Sometimes you need a quick, easy to make snack that can be eaten as soon as you’re done mixing it. This is my go-to “the kids are bored and hungry, what am I gonna do?” fix. And it’s such a simple recipe that all you’ll have to do is get the ingredients out of the cabinets that are too high for them to reach. (Okay, and maybe some measuring help if they’re under 5.)
Jillian gets us started by finding the recipe card in my mom’s old recipe box. That thing has been with us for years and is chock full of good ol’ recipes from my mother, my grandmother, my great-grandmother, and some aunts, I believe.
This particular recipe has been around for several decades. I wrote a “new” recipe card for it when I was about Jillian’s age.
I’ve put the entire recipe at the bottom of this post, in case you can’t read my 8-year-old handwriting… which I can’t imagine would be a problem.
Alright, Trevor has decided to join the fun. Who wouldn’t want to?! Just look at the excitement and anticipation on his face as Jillian scoops out the margarine.
Speaking of margarine, we usually bake with Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine Sticks. They’re dairy-free and work wonders in baking. Some of the tub margarines do not have the consistency needed for baking cookies, etc. We are trying a new one today. The sticks aren’t available in our local store anymore (hopefully not forever!), and we found this one (Earth Balance Original) that was dairy-free and said great for baking. Hooray!
Trevor finally gets his turn to pour something. Jillian gives him the “you better not spill any” look, hand ready and waiting to push that bowl back into the correct position.
You can tell my mom taught Jillian most of her baking skills because she uses the knife-trick to level ingredients. God job, Mom.
A little sisterly help is needed for the vanilla.
And even with all the help he got from Sissy, Mr. Grumpy Pants is mad that she gets to scoop the oats. Eyeroll and sigh.
But look who gets to pour them in!
And lick the beater!
This is what your dough will look like when it’s done mixing.
And now comes the fun (messy) part! Rolling the cookies into balls and then covering them with powdered sugar!
There are two methods to this madness. Trevor takes the “plop and sprinkle” approach.
While Jillian goes for the roll.
And here they are!
Recipe2/3 C dairy-free margarine 3/4 C sugar 1 Tbsp water (Optional – We didn’t use it this time, but you can add it if you need to. Depends on what kind of butter/margarine you use) 3 Tbsp cocoa 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 C rolled oats 1 C powdered sugar
Mix the margarine and sugar well. Add water, cocoa, vanilla and oats. Mix well. Form dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar.
That’s it! It’s incredibly easy. My kids are 5 and (almost) 9, and they were all over it. I literally just had to get the ingredients out that Jillian was too small to reach. Then I just stood back and snapped pictures.
Note about the margarine: We are so used to using unsalted margarine in our baking that these cookies tasted VERY salty with the Earth Balance. But Mom and I agreed that we used to make this recipe with salted butter, and we probably ate them just like this. So it’s your choice.
Make sure you store these cookies in the fridge since there is uncooked margarine in them. 🙂