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Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
I don’t remember doing this with my mother, but nowadays, apparently it comes with growing up.
Actually, I like being in the kitchen. And if I’m not too tired and relaxed enough (and with some mental preparation) I really enjoy being in the kitchen with the kids as well.
It’s just that you need the right recipes to cook with kids.
Nothing too complicated.
Nothing that needs too much preparation and measuring. They don’t have the patience for that.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can sneak off and do the prepping alone,either.
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Recipes for kids
Despite some of my reservations (I have mental pictures of the kitchen covered in flour) baking and cooking with kids has some real benefits.
Firstly, there’s a better chance of kids actually eating something, if they’ve made it themselves.
I admit, this doesn’t really hold up in the case of cookies. But if your child is a terribly picky eater, involving them in the process of making things can really help.
It also has the additional advantage of kids trying new stuff in a relaxed environment. There is no pressure in the kithcen, only fun. Which often makes kids more inclined to pop something into their little mouths and find out they actually like it.
Secondly, cooking and baking teaches kids about counting and measuring. How many cups should go into something? How much milk or butter do we add? I tend to do some of the prepping myself, so that the whole process of making things doesn’t become too long-winded. But for simple recipes, like the one for peanut butter cookies, kids can start measuring things from quite a young age.This easy peanut butter cookie recipe is a great recipe for toddlers. Easy to make and tastes delicious. #toddlerproof #peanutbuttercookies #toddlerrecipes Click To Tweet
If you are using cups, then all they need to do is fill those.
For liquids, you can point to where the measuring cup needs to be filled.
The amount of concentration your child suddenly has is absolutely amazing 🙂
Thirdly, there are the advantages of kids doing something creative and the sense of achievement they feel when something quite edible an delicious comes out of there hands.
Even better when other people (like granny) takes a bite and exclaims “did you make this? It’s so wonderful!”
The perfect picture
The idea of baking cookies comes to me with a certain mental picture: Beautiful kitchen, it’s a beautiful day. Mommy and child are both wearing an apron. Both are smiling. Both look happy and content. There’s a muffin pan in the oven. Golden sunlight is streaming in through the kitchen window.
Whether or not the sun actually shines during a baking session, is up to the weather gods.
But whether mom and child are smiling depends to a large extend to how kid-friendly the recipe is.
Which is why I’m always on the look-out for these; my kids love helping mommy in the kitchen. So I always want recipes they can help with.
Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe for Toddler
So, when I found this easy peanut butter recipe from Graceful Little Honey Bee, the first thing I thought was how suitable this would be for baking with kids!
Okay, so the first thing I thought was how good this would taste and how much I’d like to eat it.
But immediately after that I thought of jumping into the kitchen and making this with the kids.
In the end, I ended up enlisting one child. The other one was off playing at a friend’s house, so I used this recipe for some one on one time.
I have to say, that as far as baking them, my estimation was right: this recipe is toddler-proof! The kitchen stayed relatively clean, or at least not dirtier than if I’d make it by myself.
With just four ingredients, none of them flour, making these with a little toddler-chef worked really well!
Not completely kid-proof
Our toddler loved the cookies.
There was just one hitch, though: turns out that my oldest son doesn’t like peanut butter. And so, he doesn’t like the cookie variety either.
That his little brother did like them and was going to eat EVERYTHING made no difference.
The argument that ALL children like peanut butter…again, made no difference.
Well, Q can have his own views, C and I certainly loved them 🙂
However, it is our official, toddler approved conclusions that for kids who do like to eat peanut butter, this is a great recipe to make together
Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
To make this peanut butter cookie recipe with your toddler you need:
- 1 cup of peanut butter;
- 1 cup of sugar;
- 1 egg;
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla;
- Parchment paper;
- Measuring cups.
How to make this peanut butter cookie recipe
- Get yourself a big bowl and two wooden spoons or spatulas. One for you and one for your child.
- Let your child add everything to the bowl one by one. Only help with scraping out the peanut butter if that’s necessary.
- Let them stir everything first. They’ll need help, but in my experience kids want to try by themselves first.
- Mix everything together and bake 10 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.
They taste great and make the house smell good at the same time.
As for my oldest son not eating any of the cookies?
…we’ll try muffins next time.
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