Baking with Kids: Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie day! Our summer goals include "Have More Fun" and "Practice Persistence & Flexible Thinking" so of course we had to make peanut butter cookies. My Little Man did all the measuring, most of the mixing, and most of the eating of these delicious 3 ingredient cookies. They have always been a favorite of mine...

Easy PB Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Form cookie dough balls, then press with fork
  3. Bake at 375F' for 6-8 minutes

It is the first recipe I ever memorized and I've made it many times since.

Baking and cooking hit SO many skill points that we are working on strengthening that I try to get my kids to do it often. First of all it is fun AND rewarding because there is food to eat at the end. Most kids will eat more diverse foods if they have helped prepare the foods. This recipe in particular hit fine motor skill strengthening we are working on with my son and you can see in the video the many times he wants to quit stirring or measuring because he is weak in this area. I did end up helping him in the end. Working in the kitchen also offers many problem solving opportunities and flexible thinking opportunities. Just a few things that happened in this 10 minutes... my child:

  • Broke egg shell in the bowl and had to work out what to do
  • Had to break concentration/activity to transition to additional hand-washing and then back
  • Remembered ingredients, measurements, and directions (I did not write them down for him)
  • Problem solve how to measure the peanut butter and get it out of the bowl... this was also the most taxing on his fine motor skill strengths (y)
  • Practiced patience with the amount of time it was taking to complete this task and patience to
  • And did many other small things like figuring out where to put the spoon down, where to wipe off hands, etc. Things we as adults just know, but kids need opportunity to learn or figure out themselves.