Shanna Myers

Demonstration speech outline and background sheet info.

Dr. Montgomery

Background sheet

Topic-Cocoa Kiss Cookies

General purpose-to inform

Specific purpose-When I have completed my speech my audience will be able to walk into any kitchen and amaze their friends and family with the three easy steps to make cocoa kiss cookies.

Central Idea-Today, I am going to show you the three steps in making cocoa kiss cookies: the ingredients, the mixing process, and baking because these cookies are easy enough for anyone to make.


A. Intro

                As we all know, grandmas are known for making delicious food.  Of course, I may be a little biased but my grandma is an amazing cook, especially when it comes to desserts.  Like most little girls, I grew up loving to help in the kitchen.  However, I discovered a long time ago that I have a big problem breaking eggs.  I can't tell you how many recipes I have ruined by dropping the egg shell in to the batter!  How many of you also have trouble breaking eggs? (audience response)  So you all can imagine my excitement when I discovered the egg-less recipe for cocoa kiss cookies.  I was given the recipe for these cookies by Amy Goodlet's mom, Carol (Goodlet).  Mrs. Goodlet got the recipe from the chocolate factory in Hershey, PA.  Today, I am going to show you the three steps in making cocoa kiss cookies: the ingredients, the mixing process, and baking because these cookies are easy enough for anyone to make.  

B. Ingredients

         I. The wet mixture

      1. The wet mixture consists of 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
      2. These ingredients are combined into one large mixing bowl.

                II. The dry mixture

        1. The dry mixture consists of 1 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour and 1/4 cup cocoa.
        2. These ingredients are combined secondly into a smaller bowl

                III. Re-list the ingredients

C. Mixing

                I.  The wet mixture

        1. First the contents of the wet mixture (the butter, sugar and vanilla) are mixed within the larger bowl until all the ingredients are well blended.
        2. A good tip from my grandma is to never pour the vanilla over the mixing bowl in case the vanilla spills.  This way if a spill occurs, the dough is not ruined (Davis).

                II. The dry mixture

        1. The ingredients of the dry mixture (flour and cocoa) are mixed together in the smaller bowl until evenly distributed.  Mixing the flour and cocoa evenly will only take a few stirs with a spoon.
        2. After mixing the dry ingredients together, pour them into the wet mixture and start stirring.

                III. The dough

        1. A hint from says, "Do not over-mix the dough because it may cause the cookies to spread too much."
        2. To help check your mixing, the dough should be about the same consistency as play-dough
        3. After the dough is completely mixed, place in the refrigerator to chill for an hour, or until firm enough to handle.

D. Baking

I. Forming the dough

        1. To form the dough into balls, scoop out a spoonful of dough and place in the palm of your hand.
        2. Take one Hershey kiss and place in the center of the dough ball. 
        3. Use both hands to form the dough around the Hershey kiss.

                II. Baking the dough

        1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
        2. Place the dough balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
        3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until they are set.
        4. Cool the cookies completely after baking before removing them from cookie sheet.

E. Conclusion

                So, to summarize lets go over the three parts.  First we have the butter, sugar, and vanilla which make up the wet mixture.  The flour and cocoa make up the dry mixture.  Second, we blend the wet and dry mixtures together until we have play-dough like dough.  Lastly, after rolling the dough and Hershey kisses together, they are baked in the oven for about 10 minutes.  So guys, if you ever are in a situation where you need to impress your girlfriends cook them a chocolate cookie with a kiss in the center.

Works Cited

"Baking Hints." Hershey's website. Hershey, PA. 2004. <>

Davis, Mable.  Personal Interview.  Feb. 2004.

Goodlet, Carol.  Personal Interview.  Feb. 2004.