- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 36 milk chocolate kisses
Step 1: Grown-ups get ready, kids count
If you’re interested in maintaining any level of sanity, measure the ingredients before your kids get in the kitchen. Not only does this ensure that you’re the only one sneaking spoonfuls of peanut butter, but it’ll also keep your measurements precise.
The first task my little ones, ages 4 and 6, were happy to get involved in was counting out the Hershey’s Kisses to make sure we had enough. Bonus that we also get to set aside extras for snacking in the process.
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
Step 2: Mix together
Gather the kids around the mixing bowl and let them add the butter, peanut butter and sugars. Cream until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. (This is also a perfect time to let them sneak a taste, before adding the egg and flour.)
If you trust an older kid to crack your egg—on a flat surface, preferably!—let ’em do it. Beat in the egg. In another bowl, the kids can sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; beat into the peanut butter mixture.
Step 3: Grownups bake, kids prep and finish
Reserve this step for grownups or older kids, for consistency’s sake. Drop by level tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until light brown, 10-12 minutes.
While they bake, keep little hands busy with another task: unwrapping the Hershey’s Kisses.
Remove cookies from the oven. Though the recipe instructs us to put the chocolate kisses on the cookies while they’re on the hot baking sheet, clumsy little forearms are likely to get burned reaching over the sides. I recommend moving the cookies to cooling racks immediately, then put the kisses on with light pressure. You can also reserve this task for ages 6 and up.