Making cookies with your children is a wonderful way to introduce them to the kitchen. In addition to learning about measuring, following directions and the delights of homemade foods, baking cookies together as a family is something that will be sure to create special memories—made even better by the delicious smell of cookies baking in the oven.

However, I prefer not to use any raw eggs or potentially dangerous kitchen equipment when cooking with a child as young as my son (22 months old), which many cookie recipes require. That’s why I love this recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies as a “first” recipe for kids. It’s easy to assemble and requires neither raw eggs nor a mixer.

Young children, even toddlers, can easily help make these cookies. You can involve them in mixing the cream cheese and butter, pouring out the sugar and oatmeal and—the best part—forming the balls of dough to place on the cookie sheet! You may find it easier (and safer) to bring all of your ingredients to the kitchen table when involving a toddler. It will keep them away from the oven and will also make it easier for them to reach the ingredients.