ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
Nutella Stuffed Cookies
Nutella Stuffed Cookies were a difficult to make. They were sticky, the Nutella didn't melt and ooze out like pictured in the recipe and they were a bit dry for my taste. It may have been user error, but in the future I'll just eat my Nutella plain.
Fun Facts – Nutella® spread, in its earliest form, was created in the 1940s by Mr. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company. At the time, there was very little chocolate because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing.
So Mr. Ferrero used hazelnuts, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy (northwest), to extend the chocolate supply. The original version of Nutella spread was called "pasta gianduja," pasta which means paste, and "gianduja" which is the name of a carnival character famous to the region, a character that can be found in the first advertisements for the product.
Book Buddy – The Napping House by Audrey Wood.
This book is beautifully illustrated and was a favorite of mine when I taught first grade. I love the repetitiveness of, 'where everyone is sleeping.' I also love that it's about a favorite afternoon activity of mine.
The Napping House is a cumulative tale about a cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, and a snoozing cat. One by one the characters snuggle up in a pile until a tiny unwelcome guest appears on the scene.