What kid doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? Add these favorite flavors to some cookie dough and you have a kid’s paradise!
What would make the perfect cookie even better? A perfect memory to go with it — coupled with a newly learned life-skill!
Pint-sized Treasures is now highlighting a new series called “Cooking with Kids.” During this series we hope to encourage you to roll up your sleeves and throw some aprons on your munchkins!
Why should you consider cooking with your kids?
- Life-skills for your kids. Too many kids grow up and leave home without the simple cooking skills needed for everyday life. Those kids find themselves scrambling for recipes on the internet or checking out Martha Stewart cookbooks at the library. They could have easily mastered some favorite recipes and been prepared for this moment in life if mom, dad or grandma had invited them into the kitchen and shared their favorite recipes.
- It’s fun! Not only do you owe it to your munchkins to teach them, but it’s also fun! There’s something about working together with your best friends on an everyday task that makes it less dull and mundane. My girls and I often sing as we cook. We start trying different parts, add some harmony and end up being completely silly as we impersonate opera singers. When it’s time to cook, my little ones don’t groan — they pitch in with excitement!
- Perfect opportunity for memory-making merriment. Many memories await you as you watch your child crack his first egg. The expression on your daughter’s face as she squishes ground beef between her fingers is priceless. Giggles and flour wars have been known to erupt in families that cook together! One of my favorite cooking memories was with my grandpa. He taught me how to make Boston Cream Pie and I never forgot his secret tips!
- Heritage and legacies preserved. Who remembers Grandma’s famous peanut butter cookies? How about Aunt Peggy’s chicken casserole? Share these well-known family recipes for your little ones to cherish when they are older. I still think of my grandmother every time I make her Southern-baked macaroni pie. My husband’s grandmother passed her cornbread recipe on to me and I miss her every time I pull a hot batch of cornbread out of the oven!
Are you ready for a fun recipe for your munchkins to try? Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies are a perfect beginner’s choice. Plus, if any of your kids have allergies, it’s gluten-free. These cookies are ready in minutes and are guaranteed winners with peanut butter and jelly lovers!
Flourless Peanut-butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
2 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons jam or jelly
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. In large bowl, place all ingredients and whisk together until fully incorporated. Roll teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place each ball on cookie sheet. Then, use the back of an 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon to make small indentions to place the jelly. Gently fill with 1/8 teaspoon jelly for each cookie. Bake for 8 minutes and remove from oven. Let cool before serving or handling. Cookies will harden as they cool. Do not over-bake! Yields: 24 cookies
Stay tuned for more “Cooking with Kids!” We will be featuring a kid-friendly recipe every Thursday!