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Baloo's Bugle


August 2002 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 9, Issue 1
September Theme

Blast Off
Webelos Communicator and Citizen
  Tiger Cub Achievement 1


CUB GRUB - Fun Food

Making Asteroids
National Capital Area Capital

For safety, Den Leader should help


Potatoes -- Enough to make 4 to 8 cups of mashed potatoes. You can use frozen mashed potatoes. Or you can use fresh mashed potatoes (takes about 5 pounds to make 6 cups of mashed potatoes). Or you can use instant mashed potatoes. (Just don't make them too soft.)

1 cup grated cheddar (or other kind) cheese

Note about the cheese: The cheese will make the asteroids more delicious, but when it melts, the asteroids might go flat. If you want more realistic asteroids that don't taste quite as interesting, leave out the cheese.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter or margarine

Salt and pepper, as you like it

Extra butter or margarine to grease the cookie sheet and, if you like, to melt over the hot asteroids before you eat them.



Depending on how you make your mashed potatoes, you might need a pot and a potato masher or electric mixer

Mixing bowl and spoon

Oven mitt or pot holders

Cookie sheet


Turn on your oven to 375º Fahrenheit (190 Celsius).

Take a little slice of the butter or margarine and rub it evenly on the cookie sheet so the asteroids won't stick. (You might want to use a paper towel for this so your fingers don't get all messy--yet!)

Make the mashed potatoes. Make a lot (8 cups) or a little (4 cups).

Add the cheese (if you want), butter, salt and pepper to the potatoes and mix well. The mixture should stick together. If it's too dry, add a little milk. If it's too moist, add a little flour (start with 2 tablespoons).

Take a handful of potatoes (about 1/2 cup or more) and shape it into your own idea of an interesting asteroid shape. Use your fingers to poke dents in it for craters. 

Set the asteroid on the greased cookie sheet.

Use all the potatoes to make asteroids. (If you have lots of asteroids, you may need another cookie sheet. Or bake the first ones, then regrease the cookie sheet and make some more.)

Put the cookie sheet full of asteroids in the hot oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until they are brown.

Using the hot pads or oven mitt, remove the cookie sheet from the oven, and using the large spoon, transfer the asteroids to a serving plate.

Enjoy your asteroids!

Moon Rocks
National Capital Area Council

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler.  Let cool.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together.  Blend eggs into the butter mixture one at a time.  Stir in vanilla, flour mixture, water and chocolate into the butter and eggs; beat well.   Stir in marshmallows.  Fill paper-lined cupcake pans half full. 

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F, oven for 20 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack before serving.


Astronaut Foods
York Adams Area Council

There are lots of food suppliers that sell snacks like “dehydrated ice cream.”  Also, check out the website http://www.spacestuff.com/ for a link to “real astronaut food” that you can purchase.


Rocket Pretzel Sticks
York Adams Area Council

          Thick pretzel sticks

          Fruit roll-up sheets


Have the boys design and cut out the fins and nosecones of their own pretzel stick rockets.  Depending on how well they seem to manage it, have either the boys or an older person use a pastry decorating bag with a thin decorating tip put the “mortar” on the pretzel for the fins and cone.  You can add edible glitter, dragees, etc. to finish off the decorating.

Man In the Moon Cookies
York Adams Area Council

Really simple, but messy!  Get one or two large “hard” cookies (like ginger snaps) for each boy.  Buy or mix up a batch of white icing and put out in small plastic bowls.  Give the boys butter knives and let them use the icing to spread on the cookie to look like the surface of the moon. 



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