Another advantage to these cookies is that most of the ingredients are ones you probably already have in your pantry. So get started with some oats, peanut butter, cocoa powder, butter and sugar and you’re on your way to treating the kids to cookies they don’t have to wait and bake!
What You Need:
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup butter
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Medium saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Wax paper
What You Do:
- Let the kids measure out the first four ingredients. Teach them how to read the measurements and talk about why a teaspoon is less than a ½ cup, etc. Doing measurements with the kids is a great introduction to math skills.
- Then have them combine all four ingredients into a medium saucepan. Let Mom or Dad put the saucepan over the stove and bring to a boil. Cook and stir occasionally for one and a half minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Again, let the little hands be in charge of measuring.
- Show them how to scoop a teaspoonful of the dough and drop it onto wax paper.
- Now all that’s left to do is let the cookies cool until hardened - and your “no bake” cookies are ready to enjoy!
Lisa M. Cope is a freelance writer who focuses on parenting and child development issues, among many others. She is the mother of two boys, ages five and two.