Kids are great at seeing the good in things that adults pass by. To a kid, the kitchen is a fun place where cool things get made and eaten — not just a place to store consumables until they need to be removed from the refrigerator and cooked (the adult speaking). So isn’t it about time that kids got their way and the adults listened? Smart Planet thinks so, which is why they created the Milk and Cookie Shot Maker.
Now the first thing to realize is that “doing shots” is perfectly okay if it’s cookies that are being used as the glasses. After all, who needs a drink when there’s a cookie to eat? But the MCSM is willing to split the difference, providing that it’s milk that’s going to be tossed down the throat. But there’s a lot of things that have to be taken care of before we reach that stage.
The first thing to take care of is making the cookies. For this, there’s a tray with molds that are inverted cups. By filling these molds with cookie dough and then baking the tray in an oven in the conventional manner, the end result is a cup made out of solid cookies. That’s great all by itself but if you let the cups cool down, it can get even better.
Popping the cups out (pre-spray them with a non-stick spray can help, even though the tray is made from a silicone-based non-stick material), the next step is to stand the cups up and put them out of harm’s way (read that as where a kid’s hand can reach). Taking the pitcher included in the kit, fill it with chocolate and zap it in the microwave to turn it into a chocolaty syrup (yes you can cheat here just by buying some Hershey’s chocolate syrup but where’s the fun in that?). Now pour that syrup into each cup and force yourself to leave the cups alone so that the syrup can harden. Maybe read a chapter of War and Peace or work out just how many tiles in the bathroom need to be re-grouted — the idea is to keep from devouring the cups prematurely.
Having waited until the syrup has hardened, it’s now time to reward yourself…ahem, reward the kids with a real treat. Sit them down — you too — and give everyone a cup. Now pour in cold milk and let the mouth-action begin. Make a game of the fact that all the milk has to be drunk first, because if anyone decides to take too many bites out of the cookie cup, there’s going to be a lot of dribbling. But once the milk has disappeared, the cookie cup becomes fair game, be that nibbling from the rim on down, taking a bite out of one of the sides, or trying to devour the whole thing from the bottom up.
The Milk and Cookie Shot Maker costs $24.99, but how do you put a price on good taste? As in these cookie cups really, really taste good. And since they’re home-made, the mind boggles at the different ways they can be decorated after they’ve been made. M&M’s anyone?