Around my house, everyone helps in the kitchen. Yes, even the kids! We’ve been looking for the best kids cookbook for what feels like forever- and we finally found it from author Tiffany Dahle. My kids agree: The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook Rocks! You’re going to want this children’s cookbook in your kitchen library for the next time you’re cooking with kids. Free sample recipe included in this post.?
I was sent The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook for review, but all the excitement over these kid-friendly recipes are all my own! Affiliate links included.?
Around here, easy recipes are the name of my mommin’ game. I’m not a natural in the kitchen, but I do give it a go here and there (and sometimes even surprise myself!).
My kids, on the other hand, are pretty great when it comes to cooking up delicious recipes. My oldest daughter Claire absolutely loves to bake and cook and she’s taken Lucy under her wing in this arena.
And I’m over here “supervising” as the official taste tester. It’s a pretty good gig, and one I’m loving as they both get a little older and more adventurous in the kitchen.
They both squealed with delight when The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook showed up in the mail for review. They couldn’t wait to dive in and find new recipes to make for the family, and well, I was hungry so we got right to it!
The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook Rocks!
This cookbook is pretty fantastic and we love the way its laid out. There’s a section in each recipe for KIDS! and for PARENTS! as well as one for TEAMWORK.
It’s the whole cooking with kids package.
Sure, it’s written for kids, but author Tiffany Dahle made sure she kept parents in mind as she wrote it.
“I wanted the food included to be worth the time and financial investment so mom and dad will happily agree to shop the ingredients and hand over the kitchen. This isn’t ‘play food’, it’s a real dinner the whole family will enjoy at the end of the fun.”
Cooking With Kids: The Cozy Country Potato Pie
And guys, this food was GOOD!
My girls picked The Cozy Country Potato Pie as their first recipe. We had a rare rainy & cold summer day so this sounded like the perfect option for some comfort food.
It smelled like a warm grandma hug while it was cooking away in the oven and I was so happy to be in the kitchen cooking with kids that day.
We followed the recipe from the kid’s cookbook pretty closely- even adding the peas much to my chagrin (yuck).
But Lucy LOVES them, so there was no question: peas were happening!
Think stick to your ribs, fill you up so you get a good nights sleep kind of meal.
This is one we’ll make and eat as leftovers for a few days- and not the leftovers that everyone ignores, either!
Trust me, it was heavenly and a deemed a “must repeat” by everyone in the family.
Peas: easy to pick out (or leave out altogether) if that’s not your jam. 😉
Who Should Be Cooking With Kids?
I’m going to say: everyone! The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook was created for kids ages 6-12 and that feels like the perfect age range for these recipes.
My older two could make anything in this kids cookbook on their own (yaaassss!) and my younger two would need some help with the cutting and stove work.
But overall, this is an extremely kid-friendly cookbook. I’d even say it’s the best kids cookbook I’ve seen so far! Tiffany really made an effort to make this family-friendly.
And grandparents? This is an IDEAL way to spend some time with your little ones.
My mom would love to spend some time with the kids in the kitchen, bonding over the Giant Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings. Food is a love language around here for sure!
Free Sample Recipe From The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook
Alright: this is the good stuff! Let’s get to?cooking with kids!
Tiffany wants you to know just what you are in for when you purchase her book. So she’s allowing me to share one of her lovingly created recipes.
Try this one out, then go order your copy of The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook!
Free Recipe! Easy Cherry Almond Scones
I was a little surprised my girls didn’t pick this one as their first recipe from the cookbook because they both have a huge sweet tooth.
I mean, really- who doesn’t love scones? Everyone does, amirite?!
You can bet we’ve added this to the list for the next time we’re cooking with kids.
Download the Easy Cherry Almond Scones Recipe PDF here.
Easy Cherry Almond Scones from The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook by Tiffany Dahle
This was the first recipe my daughters learned to make all by themselves. The dough is the same even if you play with different flavor combinations. Our favorite part is painting the butter over the tops of the scones before we bake them.
PLAY WITH IT! What other flavors could you put into the 1-cup (237-ml) measuring cup instead of the dried cherries? How about a mix of chocolate chips and pecans? Dried peaches or dried blueberries? mixed with cinnamon chips or by themselves?are yummy, too!
Yield: 8 to 12 scones
Easy Cherry Almond Scones Ingredients
1? cups (150 g) all-purpose flour
? cup (48 g) sugar, plus more for sprinkling
2 tsp (8 g) baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup (120 g) dried cherries
? cup (35 g) almond slivers
1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
? tsp almond extract
2 tbsp (28 g) butter
Easy Cherry Almond Scones Directions
Hey kids, please get us started!
Set out a cookie sheet, and spray it with cooking spray so your scones won?t stick. Ask your adult helper to preheat the oven to 375?F (190?C, or gas mark 5).
Measure the flour and the sugar, and pour them into a large mixing bowl. Measure the baking powder and add it to the bowl. Add a pinch of salt to the bowl, and use your whisk to stir everything together.
Measure the dried cherries. You can decide if you think they are too big. Let your helper chop them up for you if you?d like them a little smaller.
Measure the almond slivers and add them with the cherries to the mixing bowl. Stir all the dry ingredients together so that the dried fruit is coated in flour. This helps make sure they don?t all sink to the bottom of the scone when you bake them.
Measure the heavy cream into a liquid measuring cup.
Stir the almond extract into the cream; then, pour the mixture into the mixing bowl.
Gently stir the cream into the flour. The dough will quickly become very sticky. If it gets too hard to stir with your spatula, it is okay to use your hands to knead the dough.
Keep working the dough until there is no more dry flour left in the bowl. You can use your spatula to help scrape up the dried bits at the bottom of the bowl.
Using a large spoon, scoop out a portion of dough and gently form it into a round scone shape with your hands. You should get 8 to 12 scones total depending on how big you make them.
Place the scones on the cookie sheet.
Parents, it?s your turn!
Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 5 to 10 seconds until melted.
Teamwork gets it done!
Using a pastry brush, paint the melted butter over the top of all the scones. If you don?t have a brush, you can drizzle it and spread it using a spoon.
Sprinkle a little sugar over the top of each scone using pinches with your fingers.
Place the scones in the oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly toasted on the top.
You can learn more about Tiffany and her awesome recipes by stopping by her site, Peanut Blossom. The best kids cookbook I’ve found is also available at Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Book Depository.
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)