Baking cookies at home for kids can be a fun and tasty activity. Here’s a simple recipe for baking cookies that kids will enjoy:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Optional: chocolate chips, M&M’s, sprinkles, or other desired mix-ins
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
- If desired, add chocolate chips, M&M’s, sprinkles, or other mix-ins to the dough and gently fold them in.
- Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. You can use an ice cream scoop or your hands to shape the dough into balls.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. The cookies will appear slightly undercooked in the center but will firm up as they cool.
- Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
- Once cooled, serve the cookies to the kids, and watch them enjoy!
You can customize the cookies by adding different mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit, based on your kids’ preferences. Get creative with shapes and decorations too, like using cookie cutters or adding colorful icing for a fun twist. Enjoy baking and sharing the cookies with your kids!