Kids love treats and there is no better way to make such baked treats other than getting them involved in the preparation and baking process. Kids will love to bake with their mothers just the way they will enjoy drawing, reading and even painting with their fathers. While there are lots of options for baked foods to consider, it is important, to begin with, the simpler ones they can easily master before introducing the more complex baked foods to them. Remember, you must not let your toddler handle the baking alone, you still have to teach them how to set oven temperatures and even mix the ingredients proportionately. The following are some of the simple recipes children would love to learn;
The Leaf Cookies
Perhaps the Leaf cookie will be the perfect recipe to start baking with children. You can add different food colorings to make the cookies more fascinating, for instance, the colors of the flag of the United Kingdom will be a great addition.
You can get as many as 20 cookies from this recipe and it takes just 40 minutes to prepare and bake. The ingredients needed here are;
- 2 tubes of sugar cookie dough,
- ¼ cup of flour, and
- food coloring of your favorite colors.
To make the Leaf cookies, simply preheat the oven to about 350F degree, and place the cookie dough into a large bowl and mix together with the flour. Divide the dough into 4 separate bowls and dye them in different colors. Get a large bowl and then combine all dough. Roll out the dough to about ½” of thickness on a lightly floured surface with the use of a rolling pin, and use cookie cutters to cut the leaf out. Place the cookie on a parchment-lined baking sheet with cookies separated at an inch apart, and then bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until cookies turn golden brown. Let them cool off before serving.
The Nutella Cool Whip Pie
Children will cherish this whip pie, all day. Total preparation time is 1 hour 30 minutes and can serve up to 8. To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients;
- 8 oz. of softened cream cheese,
- 1 cup Nutella plus extra for garnish,
- 12 oz. of divided cool whip,
- 8 finely chopped and divided Ferrero Rocher Chocolates,
- 1 shortbread crust,
- ¼ cup of powdered sugar.
To make this whip pie, get a large bowl and inside beat the Nutella, cream cheese, and powdered sugar until it becomes fluffy and light. Fold in the cool whip until fully mixed. Add 6 of the chopped Ferraro Rocher Chocolates and mix further to incorporate.
Fill your pie crust with the mix and the smooth top, then freeze for about an hour to set. To serve the pie, top up with the remaining cool whip, then drizzle with the Nutella before sprinkling the remaining chopped chocolates.
The Funfetti Dump Cake
A super delicious cake that takes just 40 minutes to complete. It will serve up to 8 children. The following ingredients are needed for this recipe;
- 1 cup of fresh milk,
- 1 box of vanilla instant pudding mix,
- 16 golden Oreos (4 crushed and 12 whole),
- ½ cup of white chocolate chips,
- 1 box of Funfetti cake mixture,
- 1 thinly sliced stick of butter, and
- ¼ cup of rainbow sprinkles.
To prepare this cake, simply pre-heat the oven to about 350F degree, then get a bowl or glass measuring cup and mix the vanilla pudding with the milk and whisk for about 2 minutes until it becomes thick. Spread the pudding on top of a 9 x 13” baking dish and top up with a layer of 12 Golden Oreos before sprinkling with white chocolate chips. Pour the cake mix on top and make use of a fork to level out the mix and break the clumps. Top up the mix with butter and then sprinkle the crushed Oreos on top and then add the sprinkles. Bake for about 20 minutes in the oven and cool for extra minutes before serving.
The Strawberry Shortcake Lasagna
This hard-to-resist recipe is quite easy to make. The total time for preparation is 3 hours 25 minutes and it yields up to 10. The ingredients needed for this recipe are;
- 4 cups of heavy cream,
- ½ cup of powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting,
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract,
- 1 ½ boxes of Nilla Wafers, and
- 1 lb. thinly sliced strawberries.
To make the recipe, get a large bowl and with the aid of a hand mixer, beat the sugar with the heavy cream and vanilla, until medium peaks form. Assemble the lasagna by getting a 9 x 13” pan, and then spread a thin layer of whipped cream before topping up with a layer of Nilla wafers. Spread another layer of whipped cream on top, and top up with strawberries. Repeat these layers once more and sprinkle crushed Nilla wafers on top. Refrigerate until the Nilla Wafers become soft, sprinkle extra sugar, and slice before serving.
The Cranberry meatloaf
If you enjoy the fruity cranberry in your recipe, you would love this piece of meatloaf recipe. Total preparation time is 2 hours and the ingredients needed are;
- 1 lb. ground ham,
- 1 cup of bread crumbs,
- 1 finely chopped onion,
- 1 lb. of freshly ground pork,
- 2 large eggs,
- 1 cup of milk,
- 1 cup of cranberry sauce,
- ¼ cup of water,
- ¼ cup of light corn syrup,
- 1/2 cup of whipped cream,
- 3 tablespoons of mustard, and
- 1 tablespoon of sugar.
To prepare the recipe, Mix the ingredients in a large bowl to form a thick down and pour in a 9 x 13” baking pan, and bake under 350F degree for about 1 ½ hours then turn it out on a platter. Place cranberry sauce on top of the meatloaf, before serving.
Kids love to be part of creative cooking methods such as baking, hence the earlier you start teaching and practicing the different baking methods with them, the better and quicker they can sharpen their baking skills.