Baking with Miss Three: Oatmeal Cookies

Inspired partly by Kyrstie’s recent Kids Cooking post on Childhood101, partly by Kate’s post on Picklebums about how simple these oatmeal cookies are to make, and partly by the fact that I had nothing in the house for school morning teas for the rest of the week, three-year-old Eliane and I made biscuits the other morning.

Oatmeal biscuits cooling on a tray

A three year old in the kitchen Baking Oatmeal Cookies

My eleven year old had actually been asking to make oatmeal cookies last weekend, so I’d been planning to give him the recipe and tell him to go to it, but he wasn’t going to have time after school any day this week, so I figured Elli and I could give it a go first.

Which was probably just as well, because the adding in of the flour and then mixing through the sultanas and oats took a fair bit of effort. For Liam to do it on his own, I think I might halve the recipe, which will also fit more easily in our standard mixing bowl.

Mixing bowl with a small hand adding in some flour

My cookies didn’t spread out the way Kate’s did, maybe because I couldn’t help myself, I used 1/2 cup wholemeal flour, and didn’t think to add extra butter which I usually would. Wholemeal flour can make things a bit too dry if you don’t add extra fat. So after the first batch, I flattened the rest a bit with a fork.
Oatmeal biscuits on a baking tray

We got about 60 biscuits out of the mix, using balls of about a tablespoon (4 tsps), and Kate said it makes about 36 large ones, so maybe they would have spread more if I made larger balls too. We also probably ate at least four cookies worth of cookie dough between us, as you do!

I often find I am less patient in the kitchen than I would like to be, largely because I usually have a time limit. This time was fun because although the cookies were for a good cause, making them was also my main morning activity with Eliane, so it was easier than usual to be patient and work at her pace. What about you, do you cook with your kids (if you have them)? Or let them cook on their own (if they’re a little older)? Do you enjoy it, or is it more a matter of resignation (you either let them help or you listen to them whine!)?

If you want to try these oatmeal cookies, the  recipe is here, on I added 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the second half of the batch. Yum.

A three year old in the kitchen, licking the mixer

This post was shared at I Blog on Tuesdays and Inspire Me Monday.

  11 comments for “Baking with Miss Three: Oatmeal Cookies

  1. June 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I love cooking with the kids but, yes, it’s a time thing! If I’m busy then no way will I let them help. My ten year old can make a chocolate cake unassisted and also kneads bread. Can’t wait till she can cook a meal!!

    • June 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Me too – looking forward my 11 year old being able to cook whole meals. Truth is, I’m sure he probably could now, if I put it to him. He does bits and pieces, and can certainly cook a cake or biscuits, so why not a meal. I will have to challenge him this week I think 🙂

  2. June 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Looks like it was a lovely time shared – we love to cook together! I’m sure there is already not many left!

    • Kirsten
      June 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

      You’re quite right Annaleis. There is one solitary bickie left – I expect it will be eaten soon though 🙂

  3. June 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    These look super delicious – and so does licking the mixer!!
    Josefa from #teamIBOT

    • June 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Yeah, licking the mixer is always one of the best parts 🙂

  4. June 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve been thinking I need to do more cooking with my youngest. She really does love to help in the kitchen and it’s a great activity

    • June 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      It is a great activity. For me it takes slowing down and planning it as my sole activity for a morning to really enjoy it though. Though doing that is nice anyway, just slowing down and not trying to fit too much in. I need to do more of that!

  5. June 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great time… licking the beaters is always the best part!

    And I promise it will be worth the hassle when they are little… now my nine year olds pretty much make these cookies on their own!

    • Kirsten
      June 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Kate, I know you’re right. My eleven year old is getting more and more confident in the kitchen, and I suspect the younger two will be more independent at a younger age – which seems to be the way with everything for younger kids!

  6. June 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

    This is an excellent way for a person to flaunt your natural talent and skillfullness.
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