Cookies make him proud

My son is 11 and really isn’t into a whole lot of things that his mom enjoys. Momma loves to cook and bake, and while he loves eating, he does not enjoy making.

So last night when he asked me if he could make peanut butter cookies, (after I got over the shock) I said, “Absolutely!”

He got out all of the ingredients and measured everything himself. He mixed (and mixed and mixed) and then rolled them out and pressed them down all by himself. And he did a great job!

Now, I happen to be a slight control freak, so it was hard not taking over and helping him at a couple points, but I really wanted him to be able to say that he made them and be completely true.

After they went into the oven, I gently reminded him that he could clean everything he used while he waited the agonizing 12 minutes for the cookies to be done. With dishes done and just a few minutes left on the timer, he eagerly bounced around the kitchen while the time ticked down.

Once the timer went off and I pulled them out, he was so proud! He knew he had to wait just a couple more minutes for them to cool, but he was beaming. And this momma was pretty happy, too.

Don’t these look yummy? I didn’t eat any, but he was VERY happy with his bounty.

In case you’d like the recipe we used, it was super simple.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe makes about 24 cookies


  • 2 cups peanut butter (we used natural and it was oilier than regular peanut butter)
  • 1 cup Swerve (can use other keto-friendly sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (this is something we threw in because cinnamon goes so well with chocolate and peanut butter)
  • 1 cup sugar-free chocolate chips (we used homemade)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl and mix together well.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Roll the dough into 1-1.5 inch balls and place them on the lined cookie sheet a couple inches apart.
  • Using a fork, press down and flatten the cookies with a cross pattern.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are slightly browned.
  • Once done, let them cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

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