Roy and I have been baking a lot together this winter, and it is awesome in so many ways. I love that our almost-4-year-old is so interested in cooking already, and that he is developing understanding of the work that goes into our food. Plus it is a great bonding time for just the two of us!
I’ve learned that the key to cooking with children so young is to keep it simple and keep him helping through the whole process. Of course it helps if the treat at the end is something yummy for kids their age, too. One of our favorites to make lately is Peanut Butter Cookies. It couldn’t be simpler, quicker, or more perfect for a preschooler!
Peanut Butter Cookies
makes 2 dozen cookies
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 cup sugar
Anything else fun you want to add – let your kid get creative! Chocolate chips, candies or even crushed potato chips would be great. We like to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Let them dump the ingredients in the bowl and then take turns mixing it all together. Having kid-size mini utensils is great if possible!
Make sure to let them try the batter and decide when you are done mixing (unless he will take advantage of it and keep sampling that way, ha ha).
Pushing down on the cookies with a fork is a favorite step. Do it once, then cross-wise, and stress *gently* so your cookies don’t become pancakes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, then let cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.
Enjoy and high five your helper!