Fun After School Treats for Kids

This is my daughter’s first year attending all-day school. I knew she would do well academically and socially. However, I was unprepared for how hungry she would be upon returning from seven hours of class. The kid eats like a rhino when she gets home, despite the fact that I fill her lunchbox to the brim each morning.

After three weeks of meeting a famished 6-year-old in the school parking lot, I devised a new after school snack routine. Each night my daughter and I choose a fun recipe to make together, so when 3:30 p.m. rolls around the following day she has a tasty treat to enjoy. What’s more, the snack is even more appealing because she had a hand in making it.

Here are some of her favorites:

GRILLED GREATNESS

Ingredients:

1 large flour tortilla

2 tablespoons cream cheese

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Spread peanut butter on half of the flour tortilla shell and softened cream cheese on the other half. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Grill on direct heat for 2 minutes on each side. Let cool before serving.

M&M MONSTER COOKIES

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

3 eggs

4 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup M&Ms

1 cup chopped peanuts

1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter and butter, beat until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add oats and baking soda, mix well.

Add chocolate chips, M&Ms, peanuts and raisins.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 11 to 14 minutes or until light, golden brown.

Cool 2 minutes, remove from cookie sheets and serve.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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