Baking in the kitchen with mom has become one of my daughters favorite things to do. Every time I pull out the red kitchen aid she comes running into the kitchen to see if she can help me. She sits on the counter right next to the mixer. She loves pouring in the flour, sugar, eggs and then she loves to turn the mixer on. Sometimes she turns it up too much and the flour flies everywhere! I had a box of candy eyes and thought a batch of mini monster cookies might just be the perfect treat to bake up together. I shared this recipe over at Or So She Says a few weeks ago, but wanted to make sure you all see it because it’s just too fun!
We mixed up the dough, with only a few minor spills, and we started making our cookies. I think things are so much fun in mini size, so I used a melon baller to scoop the cookies out onto the baking sheet. Plus when they are bite size you don’t feel as guilty when you eat more than one!
Once I scooped out the dough, my daughter placed the candy eyes on the cookies. She was very particular about which cookies had one eye and which ones had two. As she pushed the eyes on, I added more mini m&ms to the tops of the cookies. I wanted the m&ms to really show on the tops too.
These cookies don’t spread very much as they bake, so if you were making full size cookies, make sure and press them down a little once you scoop them and as you are adding the extra m&ms.
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup butter - softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1½ cups quick oats
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¾ cup mini m&ms
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- package of candy eyes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl cream together peanut butter, butter and sugars.
- Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Add flour, oats, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
- Mix until all combined.
- Add m&ms and chocolate chips and gently mix until they are incorporated in the dough.
- For mini cookies I use a melon baller to scoop out the dough to form balls.
- Put cookie balls on a baking sheet.
- Place candy eyes and more m&ms on top of the cookies.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. (Both mini and regular sized cookies)
They turned out super cute and fun. These cookies are so soft and chewy and full of peanut butter and chocolate deliciousness. I kept these in a plastic bag and they were still soft and chewy even after a couple days.
The best thing about these cookies was making them with my daughter. Hearing things like “this is the best day ever” and “I love monster cookies” made the 30 minutes it took to make these, the best day ever! 🙂
Here are some other ideas to get cooking with kids: