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Mouse's Chocolate Chip Cookies

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

By Laura Joffe Numeroff
Illustrated by Felicia Bond 

 What happens when a mouse in the house asks you for milk, and cookies, and a straw, and a napkin, and….nail scissors? Read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and find out how a perfectly normal day turns into giggle-out-loud chaos. 

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Mouse's Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Mouse's Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -

It would be next to impossible to enjoy this through-the-house-follow-the-mouse romp without some yummy chocolate chip cookies. Although this is a special treat, it has heart healthy oats and bittersweet chocolate (The cookies are sweet enough that you don't need milk chocolate or even semi-sweet chocolate).

Young Readers in the Kitchen

Kids can help measure ingredients, mix up the batter, and drop the cookies on the cookies sheets. 

Mouse's Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray to cookie sheets with nonstick spray.
  3. Place oats in a blender or food processor and grind until they resemble flour, about 20 to 30 seconds.
  4. In a medium bowl, place ground oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.
  5. In a small bowl, beat butter, oil, sugars, egg and vanilla until creamy.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  7. Stir in chips.
  8. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the greased sheets. 
  9. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden. 
  10. Cool about 5 minutes on cookie sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. 
  11. Enjoy!


Milk Paint Paintings

Milk Paint art activity - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -

Nothing goes better with scrumptious chocolate chip cookies than milk! A new way to enjoy this standard favorite is to turn it into milk paint (although it is for painting only and not for tasting). The only way to enjoy this milk with cookies is to munch while you paint!  With these easy steps, kids need little assistance mixing up this fun, non-toxic paint. All you have to do is provide brushes and sheets of paper and let the painting begin!

Milk Paint Paintings


  • 1 cup non-fat powdered milk
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring
  • Empty plastic containers (butter tubs work well)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper
  1. Mix powdered milk and cold water in a medium bowl until the milk is thoroughly dissolved. 
  2. Divide mixture among 3 to 5 plastic containers. 
  3. Add drops of food coloring to each container and stir to achieve the desired color.
  4. Paint! Don’t ask for anything specific, just let the fun of painting be the driving force of this activity.  


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