May 29, 2019 4 min read

Kids Cooking Sydney So Sweet

Summer is the perfect opportunity to get your kids into the kitchen and teach them how to cook and bake. I’ve put together a list of 10 yummy kid-friendly recipes that you and your kids can make together. My number 1 tip for cooking with your kids is to mentally prepare yourself for the kitchen to be a disaster. Your kids are going to have a blast and you can too if you try to not control how much of a mess you guys will end up making.

Fruit Kabobs-The easiest and probably the most mess free recipe. Have your kids pick out his/ her favorite fruit and help them cut them into smaller pieces. Just stick them onto a wooden skewer. Dip them into vanilla greek yogurt for the perfect healthy snack!

Rainbow Banilla Bites-This is a super easy and cute idea. You will need Nilla Wafers, Rainbow Sprinkles, Creamy Peanut Butter or Nutella, and Bananas.
    • Peel and slice banana into thin slices.
    • Place one Nilla wafer upside down and spread on a thin layer of creamypeanut butter or Nutella.
    • Roll a sliced banana in sprinkles - completely coating only the edges. Place it on the Nilla wafer coated in peanut butter/ Nutella.
    • Spread a thin layer of creamy peanut butter on the inside of a second Nilla wafer and place it on top of the sprinkle coated banana slice to create a sandwich.

    Hobo Pizza Pies-This is a fun way to make pizza and kids love it! This is best prepared in a sandwich maker or Pie Iron over a campfire but can be easily prepared like a traditional grilled cheese sandwich.
      • Butter the outsides of two slices of bread (the sides that will touch the sandwich maker or pan). Spread pizza sauce on the inside of the bread.
      • Lay one slice in the pizza maker/ pan, butter-side down.
      • Lay pepperonis on top of the sauce.
      • Add a layer of mozzarella cheese.
      • Sprinkle the top of the cheese with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Place remaining slice of bread, pizza-sauce-side down.
      • Cook sandwich until toasted to a golden brown and heated all the way through.

      Fruit Pizza-The perfect summer treat!
        • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
        • Prepare sugar cookie dough.
        • Using your hands, spread the dough evenly on a cookie sheet.
        • Bake until lightly browned, usually about 12 min. Remove from oven and cool completely.
        • Mix marshmallow cream and cream cheese until smooth and cream.
        • Cover the pizza with fruit. Refrigerate until serving.

        Butterfly Snack-These are super easy and super cute. You will just need celery, peanut butter, pretzels, and edible candy eyes.
          • Slice celery sticks.
          • Fill with peanut butter.
          • Top with two pretzels and make them look like wings.
          • Add two candy eyes to complete the snack!

          Homemade Cheese Crackers-A fun alternative to store bought Cheez-Its. My kids love these and they are so easy to make! They are also made with clean ingredients, which I love. You will need 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp, 1 cup flour, 2-3 tablespoons milk, and coarse salt for topping.
            • Place all ingredients except milk and salt into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture turns into crumbs. Slowly add liquid until dough can form a ball.
            • Divide dough in half and shape into a round disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 min to chill.
            • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
            • Roll out one disc of dough on a lightly floured surface. They need to be very thin. Use a knife to cut into 1” squares. Transfer squares to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a toothpick to poke a hole in the center.
            • Sprinkle salt and bake for 10-15 min.

            Hot Dog Nuggets-
              • Begin by preheating you oven to 400 degrees.
              • Slice your hot dogs into thin pieces (ours were about half inch each). Set aside.
              • Roll out your crescent dough and press the seams together.
              • Cut into 8 strips. Then cut lengthwise into 8 more strips. You should end up with 64 1.5 inch x .5 inch pieces.
              • Wrap the hot dogs in the crescent pieces and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
              • Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Serve warm.
              Mac and Cheese Cups-A kids favorite. These are so fun and easy to make. Perfect serving size!
                • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
                • Stir together the bread crumbs, olive oil, and salt.
                • Boil salted water. Add macaroni for about 8 min.
                • Remove from heat and drain. Return to the pan.
                • Stir in butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated.
                • Stir in 1 cup of cheddar cheese, 1 cup milk, 1 ½ mozzarella cheese into the pasta.
                • Spoon into the muffin tin. Sprinkle top with ½ cup cheddar cheese and bread crumb mixture.
                • Bake for 30 min.

                Unicorn Dip-Unicorns are still having a moment. My daughters are still obsessed with unicorn everything!
                  • Bring cream cheese to room temperature.
                  • Blend 12 oz cream cheese, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ¼ cup unrefined sugar until can technically stir by hand if you must.
                  • Divide among four little dishes and stir a different coloring into each dish.
                  • Drop spoonfuls of each color into a serving bowl, alternating colors. Then swirl colors together with a spoon.
                  • Leftovers can be covered and refrigerated up to three days.
                  • Dip graham crackers in and enjoy!

                  Chocolate Chip Cookies-  The must have snack. Teach your kids your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!

                  I hope you get your kids cooking this summer! What recipes are you looking forward to make with your kids? Let me know in the comments below!

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