The first installment of a new series where I’ll be creating recipes with my son based on books that we read together. This one was inspired by The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems.
Peanut butter, toasted pecans and 2 types of chocolate chips amp up the flavor in these chewy cookies.
My 4-year-old loves books, and he loves cooking with me. So when we were reading the newest (to us) Mo Willems book and he asked me what those squiggly shapes were in the cookies, it dawned on me that we should make food inspired by the books that we read together!
If you aren’t familiar with Mo Willems, you should definitely check him out, especially if you have a preschooler at home. He has loads of adorable stories and several recurring characters that we just love.
The stories are usually silly with a twist that helps the main character learn how to be a better friend.
When I told my kiddo that we were gonna bake the duckling’s cookies, he grabbed his iPod so he could “write up the recipe” as we measured everything out.
My mini food writer in the making!
In the story, the cookies have chocolate chips and nuts in them. There’s a big deal made about the nuts, so I thought it’d be fun to make them extra nutty by toasting them before adding them to the cookie dough.
And while we were at it, I figured we should amp up that nutty flavor with some peanut butter, too.
He was totally on board with that decision.
I love that my son is so into helping me out in the kitchen. He used to be a bit afraid of the stand mixer (mostly because it’s a little loud), but now he can do almost all of the steps by himself.
And licking the bowl and every.single.thing we use while making anything in the kitchen is always his favorite part.
Taste as you go, right?
These cookies turned out nice and chewy and totally delicious. The toasted flavor of the pecans was a really nice addition!
We saved a few for ourselves and sent the rest off to work with my husband, where they disappeared in no time!
Feel free to use whatever nuts or chocolate chips you have at home in this recipe. I think it’d be great with walnuts, which was my original plan, but I had lots of pecans in the freezer so we went that route instead.
I used a mix of chocolate chips because I had a few partial bags hanging out in the pantry, but again, use your favorite! I kind of liked that we had some regular sized ones and some mini ones in there – it kept things interesting!
This made 3 dozen + 3 cookies for us using a #50 scoop. Definitely enough to share with any pigeons or ducklings that come our way 😉
I already have some other books in mind for this series, but if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!
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