My kids have been helping in the kitchen since they were teeny-weeny. There is so much they learn by being in the kitchen: counting, measuring, mixing, assembling, manipulating, following directions, organizing, teamwork, reading, and the list goes on and on. My kids each have their own speciality. This one excels at licking the spoon. She always has and always will.The other is a multitasker. He can measure, pour, stir, roll and focus, all the while sticking his tongue out. Who’s a proud momma? I have a friend who has declared Thursday nights in her home ‘Survive or Starve night’. Essentially her kids need to fend for themselves on Thursday nights, that or they starve. Her kids are older than mine, but I like the idea of fostering the skills they need to make them self-sufficient early on. My own kids have started making recipes by themselves, and the sense of pride they derive from that is priceless. It also makes them more adventurous in terms of trying different foods, although it in no way guarantees they will like them. Today’s recipe is an easy one. Basically fool-proof. My six-year-old made it all by herself last week. I wrote down the ingredients for her on a piece of paper and she took it from there. The original recipe has only three ingredients and can be found here, on the Kraft website. I however, do not like plain peanut butter cookies so I added oats and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I love chocolate chip cookies. Thank you Ruth Wakefield. For those of you who don’t know Ruth, she’s the inventor of chocolate chip cookies. I know, it’s hard to believe there was a time when chocolate chip cookies did not exist. Off you go now, go bake some cookies.
Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies
- 1 Cup Kraft smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1 /2 Cup oats
- 1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until well blended.
- Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten the balls with a fork.
- Bake for 15 minutes (or less), until cookies are slightly golden.
- Let cool and enjoy.
On a side note, two recipe books that I found useful when the kids were pre-readers: Kids Cooking A very slightly Messy Manual, and Pretend Soup. Both books have illustrated versions of the recipes so that a non-reader can follow along. ‘Pretend Soup’ is for preschoolers, and the illustrations are very clear and simple to follow. The illustrations in ‘Kids Cooking’ are engaging but not as straight forward. The ‘Kids Cooking ‘does come with colour coded measuring spoons though, and that makes measuring a lot easier. I also think that ‘Kids Cooking’ will appeal to older children as well, and not just the preschool set.