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5 Fun baking recipes for kids

Naomi de la Torre is freelance writer and stay-at-home-mom with two delightful boys, ages three and six. Naomi has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, is a self-proclaimed salsa diva, and can make a killer octopus ...

Kid baking classics

Kids are pretty much head over heels for any kind of baking that ends with them covered in flour and sugar from head to toe … not to mention the surrounding Tri-State area. So as long as you aren’t trying to channel Martha Stewart and whip up something that you can use to impress the women in your knitting circle, baking with kids can be one of the best family activities around. Grab some aprons, bust out your measuring cups and join us for a family-friendly baking adventure as we whip up five of the best baking recipes for kids.

Mom and daughter baking

Cream cheese sugar cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 small (3 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached white flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toppings

  • 1 tub of cream cheese frosting
  • assorted sprinkles

Directions

  1. Have the children measure out all the ingredients in separate containers. This is a great chance for them to practice their math skills!
  2. In a mixing large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
  3. Next, have the children add the remaining ingredients (minus the toppings) one at a time in the order they are listed above.
  4. Beat well.
  5. Have the children divide the dough into two equal parts.
  6. Place dough into two plastic bags in the freezer for 2 hours or until firm.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. On a clean, floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of ¼ inch.
  9. Let the kids cut the dough with cookie cutters and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Decorate with frosting and assorted sprinkles.

Cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough (thawed)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. With a wooden rolling pin, roll thawed dough into a large rectangle, approximately 18x6 inches.
  2. Have one child brush the dough with the melted butter.
  3. Meanwhile, let another child mix together brown sugar and cinnamon until well-combined.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over dough.
  5. Beginning at long edge, roll the dough up into a cylinder.
  6. Cut cylinder into 20 equal slices.
  7. Let the kids place the rolls gently onto a buttered baking sheet and leave them to rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled.
  8. Pour the heavy cream over the rolls and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.
  9. In the meantime, combine confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla.
  10. Drizzle frosting over rolls while still warm. Enjoy!

Microwave fudge

Ingredients

  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 14-oz can condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Have one of your older children cut a piece of parchment paper to line an 8x8 glass pan.
  2. After the paper is in the bottom of the pan, have another child grease the pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine the chocolate chips, condensed milk and butter in a large microwave safe bowl.
  4. In one-minute increments, cook the ingredients in the microwave until melted. This should take about 2-3 minutes total.
  5. Let one of your children stir the mixture until smooth. Now add the vanilla and salt.
  6. Stir again to make sure the fudge is well-mixed.
  7. Gently use a spatula to pour the fudge into the pan. This recipe doesn't have any eggs in it, so feel free to let the kids lick the bowl!
  8. Let the fudge cool in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours until set.
  9. Cut into squares and serve chilled.

Dinner biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Have the children measure out all the ingredients into separate containers.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. Have the children take turns doing this, as it takes a bit of effort and they might get tired.
  5. Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk.
  6. Stir gently until the dough comes together. Do not overstir.
  7. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a clean, floured countertop.
  8. Have the children gently knead the dough for one minute.
  9. Roll the dough into a 1 inch thick round. Use cookie cutters to cut out biscuits of assorted shapes. The kiddos will love this part!
  10. Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Sweet southern corn bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Have one of your children grease an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Have the children measure out all the ingredients into separate containers.
  3. In a medium bowl, have one child mix together flour, sugar, corn meal, baking powder and salt.
  4. Meanwhile, have another child beat together the milk, eggs, oil and melted butter in a small bowl.
  5. Make a well in the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients. Stir gently until just blended. Do not over stir.
  6. Spoon batter into baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean.
  7. Cut into pieces and eat immediately. Mmmmm... cornbread heaven.

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