Cooking with my kids is one of my favorite things to do with them. On days when we have some time, we head into the kitchen to bake something together. We pour over cookbooks, decide what to make, and make sure that we have all of the ingredients. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to do a job. They love to measure, pour, count and stir. By spending time in the kitchen, you are teaching your children what cooking is all about. It is rewarding for all of us.

Cookies are a great choice for kids. They are easy to make, don’t take a long time, and what kid doesn’t like a cookie? You can up the ante by making a cookie bowl that is the the perfect vehicle for an ice cream sundae.

When I was kid, my mom used to make her Magic Sauce on special occasions. I thought that it truly was magical. The warm sauce would hit the cold ice cream and form a protective barrier that you needed to break with your spoon. For years, I thought that it was some complicated recipe that made this magic, but really it is a bag of chocolate chips and a stick of butter. Used together, they are magical ingredients.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls
By Bree
Makes 6 servings


2 sticks butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter 6 small (5-inch) pie plates. Place pie plates on a baking sheet and set aside.

Cream together butter and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time. Add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until just combined. Add chips.

Add 1/2 cup cookie batter to prepared pie plates. Bake on a baking sheet for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool slightly.

Add one scoop of ice cream to the cookie bowl and drizzle with Magic Sauce.

Magic Sauce

1 (12-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Add chocolate chips and butter to a medium saucepan. Cook on low until both have melted completely. Stir until smooth.

*If sauce begins to harden, you can slowly reheat it until smooth.

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  1. cheryl said:

    oh looking forward to trying so many of these yummy ideas