Do you realize how amazing you are when you cook? Cooking and baking is all about transforming one thing into another. To your child, you are a magician. That’s why they love to watch you in the kitchen. Teaching them how to cook teaches them so many life lessons it’s hard to imagine they would learn more from anything else. What other activity combines fine motor skills, reading, math, science, chemistry, and therapy all in one? I can’t think of anything else!
After you realize how easy this chocolate pie is, it may very well become your weakness. Courtney’s Sweets transforms a no-cook pudding mix into a thick mousse that becomes the basis for her daughter’s favorite pie. Your child can make it their own by choosing their favorite cookies to crush for the crust. Oreos, graham cracker, peanut butter, or chocolate chip cookies would all add wonderful flavors to this mousse. If you have more than one child, go mini and let each child make their own crust. Let everyone taste test each other’s pie to see how changing one ingredient (the crust) changes the flavor. It’s a delicious lesson they won’t forget! Learn how to make this delicious dessert with your kids —–>HERE.
Eating Richly is a blog that is very inspiring to those who really want to get their kids involved in cooking, but aren’t sure where to begin. She starts cooking with her kids as early as possible. Her daughter (pictured above) isn’t even two yet but she is all-in with her big brother making this yummy carrot cake! My kids were still watching from a high chair at that age, now I feel bad for not letting them crack those eggs sooner! They learn so much from this simple recipe, it’s unreal. Hand-eye coordination, hand strengthening, fine motor skills — now I know why Montessori teaching always includes cooking activities! Be inspired by Eating Richly and grab this great recipe —–>HERE.
Photo Credit: “Crunchy Apple Peanut Butter Wrap” by Finding Zest
Independence is another great lesson children can learn in the kitchen. Consider rearranging your kitchen to be more kid-friendly so they can reach everything they need to make their own drinks, snacks, and simple meals like sandwiches or wraps. Finding Zest put a new spin on an old favorite that would be perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a mid-meal snack. It is a peanut butter tortilla wrap with apples and granola. This is the perfect do-it-yourself meal for kids because they can easily spread the peanut butter and add their own toppings. The hardest part of this recipe is mastering how to fold the wrap. This is where you can help or let them fold it the way they want. Show your kids this recipe —–>HERE.
20 Recipes and Tips for Cooking with Kids in the Kitchen
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Did you ever realize every Instant Pot cheesecake recipe was different? Not only do the ingredients vary, but the cooking times seem to change with every recipe I read too. Some say thirty minutes, others call for forty, or fifty even. Throughout all of my research, there was one thing that really stood out to me: the more ingredients your cheesecake recipe calls for, the longer your cheesecake is going to take to cook in your Instant Pot! What should you do? If you are looking for a fast cheesecake, stick with the traditional New York Cheesecake, if you don’t mind waiting a few extra minutes, go all in with one of these!
Photo Credit: “Instant Pot Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe” by Recipe This
Calling all strawberry lovers! I don’t know many people who can resist a great strawberry cheesecake. What I love most about this recipe from Recipe This is the strawberry isn’t just a garnish on the top, it is found in the batter AND as a topping! Yes! We get bonus strawberries Y’all! The result is a strawberry cheesecake that reminds you of your favorite strawberry ice cream, mixed with a little cheesecake, and a pop of crunch from the crust. If there ever was such a thing as the “blissful” cheesecake, this one is it — hands down! Don’t wait for the weekend, go grab the recipe—–>HERE.
Photo Credit: Instant Pot Easy Oreo Cheesecake Recipe, by Recipe This
I know! Chocolate! I had to! No go-to cheesecake recipe list would be complete without a great chocolate cheesecake. Believe it or not, I didn’t have my first chocolate cheesecake until I was an adult. I’m not sure why it wasn’t a thing in my house, but for some reason, the world kept it a secret from me. I still remember the first time I tried a chocolate cheesecake. I was at an anniversary party and the waiter asked what type of cheesecake I wanted. I was so confused. “You mean, there are several types of those?” I ended up with a little sampler platter of everything and I have never looked at cheesecake the same way again! Live a little ladies! Find this Instant Pot Oreo Cheesecake Recipe at Recipe This—–>HERE.
Photo Credit: “Easy New York Instant Pot Cheesecake #17” by Amy + Jacky
There’s something to be said about an ol’ reliable recipe: don’t change it! When it comes to ol’ reliable Instant Pot recipes, Amy + Jacky lead the way! On their site, they can teach you how to prepare almost anything in your Instant Pot + give you tips on how to do it the most effective way possible! They even have tips for perfecting this New York Instant Pot Cheesecake! Look for recipe tutorials and find out the perfect cooking time for this cheesecake —–>HERE.
10 Instant Pot Cheesecake Recipes
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Who loves Pie? We’ve gathered several delicious pie recipes that will make you want to hop in the kitchen and start pie making. There is no time than now to start searching for the perfect pie recipes. From Lemon Cheesecake Pie to Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Pie there is surely something here for everyone to enjoy! All of these pie recipes will make a perfect dessert to add to any BBQ or cookout.
Spring is here and that means it is time to make up for the season spent indoors. There is so much to do that the last thing I want to do is spend the day in the kitchen making a dessert that needs to be baked! That’s why I know I can count on Voortman Bakery for the perfect treat.
From the yard work to the spring sports season, I can fit it all in with pleasure. I can also have my dessert, without missing a thing on my to-do list. Voortmans has my sweet tooth in mind with their family favorite cookies. From classics like chocolate chip, fudge striped oatmeal, coconut cookies to yummy sugar wafers and delectable windmill cookies, there is a Voortmans cookie for every occasion.
I love to keep a package of chocolate chip or fudge striped oatmeal in the pantry for a fast sweet treat that my entire family enjoys. But, I am always armed with a package of Voortmans Sugar Wafers when I am on the sideline at a spring baseball game for the boys. These are a tasty treat to share, and I love that they have sugar free varieties available too, meaning everyone can enjoy the snack without guilt or a sugar rush.
I wanted to make the family a dessert we could all enjoy now that the warmer weather is finally here. I decided to get a little creative in the kitchen using Voortman’s Coconut cookies to make this delicious, creamy Coconut Cookie No-Bake Cheesecake for dessert. These coconut cookies are baked with real shredded coconut and have no artificial colors or flavors AND no high-fructose corn syrup.
8-10 coconut cookies
1 c. heavy whipping cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. Swerve confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
6 tbsp. butter, softened
Place cookies in a blender and pulse to create crumbs.
In a bowl, combine softened butter and cookie crumbs.
Spread crumb mixture evenly into a pie dish.
In another bowl, add cream cheese and sugar.
Using a mixer, slowly combine cream cheese and sugar together.
Slowly pour in heavy whipping cream, vanilla, lemon juice together.
Mix on medium speed until the top of mixture begins to peak.
Slowly pour mixture onto the top of your crumb mix.
Refrigerate for a couple of hours or until ready to serve.
Coconut cookies, crushed
Pie filling (cherry, strawberry or blueberry)
Voortmans has been a family favorite for as long as I can recall. I am glad I get to carry on the tradition with my boys. Where ever I stop, I can count on finding a few flavors and varieties of cookies and wafers to keep us munching happily when the craving hits.
If you have a favorite Voortmans cookie I want to know, which one? And when do you like to treat yourself to a Voortmans?
Head to the nearest grocery store and stock up on Voortmans cookies and wafers. They are the perfect way to share a smile with your family.
My boys are all about the LEGOS! From their afterschool activities to their t-shirts and even their TV time, it is usually centered around a certain brick of fun! To keep indulging their love of building with LEGOS I have created a one of a kind treat that is sure to appeal to your sweet tooth, no matter if you are 2 or 102! These LEGO Sugar Cookies will be a big hit!
3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 C soft unsalted butter
1 C granulated sugar
Cookie Cutter: any size square cutters
Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth, not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Once all ingredients have been mixed well. Take the dough and make it into a ball
Wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Take the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and let set to soften up a bit.
Sprinkle a little flour on the cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour on to the batter. (if needed).
Roll the dough out on the cutting board.
Using the cookie cutter begin to cut and make your cookies.
Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies on to the parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Place cookies in the oven and bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes.
Once cookies have cooked. Remove cookie sheet from oven.
Let cookies cool for about 5 minutes.
Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.
2 egg whites
1 C powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
Green and red food coloring
3 piping bag with a number two tip
3 squeeze bottles
Combine all ingredients except the colors into a standing mixing bowl.
Mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
Split the icing into three bowls.
Add green color to one bowl, red color to the second bowl and third bowl white.
Scoop some of each of the icing into 3 individual piping bags.
Add 2 tbsp. of water to the white and red icing bowls.
Once those colors are thinned, add the icing into the 2 squeeze bottles.
Outline the first square cookie in white, green or red icing
Fill in the cookie with the matching thinned color
Repeat process with remaining cookies
Let dry for 1 hour before adding the dots.
Once cookies are dry, add 6 dots to each, using the matching color piping bag.
You can add less or more dots to your cookie depending on the size of your cookie.
Let dry for 2-3 hours before enjoying
LEGO Sugar Cookies are cute, completely craveable and easy to make too! These LEGO Sugar Cookies are perfect for birthday parties, classroom treats, or anytime you need a snack to inspire a building session with your kids!
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