Cooking with Kids Thursday: Rice Krispie Treats Fun Cups

There are a million different desserts that you can mold Rice Kripsie Treats into, but I thought this was a really fun idea to do with kids.  You can make the cups ahead of time or do that with the kids.  Then you can set up a dessert bar with fillings and toppings and let the kids design their own fun cup.  I like the idea of doing fresh fruits with whipped cream on top.  Ice cream sundaes would be pretty yummy or even pudding.  See what I mean… the possibilities are endless!

Here is what you need to make these:

  • 3 Tbs. butter or margarine
  • 1 package (40 oz.) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies or Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • pudding, ice cream, frozen yogurt, fresh fruit or any other filling you wish
  • any toppings you choose

Here is how to make them -> Rice Krispies Treats Fun Cups Tutorial

Cooking With Kids Thursday: Tortilla Snowflakes

The beginning of January is sort of a let-down.  Christmas is over, but it is still a little too soon to start celebrating Valentine’s day.  So in my house, for those first couple of weeks, we dercorate and craft all things winter… mostly snowflakes and snowmen.  These flour tortilla snowflakes are just perfect for that and did I mention they are super yummy too!  Thanks to Tami at Family Corner for the recipe.

Here is what you need to make these:

  • flour tortillas
  • scissors
  • powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • skillet

Here is how to make it -> Flour Tortilla Snowflake Tutorial


Cooking with Kids Thursday: Italian Cheesy Chex Mix

If you are looking for some appetizer ideas for your upcoming New Year’s Eve party, here is an idea that both kids and adults will love!   My kids could eat this all in one sitting, no problem.  We just substitute mixed nuts for the soy nuts and we use garlic powder instead of garlic salt.  There are other versions of Chex mix recipes on Pillsbury, as well as a lot of other tatsy appetizer ideas.

Here is what you need to make Italian Cheesy Chex Mix:

  • 3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
  • 1 cup pretzel nuggets
  • 2 cups small cheese-flavor crackers
  • 1 cup salted roasted soy nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Here is how to make it -> Italian Cheesy Chex Mix Tutorial 

Cooking with Kids Thursday: Christmas Pizza Minis

My kids absolutely love pizza.  If it were up to them they would probably choose to eat it for dinner at least three times a week.  I really like this idea from Rhodes Bread for mini Christmas shaped pizzas.  My kids are going to be so excited to pick their own shape and then top it all by themselves.  I wish I would have come across this sooner.  Now we can do pizzas for every occasion!

Here is what you need to make these:

  • 12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
  • flour
  • pizza sauce
  • grated mozzarella cheese
  • red & green peppers, cut into small thin strips
  • pepperoni slices, cut into fourths
  • Christmas cookie cutters

Here is how to make it -> Christmas Pizza Minis Tutorial


Cooking with Kids Thursday: Gingerbread Houses

Making gingerbread houses can be so much fun and it is a really great way to get the whole family involved in an activity together.  It is amazing to see just how creative your kids can get!  The internet is filled with ideas and patterns for every skill level.  This is just a basic gingerbread recipe and pattern.

Here’s what you need:

  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • candies of your choice

Here is how to make it, inluding a pattern.  Thanks to Elise at Simply Recipes! -> Gingerbread House Tutorial

If you are looking for something a little more advanced, check out Ultimate Gingerbread.  They have a ton of ideas with pictures and patterns.