My son has become quite a mommy's boy... While sometimes it is great to feel so loved and needed, other times I would like to be able to leave the room without him complaining. One time of day he can be particularly persistent is when I am cooking dinner. He likes to come into the kitchen with me, but our kitchen is no where near child proof so I have to make sure he isn't getting into anything... However, I have found that if we do spend time in the kitchen together it makes him happier. The first thing we've made recently with him acting as my sous chef was Peanut Butter Snackies. I chose this recipe because there are only 4 ingredients... okay, the original recipe only had 3 but I HAD to add chocolate! We're a chocolate loving family, so it made perfect sense.
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Peanut Butter Snackies
You'll need 1 cup peanut butter. I used creamy, as I did not want nuts in the cookies... that whole choking hazard for children under 3.
You will also need 1 cup sugar
and an egg
You'll also want 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
If cooking with younger children (my son is not quite 2) I highly suggest having everything measured out beforehand!
Pour all ingredients into the bowl.
I let my son add the chocolate chips while I poured the sugar. A few chips ended up on the counter, but it's all good. I think he might have eaten a few of those that didn't make it into the bowl.
Now, add the egg.
Give your child a chance to stir. My son couldn't manage the thickness.
So I eventually helped him mix it.
At this point I was very glad he had a pacifier in his mouth - then I knew he couldn't snitch the dough with the raw egg in it!
Once the mixture is mixed completely,
spoon about a tablespoon of dough
and form it into a ball.
I formed the balls and my son put them on the cookie sheet.
Naturally I had to re-place some of them, but it was a blast!
He also tried to form some into balls...
or rather he mushed two together
and then tried to eat it... luckily I caught him before the dough got into his mouth.
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
The tops will be slightly browner and will be cracking.
Take a fork and press the cookie flat.
Repeat with all the cookies.
I had my son use a wooden spoon to help flatten the cookies... I didn't think it would be that wise for his little hands to be that close to the hot pan.
You can see the cookies he flattened... as well as me catching my husband snitching a cookie!
Spoon licking good!
I have to share this story with you - I was taking pictures of the cookie on my son's high chair tray and he covered it up with his and and pushed me away. I could hear him thinking, "Can't I eat my cookie in peace? Stop taking pictures of my cookies!"
The whole family enjoyed these cookies.
The best part was making them with my son.
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