General Listening Quiz

“Baking Cookies”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate baking man – young woman 02:31

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are three types of cookies you like to eat? Are there any kinds of baked goods you don’t care for? Do you bake your own cookies, or do you buy them? Who does the most baking in your family: mother, father, grandparent, you, or another person?


chow down” = eat enthusiastically
The kids couldn’t wait to chow down the bacon and eggs for breakfast.”

pig out” = eat a lot of food
Don’t let the children pig out on pizza and soda. They need to eat vegetables, too.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where did the chef learn to cook?

I starting cooking and baking almost 30 years ago when my grandmother taught me in her humble kitchen.

The man makes his special cookies by _____.

What makes this recipe great is that it offers a wonderful low-fat, low-calorie, low-cholesterol dessert for the entire family.

Which ingredient does the chef NOT use to make his cookies?

We have all the ingredients, so we can start by mixing all of the ingredients, the sugars, the flour, the egg whites, the low-fat butter, vanilla, baking soda, and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl.

At what temperature should you bake the cookies?

And don't forget to preheat the oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit).

What is the topic of the next cooking program?

So, that's all for today. On next week's show, we will be showing you how to feed hungry teenagers on a budget without having to sell the family car. Until then.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Gap-fill Exercise

Post-Listening Exercise

In addition to cookies, what traditional sweets are common in your area? What are the ingredients to prepare them? Are there any ingredients that are unique to your area that people in other countries might not include in the recipe?

Online Investigation

Imagine you are hosting a party at your house, and you have a variety of people attending. You are considering the option of either buying cookies online or making your own. Use the Internet to complete two tasks: (1) find at least one online service where you can order cookies and have them delivered to you (and identify the costs and quality of such a service), and (2) find at least one cookie recipe online that is easy to prepare and healthy to eat.