An Afternoon of Baking with the Kiddo

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on September 24, 2012

This post is sponsored by Nestlé® Toll House® Morsels, the perfect special ingredient for all of your family’s favorite treats!


“Hey Kiddo, I have something for you.”

“What is it? A ninja?”

(rolling my eyes) “No, not a ninja. It’s something just for you so we can do a project together. Tomorrow. During your brother’s naptime so he won’t bother us.”

“Yay! A ninja?”

(sigh) “No. It’s not a ninja. Here, come open it.”



“Do you know what those are for?”


“They are your very own tools for baking. Tomorrow we can make some special treats, and you get to pick them out. How cool is that?”

“Cool! (pause) Hey mom, I guess they are ninja weapons after all” (as he nunchucks them around the living room).

(double sigh) “Yes, I guess you are right.”

And that’s how our afternoon of baking began.

The night before the kiddo and I planned it all out. We picked our two favorite recipes from the Nestle Toll House web site, drooling as we went. We planned a trip to the grocery store for the next morning to gather our supplies. We talked about ninjas.

Always with the ninjas.

The next day we hit the grocery store, where the kiddo was a little disappointed that they didn’t have the swirled chocolate chips that we were hoping for. Thankfully his disappointment quickly turned into excitement as he discovered the bag of Dark Chocolate Morsels.


I must be doing something right with this boy, he knows good chocolate when he sees it.

With a few extra ingredients in hand we headed back home. It was baking time.

We grabbed our gear (except for the adorable apron which the kiddo refused to believe was a cape that you wore on your tummy instead of your back). We assembled our ingredients. We got down to work.


First up was our version of marshmallow sandwich cookies, which we made with the Dark Chocolate Morsels and my secret cookie weapon, cake-mix cookies. This resulted in some over-the-top sweet cookies that the kiddo, of course, loved. Even though he looks just like his dad, he sure has my sweet tooth.


Marshmallow Cake Mix Sandwich Cookies

Marshmallow Cake Mix Sandwich Cookie Recipe by

We weren’t done yet though. Oh no, there were no-bake chocolate chip peanut butter bars to be made.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Bars Recipe

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Recipe by

These bars were by far my favorite of our afternoon baking adventure. Peanut butter goodness sprinkled with chocolate chips and smothered by a peanut butter and chocolate combo.

Addicting, with a capital CHOCOLATE.

At this point in our afternoon of baking the kiddo was more focused on all-things ninjas rather than baking. Sometimes you just can’t win over ninjas, you know? But, for a kid who I normally have to trick into baking with me, the afternoon was a huge, sweet-filled succes.

And I’m confident, now that the kiddo is armed with his own (ninja) baking tools, that he will spin-jump (ninja-style) at the next opportunity to spend some time with me, baking all things sweet.

But wait, I won’t leave you empty handed. Of course there’s a recipe to share. The kid-friendly, over-the-top sweet chocolate chip marshmallow sandwich cookies. Your kids will thank me.

Cake-Mix Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

Yield: 20 cookie sandwiches

Cake-Mix Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

A kid-friendly, over-the-top sweet cookie for a fun afternoon of baking.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate morsels
  • 20 large marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon liners.
  2. Using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cake mix. The mixture will resemble coarse sand.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. The dough will be thick.
  4. Using a spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Place 8, 1-1/2-inch sized balls (about 40 total) on each prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool for a minute on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack.
  6. Once the cookies have cooled, place a marshmallow on the bottom side of one cookie. Microwave for 10-15 seconds, or until the marshmallow puffs up. Place a second cookie on top, pushing lightly to secure. Repeat with the remaining cookies.


Inspired by Nestle Toll House


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1 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Such great recipes! My daughter had so much fun with those sets. It looked like you did too!

2 Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

We had a blast! The baking tools are real neat, I love that they were created with kids in mind.

3 Karyn September 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Oh Yum!! Sounds like your little Ninja had a great time. And what a perfect reward for protecting the house.

4 Julia @ September 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

The cookies look delicious! Are you hosting a Sweet Tooth Friday these days? I saw it on the menu of your blog.

5 Kitchen Belleicious October 1, 2012 at 7:15 am

first things first- he is adorable in that apron and love that he got to help you! Grant is just starting to want to help me more and more! Secondly, that cake mix cookie idea is the bomb – genius as well as the filling. You are so creative!

6 Courtney F. October 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Seeing mamas who spend time with their kids warms my heart and…..makes my mouth water! Yum!!

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