Feb 28, 2021

LETS DISH! Lets Talk About Kids Baking

By: MaryAnne Miano

Having fun is synonymous with having kids, or maybe it’s the other way around. Kids turn things into fun and games, so why not make some easy, fun foods and desserts that they can create themselves and the family can enjoy eating together? It will spark their creativity and perhaps a love of baking which children will take with them all through their lives. Making memories and making adventurous foods that kids can try their hand at will give them a sense of accomplishment!

There are many recipes that are “no-bake” which are easy to put together and prepare in order to make things as simple as possible and to minimize the worry about a hot oven when involving little ones. Older kids can try their hand at baking goodies in the oven, with supervision, of course.

So get your aprons ready, clear off your kitchen table, get ready for a little bit of a mess (ingredients will fall onto your floor), and call the kids to the kitchen for some fun! Try the following recipes to enjoy with the kiddies. They will love them (and so will grown-ups)!

PIZZA MUFFINS

Ingredients:

3 pounds pizza dough (store bought is fine)

1 ½ cups marinara sauce, plus more for serving

1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano

1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Olive oil, as needed for finishing

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the cavities of a 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. Divide the pizza dough into 12 even pieces. Use your hands and a lightly floured surface to pull each piece of dough into a ¼” thick, 2 x 4” rectangle.
  3. Working one at a time, spread 2 tablespoons marinara sauce on the surface of the dough. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon oregano over the surface and then sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese on top.
  4. Starting at one of the longer sides, roll the dough into a spiral. Fold the spiral in half and place it in one of the prepared muffin cups (ends facing up).
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough and fillings. Brush the surface of each muffin with the olive oil and then bake until the dough is golden and the cheese is melted, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Let the muffins cool slightly and then serve warm (or at room temperature) with a side of warm marinara sauce for dipping.

Recipe from PureWow.com

NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES (This recipe doesn’t require the oven. However, it does require using the stove top, so supervise the little ones in order to avoid any burnt fingers or hands.)

Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar

½ cup milk

½ cup unsalted butter

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 ½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)

Directions:

  1. Gather the ingredients. Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, place the sugar, milk, butter and salt. Stir frequently and bring to a boil. Boil for 90 seconds.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract until peanut butter melts and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Stir in the quick-cooking oats and blend well.
  5. Drop the mixture by spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and allow to cool and chill until firm. When ready to serve, gently peel away the cookies from the waxed paper or parchment paper.
  7. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator between pieces of parchment paper or waxed paper for up to one week.

Note:  You can make variations of these cookies to create different cookies. Try:

  • Bar cookies: Pour the mixture into a 9-inch square pan that has been greased with unsalted butter. Chill and harden in the refrigerator and then cut into squares to serve.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies: Mix in ¼ cup of cocoa powder with the sugar mixture.
  • Coconut Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies: Substitute 1 cup of shredded coconut for 1 cup of the quick-cooking oats.
  • Crunchy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies: Prepare as directed but substitute ½ cup chopped peanuts for ½ cup of the quick-cooking oats. Chunky peanut butter can also be used.
  • Fancy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies: Once the cookies are cooled and firm in the refrigerator, melt ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips or white chocolate morsels in the microwave. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies. Return to the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.

Recipe from TheSpruceEats.com