Desperate Housewives: Babysitting Cookies

A review of “Babysitting Cookies” from The Desperate Housewives Cookbook.

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Babysitting Cookies

We all remember the scene when Bree disciplines Lynette Scavo’s twins for misbehaving while she’s babysitting.  Well it’s not all spankings at the Van De Kamp household!  When the Scavo children do behave, Bree rewards them with homemade cookies!  And according to the Desperate Housewives cookbook, these are the ones she makes.


The butter and sugar are creamed together first, followed by the egg, vanilla, and peanut butter.  Once that’s done, flour and baking powder are added as well.

Now here’s where these cookies differ slightly.  Instead of rolling the dough into balls and lightly pressing, they suggest your flatten your dough using the bottom of a drinking glass.  Mine, of course, did not flatten very evenly but it cooked well just the same!

Once the cookies are flattened, chocolate chips are added to make eyes and a smile.  Very kid friendly!

And then they go into the oven until slightly browned on the edges.


Taste: 8/10

I really liked these!  Not the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had, but the chocolate chips were of course a great touch.  They just came out a bit too dry for me, even after cooking the second batch for less time.  Don’t go in thinking they’re super-dry cookies or anything, but I would have liked them to be a bit softer than they were.

Difficulty: Average20190303_121242

They’re pretty straightforward cookies.  The only change to most recipes here is the flattening of the dough with a glass, and adding the chocolate chips.  I found it easier to add the smile first, and then the eyes, otherwise the eyes were too low and/or it just looked like 6 chocolate chips without any particular design.

Cost: Average

You’ll need flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.

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