Playing dress up and collecting heaps of candy is something almost every kid looks forward to, but another way to celebrate Halloween with your children is to get them in the kitchen and bake some festive treats together. Yes, things might get a little messier than usual, but your son or daughter will feel so proud helping you actually make something.
"My First Baking Book" has over 50 recipes for parents to make with their kids. It's not only a great way to spend time together, but it teaches them about what goes into food, how to measure and makes learning about numbers interactive. You can even sneakily help sharpen their reading skills by having them read the recipe aloud as you work together. It also helps kids establish independence: they'll take pride in mixing the batter all by themselves or measuring out the ingredients.
Here, we highlight just three of the festive ideas from the book. For the complete step-by-step recipes, purchase "My First Baking Book" on Amazon.
Little Devils' Cakes
These devilishly delicious cupcakes only take 15 minutes to prep and 10-15 minutes to bake, so you can whip up an impressive batch for your child's class quickly without stressing out. The key to making the devils' horns is using ready-to-use fondant. Let your child take small pieces of the fondant, roll them unto devils' horns and stick them into the wet icing.
Kids will love helping form the squishy cookie dough and making the cookie slices. The good thing about cobwebs is they're meant to look a little tangled and messy, so your child can just zig-zag the black icing pen all over the sugar cookies when they're ready to decorate.
These cute pumpkin patch cupcakes may look super impressive, but they are actually easy enough that your kids can decorate them with minimal guidance. The secret ingredient is again fondant, which you'll need to buy in red, yellow and green. Your kids will love squashing the red and yellow colors together to make the orange color for the pumpkins. The little pumpkin face is made using a black icing pen. Voila!
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