Celebrate National Cookie Day with PBS KIDS


Introducing “Get Out the Mad” Cookiesinspired by the PBS KIDS show, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD! 

Baking these cookies with children not only hones math skills, but also encourages conversations around an array of emotions, which helps social emotional skill development. In order to make the most out of the educational baking activity, start by asking your child what some common feelings are and when last time they remember feeling happy, sad, mad, etc. was. Then, explain that there are things they can do when they’re angry besides shouting or hitting, like pound on clay or dough. Research shows that kids learn the most when the adults in their lives talk to them about what they’re watching and how they’re feeling.

Directions and ingredients for “Get Out the Mad” Cookies:


  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Bowl
  • Cookie sheet


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Ask your child to help measure out the ingredients. This is a great opportunity to talk about reading numbers and following directions carefully. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Give your child a manageable chunk of dough. It’s okay for your child to mash it, knead it, and pound it. The longer and harder your child mixes the dough, the better the cookies taste!
  4. When the mixing is done, show your child how to roll the dough into balls about the size of ping-pong balls, and place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes.


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