Kids Can Cook

Imagine a plate piled high with warm chocolate chip cookies, ooey and gooey with melted chips and crunchy with nuts. Your grownup might have helped a little bit, but these beauties are all yours, to share with friends (or eat yourself!) because YOU made them!

Chocolate chip cookies are just the beginning of fun times in the kitchen. What could be better than snacks you make yourself? Here's a recipe for a treat that's high in fiber from The Healthy Body Cookbook:

Peanut Butterscotch Popcorn Cutout Squares


10 cups popped popcorn
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup margarine
10 ounces butterscotch morsels vegetable oil cooking spray
1 10 1/2 -oz bag marshmallows
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup peanut butter


  1. Put the popcorn in the large bowl.
  2. Put the margarine in the frying pan over medium heat. When the margarine is melted, turn the heat to low and add the marshmallows. Stir constantly until melted.
  3. Add peanut butter and stir well. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the warm mixture to the large bowl filled with popcorn.
  4. Add the peanuts, stirring until everything is coated.
  5. Fold in butterscotch morsels.
  6. Spray the cookie sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.
  7. Pour the popcorn mixture onto the cookie sheet, and press it into the pan. If the mixture gets too sticky, dampen your hands with cold water.
  8. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts on top.
  9. Put the pan in the refrigerator for an hour to set.
  10. Cut into squares with the serrated knife and serve.

Look for other great kid-friendly recipes with the cookbooks and web sites listed below, and remember to check with a grownup before starting your cooking adventures!

In the Library

Addy's Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You Can Cook Today
Cover to Honest PretzelsThe American Girls books make learning history fun. Some stories tell of Addy, a young escaped slave, who has come to Philadelphia with her mother. Addy's Cookbook gives recipes for foods Addy's family might have enjoyed, such as buttermilk biscuits, fried fish, and peach cobbler.

Cooking the Indian Way: Revised and Expanded to Include New Low-Fat and Vegetarian Recipes by Vijay Madavan
Take a trip to an exotic land by way of your kitchen! You can create nutty milkshakes and pastries stuffed with savory vegetables or meats. This is an introduction to the cuisine and culture of India, including information about the country's social life and customs. Try other flavorful recipes from around the world in the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbook series.

The Healthy Body Cookbook: Over 50 Fun Activities and Delicious Recipes for Kids by Joan D'Amico
Healthy food can be yummy! Each chapter of this book has three ways to learn. First there's an explanation of how a body system works and how different foods can help or hurt it. Then there is an easy learning activity to try, followed by the delicious recipes: braided breakfast cinnamon bread, tropical chicken kebobs, and dreamy yogurt orange-banana frozen pops. The recipes are not super simple and should interest older cooks.

Honest Pretzels and 64 Other Amazing Recipes for Cooks Ages 8 & Up by Mollie Katzen
The creator of the vegetarian Moosewood Cookbook shares great recipes and advice for parents who want to encourage their kids' love of cooking. This beautifully illustrated book has recipes for neat stuff and includes step-by-step drawings. Look for gingerbread French toast, creamy corn soup, purple passion power shake, and a mysterious dipping sauce for vegetables and tofu. Younger kids may enjoy Mollie Katzen's other book, Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes.

Starting Cooking by Gill Harvey
This is a good beginning cookbook for older kids that gives clear instructions for grown-up recipes like spaghetti bolognese, lemon surprise pudding, apple scones, rolls, and mini pizzas.

Storybook Stew: Cooking with Books Kids Love by Suzanne I. Barchers
Fifty recipes for different meals, each recipe accompanied by a summary of a featured book and a suggested activity.

On the Web

Cooking with Kids: Recipes, Lessons, and Fun
Created by: Garden and Hearth Magazine
Get the basics of kitchen success and practice skills while making chocolate cream pie, a vegetable platter, and an easy punchbowl pudding.

Fun with Apples
Created by: The Virginia State Apple Board
Apples are good for you and fun to use in recipes! Try cidersicles, chewy apple roll-ups, and a blushing apple milkshake.

Mollie Katzen Online: Kids' Corner
Three great vegetarian recipes for kids with step-by-step directions and pictures: Guacamole, Not-from-a-box Macaroni and Cheese, and Number Salad. If you like what you see, check out Mollie's kids' cookbooks from the library: Salad People, Honest Pretzels, and Pretend Soup.