For as long as I can remember this recipe has been used in my family. It’s an easy way to make peanut butter cookies. My Nanny made it with me and my siblings when we were young children and now my mother makes it for my children when they go over to her house for a visit. It’s no wonder why this recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s easy to make and easy to remember. It doesn’t take much time in preparation or in baking. Best of all, it is delicious!
If you are interesting in introducing your children to the kitchen at a young age this is a great recipe to start with. People often think to start with a box of cake mix and that is fine but there is something magical about the memories of making something from scratch. I believe those memories stand out in the mind of a young child and I believe that is the sort of memory that they carry with them in to adulthood or even parenthood.
I know that teaching your children to cook something from scratch can seem a bit intimating. You are probably thinking that the last thing you made looked like a Pinterest fail, well, don’t worry. These cookies were so easy to make that my two year old made the ones in the picture. Yes, that’s right. They were made by a toddler. The hardest part is waiting for them to bake and of course not over baking them but don’t worry – you’ve got this! If a toddler can make them so can you and really, it’s not about the cookies. It’s about the moments you spend with your children.
So. Don’t stress if a few egg shells get in to the bowl, just scoop them out and explain to your little tot that we don’t eat that part. Let him taste the peanut butter but explain to him that the eggs will make his tummy sick so he can’t taste those just yet. Then when the cookies have finished, make a big deal about that fact that he baked them all by himself. Yea, we know you helped but let him think he was a big boy who helped you. It’ll make him feel special. After all, this isn’t about the cookies. It’s about you spending time with your children. It’s about creating memories. It’s about the feeling that your child will get knowing he was able to “cook” something all by himself. It’s about exploration as he discovers the ingredients he knows as something separate can become something completely different when placed together. It’s a teaching moment. It’s a bonding moment. It’s about memories that last forever.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- see how easy that is to remember?
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl. If cooking with a young child consider adding the egg into a separate bowl before combining it with the sugar and peanut butter.
- Form 1 inch balls out of dough.
- Place cookie balls onto a non-greased cookie sheet.
- Using a fork, gently flatten each ball using a criss cross pattern. This method will allow the cookies to bake evenly.
- Next, place the cookies in the oven to bake for 5-8 minutes or until they have become light brown in color.