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Holiday season and forever hungry kids!

Pretty common, right? If it is the holiday season, children expect you to make cookies, cupcakes, and what not! As annoying as it may be, they are hungry for yummy treats and snacks all day. And, you end up spending more time than you’d like in the kitchen.

Well, you don’t have to. Children love one thing more than eating cookies or cakes. And that is baking with you!

Children, young and small, love to cook and want to be a part of something that their parents do. This post has gathered some of the easiest baking recipes for children that you can try during the holidays.

Note: Do not let children aged below ten years handle the oven or the stove on their own. If the use of cooking or electrical appliances is involved, adult supervision is recommended.

Chocolate Baking Recipes For Children

Chocolate is like “manna” for children (and adults too). So let us start with one of the special children baking recipes that have this magical ingredient in them.

1. Oatmeal cake

Oatmeal cake

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It is a deliciously-healthy, multi-ingredient recipe that children can prepare easily. 

You will need:
  • 150g rolled oats
  • 50g instant oats
  • 250ml skimmed milk
  • 100g date syrup
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 30g dried cranberries (chopped)
  • 30g walnuts (chopped)
  • 30g dried apricots (chopped)
  • 20g pumpkin seeds
  • 3tbsps coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsps vanilla paste
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Olive oil (for greasing)
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C) and line a baking tray or cake pan with parchment paper. Grease the edges of the tray with olive oil.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Take a separate bowl and whisk all the wet ingredients in it.
  4. Slowly pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined. Let the mixture sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes, pour batter into the baking tray or cake pan and bake for 40 minutes, until the cake’s top turns golden brown.
  6. Take out the pan from the oven and cool it on the wire rack for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the cake from the pan and serve once it comes to room temperature.

2. Peanut butter and chocolate chip cake

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It is one of the easiest and quick-to-bake cake recipes for children.

You will need:
  • 1 pack Quick Bread Mix Chocolate Chips (get one with a separate swirl mix)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup mixed nuts (chopped)
  • ½ cup dried fruits (chopped)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups water
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the quick bread mix, water, mixed nuts, dried fruits, peanut butter, and eggs. Use a wooden spoon to whisk the mixture. Let your child take their time to do this, but don’t let them use the electric beater yet.
  3. Grease a 25cm tube pan and pour three cups of the batter into it.
  4. Sprinkle one pack of the swirl mix over the batter and pour the remaining batter on top. Sprinkle the remaining swirl mix on it.
  5. Set the timer to 65 to 70 minutes or until the cake is baked (test with a toothpick).
  6. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes, before serving it with milk.

3. Mug cake

Mug cake

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It is a sumptuously healthy chocolate recipe suitable to serve in the breakfast.

You will need:
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup dried fruits
  • ½ cup fresh berries (chopped, for topping)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1tbsp seeds and nuts trail mix
  • 2tbsps dark cacao powder
  • 2tbsps maple syrup
  • 1tsp coconut oil
  • 1tsp vanilla extract or paste
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190.5°C) and grease a three-inch ramekin with the coconut oil.
  2. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl and pour the batter into the ramekin.
  3. Put the ramekin into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the cake rises and looks properly cooked (test with a toothpick).
  4. Take the ramekin out of the oven, top with fresh berries, and serve immediately.

4. Banana bread with chocolate chunks

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A healthy and tasty bread that you and your children can make at home in just one hour. Try it!

You will need:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup dark (70%) chocolate (chopped)
  • ½ cup instant oats
  • 1 cup bananas (mashed)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp vanilla extract or paste
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix the bananas with the yogurt and baking soda. Set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract and mix well, using a wooden spoon.
  4. In another large bowl, add oats and baking powder. Mix well.
  5. Add the mashed banana mix and the oil mix to the oats mix and stir well.
  6. Quickly stir in the chocolate to the mix and ensure that the batter is smooth without any pieces of chocolate or dry lumps.
  7. Grease a loaf pan with oil and spoon the batter into it.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes and check for doneness using a toothpick.
  9. Take out the cake from the oven and let it cool for ten minutes before serving.

5. Sprouted finger millet chocolate muffin

Sprouted finger millet chocolate muffin

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It is a healthy baking recipe for children, offering the goodness of finger millet and flavor of chocolate.

You will need:
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup sprouted finger millet powder
  • ¾ cup organic jaggery powder
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup nuts, seeds, and dried fruits (mixed and chopped)
  • 2tbsps dark cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp orange zest
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup oil
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C) for five minutes and line the muffin tray with liners.
  2. Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and keep it aside until use.
  3. Mix jaggery powder, water, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl until the jaggery dissolves completely. Add oil and give a quick mix.
  4. Now, add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and blend to make a lump-free batter.
  5. Add the orange zest and again give a quick stir.
  6. Spoon the batter up to ¾ of the muffin mold’s capacity, tap the tray two to three times to remove the trapped air bubbles, and transfer it into the preheated oven.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, until the muffin rises and looks cooked (test with a toothpick for doneness). Allow the muffins to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Serve with a cup of milk or hot chocolate once the muffins reach the room temperature.

Easy Desserts That Children Can Bake

How many times have you used the phrase “eat your greens, or you won’t get dessert?” Children love sweets, at least most of them do. They can now learn to bake themselves a sweet treat or two with a little help from you. Keep reading for mouth-watering yummy desserts for children to bake.

6. Chocolate peanut butter cups

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Chocolate and peanut butter cups are an awe-yummy dessert recipe that children aged eight and above can make easily.

You will need:
  • 1 (11.5 oz.) pack 100% dark chocolate chips (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
How to prepare:
  1. Line the muffin tray with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Put half the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for two minutes.
  3. Spoon the melted chocolate into the muffin cups, filling them halfway.
  4. Put the muffin tray in the refrigerator and let the cups cool.
  5. In a bowl, add the peanut butter, brown sugar, and salt, and mix with a spoon.
  6. Remove the chocolate cups and top them with the peanut butter mix.
  7. Melt the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave and pour it over the peanut butter cups and let it cool before serving.

7. Toffee apple cake

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Toffee apple cake is a yummy-licious baking experiment you can try with your pre-teens.

You will need:
  • 1 large apple (peeled and cored)
  • 110g whole wheat flour
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 2 soft toffees
  • 1 egg
  • 3tbsps sunflower oil
  • 1tsp vanilla extract or paste
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and grease a cake tin with some sunflower oil. Keep it aside.
  2. Grate the apple into a large bowl and set it aside.
  3. In another bowl, add egg, grated apple, and vanilla extract/paste. Mix well.
  4. Stir in the flour and brown sugar and mix everything well to get a smooth batter.
  5. Pour the bread mix into the tin and push three toffees into the mix, from the top.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until baked completely.
  7. Let it cool, and cut it into slices before serving.

8. Vegan chocolate truffle

Vegan chocolate truffle

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Children can make this melt-in-mouth, gluten-free, tasty recipe in six simple steps.

You will need:
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ⅛ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅛ cup chopped nuts (cashews, almonds, and pistachios)
  • 1tbsp vegan sprinkles (for topping)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp cold water
How to prepare:
  1. Add coconut oil, salt, and maple syrup into a bowl and whisk until the ingredients mix well.
  2. Add cocoa powder, a teaspoon of cold water, and nuts while whisking continuously.
  3. Once the ingredients are mixed well, cover the bowl with a cling film, and put it into the freezer for about 30 minutes to solidify the chocolate mixture.
  4. After 30 minutes, take the chocolate mixture out of the freezer, which is solid yet malleable.
  5. Spoon about one tablespoon of the chocolate mixture and roll it into a round truffle using your palms.
  6. Roll each truffle in the topping, put them into a serving plate, and serve right away!

Bake Cookies With Children

Cookies are perhaps the easy things to bake at home. Our compilation of cookies will help you bake with your children and keep them busy during the holidays.

9. Thumbprint cookies with fruit jam

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Thumbprint cookies are an easy-to-make and fun baking recipe for young children.

You will need:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup mixed nuts (crushed into granules)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract or paste
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup fruit-flavored jam
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Grease the cookie sheet, and keep it aside.
  2. Break the eggs and separate the whites. Add the yolk to butter and brown sugar to make the cream.
  3. Add flour, salt, and vanilla to the butter mix and make a smooth dough.
  4. Make small balls of the dough, roll them in the egg white, and then in crushed nuts.
  5. Line the dough balls on the cookie sheet and bake for around five minutes.
  6. Take the tray out, make a dent on top of each cookie using the thumb, and fill it with the fruit jam.
  7. Bake for another eight minutes. The thumbprint cookies are ready.

10. Chocolate multigrain cookies

Chocolate multigrain cookies

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Carrying the goodness of multigrains, these cookies are nutritious for children across ages.

You will need:
  • 1 cup multigrain flour
  • ½ cup dry dates powder
  • ¼ cup cold clarified butter
  • 2tbsps milk
  • 2tbsps mixed nuts (chopped)
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C) for ten minutes and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, add dried dates powder and multigrain flour, and mix well.
  3. Now, add cold ghee to the flour mix using fingertips, until the flour looks like bread crumbs.
  4. Add just two drops of milk to gather the flour and roll between the palms to make round balls.
  5. Press and flatten each ball into a cookie shape and press some chopped nuts in its center.
  6. Once the cookies are ready, arrange them on the baking tray with some space between each cookie, and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Take out the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool down completely on a wire rack before serving.

11. Coconut cookies

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Coconut cookies pack the crunchiness of coconut and make for a delightful snack for children and teens.

You will need:
  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ⅓ cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract or paste
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt, and keep aside.
  3. In another bowl, add the butter and brown sugar until you make a smooth mixture. Add the vanilla extract/paste and beat in the egg until the mixture becomes fluffy.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture and then the coconut. Mix them properly.
  5. Spoon the batter into 36 equal rounds on the cookie sheet, three inches apart. Bake for ten minutes.
  6. After ten minutes, take out the baking tray and let it cool to room temperature.
  7. Serve as a quick snack with a glass of milk or hot chocolate.

12. M&M cookies

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This recipe is a healthier version of classic M&M cookies that children enjoy eating.

You will need:
  • 2 cups amaranth flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 pack M&M
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsps vanilla paste
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp salt
How to prepare:
  1. Mix the eggs, shortening, brown sugar, and vanilla paste in a large bowl. Beat the mixture thoroughly and stir in the amaranth and almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Add three-fourth of the M&Ms to the batter and mix again.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet and drop a spoonful of the cookie batter in it, two inches apart.
  4. Push the remaining candies on top of the cookies, slowly.
  5. Bake for nine to 11 minutes at 350°F (176°C).
  6. Once done, take the baking sheet out, let the cookies cool, and they are ready to eat!

13. Oats and cinnamon cookies

Oats and cinnamon cookies

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Oats and cinnamon cookies are one of the most nutritious cookies that children enjoy eating.

You will need:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 60g coconut oil
  • 30g mixed nuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse-blend until you see the ingredients coming together as a sticky dough.
  3. From the dough, make small balls by rolling them between the palms, and place them on the baking sheet with adequate spacing.
  4. Cover the dough balls with another parchment sheet and roll each dough ball flat into a cookie shape with a rolling pin.
  5. Remove the parchment paper from the top and place the baking sheet inside the oven. Bake for 8-12 minutes.
  6. After about 12 minutes, remove from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool to room temperature.
  7. Serve as a midday or early evening snack that children can happily eat on-the-go!

Breakfast And Teatime Snacks For Children

You can bake more than just cookies and cakes. In fact, baking is a healthier option compared to cooking on a stove. So here are a few healthy breakfast and snacks you can bake with your children.

14. Baked taquitos

Baked taquitos

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You will need:
  • 2 plain corn tortillas
  • 1 green onion (thinly chopped)
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • ¾ cup cheddar (shredded)
  • ¼ cup homemade salsa
  • 1tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2tbsps olive oil
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add chopped green onion, refried beans, salsa, chili powder, and shredded cheese in a large bowl and mix well using a spoon. Once done, keep the bowl aside.
  3. Pour some oil in a skillet, and as it warms, pan-fry tortillas over medium heat until their base turns light brown.
  4. Transfer the tortillas on a plate and spread about three tablespoons of bean mixture on one half of each tortilla.
  5. Tightly roll them and place them on the baking sheet with the seam-side down. Brush their tops with oil and sprinkle a pinch of salt.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, until their top and sides look crisp and brown.
  7. Serve the baked taquitos hot with homemade salsa or guacamole.

15. Blueberry scones

Blueberry scones

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Blueberry scones are easy-to-prepare, tasty, and healthy after-school snacks for children.

You will need:
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries (finely chopped)
  • 1 ½ tsps baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2tbsps unsalted butter
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3tbsps maple syrup
  • 5tbsps skimmed milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract or paste
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 420°F (216°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, salt, and baking powder, and mix well.
  3. Add butter and sugar, and mix the ingredients once again, until the butter melts completely. Set aside.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, pour milk, yogurt, and vanilla and microwave the mix for a minute.
  5. Pour the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture and add chopped blueberries. Mix the ingredients well to prepare the dough.
  6. Sprinkle some flour on the clean kitchen counter and put the dough on it.
  7. Brush your hands with flour and fold the dough a couple of times to make it smooth.
  8. Flatten the dough to one-and-a-half inch thick sheet and cut different shape cookies using different cookie cutters.
  9. Sprinkle some flour on the baking sheet and place the cookie cuts on it with adequate spacing. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes and serve warm.

16. Baked eggs with toast

Baked eggs with toast

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Baked eggs are a nutritious breakfast that children can relish in several ways.

You will need:
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2tbsps unsalted butter (melted)
  • 5tbps Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 2tbsps goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 1tbsp cilantro leaves (chopped)
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (crushed)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  1. Grease a baking sheet with butter, sprinkle parmesan cheese, and set aside.
  2. Break the eggs into a baking dish, top them with cream, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake the eggs for 15 minutes, until the egg whites are set.
  4. Take out the eggs from the oven, top with crumbled goat cheese, crushed red pepper flakes, and chopped cilantro leaves.
  5. Serve with toasted multigrain bread.

17. Berry oven pancakes

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Berry oven pancakes are an easy-to-make, healthy breakfast recipe for children and teens.

You will need:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups mixed berries (chopped)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 3tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2tbsps brown sugar
  • ½tsp lemon zest (grated)
  • ½tsp salt
  • A pinch of nutmeg powder
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C) and grease pie plates with the butter.
  2. Blend the coconut milk, lemon zest, and eggs into a smooth-flowing liquid, using a blender.
  3. Add the flour, brown sugar, and salt into the blender, and blend the mixture again.
  4. Pour the batter into the pie plates and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Once done, top the pancakes with the berries, sprinkle nutmeg powder, and serve right away.

Baking Pizzas And More

Want to try more of these baking recipes with your children? Keep reading, and you’ll discover some really delicious baked savories you can make at home with children.

18. Funny face pizzas

Funny face pizzas

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A great idea for a party with the children – these pizzas are tasty and well, have a funny face!

You will need:
  • 2 whole wheat muffins (large)
  • ½ carrot peeled (coarsely grated)
  • ½ red capsicum (cut into thin strips)
  • 4 baby corns (slit into halves)
  • 2 large green olives (cut into 8 round slices)
  • ¼ cup homemade tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup cheddar cheese (grated)
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Split the muffin in half, horizontally, spread the tomato sauce on the cut side, and sprinkle cheddar.
  3. To decorate, use two olive slices as eyes, grated carrot and baby corn as hair, and use the thin, red capsicum slices for the mouth. Bake it for five to seven minutes.
  4. Serve hot with homemade hummus or cheesy salsa dip.

19. Easy-peasy pizza crust

Easy-peasy pizza crust

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It is a healthy version of pizza that will make your child love vegetables more than ever.

You will need:
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • ¼ cup carrot (grated)
  • ¼ cup bell pepper (grated)
  • ¼ cup onions (chopped)
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2tbsps olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven 500°F (260°C), grease the pizza pan with oil, and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add brown sugar, dry yeast, and warm water. Mix well till the ingredients dissolve. Reserve for ten minutes.
  3. Stir in the salt, flour, and oil into this creamy mix. Combine well and let it stay for five minutes.
  4. Place the dough on a lightly floured flat surface and knead it into a soft ball. Roll the dough into a round pizza base.
  5. Place the pizza base on the greased pan, spread a layer of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and mix of vegetables.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pizza is done – it should be golden brown.
  7. Transfer the pizza on to a serving plate, sprinkle oregano, and serve.

20. Ham and mushroom pizza

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It is yet another healthy pizza recipe that children can relish in lunch and early dinners.

You will need:
  • 1 whole wheat pizza base
  • 100g mozzarella cheese (sliced into squares or rounds)
  • 100g smoked ham (thinly sliced)
  • 50g fresh brown mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • ¼ cup basil leaves (torn or chopped)
  • 1tbsp herb mix
  • 1tbsp olive oil
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C).
  2. Grease a pizza pan with oil and put the pizza base in it.
  3. Top the base with ham, mushrooms, onions, and torn basil. Spread the cheese rounds evenly over the toppings. Drizzle a little olive oil on it.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the edges have turned golden brown and the cheese has melted into the toppings.
  5. Remove the pizza from the oven, drizzle with the remaining olive oil, and sprinkle herb mix.
  6. Garnish with basil leaves and serve.

21. Mac & cheese muffins

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This quick recipe offers a burst of delectable cheese and sweet corn flavors.

You will need:
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni (cooked)
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup skimmed milk
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ cup sweet corn (boiled)
  • ½ cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2tsps olive oil
How to prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Grease a muffin tray and set aside.
  2. Put the macaroni in a pan, add butter, beaten egg, and mix until the macaroni is evenly coated in egg and butter.
  3. Add half of the cheddar cheese and stir in the mozzarella and milk into it.
  4. Spoon the macaroni into the muffin tins and sprinkle the remaining cheddar on them.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, and let them cool before removing the muffins from the tins.
  6. Serve hot with homemade sauces, like tomato salsa, sweet onion and mustard, or cheesy mint dip.

These recipes are some of the simplest ones you can begin with to teach baking to your child. If you want to try these with younger children, start by giving them little tasks in the kitchen, which are safe and do not include the use of any electrical appliances. If you have older children, make sure you teach them how to use the oven first. Then pick an easy recipe, and bake away to glory!

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