NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Think back to the first thing you remember baking. If you were a child, you were probably baking with a family member, many times a parent or grandparent. Spending time in the kitchen is a timeless family tradition that brings loved ones together.
"These days, there are so many options for family entertainment, but simple things done together as a family often create the most cherished memories," observes the Martha White® baking expert Linda Carman. "Finding time to cook with your kids or grandkids can be about much more than preparing food. Having fun in the kitchen can be quality time spent together, time to talk and listen to each other."
Remember, cooking with kids may not always be the fastest or easiest way to make a recipe, but you won't regret the time spent together. Be sure to select recipes that are age appropriate. The last thing we want to do is frustrate budding chefs with recipes that are too difficult.
At first, using a convenient mix will make preparing treats easy. Martha WhiteMuffin Mixes that require only the addition of milk to the dry ingredients are a great way to start. Or choose recipes that start with a mix like Quick and Easy PB & J Muffins. Add peanut butter chips to the strawberry muffin mix batter and fill with a dollop of strawberry jelly or jam. After baking, spread with peanut butter. Feel free to mix and match by using your favorite fruit flavored muffin and jelly or jam.
Chocolate Covered Banana Muffin Pops take a little more effort to make, but the trick is to choose steps for the child that are at the appropriate skill level. Cake pops are popular these days and they are especially easy to make starting with baked muffins. Simply crumble the muffins and mix with canned frosting, then roll into small balls. Dip in candy coating and decorate.
Whoopie pies are another popular baking trend. Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies start with cakey chocolate chip cookies made with a chocolate chip muffin mix. Finish by adding chocolate marshmallow filling between two sandwich cookies.
Whatever recipe you decide to make, just keep the experience enjoyable. Things might get a little messy, but it's a small price to pay for lasting memories.