Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday Baking with Children

We are about to embark on the busiest time of the year for cooking and baking.  Include the children!  It may take a bit of flexibility and patience, but including your little one in the kitchen reaps several benefits.  By allowing your child to do simple tasks such as counting eggs, pouring water into a measuring cup, setting the timer, or together reading the ingredients on a recipe, your child will be practicing basic math and reading skills.  In addition, they will be building self-confidence; children love to show what they can do and creating something in the kitchen will give them a sense of accomplishment.  Most importantly, time in the kitchen is time spent with you, further strengthening your special, family bond.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Don't plan an elaborate project.  Young children have short attention spans, so plan for 5 to 10 minutes.  Start small and keep it fun!

As kids grow, they will develop more skills.  Grow with them and enlist them for bigger jobs, like measuring ingredients into specific measuring cups and spoons, beating eggs, or mashing potatoes.

Just remember, always be in the kitchen with your child to monitor their progress and to keep them safe.

Here is a simple recipe that also makes a great gift!

Peppermint Spoons

You will need:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 candy cane
12 plastic spoons, colored or clear
Colored plastic wrap
Holiday ribbon

  1. Put candy cane in sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave on low, stirring every 20 seconds.
  3. Dip spoons in chocolate.
  4. Sprinkle with crushed candy.
  5. Place on waxed paper to cool.
  6. Wrap with plastic wrap and tie with ribbons for gifts.

Have fun and Happy Holidays!

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