Roosevelt Cookies (Lemon Glazed Craisin, Granola and White Chocolate Cookies)

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Roosevelt 6th Grade Photo Club

When I retired from the Air Force I thought I was going to be a teacher.  I love to teach, mentor, and share knowledge and skills.  Naturally I thought I’d be teaching dental assisting, after 22 years of it, I probably had enough experience.  I was so sure of it that I got a BA in Education, specifically workforce education and development.

That didn’t happen.  Apparently someone has to die before you can get a teaching position at the technical school.  But sometimes things work out for the better anyways.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like teaching anymore.  I’ve been teaching cooking classes and a little photography, and sharing my new gardening knowledge.  I still love teaching, it’s almost a compulsion (some people get taught something whether they want to know or not). When my neighbor asked me if I’d like to teach her photo club of 6th graders some food photography, I was delighted!

The Roosevelt Elementary 6th Grade Photo Club students came over to my house (there were 8 of them) and we shot cookies.  I tethered my camera to the computer so they could see the photos.  They each got to pick out their props, style their food and push the button on my remote.  We only had an hour so they had very little time to scooch and tweak and move things but they got the idea. I also didn’t get to move my camera much, but you gotta work within your limitations.

We talked about composition, lighting, color correction, styling and anything else we had time for (like the emu egg I have…it was a very interesting object to them).  The kids were wonderful, they asked questions, paid attention and were respectful and encouraging of each other. Just reminded me why I love teaching.

The set-up

The set-up


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and shoot!


Here are their photos (as you can see they all loved the straws and thought that milk and cookies were a perfect pairing). I did very little editing, some color boosting because we shot in RAW format and some cropping because I didn’t have time to fiddle with the camera, or they with their set-up.

This was my set-up to get them started and to demo.

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Photograph by Brian Gemberling

Photograph by Brian Gemberling


Photograph by Noah Bason

Photograph by Noah Bason

Photograph by Meghan Terry

Photograph by Meghan Terry

Photograph by Kyla Manus

Photograph by Kyla Manus

Photograph by Grace Walhus

Photograph by Grace Walhus

Photography by Cameron Saunders

Photograph by Cameron Saunders

Photograph by Samantha Byrne

Photograph by Samantha Byrne

Photograph by Marian Talcott

Photograph by Marian Talcott

And what was left after they left…

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I developed this recipe especially for them, hence the name Roosevelt Cookies. Of course, I let them take some home.


Roosevelt Cookies (Lemon Glazed, Craisin, Granola and White Chocolate Cookies)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
  1. 2/3 cup butter, softened
  2. 2/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 2 lemons, zested and juiced (divided)
  5. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  6. 1 cup granola (I used vanilla/goji)
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 cup craisins
  10. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  11. 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and the zest and juice of one lemon in a mixer fitted with a batter paddle.
  3. In a seperate bowl mix the flour, granola, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix well. Fold in craisins and white chocolate chips.
  4. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and drop dough by the 1/8 cup. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until light golden brown on the edges. Let cool.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar with the zest and juice of 1 lemon. Drizzle glaze over cookies.
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13 Responses to Roosevelt Cookies (Lemon Glazed Craisin, Granola and White Chocolate Cookies)

  1. Karen April 29, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    How fun! They all did a great job shooting!

    • Giggles April 29, 2013 at 9:19 am #

      Karen, when I compare my first photos to theirs…well let’s say theirs are a lot better!

  2. Oma Lea April 29, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Yeppers, Following in your Grandmamma’s footsteps.

    • Giggles April 29, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      Definitely following in the family footsteps…teaching and food!

  3. PhotoSchoolGuy April 29, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Nice job on the cookies and the photography!!

    • Giggles April 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      Bill, thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

  4. Janice April 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    What a great afternoon for them and for you.

  5. Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Those cookies sound packed with flavors, and I love every one of them.

  6. Angie April 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    How fun! Love the photos. The students did great, they must’ve had a good teacher. 😉

  7. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) April 30, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    I bet you had a blast doing this. How fun. I have to say I like all of the photos, a sign of a good teacher.

  8. Linda May 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Rhonda, thank you so much for working with the kids. You can’t imagine how excited they were to see their photos on your blog. And, of course, they all have a favorite new cookie recipe. You rock!!!

  9. Deanna Segrave-Daly August 5, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I’m digging through your fab blog and just had to respond to this post. Love everything about it and I’m mighty impressed with those 6 graders! Are they for hire? 🙂

    • Giggles August 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      I thought they were amazing also!