Category: Kids in the Kitchen

{Recipe} Christmas Sugar Cookies

Today the boys and I made some yummy Christmas themed sugar cookies.  These are not the cookies I usually make, these cookies have sugar and white flour in theme, but the boys enjoyed them all the same.

  

Sugar Cookies
 
Makes 2 Dozen Cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup and 2 TBSP. butter, softened
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg and 1 egg white
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:
1. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar.
2. Add in eggs and vanilla.
3. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Cover and chill dough for at least an hour.
5. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
6.  Roll dough approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on a floured surface.  Then use cookie cutters to cut our shapes.
7.  Place  on a cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes.
8. Enjoy!

adapted from The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies at Allrecipes.com

The boys and I had a wonderful time creating these yummy cookies, event though they had to wait an hour for the dough to chill.  I thought that was going to kill them.  You have no idea how many times they asked if the dough was ready yet.  However, they did survive the wait and enjoyed their cookies.

Also, since I was working with all three boys I was not able to capture any pictures of the madness.  Oh well!

What is your favorite cookie recipe to make with your kids?

Just another day Cooking with the Cameron Clan!

{Recipe} Honey Banana Bread Mini Muffins

Over the last few weeks I have been on a quest to find easy, healthy, make ahead snacks that I can quickly give the boys.  This weekend I made a honey banana bread mini muffins for the boys to test out.

Honey Banana Bread Mini Muffins
Yield: 36 mini muffins

Ingredients:
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
1/2 Cup Honey
2 Eggs
4-5 Bananas, mashed

Directions:
1.  Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix well.
3. Add melted butter and honey to the mixture.  Mix well.
4. In small bowl, mash bananas with a fork until they are the size you want.
5. Stir in bananas into the flour mixture. Stir mixture until everything is moistened.
6. Spoon mixture into greased muffin pan.
7. Bake 15-20 minutes.
8. Enjoy!

The muffins were a winner with all three boys.  Which is rare since each boys has different food dislikes.   I really enjoyed them because they were really moist compared to some of the other muffins I have made.

 

Basic Granola Bars

In an effort to have some quick, easy and healthy go to snacks ready for the boys, last weekend Thing 2 and I mades some super yummy granola bars.  These granola bars were such a success that Thing 2 wanted to only eat the granola bars for 3 days stright.  These a super basic, which makes it the perfect bar to add in any dried fruit you could imagine.

Basic Granola Bars

Ingredients:
2 Cups Rolled Oats
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Cup Flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup Honey
2 teaspoon Vanilla
6 Tablespoon Butter, melted
1-2 cups of your favorite dried fruit.  (The amount depends on the size of the fruit.)

Directions:
1.  Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease 9 by 9 inch dish.
3. Mix together rolled oats, ground cinnamon, flout, and salt.
4. Make a well in the center and add honey, butter and vanilla.
5.  Add whatever dried fruit you want to the mixture.
6.  Pat mixture into pan.
7.  Bake 20-25 minutes.
8.  Cool 5 minutes and cut into bars.

Enjoy!

{Recipe} Black Bean Pizza

In a effort to get my boys to expand their food horizons, I thought I would try a different version of one of their favorite foods, pizza!

Black Bean Pizza

Ingredients:
black beans (I made these from scratch, recipe will follow)
tortillas (Thing 3 and I made our own following {this recipe})
chesse (we used monterry jack)
onion
tomato
bell pepper

Directions:
1. Mash the black beans.
2. Spread the black beans onto a tortilla.
3.  Top with cheese and any other toppings.
4.  Warm up pan at medium to high heat.
5.  Place tortilla with everything on top, into a pan for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
6. Enjoy!

This is a simpe meal that the kids can help me make.  I served ours with some mango yogurt (2 cups yogurt, 2 mangos, put it in a blender).

Crock Pot Black Beans

Ingredients:
2 Cups black beans, rinsed and drained
6 cups water
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 medium chopped
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1-2  jalapenos
1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:
1.  Put all the ingredients in the crock pot and turn slow cooker on low and cook for 6 to 8 hours.  My slow cooker tends to cook warmer, so you may need to turn the heat up a little.
2.  When finished cooking, drain the water and enjoy.  Or if you are mashing your beans to make the recipe above, put them in a large bowl and squish them with a fork or potato masher until you get the desiered consistancy.

What toppings would you use?  Leave a comment and let me know, I would love to hear your ideas.

{Sugarless} Sugar Cookies

Yes, you read that right. I made sugar cookies without the sugar.

Well, I guess they aren’t really sugar cookies but I have no idea what else to call them since I took a sugar cookie recipe and changed it up a bit.

Why no sugar you ask?  Well, I am trying to remove most processed foods from my diet and the boys diet.  Thus, I am having to learn how to bake without using sugar and white flour.  It is definitely been an interesting challenge since I was never much of a baker in the first place.

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 cups whole wheat flour

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl cream butter and honey.
2. Next, beat in eggs and vanilla.
3. Add in baking powder.


4. Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time for a total of 3 times.  Mix well after each 1/2 cup of flour.


5.  Spoon onto cookie sheet.  I used two spoons and made about 1 inch balls that I then flattened a little bit.


6.  Bake 8-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
7. Enjoy!

The cookies must not have been too bad considering all three boys ate at least 3 (that I knew about) and I had three plates that looked like this when they were done.

What have you made that is doesn’t have sugar or white flour?  Leave a comment and let us know where to find it.

{Kids in the Kitchen} Pancakes (w/ recipe)

My boys love pancakes.  Whenever we make pancakes the boys eat very well.  This week Thing 1 (and Thing 3) decided to join me in the kitchen to make pancakes.  He was so proud of himself for flipping the pancakes.  I didn’t get a whole lot of pictures because I was too concerned about making sure no one burned themselves.

Ingredients:
1.5 C flour
3.5 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1.25 C milk
1 egg
3 Tbsp butter (melted)
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1.  Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Heat a lightly oiled pan over medium heat.  Brown on both sides and serve hot.

 What have you made with your kids this week?

 

{Kids in the Kitchen} Sugar Cookies (w/ recipe)

This week Thing 2 was learning about the Yummy Letter C.  So we had to make some letter C cookies to go along with our lesson.  Both Thing 1 and Thing 2 had fun helping me make cookies.

Ingredients:
1/2 C butter
1/2 C oil
3/4 C confectioners sugar
1/2 C white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl cream together butter, oil, confectioners’ sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy.
3.  Add egg and vanilla.
4. Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to brown.

What fun have you and your kids have in the kitchen this week?

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    {Kids in the Kitchen} Blueberry Muffins

    This week Thing 2’s letter of the week was the letter B and since he has been showing such an interest in helping me cook, I have decided to incorporate our letter B lessons with food.  So this week we had several snacks that contain letter B foods.  Monday morning we made blueberry muffins.  This week I had two helpers in the kitchen.

    Blueberry Muffins

    Ingredients:
    1.5 C. flour
    3/4 C. sugar
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. baking powder
    1/3 C. oil
    1 egg
    1/3 C. milk
    1 C. blueberries

    Crumb topping:
    1/2 C. sugar
    1/3 C flour
    1/4 C. butter
    1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    2.  Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl and sift together. 

    3. Then add oil, egg and milk.  Mix together.

    4.  Add blueberries and mix together.

    5. To make the crumb topping: Mix together all ingredients and mix with fork.

    6.  Fully fill greased muffin cups.  Then top with the crumb topping.

    7.  Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until done.

    Enjoy!

    What letter B food have you made with your kiddos? 

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    {Kids in the Kitchen} Homemade Pizza (w/ dough recipe)

    Right behind Thing 2’s love for chicken nuggets, is his love for cheese pizza.  So, on Monday I thought it would be fun to make homemade pizza for Daddy Cameron.  Originally I had planned to make it a family affair, but our walk took a little longer than expected, so Thing 2 helped me make pizza.

    Pizza Dough

    Ingredients:
    2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    1 pkg. active dry yeast
    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    1 tsp. salt
    1 Tbsp. sugar
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. Italian seasoning
    1 C warm water

    Directions:

    1.  Pre heat over to 375 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Knead until ingredients are well mixed.


    2.  Let rise for 30 minutes.


    3.  Bake crust for 5-7 minutes, then add toppings.


    4.  Enjoy!

    What have you and your kids been cookin’ up in the kitchen? Share with us.

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