Easy cookie recipes

Kids in need of an after-school boost? Find out how to make raw cookies in ten minutes or less with our super-easy, healthier recipes from Emily Kerrigan of Modern Family Food...

Raw cookies three ways

These sweet treats take all of ten minutes to prepare and will keep happily in the fridge (or freezer) as a go-to stash of better-for-them, school-run snacks. Choose from chocolate chip, double chocolate chip or chocolate and coconut. All combine oats, coconut oil, peanut butter and maple syrup to provide energy and a natural sugary hit. Kids can easily make them with the help of an adult - all you need is a food processor, a set of weighing scales and a baking sheet. 

How to make raw cookies

Makes about 12

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (homemade or shop-bought)
  • 150g rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 60ml maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp cocoa (double chocolate version of the recipe only)
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut (chocolate and coconut versions of the recipe only) 

Takes ten minutes, plus setting

1. Help your kids to measure out the peanut butter, rolled oats, coconut oil, maple syrup (or honey), vanilla extract and salt into the bowl of a food processor. If you want to make the double chocolate chip or coconut versions, add 2 tbsp cocoa powder, too. Blend together until a slightly crumbly dough forms.

2. Remove the processor's blade and stir in the chocolate chips with a metal spoon (you can transfer the dough to a mixing bowl if the kids find this easier).

3. Scrunch into about 12 balls in the palm of your hands, poking any rogue chocolate chips into the dough. Roll each into a neat ball then flatten into a round flat cookie shape between your palms. If you’re making the coconut version, decant the coconut onto a plate and coat each cookie in it. Pop your cookies onto a baking sheet and put in the fridge for an hour to firm up. Keep in the fridge in a kilner jar for up to three days (or store in the freezer in bags and defrost briefly on demand). If you are making these for a party, you can add sprinkles, as pictured.

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