Getting everyone in your family to buy into the same dessert choices can be a challenge, especially if you have small children. As long as you’re willing to put your grown-up rigidity aside, there is nothing stopping you from entering full-tilt into the wonderful, wacky world of family-friendly sweet treats.
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If it’s one of those rainy days that stretches into infinity, you might desperately need to find a project to engage your kids’ attention. Why not combine that with the task of creating tonight’s dessert? With just a few ingredients that consist of chocolate chips, M&M’s, oats and peanut butter, your little ones can manufacture a whole mess of cookies that don’t need to get anywhere near your oven. Just make sure everyone’s hands are clean, and do your best to keep your tiny chefs from eating the product.
What child doesn’t love magic – or pretzels, for that matter? Combine their twin passions by making these multi-colored conjuring sticks. All they need to do is to dip pretzel sticks in melted candy coating in the colors of their choice. With some additional sparkly sprinkles to adorn them, these creations will look like they came straight from the wizarding world.
If you have two or three little gardeners in your clan, there is no better way to stoke their passion and feed their sweet tooth than to make mud pudding. All it takes is a box of vanilla pudding from the supermarket, some Oreo cookies for crumbling into “dirt” and a bag of gummy worms for burying. The best part of all is that the end result is quite tasty in spite of its off-putting appearance.
The benefits of smoothies are manifold: they’re cold, creamy and sweet; they usually contain healthy ingredients such as fruits and even vegetables and, perhaps best of all, kids can participate in the process of making them. Even your smallest chef can contribute by adding berries to the mix before you blend. The older kiddos can use their internet skills to come up with the perfect combination. If you’re lucky, they all might even help you clean up.
The name alone makes you smile, and once you try it, you won’t be able to wipe the grin off your face. That’s because of the sticky, sugary, cinnamon goodness of this pastry treat. If you don’t already have a monkey bread recipe that is a family favorite, there are numerous variations of this sinful treat. Just be warned: It is dangerously addictive, and your kids – and you – might be craving it sooner rather than later.
Helping to make desserts is one of the best ways to get your kids involved in kitchen tasks. Gaining their participation also keeps them out of trouble and fosters a sense of pride in making something for the sake of the entire family. Even if the weather isn’t horrible, why not try one of these delicious dessert ideas today?
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