Kids love dessert, no matter what shape, size, or flavor it comes in. Since preparing desserts can be a fun activity for anyone, it is an easy way to get kids involved in the kitchen. Whenever the kids are in the kitchen, remember to stick with easy recipes. The better they get, the more they will be interested in cooking. Also, never leave the kids unsupervised, especially when using the oven, stove, or sharp objects.
The easiest way to get started cooking is with boxed mixes. Cake mix, brownie mix and cookie mixes are available at the grocery store. Add the necessary oil, egg or water and stir the mixture until it is ready. Pour it into a prepared pan, bake, and let cool. There are several varieties of these desserts, so you can also try new combinations and flavors.
Packets of Jell-O pudding or gelatin are also kid-friendly. Whisk the pudding while it sets, and let it solidify in the refrigerator. For a frozen treat, pour prepared pudding into Popsicle molds and freeze. For Jell-O, stir the hot water into the gelatin, pour it into a large pan to cool and place it in the refrigerator for several hours. Once the Jello is ready to eat, use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.
For a frozen, fun treat, melt 1 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds. Once melted, dip a peeled banana in the chocolate; place on wax paper and freeze until the chocolate is firm. (See Reference 1) You can do this with other fruit as well: try dipping sliced peaches or whole strawberries.
Dirt and Worm Pie
For this recipe, buy an Oreo cracker crust, or crush Oreos and press them down into the bottom of a pie pan. Prepare two packages of chocolate pudding according to the directions on the package. Next, stir several drops of green food coloring into a 12 ounce container of whipped cream. Pour the pudding into the pie pan. Then, take gummy worms and put them all over pie; hide some in the pudding, but make sure several are sticking out. Sprinkle a layer of Oreo crumbs on the pudding, and top it with the green whipped cream. For fun, put a few gummy worms on top of the pie and serve.
You can make a quick dessert with a bag of marshmallows, a stick of butter, and a box of crisped rice cereal, like Rice Krispies. Melt the butter and the marshmallows in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Mix after each 30 seconds. Once the marshmallows are melted and mixed together, stir in cereal until it becomes difficult to stir. Keep stirring until all the cereal is coated. Drop the mixture onto waxed paper, and once it dries you can decorate it with icing. You could also pour the mixture into a pan, top with a thin layer of peanut butter and drizzle with chocolate sauce. If you can't wait to eat the dessert, just eat the mix right out of the bowl.
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