Post # 155 Peanut Butter Cookies for the Kids!

August 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 155 Peanut Butter Cookies for the Kids!

I love kids.  Other people’s kids.  Never wanted to have any of my own, but I always seem to relate better to kids.  When I go to parties and I don’t know anyone, I typically end up being drawn into the crowd of kids, if there are any.  I’ve even written articles and stories for kids that have been published in magazines, albeit a very long time ago.

One time at a Christmas party, the hosts had put a the biggest box of assorted chocolates I had ever seen.  I was studying it, trying to decide which handful I was going to take when several of the kids at the party wandered over and started discussing which ones were which.

“You know how to figure that out, don’t you?” I asked.  They looked at me expectantly, so I continued.  “You pick one up and turn it over and poke your finger in the bottom.  You can see what’s in the center and decide if you want it.  If you don’t, you put it back and no one knows anything since the bottom is in the box and the top looks perfect.”

They were horrified.  But, we all did it and found the chocolates we wanted.  And laughed like crazy.

One of the things I’ve always tried to encourage with kids is cooking skills.  I never got a chance to start my niece and nephew along that track, but I have with many other kids over the years.  One things I’ve found out is that you have to start with a recipe that isn’t complicated.  You also have to have double the amount of flour in the recipe in patience.  Two cups of flour equals four cups of patience.  Nothing is happening fast.  All the moms who are reading this will verify that.  It also helps if you’re teaching them to make something sweet.

I’ve taught kids how to make mac and cheese from scratch; how to make cakes; how to chop a salad; how to make a cheeseburger.  My most popular is peanut butter cookies.  For some reason, kids flip over these.  I always ask the parents first in case there are any allergies.  It’s one of the simplest recipes ever.

First, heat your oven to 350 and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray so the cookies don’t stick.  In a fairly large bowl (helps prevent spills), use a wooden spoon to mix together a cup of sugar and a half cup of peanut butter.  I seldom measure the peanut exactly.  More peanut butter just gives it a better flavor.  You can use either creamy or crunchy peanut butter, but if you use crunchy it adds another texture to the cookie.  Once the sugar and peanut butter are combined, crack an egg into it and stir until mixed.  Scoop out a tablespoon of batter and roll into a ball.  Roll the ball in sugar, and put it on the cookie sheet.  Flatten the ball with a fork or the bottom of a glass.  There should be enough batter for twelve cookies.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, until brown on top.  Cool for a few minutes, then remove from the cookie sheet.  Eat warm.  Or hot.

Sometimes I mix it up a little.  Once I put chocolate chips in the batter and called them candy bar cookies.  Another time, I added a little flour (a half cup) and they rose higher.  You can let the kids be creative with these and let them learn from their mistakes.

The most important thing I teach the kids, while the cookies are baking, is to clean as you go.  No job is done until the cleaning is finished.  I’ve never seen it fail, the kids love this.  Most of the time, I have to provide the recipe for the parents.


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