Everyone deserves a treat once in a while, so here are a few fun and easy recipes for kids who love to cook. Get them stirring, crumbling, pouring and decorating – the kitchen may be a mess but they’ll have lots of fun, and learn something too.
1. Jam tarts
Even tiny hands can help fill jam tarts – just make sure they’re cooled properly before eating. Buy ready-made short crust pastry and just get rolling, or make your own if you’re feeling adventurous. Cut out circles to fit a cupcake tray, fill with jam – use low sugar if you prefer – and bake at 180c for 15 minutes.
Baking with kids is always fun and there’s a cupcake for every occasion, from footballs and dinosaurs to butterflies and fairies. Let them loose with icing pens, or make butter icing to top with edible glitter, sprinkles, sweets or chocolate buttons.
3. Fridge cake
Kids aren’t known for their patience so anything that doesn’t require cooking has to be a winner. Melt chocolate, butter and golden syrup over a pan of simmering water, then stir in bashed-up biscuits, dried fruit, nuts, or marshmallow. Press the cooled mixture into a baking tray and place in the fridge to set.
4. Chocolate chip cookies
A favourite when it comes to easy recipes for kids! Cream 75g of butter with the same of sugar, stir in a beaten egg then mix in 125g plain flour and 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda. Add chocolate and nuts to your liking, then spoon into blobs on a greased baking tray and cook for 10-15 minutes.
5. Melting moments
These old favourites will take you back to your own childhood in one bite. Beat 120g butter into 120g sugar, add a beaten egg and fold in 175g of self-raising flour. Roll into 12 balls and coat in porridge oats, then top with a glace cherry and bake at 180c.
6. Ice lollies
Lollies are great for play dates and a handy stand-by. Fill moulds with diluted juice, pureed berries or your favourite smoothie mix. Give them the edge by freezing different flavours in layers or try ‘bananas in pyjamas’ – push a lolly stick into the end of a halved banana, freeze, then roll in melted chocolate and cover in sprinkles.
7. Peppermint creams
Keep kids quiet for hours with rolling, cutting, and nibbling as they go. Whisk an egg white until stiff, then stir in 350g icing sugar with a few drops of peppermint flavouring and food colouring if desired. Knead to a smooth paste, cut into shapes and place in the fridge to set.
A classic lunchbox or after school snack. Melt together butter, sugar, golden syrup or honey. Stir in porridge oats, chopped dried fruits along with a handful of nuts or seeds. Press into a baking tin and bake for 20 mins at 180C.
Shakes and smoothies are a great way to help kids get their five a day – for a healthier version use yoghurt instead of ice-cream, and blend with milk and any combination of fruit.
Pancakes are a life-saver when you need to whip up a quick treat and kids can help by weighing, breaking eggs and stirring. Try them with the classic lemon and sugar or stuff with blueberries and greek yoghurt or banana and maple syrup.
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