Keeping the Kids Busy in the Kitchen


With school out and Summer in, it's important to keep those little monsters busy. You can only hand them off to Grandma so many times. Here at The Dirty Cookie, we love baking  and cooking with our families so we compiled a few easy recipes you can whip up in the kitchen with your kids. Keep those little hands busy and make something delicious in the process!
Homemade pizzas are first on this list because they are as classic as they are simple to make. You can use anything as your crust! Get some english muffins, french bread, pre made crusts or make your own pizza crust! We love this recipe for quick and easy homemade pizza crust. Once you've got your crust sorted out, it's time to sauce it up. Adorn your crust with red sauce, white sauce, barbecue sauce - whatever your pizza loving heart desires. Cheese please! Sprinkle some mozzarella on and then you're ready to deck your pizza out. Set up a toppings bar so the kids can top their pizzas with whatever they want. We suggest pepperoni, sausage, basil, pineapple and whatever else you can fit on your pizza. Picky eaters? More toppings for you! 
Keep it coming with the classics! Mac n Cheese is kid tested and approved so it will be no problem to get them in the kitchen with this one. This decadent white cheddar mac n cheese recipe comes from She Makes and Bakes. This simple recipe calls for 2 cups of milk, 2 cups of shells and 1 cup of white cheddar cheese and only takes about 30 minutes to make! This is enough time to keep those critters out of trouble to produce a cheesy meal the whole family can enjoy.
Sweeten things up with this easy cake mix bars. Cake batter flavored treats are all the rage and loved by kids of all ages. This recipe from Taste of Home only calls for two simple steps to creating these fluffy bars. Grab your favorite yellow cake mix and combine it with an egg, milk, oil and all the sprinkles your heart desires! This fun treat is easy for kids to do all on their own; just help them pop them in the oven and enjoy 18-20 minutes later. 
This ain't your average taco! Spruce up some boring corn chips by making tacos in a bag. This recipe takes all the things we love about tacos and turns it on its head. Grab all your favorite taco ingredients - ground beef, taco seasoning, cheese, beans, salsa, onions and sour cream! Simply cook up the ground beef and have the kids top the bags of chips with all their favorite toppings! We love this creative recipe because it's easy for little hands to help out and customize it to their liking. Bonus: all the mess is kept within the bag! 
Chicken tenders are another kid favorite that will have them running to the kitchen. This Betty Crocker recipe shakes things up by adding bacon and parmesan to the crispy classic. Have the kids add the bread crumbs, cheese and bacon while you beat an egg. Then they can dip each tender in the egg and coat them with the mix. Put them in the oven at 400°F for 15-20 minutes and ta-da! Crispy chicken tenders! Dip them in ranch, sour cream or barbecue sauce for some extra savoriness. 
We know it's hot and turning on the oven is the last thing you want to do, so we threw in a no bake recipe. These chocolate coconut balls are super easy to whip up and are a cool treat the whole family can enjoy. This recipe calls for toasted macadamia nuts, shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, almond extract, semisweet chocolate morsels and some shortening. Simply mix together all the ingredients and have your tiny helpers form them into balls. Let them set in the fridge for 1 hour and coat them with some melted chocolate. Once the chocolate has dried, these little beauties are ready to devour! 

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