A version of this article was originally published in Best Version Media’s Spring Hill Living and Historic Midtown Living October 2017 magazines.
One of my favorite things to do with my kids (5 and 2) is bake. I’m a sucker for any sort of dessert, and my children, unfortunately, have inherited my sweet tooth. On the plus side, they’re always willing to help out in the kitchen, as long as they get to “sample” the finished product. Because Halloween is almost upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share a favorite spooky treat of ours. Yes, including children in a project involving sprinkles and frosting is most likely to end up in a mess (and the end result might not be stunning) but the smiles on their sticky faces are totally worth it.
Monster cookie sandwiches, which make a fantastic treat for a kid’s Halloween party, are a favorite in our household. I like them because they’re so versatile. The first time we made these, we just had leftover candy “googly” eyes and rainbow sprinkles. You can do any type of cookie, sprinkles, or filling. The kids like them because, well, is there anything not to like about freshly baked cookies and buttercream frosting?
If you want to go the from-scratch route, follow the recipes for the cookies and frosting. (And if you’re a super overachiever, why not try your hand at Food52’s homemade candy corn? I have yet to make them, but there’s a lot of October left.) If you’re pressed for time and/or not a baker, grab your favorite cookie mix (or even a tub of prepared dough) and frosting, and skip to the decorating steps.
If you’re having trouble with picky eaters, it’s worth a try to ask them to help out for mealtimes. I’ve found my kids are 100% more likely to eat what I offer if they’ve had a hand in the preparation, and this goes for things like broccoli and beef stir-fry as well as baked goods (although mine are always 100% likely to eat those). For these monster cookie sandwiches, I assemble the sandwiches and then let my 5-year-old decorate them. Seeing his pride at doing something in the kitchen all by himself is worth a few crooked “fangs” and errant bat sprinkles.
Some of the best memories I have so far with my kids are in the kitchen, and I intend to make many more. These cookies are a great start. Did you try these with your kids? How did they work out? Let me know in the comments!