I’ve always loved being around kids.  First of all, they’re hilarious. The questions they ask, the stories they come up with — they make me laugh and I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of their sweet personalities and those chubby cheeks.

During college I had a job as a nanny. In between my classes on sometimes on the weekends, I spent my time reading stories, playing hide and seek, going to the park, and of course… baking with kids.

It’s still one of my favorite things to do.

Meet the two adorable twins: Milly and Remy.

I can’t believe how old they are getting… they just turned 5!

Since I’m not a nanny anymore I don’t get to see them as much as I like, BUT when I do get to spend time with my two favorites I try to make it as special as possible.

Everytime we’re together we do two things: bake treats and have a ‘popcorn party’. The popcorn party is usually just a trick I use to get them to clean up their toys fast, get in PJs, and settle down for a movie and a bowl of popcorn. I tell them that we can never be late for the popcorn party and it works everytime!

Last week I attended a book signing for fellow food blogger Shaina Olmanson’s new cookbook Desserts in Jars and was sent home with  a jar full of monster cookie mix. Of course since it was Milly and Remy’s birthday, I knew we’d be baking them right away!

I wanted to share with you how much fun we had making these cookies. Remy even decided to rename them ‘dinosaur cookies’.

The cookies turned out perfect!

I’d say they’re definitely kid-approved.

Want your own Desserts in Jars cookbook? I’m giving a book away to one lucky reader!

From cakes and cookies to puddings and pies, this cookbook is full of inventive dessert ideas, all presented in gorgeous jars. Even if you aren’t entertaining, you can certainly use the recipes to impress your family or friends, as there are recipes for gift giving (I’m SO doing this for Christmas this year).

So how do you enter to win? Head on over and like my Facebook page, then leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite cookie is! I’ll randomly pick a winner next Friday and announce their name on my Facebook page.

BUT seriously even if you don’t have kids to bake with, these cookies are MAJORLY good. Feel free to switch up the candies and nuts; next time I’m using Reese’s Pieces!

Want to know the best part about these delicious cookies? They are flour free (you use oatmeal) and only called for two tablespoons of butter! I’m pretty certain you could get away without using the butter though. Let me know if you give it a try.

Have a great weekend!

Monster Cookies from Desserts in Jars

Makes 1 jar of cookie mix, to yield 24 large cookies

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup candy-coated chocolate candies or chocolate chips

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Note: If you are making the cookies, see the additional ingredients below.


1. Mix together the granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Pour into a 1-quart Mason Jar.

2. Top with a layer of half of the oats. Add the candies in a layer, and top with a layer of brown sugar. Top with a layer of the remaining oats and then a layer of walnuts. Seal with the lid, decorate the jar if you like, and attach a label with these instructions:

To make monster cookies

3/4 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter (not natural)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla. and eggs in a bowl. Add the contents of this jar. Form the dough into 2-inch balls and set on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops of the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.