Kids in the Kitchen: Kids Cooking Together — Cowboy Cookies

My older kids have recently reached the point that they can help their younger siblings to finish a recipe.  Recently, my two boys worked together to make a treat.  Cowboy Cookies are our go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies, since they turn out reliably and contain the added nutrition of oatmeal.  This addition gives us the dubious excuse that they are healthy enough to eat more than one.  Anyway, instead of spreading all over the cookie sheet like many chocolate chip cookies, these make a perfect cookie every time.

When the kids are cooking together, you just have to remember that they are building a wonderful sibling relationship and learning a new skill — which is not necessarily cooking, but more like patience or working together.  You kind of have to put aside your standards of cleanliness for the achievement of happiness.  (Don’t ask how many times they licked their fingers — you don’t want to know.  I didn’t give these cookies to anyone outside the family.)

Sorry for the blurry i-phone pictures.  Hope you enjoy this recipe.

Cowboy Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 and 3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar.  When thoroughly mixed, add the eggs.  Continue mixing and add dry ingredients.  To the soft dough add vanilla and chocolate chips.  Drop by tablespoons (or form them into balls as Brett does) on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.  Remove to a cooling rack.  Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Happy eating!

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