The littles have been wanting to have real cooking lessons.
While they often stir, pour, and watch, they never really stay in the kitchen to see a recipe go from the beginning through the final stages.
When I was deciding on a cookie recipe for the week, I wanted to find one that had several ingredients so that they could all take turns with the actual adding, mixing, and stirring process.
The one cookie that immediately came to mind was Monster cookies. I have been making these for many years now, but I could not find my recipe.
So, I turned to Brown Eyed Baker, and her Monster Cookies recipe was exactly as I had remembered it.
Since the cookies were made by and for the littles, we used 2/3 blue M&M’s and 1/3 pink M&M’s. Yes, my mind really does work that way sometimes.
We had a great time cooking together, something that we will definitely continue doing throughout the summer.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&M’s
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Prepare a baking sheet by covering it with parchment paper.
- Add the eggs, sugars, and vanilla to a mixing bowl.
- Stir to combine.
- Add the butter and peanut butter, continuing to mix together with the sugar mixture.
- Pour in the oats, flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Mix until combined.
- Add the M&M's and chocolate chips, stirring until just combined.
- Using a cookie sheet, add spoonfuls to the cookie sheet. Slightly flatten with the palm of your hand.
- Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes.
- Remove and cool slightly before moving to a wire rack or platter.
It has been a busy, fun summer.
After substitute teaching a few times last year, I decided to get my teaching certification. I enrolled in a program, took 27 online courses, and started studying for my teacher certification exam. I got up early and stayed up late studying so that I could have fun with the littles during the day. I had a lot of mommy guilt when I was studying during their waking hours.
On Wednesday, when my brain was at capacity, and I wanted to let my creative energy flow, I decided to bake cookies. A quick look at my Cookies Board on Pinterest landed me on these cookies by Kristan at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Given how much I adore Kristan, her blog, and, especially, her growing baby bump, I knew that these cookies would be just what I needed to get me over the studying hump and ready for the exam.
It looks like I was right. I took the exam on Thursday and received my results on Friday. All of the hours of hard work paid off, and I passed the exam. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief and just focus on my littles…and bake many more batches of cookies…for the next 8 weeks of summer break.
If you have never visited Kristan’s blog, now is the perfect time. Click here for the recipe. While you are there, stick around. I can promise you that the baked yummies, her sense of humor, and/or her adorable baby bump pictures will have you hooked on her sweet blog.
When I decided to add “make weekly cookies” to the summer fun list, I knew that it would be so much fun for me to set aside at least one afternoon a week to get in the kitchen and bake. And, I knew that the littles would love the experience of trying different cookies each week.
I was right.
Baking is fun to me, and eating what I bake is fun to the littles. It is a win-win.
The first cookies that I wanted to try were Brown Eyed Baker’s Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Honestly, her recipes have never let me down, so I had 100% confidence that this recipe would be a hit. And, I was right again.
The cookies are definitely thick, chewy, and delicious. We added some M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces to ours, which just took the delicious level up a few notches. For the recipe, click here. You will be so glad that you did.