Easy Cookie Recipes for Kids to Enjoy After School

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Weekends and school holidays get even better when there is the delicious smell of baking cookies wafting through the house. It gives you that nice warm feeling inside when all seems well with the world.  Easy cookie recipes for kids are the best way to spend some quality time with your munchkins and there’s a tasty treat at the end. You can spend time mixing and kneading together these cookie recipes for kids and enjoy them in less than an hour.

It doesn’t matter if it is a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe for kids, a gingerbread cookie or something new that you are experimenting with,  baking is always fun. We have a few delicious and easy cookie recipes for baking that have never failed to delight the whole family.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe for Kids

Every bite has the crunch of chocolate that just melts in your mouth and is a great hit with all kids.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups maida
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick soft, salted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease the cookie sheet so that the cookies don’t stick.
  • Mix both sugars till they are well blended and there are no lumps.
  • Mix the soft butter with the sugar in globs.
  • Add the eggs one by one and lightly beat them before stirring them into the sugar and butter.
  • Add the vanilla, salt and baking soda.
  • Add all the flour at once. Avoid mixing the batter too much to avoid forming too much gluten.
  • Add all the chocolate chips and fold them into the batter.
  • Scoop the batter into slightly rounded balls about the size of ping-pong balls onto the baking sheet. Space the balls of dough about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes. They should look puffy, set around the edges and dry to the touch.
  • Let them cool for a few minutes and then transfer the cookies to a rack to finish cooling completely.

Trail Mix Cookies

An amalgam of sweet, savoury, chewy and crunchy, these trail mix oatmeal cookies are perfect no matter what you’re craving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats, divided in two
  • 1 1/2 cups maida
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 /4 cup M&M chocolate candies
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pretzels
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts roasted nuts
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  • Heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Grind one cup of the oats to a fine powder and transfer it to a bowl.
  • Add the remaining oats, maida, baking powder and salt and whisk till combined.
  • Put the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a bowl and beat till light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one by one beating them thoroughly.  Add the vanilla. 
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated.
  • Add the M&Ms, pretzels, nuts, cranberries, and chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed. Scoop 2 tablespoon mounds of dough onto the baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 9 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets between racks halfway through. Bake till light golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 3 minutes.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Beloved classic Snickerdoodles are buttery, soft and dusted with cinnamon sugar and are like little pieces of heaven.

Ingredients:

For the Cookies

  • 3 cups maida
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Method:

  • Heat the oven to 425°F.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan/microwave and let it cool.
  • Combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  • Whisk the cooled butter and eggs together. Add the vanilla.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir till a soft dough forms.
  • Place the granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a shallow bowl and combine.
  • Make 1 1/2-inch balls with the dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar.
  • Place them on a baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  • Bake for about 7 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on tray then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

S’mores Bar Cookies

This exotic-looking cookie is a graham cracker with embellishments that you can eat at any time and anywhere.

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup maida
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 7 ounces marshmallow cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Method:

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Use an electric hand mixer to whisk the sugar and butter till light in colour and creamy.
  • Add the vanilla and egg and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the graham cracker crumbs, flour and salt and beat until combined.
  • Put 1/3 of this mixture in a small bowl. Put the remaining mixture into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  • Spread the marshmallow cream evenly over this crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, followed by marshmallows and then the reserved crust mixture.
  • Bake until golden brown for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Cool for at least an hour and cut into bars.

Palmiers

Palmiers look really fancy, but they are one of the simplest and tastiest to make.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry either store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 cup brown or granulated sugar

Method:

  • Thaw the puff pastry till it’s pliable.
  • Roll out the puff pastry that is 1/8 to 1/4 inches thick.
  • Sprinkle with sugar in an even layer, press the sugar into the dough lightly with a rolling pin.
  • Fold the sides inward so they meet in the middle.
  • Sprinkle with more sugar and lightly press it in.
  • Fold the dough in half.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 425°F.
  • Slice the chilled dough into 1-inch wide cookies.
  • Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet a few inches apart and sprinkle the cookies with more sugar.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until dark golden and cool.

These are just a few of the easy cookie recipes for kids and there is so much more you can do to keep them busy. There are a whole range from easy butter cookie recipes for kids to healthy cookies for kids and you just have to make your choice. For more cookie recipes for kids, you could check out the EuroKids website and spend some good quality time with your children.