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Does this scenario sound familiar? You are trying to make food for your family. Meanwhile, your kids are running around the kitchen, whining that they are bored out of their minds. You try to distract them with toys, but apparently the robot that they played with once is now yesterday’s news.
Trying to feed your family while taking care of your kids is hard. But why should you do all the work?
Recently, I started involving my kids in all the cooking and baking I do in the kitchen. They are loving learning how to use the blender, knives, and other kitchen tools. And if you have picky eaters, you will find that they will eat more of the food that they make!
The key is to start simple. For the first few times you and your kids cook together, you should focus on teaching your kids the proper ways to use the tools.
These chewy, flavorful peanut butter cookies are a great way to get your kids’ hands “dirty” in the kitchen. Soon, you will find that mealtimes are no longer stressful, but a wonderful way to bond with your kids.
4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
This peanut butter cookies recipe is so easy that your kids can pretty much make them without you! All you need is 1 cup of peanut butter, ½ cup of coconut sugar, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Most peanut butter cookies call for regular white sugar, but I like to use coconut sugar instead. While white sugar is “empty-calories” with little nutrition value, coconut sugar is high on antioxidants, iron, calcium, and potassium.
Coconut sugar is also low in the Glycemic Index count. In plain words, coconut sugar has less impact on our blood sugar and glucose levels than white sugar. Therefore, I always substitute process white sugar with coconut sugar, a natural sweetener.
I also cut the amount of sugar in half. If you have a sweet tooth, you can increase the amount of sugar you add to 1 whole cup. We find that just ½ cup is sweet enough for our taste buds.
The kids loved making the peanut butter cookies. They learned that to measure accurately, you need to sweep off the excess food that’s sitting above the measuring cup. My kids were able to crack the egg by themselves and mix everything together. And rolling the peanut butter dough into balls was just like playing with playdough!
The only thing that mommy had to do was putting the cookies in the oven and then take them out when they are done!
Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cookie sheet
- Optional: Silpat baking mat
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all the ingredients together until combined. You can use a blender or just mix by hand.
- Roll the dough into 1” balls (or use a scoop) and place them on a cookie sheet. I highly recommend using a Silpat baking mat to prevent the cookies from sticking.
- Using the fork, gently press down on the cookies and then press again from the opposite direction. Your cookies now should have a criss-cross pattern on top.
- Bake your cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until cookies begin to brown.