Parenting has surprised me and continues to surprise me in a million ways. One of the most awesome surprises has been finding mommy friends! Truly amazing, funny and strong women that my daughter heralded into my life.
- a mother who reasonably likes you and can tolerate your kids
- a person who you can laugh and cry with
- someone who does not judge your parenting or your kids
- a mother who does not hide her horror stories, opinions and/or craziness
Mommy friends are cultivated on school runs, at kid’s birthday parties, and during play dates. Last week, I had a play date with a mommy friend. Ok, actually our girls had a cookie-making play date and we tagged along. It was a good play date. The girls played independently and we could sit, drink tea and have some meaningful conversation (on-and-off). The girls fought (obviously), but with our help and after some snot and trauma, the girls made up! And we ALL made and devoured the best, most divine cookies. I have to share my mommy friends cookie recipe!
What you need to make Mommy Friends Cookies:
- 1 x Mommy Friend
- 2 x Kids who get along (or more)
- 1 C coconut sugar
- 1 T caramel essence
- 120g extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 C gluten-free flour
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t vanilla essence
- Toppings: nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles, raisins, desiccated coconut
How to make Mommy Friends Cookies:
Pre- play date prep:
(I like to do these things before the play date arrives)
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C
- Line 2 x baking trays with baking paper
- Set up cookie station area (outside is ideal as this can get messy!) with small table and chairs for kids, separate bowls with all the toppings and baking trays
- Prepare drinks and snacks (most mommy friends are perfectly content to share drinks and snacks with the kids, but you are welcome to be an over-achiever and get some wine or special grown-up food)
It’s cookie dough making time!
(I like to do this with the kids and my mommy friend, but you can also make the dough beforehand)
- Put coconut sugar and caramel essence in a blender and mill together until a wet powder is formed
- Place all ingredients (except the toppings) into a large bowl and mix well
- Divide cookie dough equally (make sure each kid and mommy gets some cookie dough to play with)
It’s time for kids and mommy friends cookie decorating!
- Show kids how to take a ball of dough, roll it flat and add toppings
- Transfer cookies to baking tray
- Bake for 10 minutes at 170 degrees C
- Let cookies cool on trays (for as long as kids and/or mommies can hold out)
- Get inside my belly, mommy friends cookie!
I can highly recommend inviting a mommy friend over this week and making these cookies! We all need mommy friends so maybe invite someone new or organise something with an old faithful mommy friend. Mommy friends, you are my village and together we are raising little people who will one day change the world. I honestly do not know how I would survive this crazy parenting adventure without you.
(To my non-mommy friends, I still love you and need you. There’s a whole other blog post that I have half-written in my head dedicated just to you. It is coming soon, I promise, just like that glass of wine and night on the town that I’ve postponed twice due to exhaustion or child-related drama.)