Making fall treats with kids

I’m going to begin this by saying I’m not a baker. My baking skills and baking knowledge is so limited. Until very recently, I hadn’t baked anything from scratch in years. But I started watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix and I became inspired to bake with my 5 year old son, Cruz. We wanted to make some fun, fall treats for our family! So when I started thinking and searching for treats that we could make, I was looking for ideas that wouldn’t be complicated. Mostly, I wanted to make simple desserts so I wouldn’t mess them up, but I also wanted Cruz to be very involved in the process. Making fall treats was also on my list of festive things to do this holiday season- see the whole list here https://withkidsblog.com/starting-new-festive-traditions-with-kids/

Here are our 3 easy fall treats that we made and devoured!

Snickerdoodle sandwiches 

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies! They’re also a cookie that I remember baking with my family as a child so I thought it would be a good recipe to pass on to Cruz. 

Mix 1 cup of butter, 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 2 eggs. Separately mix 2 3/4 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Roll the dough into balls and dip the top and sides into cinnamon sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

I made the balls of dough smaller than I normally would for a cookie, because I didn’t want huge cookie sandwiches. While the cookies were cooling, I made the buttercream filling. I used this super simple and yummy buttercream recipe but I left out the chocolate. https://www.melskitchencafe.com/whipped-chocolate-buttercream-frosting/

Next, I put the buttercream in a large Ziploc bag and cut off one corner of the bag so I could pipe the frosting onto the cookie. And that’s it! 

Oreo jack-o’-lanterns 

This treat was so simple and I still failed at first! But I had a plan b and Cruz loved them. Originally, my idea was to melt white chocolate and color it orange to coat the Oreos. I didn’t know that melting white chocolate was so tricky and it turned out very grainy. Cruz was so excited to turn his Oreos into pumpkins so I whipped up some buttercream frosting (the same recipe that I used for the snickerdoodle sandwich filling) and colored that orange. Instead of coating the Oreo, we just spread the buttercream on the top. Then we used black squeeze frosting for the face and a small piece of sour belt candy for the stem. 

Brownie peanut butter Oreo bars

These bars have all of our favorite things in them! I saw a different brownie recipe on Pinterest that looked so delicious, but I was honestly too intimidated to try baking them. So I went off of that idea but made it our own. Here’s the Pinterest recipe that maybe I’ll be brave enough to attempt one day. https://veganinthefreezer.com/autumn-oreo-brownies/

For our bars, I started off buttering a 9×13 pan. The bottom layer was peanut butter cookie dough and I used this recipe. https://www.plattertalk.com/3-ingredient-old-fashioned-peanut-butter-cookies/

Next, we put 15 Halloween Oreos (original flavor but the filling is orange) in a large Ziploc bag and smashed them to pieces. We spread out the Oreo pieces over the cookie dough. The brownie layer came next and we just used a box mix. I baked the bars at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, but I was checking on them often after 20 minutes. The timing was just a guess based on the bake times of the cookies and brownie mix. I topped off these bars with some melted Hershey chocolate. So rich and yummy!

None of these desserts were fancy or complicated. They were all pretty tasty and cute, though!

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One comment on “Making fall treats with kids

  1. Thanks for posting this wonderful kid-oriented recipe! We love having our kids in the kitchen and we love that you chose our 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe as a base for your awesome fun bars!

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