20 Recipes and Tips for Cooking with Kids in the Kitchen

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!

chocolate mousse pie

Photo Credit: “Chocolate Mousse Pie” by Courtney’s Sweets

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.

Carrot Cake

Photo Credit: “Super Rich Healthy Carrot Cake” by Eating Richly

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.

Apple Peanut Butter Wrap

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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Looking for more ideas? Click on the links below to read the great recipes and tips from my blog friends. Don’t forget to tell them that you found their great tips and recipes at Southern Carolina Family!

  1. Homemade Whipped Cream by Courtney’s Sweets
  2. Crunchy Apple Peanut Butter Wrap by Finding Zest
  3. Cupcake Cones by Mini Cooking
  4. Supernatural Fudge Brownies by Platter Talk
  5. Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies by Mashup Mom
  6. Chocolate Torta by Platter Talk
  7. Healthy Peanut Butter Ball Bumble Bees by Eating Richly
  8. Double Chocolate Brownies by Coffee With us 3
  9. Chocolate Mousse Pie by Courtney’s Sweets
  10. Homemade French Toast Sticks by Finding Zest
  11. Granola Bar by Mini cooking
  12. Daniel Tiger Snack by Eating Richly
  13. Bread In A Bag by Hustle Mom Repeat
  14. Cooking With Kids Tips by Coffee With Us 3
  15. Gluten Free Waffle Cone by Fearless Dining
  16. Lion Vegetable Tray by Eating Richly
  17. TTri-ColorPasta Salad by Courtney’s Sweets
  18. Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Funnel Cakes by We’re Parents
  19. Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos by Simply Stacie
  20. Super Rich Healthy Carrot Cake by Eating Richly

Which recipe would you like to try first with your kids in the kitchen? 

Easy No-Churn Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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When the craving for ice cream hits, there is no need to dash out the store to satisfy your sweet tooth!
I have an easy and decadent recipe to share with you for No Churn Chocolate Chip Ice Cream that I know your family will love!
This recipe has loads of chocolate chips and produces a dreamy and super creamy treat that requires no machine or churning for a recipe that anyone can make at home with ease!
The recipe and ingredients are below!
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INGREDIENTS

 

2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup Chocolate Chips, divided

 

 

 

No Churn Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

 

 


DIRECTIONS

  1. Add cocoa powder to sweetened condensed milk and stir until dissolved.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  3. Fold in condensed milk mixture until blended.
  4. Spread 1/3 of this mixture into a loaf pan then sprinkle with 1/3 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Repeat this for two more layers.
  6. Cover with foil and freeze for 6 hours or until firm.

 

 

no churn chocolate chip ice cream

 

 

Have you ever made homemade ice cream?

I would love to hear who you will share this no-churn chocolate chip ice cream with!

I highly encourage you to make a batch for dessert tonight, or to share at an ice cream social in your community soon!

 

 

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10 Best Instant Pot Cheesecake Recipes

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!

instant pot strawberry pie

Photo Credit: “Instant Pot

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.

instant pot oreo cheesecake

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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.

instant pot cheesecake

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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Click on the links below and be sure to leave a comment letting my friends know you found them at Southern Carolina Family.

  1. Instant Pot New York Cheesecake Recipe by Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog
  2. Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake by A Mom’s Impression
  3. Classic Instant Pot Cheesecake Recipe by How Was Your Day
  4. Instant Pot White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Minis by Recipe This
  5. Irresistible Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Cheesecake by Loving Sweet Moments
  6. Instant Pot Salted Caramel Cheesecake by Slap Dash Mom
  7. Instant Pot Easy Oreo Cheesecake Recipe by Recipe This
  8. Instant Pot New York Cheesecake #17 by Amy + Jacky Pressure Cooking Recipes
  9. Low Carb / Sugar-free Crustless Cheesecake (in the pressure cooker!) by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Which Instant Pot Cheesecake recipe would you like to try first?

20 Tasty Pie Recipes

PieRecipes (1) 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.

  1. Lemon Cheesecake Pie via Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
  2. Strawberry Lemonade Pie via Mandy’s Recipe Box
  3. No Bake Rainbow Pie via Spend with Pennies
  4. No Bake Banana Split Pie via Baking Beauty
  5. Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch Pie via Juggling Act Mama
  6. Lemon Sour Cream Pie via Tastes Better from Scratch
  7. No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Pie via Flour on My Face
  8. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Pie via What’s Cooking Love
  9. Snickerdoodle Cookie Pie via Beyond Frosting
  10. Chocolate Cream Pie via Saving with Shellie
  11. Coconut Cream Pie via Bargain Briana
  12. 4 Ingredient Frozen Peach Pie via Farmer’s Wife Rambles
  13. Crunch Top Apple Pie via The Spring Mount 6 Pack
  14. Peach Yogurt Pie via Cincyshopper
  15. Cinnamon Roll Pie via Call Me PMC
  16. Easy Banana Pudding Pie Recipe from Scratch via Mom on Timeout
  17. No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie via Snappy Gourmet
  18. No Bake Smores Pie via Spend with Pennies
  19. Easy Key Lime Pie via A Mom’s Take
  20. Banana Fluffernutter Pie via Home. Made. Interest

What is your favorite pie? 

Coconut Cookie No-Bake Cheesecake

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.

Coconut

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.

Chocolate Chip

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.

Fudge Striped Oatmeal

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Place cookies in a blender and pulse to create crumbs.
  2. In a bowl, combine softened butter and cookie crumbs.
  3. Spread crumb mixture evenly into a pie dish.
  4. In another bowl, add cream cheese and sugar.
  5. Using a mixer, slowly combine cream cheese and sugar together.
  6. Slowly pour in heavy whipping cream, vanilla, lemon juice together.
  7. Mix on medium speed until the top of mixture begins to peak.
  8. Slowly pour mixture onto the top of your crumb mix.
  9. Spread evenly.
  10. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or until ready to serve.

Additional toppings:

  • Coconut cookies, crushed
  • Fresh fruit
  • 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.

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Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received samples and/or compensation from Voortman’s Bakery in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

LEGO Sugar Cookies

Lego Sugar Cookies

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!

Cookie Ingredients

  • 3 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C soft unsalted butter
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1 egg

Cookie Cutter: any size square cutters

Cookie Directions

  1. Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth, not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  6. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  7. Once all ingredients have been mixed well. Take the dough and make it into a ball
  8. Wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  9. Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
  10. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  11. Take the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and let set to soften up a bit.
  12. Sprinkle a little flour on the cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour on to the batter. (if needed).
  13. Roll the dough out on the cutting board.
  14. Using the cookie cutter begin to cut and make your cookies.
  15. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  16. Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies on to the parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  17. Place cookies in the oven and bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes.
  18. Once cookies have cooked. Remove cookie sheet from oven.
  19. Let cookies cool for about 5 minutes.
  20. Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing Ingredients

  • 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 

Icing Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the colors into a standing mixing bowl.
  2. Mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Split the icing into three bowls.
  4. Add green color to one bowl, red color to the second bowl and third bowl white.
  5. Scoop some of each of the icing into 3 individual piping bags.
  6. Add 2 tbsp. of water to the white and red icing bowls.
  7. Once those colors are thinned, add the icing into the 2 squeeze bottles.

Decorating Directions 

  1. Outline the first square cookie in white, green or red icing
  2. Fill in the cookie with the matching thinned color
  3. Repeat process with remaining cookies
  4. Let dry for 1 hour before adding the dots.
  5. Once cookies are dry, add 6 dots to each, using the matching color piping bag.
  6. You can add less or more dots to your cookie depending on the size of your cookie.
  7. 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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