Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained as they spend more time indoors? Take a break from all-day movie marathons and hours spent playing video games and open up the kitchen for a fun afternoon of baking. Cooking is a great activity for kids as it encourages creativity, improves their math and reading skills, and promotes healthy and adventurous eating.
Check out these easy recipes kids will love making –
Heat broiler. In a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add one tortilla to skillet and spread about half of pizza sauce on top. Scatter garlic on top and sprinkle with half of mozzarella, Parmesan, pepperoni, and Italian seasoning.
Top with second tortilla and cook until cheese is melty and tortilla is golden.
When ready to flip, cover skillet with a large plate and invert skillet to transfer quesadilla onto plate, then slide quesadilla back into skillet, cooked-side up. Top with remaining pizza sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, pepperoni, and Italian seasoning.
Place skillet under broiler and broil until cheese is melty and pepperoni are crispy, about 2 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly pour in milk, whisking to combine. Place saucepan over medium heat and whisk until mixture comes to a boil, 6 minutes.
Place egg yolks in a medium heat proof bowl and beat until light and frothy. Slowly pour in about ½ cup hot cocoa mixture, whisking to combine. Slowly pour egg mixture back into saucepan, whisking constantly.
Return to medium heat, whisking, until thickened to a pudding-like consistency, about 3 minutes.
Take off heat and whisk in chocolate, butter, and vanilla until smooth. If mixture looks lumpy at all, strain it through a fine mesh strainer.
Pour into a large bowl and place plastic wrap directly on surface of pudding. Refrigerate until chilled, 2 hours.
When ready to serve, spoon into individual bowls or ramekins and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a muffin tin with cooking spray. Flatten burger bun halves to ¼ -inch-thick with a rolling pin and place one half cut-side up in each prepared muffin cup.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Drain fat.
Return beef mixture to skillet and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Divide ground beef mixture among burger bun cups and top each with a cheddar cheese square. Bake until cheese is melty and buns are golden, about 10 minutes.
Drizzle cups with ketchup and mustard, top with a pickle, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Cut the ends off of each banana to level the sides, then cut in half. Insert a popsicle stick into each banana piece and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 2 hours.
In a medium bowl, whisk together melted chocolate and coconut oil until smooth. Pour sprinkles into a small bowl. Dip the top of each frozen banana in chocolate, then roll the melted chocolate tip around in sprinkles. Return to baking sheet and freeze until the chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes.
Top each pop with whipped cream and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then stir in milk, maple syrup, butter, egg, vanilla and cinnamon. Fold in mini chocolate chips until just combined. Divide batter evenly between mini muffin cups.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, with maple syrup.
Make the batter: Combine milk, egg, flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl, stirring until all of the large clumps are broken up. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar with remaining 3 teaspoons cinnamon for dusting the finished apple fries. Set aside.
Pour about 1" vegetable oil into a skillet over medium-high heat. Slice apples into small wedges, about ½" thick.
Using tongs, dip each apple slice into the batter, then gently lower into the oil. Once the edges of the apple slices are lightly golden, use the tongs to gently flip and cook the other side, about 1 minute more.
Remove apple fries from oil, one at a time, and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess grease. Sprinkle both sides with the cinnamon-sugar blend and serve with caramel for dipping.