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6 Fun Fall Treats to Bake With Your Kids

Posted by on Nov. 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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by Adriana Velez

Now that fall is here and the air is crisp and cool, it's a great time to do some cozy baking with your kids. Especially with all those apples and pumpkins! For kids, baking is like playing with play dough only better because you get a tasty treat afterward. For us parents it's definitely the harder, messier way to get food on the table. But that's not the point! Baking with your kids is just a fun activity to share that ends with something delicious they can be proud of and everyone can enjoy.

Here are some ideas and recipes for our favorite fall baking treats you can make with your kids.

Pumpkin pie: Kids just love this classic. The easiest way to bake a pumpkin pie is to buy a pre-made crust and use the recipe from the label on a can of pumpkin puree. And for most kids that's going to be just enough fun! But just in case you've got a budding Top Chef in your home, here's a recipe for pie using fresh pumpkin.

Pumpkin bread. Love! Especially with chocolate chips.

Baked apples: Grab some apples and some cinnamon sticks for this simple treat, whole baked apples stuffed with sugar and spice. Grown-ups may need to do the carving first, but then kids can fill in the apples. Here's one version of whole baked apple (skip the rum), and here's a fancier recipe, baked apple with chocolate chips.

Toasted pumpkin seeds: Once you've carved your Jack-o'-lantern, rinse and save the seeds. Here's 14 tips showing you how to toast pumpkin seeds.

Granola: This is something kids can help mix up -- and they can help decide on the ingredients. The possibilities are almost limitless! Here's a basic granola recipe. And here's a more decadent orange and dark chocolate granola recipe.

Check out our Recipe of the Day posts through October for more super-fun, kid-friendly baking ideas!

Ruby's Oatmeal Double Crisp Pie via Nick Jr.

Serves 8. Inspired by the show Max and Ruby


1 ready-made pie crust

For the filling:

3 Granny Smith apples

3 Macoun or Macintosh apples

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

For the crumble:

2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

6 tablespoons butter


Arrange the baking rack to the lower third of your oven and preheat to 400°F.

Unroll the ready-made pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Press into the pan, allowing the excess to hang over the edge. Fold the excess dough under, so that it is even with the plate's rim, and pinch the edges to make a decorative design.

Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/2-inch chunks. Place them in a medium bowl. Add the sugar, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Toss to combine. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pie crust.

Combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the butter and work with fingertips until it looks like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the apples.

Place the pie into the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 400°F. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake for 20 to 30 minutes longer, or until the apples are tender.

Remove the pie from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack. Let it cool completely before serving.

What do you like to bake with your kids in the fall?


Image via qwrrty/Flickr

by on Nov. 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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by on Nov. 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

I want to try to make granola

by on Nov. 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Thanks! Adding this to my reading list for later:)
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by on Nov. 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM
I love homemade granola. It's so simple to make. I like making pumpkin pie chex mix! It is the best chex mix I have ever had! It was a huge hit here last year when I made it.

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal
2 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
2 cups Honey Nut Chex® cereal
8 oz pecans

To ease the load of last-minute prep, make the mix up to 2 weeks ahead and store in an airtight container.

1. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In small microwave-safe dish, microwave butter on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in vanilla. In large microwavable bowl, mix all cereals and pecans. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. Add sugar and spice mixture and stir until coated.
2. Microwave uncovered on High 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown, stirring every minute. Spread on wax paper or a cookie sheet to cool. Store in airtight container.
by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Banana bread is a favorite.  I want to try zucchini bread.

by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Those sound good. We like pumpkin spice cake.

by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

I want to try making granola.  I don't normally bake a lot in fall since we already have so many sweets in the house from Halloween.

by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:29 AM

We have done the top three and recently we made apple turnovers.

by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM
We make many things with apples since we have about a dozen apple trees in our yard.
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by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

anything pumpkin... bread, cookies, a pie like cake that I do..... 

by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM
Usually just cookies but these are great ideas!
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