February Vacation: Easy Bake

chocolate-zucchini-cake.JPGI'm a huge fan of baking with kids; the process is engaging, yields yummy rewards, and provides a natural way to teach math while spending quality time together. Below is a roundup of some baking projects that are fun to make and eat. Also, though baking requires more precision in measurement than cooking, I encourage you to let go of perfection in the kitchen and focus on the fun. Keep an eye out and encourage your kids to transfer ingredients smoothly, but otherwise a little spilled flour here or there isn't the end of the world.

  • Laurel adores this chocolate zucchini cake, even knowing full well that it has zucchini in it.

  • Classic and decadent: my go-to brownie recipe.

  • I'm of the opinion that some traditionally seasonal baked goods such as gingerbread people, chocolate chunk pumpkin bread, and apple crisp ought to be enjoyed any time of year.

  • These rosemary lemon sandwich cookies are a little more fancy, but are worth the effort.

  • These two chocolate forgotten cookies are anything but forgettable.

  • Cookies with kisses taste great and kids will love squishing the dough around the kisses.

  • Laurel loves the fruity precision associated with making these thumbprint cookies and fruit tarts.

  • And here are some fantastic breakfast baked goods: banana bread/muffins, granola, scones, and sour cream banana bread.

  • Finally, if you're not up for a full out baking adventure, try this cake in a mug project.