If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is one of our favorite children’s books! Reading is so important at any age and we’ve decided to start a new monthly series to help you encourage your young reader! We have recipes, crafts, games, and a giveaway planned with a different book as our theme each month! This month, we’re sharing some fun ideas for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
First, since we never get to start with dessert, we have a great cookie recipe to get you and your young readers excited! This is a gluten free, dairy free cookie recipe and it is so delicious!
If You Give a Mouse a Gluten Free Cookie Recipe
- 2 ¼ Cups Brown Rice Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Shortening
- ¾ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter Chips
- 1 Cup Raisins
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Stir together flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, cream together the butter, both sugars and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to the mixture.
- Stir in chocolate and peanut butter chips, and raisins.
- Spoon tablespoons of batter onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets before transferring to cooling racks.
- Serve warm with a glass of cold milk (dairy free if need be).
We’ve also planned a healthier snack in celebration of this fun book. These open face peanut butter and raisin sandwiches look just like cookies! They are simple to make too. Don’t forget that a Give a Mouse a Cookie treat would not be complete without a mouse!
Open Face Peanut Butter & Raisin Sandwiches & Fruit Mouse
- Peanut Butter
- Circle Cookie Cutter (2-3″ Around)
- Cut each piece of bread with your round cookie cutter.
- Spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto each bread round and top with a few raisins.
- To create the strawberry mouse, cut a large strawberry in half and lay on the plate to create the mouse’s body and head. Slice a second strawberry to give the mouse circle like ears. Cut a strawberry slice in half to create the feet of your little mouse. Slice a this strip of apple to create the mouse’s tail and lay it in place. Dip two blueberries in peanut butter and stick them to the strawberry head to make eyes.
- Give your mouse a cookie by placing the open face peanut butter cookies on the plate!
Now for some seriously cute fun! Check out these little mice sharing their cookies!! They are easy to make and will surely make a great reading pal for your young reader!
- 1 Toilet Paper Roll Per Mouse
- 1 Small Pom Pom Per Mouse
- 2 Google Eyes Per Mouse
- Tan Craft Foam
- Black Marker
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Cut the toilet paper into rings approximately 1/2″ wide. You should have 7 pieces for each mouse.
- Pinch and shape the rings as shown.
- Carefully hot glue the pieces together to create your mice.
- Add the pom pom for the mouse nose and attach the eyes to the pom pom.
- Tie a small bow with the ribbon and hot glue it to the mouse’s neck.
- Carefully cut small circles from the tan craft foam to create cookies for your mice. Add small dots with the black marker. Hot glue a cookie to your mouse’s paw.
Don’t forget – there’s going to be a giveaway each month, as well! This month I’m giving away a copy of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie as well as a $10 Amazon gift card! This giveaway is open to U.S. only and will run from now until 11:59pm EST on July 7th (my birthday! 🙂 ). Good luck to all who enter!