It’s the first Friday after the return to school post lockdown number…who knows at this stage! So we’ve survived the first week and gotten to that point in the day between meals after a little wind-down telly time and the kids are full of beans and it could easily turn to mischief!
It’s the perfect time to do some family baking. To some, this may sound like I’ve lost it completely but before you do just hear me out. Baking something easy and quick with kids can be a very enjoyable experience for all, with the added bonus of a tasty treat for everyone at the end – it’s a win-win! The kids have basically gotten permission to make somewhat of a mess, feel different textures in their small hands and engage with food in a location other than the dining room table where they inevitably complain about something on their plate that you’ve slaved over.
But to make this a flawless plan where you come off as the coolest parent in the land, you have to pick your recipe carefully. You want a recipe that’s straightforward, no fancy equipment or techniques involved, and tastes amazing to give you all a huge boost.
So this is my go-to recipe, a beautiful batch of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. They are insanely good when eaten warm from the oven with a cold glass of milk but equally just as luscious from the cookie jar with a cuppa and a movie post kid’s bedtime.
What’s more, if you’re feeling adventurous you can always give them your own twist and substitute the chocolate chips with dried cranberries or raisins or try decorating them with a chocolate drizzle instead of chips. The most important thing is that you enjoy the process of baking them as well as munching on them afterwards.
So here goes!