We’ve talked several times over the summer about cooking with kids as a fun summer project and how valuable these life lessons will be as they grow up. With the absence of home economics and shop classes through the school system, it has become the responsibility of parents to pass along these skills.
Being able to prepare simple meals is not only more economical, but can be better for you than eating out all the time. Sharing food with friends and family is an important part of building the foundation for creating memorable meals & moments.
When cooking & baking with young children it should be a fun experience that inspires them to want to learn more. Starting with a simple recipe that creates a fun treat will give them a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Have the child start by making a muffin using a muffin mix which they can turn into a “slice & fill” treat. Make muffins according to package directions. Let muffins cool enough to slice into 2 or 3 layers. Fill between the muffin layers with a variety of filling and fruit options.
- Banana Nut Muffins filled with chocolate hazelnut spread and sliced bananas
- Chocolate Chip Muffins with whipped cream and strawberries
- Strawberry Muffins with strawberry cream cheese and blueberries
- Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with vanilla yogurt and raspberries
The Wildberry Muffin Trifles recipe takes this idea a step further by adding ingredients to the muffin mix and then filling with pudding and strawberries to turn this recipe into a delectable dessert.