It’s no secret that I love to bake with my kids. I think it’s a fun family bonding activity. It’s also a great way for them to practice fine motor skills, learn how to follow directions and to practice basic math skills. When I’m baking with Little, I’ll show her how 4 qtr cups= 1 cup and how 2 half cups of sugar = 1 cup of sugar. When I’m baking with Middle, I’ll ask him more difficult questions such as how many cups of flour would we need if we were to double or triple the recipe. It’s amazing how when they’re engaged in the process of baking they’re so much more willing to practice math skills!
We bake everything from the quick boxed cakes to chocolate chip cookies to more elaborate desserts from scratch. We make the best carrot cake ever! (That’ll be its own post). Last week, our babysitter gave Little the best kid’s cookbook for her 5th birthday: Tate’s Bake Shop, Baking with Kids.
If you’ve never heard of Tate’s, they are a famous bakery in Southampton NY, that makes the most amazing cookies. In fact, the cookies are so good that you can now buy them in specialty markets across the country. In this cookbook, Kathleen King, the owner of Tate’s, shares 20+ of her favorite recipes for kids to make at home, including her famous chocolate chip cookies, apple pie (we’re going to try this after apple picking) and banana nut bread. Every recipe is broken down into five simple to follow steps, and the book itself is well designed, with a fold-out base so that it stand up by itself and pages that wipe clean (why doesn’t every cookbook have this?). Also, at the top of every page, there are tips such as how long the recipe takes, how easy they are and whether the treats can be frozen.
In the last week, Little and I have already made two of the recipes. Yesterday, we made the famous chocolate chip cookies, and they did not disappoint.
Here’s Big DEVOURING them!
They went so quickly that there was only one left when I went to snap a photo LOL!
Over the weekend, we made the chocolate cupcakes for friends that were visiting, and they tasted like they were from a bakery. In fact, they were so good we didn’t even bother frosting them.
Our babysitter packaged the book with an adorable apron which made it just the sweetest gift. Little feels like a real baker wearing it. This will now be one of my go to birthday presents for Little’s friends. You could even pair the cookbook with kid’s cooking utensils for another adorable gift.