Fall & Winter is the season for all things baking! Involve the whole family with some kid-friendly recipes to easily get them in on the fun! So, admit it. This weather makes you feel like baking. The crisp air, the falling leaves, the tinsel being drug out of their boxes. It all marks the season of celebration and togetherness. What brings people together better than food? We all have those special memories of Great-Aunt Betty’s peppermint bark candy or Grandpa Joe’s famous Christmas fudge. The tastes and smells of the season have a powerful effect on nostalgia, don’t they?
In order to keep the good times going, recipes need to be taught and passed down (especially the kid-friendly recipes). While, yes, perhaps starting with your grandmother’s 12 step, gourmet apple crisp may not be the easiest thing to teach to your children right now, we can definitely start them off on something simple. When it comes to teaching the art of cooking, it’s usually best to start with baby steps. Simple and cheerful recipes are the perfect segway into getting your kids in the kitchen and prepping them for those heirloom recipes! These foolproof, kid-friendly recipes may need a little supervision at first but you’ll be shocked at how quickly they’ll be able to handle these solo!
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats
How fun are these mini Christmas trees? Rice Krispie treats are like a childhood rite of passage. We have all had them, made them, and loved them. Pair the simplicity and sweetness with the merriment of the season by teaching your children the magical art of the crisp! Just a dash of food coloring, a pop of sprinkles, and a pretzel stick makes this one of the easiest kid-friendly recipes there is!
Reeses Peanut Butter Ball
Before we dive into the euphoria of Christmas, let’s create a treat for the fall! This mouth-watering peanut butter ball takes your regular expectations of a dip and annihilates them with a rich, creamy flavor that will have you craving autumn all year long. Since it’s a simple matter of mixing ingredients together, decorating with mini pieces, and gathering up graham crackers, it’s a no-brainer for adults and children alike making this one of the staple kid-friendly recipes.
Now here is a treat that knows no season. This delicious Kool-Aid pie is magnificently simple but marvelously tasty. Not only is it no-bake but it is completely customizable! Let’s be honest, children near a hot oven can be a bit nerve-racking but mixing something scrumptious in a bowl is a breeze! Try using fun holiday colors by adding flavors like cherry, or green apple. You could even add the Kool-Aid Snow Day flavor for an inside joke! Want to be even more extra? Sprinkle peppermint shavings on top for a festive punch! Your tastebuds will be drowning in seasonal goodness in a flash!
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Mint Oreo Parfait
Can anyone resist the delectable taste of chocolate and mint? There’s a reason the Thin Mints are the Girl Scouts best-selling cookie. This flavor combination just cannot be beaten! These Grasshopper Parfaits are ridiculously simple, easy and the effort to reward ratio is favorably on the reward side of things.
Biggest bonus? (Besides getting to use green food coloring, of course.) There is room for personal modifications. Are you a loyalist to thin mints? Add those instead of Oreos? Want to make a match for mom and dad? Add creme de menthe liqueur. Need a little more fluff? Add in some mini marshmallows. Everything is so wonderfully simple to start with so adding in your preferences is a cinch! Plus, watch their faces light up when you tell them you’re about to let them handle the mixer!
Melty white and milk chocolate on a salty, crunchy pretzel bite? Yes, please! These Pretzel Hugs are proof that the best things in life are the little things. Simply place a Hershey’s Hug on a mini pretzel and place it in the oven for just long enough to get them soft. Then plop a colorful M&M on top and lightly push it down into the melty hug. It’s like pressing a tasty holiday button! The best part is they cool very quickly so by the time your little ones have pressed all the “holiday buttons,” there will likely be some tasty treats ready for sampling! When it comes to kid-friendly recipes, this one a no-brainer!
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Kids are always up for silly and goofy things. This Grinch Punch is so much fun to make and an easy way to get the kids chuckling. Boasting only 7, no prep ingredients, this entertaining green drink will be fixed up in a flash! The kids can just mix, serve and wait for all the holiday quotes from, “The Grinch,” movie to get your kitchen erupting in laughter and fun. Nothing brings in the Christmas spirit quite like the Grinch. Be sure to have him at your next holiday party!
We all have to start somewhere! These kid-friendly recipes will get your family excited for the season and prepare them for more complicated recipes down the road! Today it’s peanut butter balls but who knows! Tomorrow they may just be whipping up Aunt Kathy’s peanut brittle! Keep those treasured family foods going by introducing these kid-friendly recipes to your home this season and have fun watching their little minds grow!
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