Cooking Up Some Fun

The secret to having a good time in the kitchen is to lower our expectations and eliminate as many unknown factors as possible.

I love to use empty egg crates.  I’ll pour sugar, salt, vanilla – anything that we’ll need in our recipe and can be scooped out in teaspoon or tablespoon form.  If an ingredient requires a cup or more, make sure it’s in a small bowl – pre-measured and ready to go.  Kids will have fun dumping the entire amount into the big bowl without worrying about messing things up.

When my kids have to stir things together I ask them to “scrape the bottom” of the bowl.  This tends to help them stir without accidentally flipping content out of the bowl or only stirring on top of the mixture.

Feel free to print these out, share them with friends and most importantly – have fun! 😮

Fun In The Kitchen

Pudding Cookies

What You’ll Need:

1 cup Bisquick baking mix, 1 small package instant pudding, ¼ cup vegetable oil, 1 egg

Optional additions include but are not limited to: 1/3 cup peanut butter, chocolate chips, raisins, coconut

White sugar

How It Works:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl.

Mix in any of the optional ingredients if you’d like to add them.  Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased pan.

Dip the bottom of a glass in sugar, use glass to flatten each dough ball and bake for 8 minutes

Apple Shake Ups

What You’ll Need:




Ziploc Bag

How It Works:

Peel the apple and cut it into kid-friendly sized pieces (if your child is able, let them cut the apple into chunks with a plastic knife after you cut it into slices).

Put 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar and about 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon into your Ziploc bag.

Add a few apple pieces, seal the bag and shake to coat the apples.

Remove the coated apples from the bag and enjoy!

Dump Cake

What You’ll Need:

20-ounce can crushed pineapple

16-ounce can cherry pie filling

Box of Yellow Cake Mix

3/4 cup butter or margarine

How It Works:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease a 9×13 pan with butter.

Dump in the crushed pineapple (with juice) and spread evenly

Spoon the cherry pie filling evenly over the pineapple. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix over the fruit

Slice the butter or margarine thinly and place the pieces on top of the cake mix.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Banana Bites

What You’ll Need:




Wheat Germ

Plastic Knives or Popsicle Sticks

How It Works:

Mix some honey with a little milk to thin it out. Put mixture into a small bowl

Put some wheat germ in a second bowl.

Cut a banana in half and give your child a half to peel

Let your child cut their banana half into smaller pieces with a plastic knife or popsicle stick (not too small or banana will get mushy and fall apart

Show your child how to dip a banana chunk first into the honey bowl, then into the wheat germ.

You can eat it immediately or place each dipped chunk on a small plate to save for later

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

What You’ll Need:

Box Yellow Cake Mix

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup chocolate chips

How It Works:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Stir cake mix and baking powder together in a large bowl.

Add oil, eggs and vanilla – mix by hand until well blended.

Stir in oats and chocolate chips.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake 10 minutes until golden brown (careful not to overbake!)

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