I’m pretty sure I’m a genius.
And can I say that this one time, because it’s very rare that I actually come up with a good idea all on my own.
After Santa so generously gifted my eldest with an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas, a present which she was pretty lackluster about…
I have found that the Easy Bake Oven is most decidedly, not easy.
We exhausted the measly two mixes that came with the box on Christmas morning and managed to choke down the resulting sawdust cookies and fake sugarbomb cupcakes that Ada proudly served us.
And because there was no way in hell that I was going to spend $20 on more of those delectable creations-in-a-bag, I searched for some DIY Easy Bake recipes.
I found one brownie one and excitedly copied it down into my cookbook–before I realized it tasted like crap.
I tried making a mini-version of chocolate chip cookies, minus the baking powder, to see if it would work.
So, then, cruising the grocery store with Ada in two and coming across the discounted mini chocolate chips post-Christmas, I had my stroke of genius.
I made up a batch of regular homemade chocolate chip cookies, used mini chocolate chips, and then spent the good part of 45 minutes forming teeny, tiny balls of dough. Which I then froze into little chocolate-chip cookies pucks, popped then in a freezer container, and told Ada the next time she wanted cookies, she could just open the freezer door and have at it.
And today, I enjoyed some delicious, real chocolate chip cookies from my four and two-year olds.
And that’s how a real easy bake oven is done. Letting the kids do all the work while you get to eat chocolate.