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This gorgeous, creamy, No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe is the ultimate summer treat!

Fluffy, no-bake cheesecake is layered with delicious, homemade cherry filling.

This is a perfect cool and creamy dessert for summer… with no need to turn on the oven!  Hooray!

The natural red and white combo makes this a beautiful 4th of July treat!

This recipe was created in partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market.

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This recipe starts with fresh cherries I pick up at my local Sprouts Farmer’s Market.

I love being able to depend on Sprouts for fresh and delicious seasonal produce at super reasonable prices!

After I stocked up on cherries… plenty for this recipe and extra to snack on… I was able to find all of the additional ingredients I needed for this no-bake summer dessert.

This recipe is quite easy to make, comes together in under an hour (most of that is chilling time) and it’s so perfect for summer!

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As we head into summer, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my favorite recipes and ideas on How to Teach Kids to Cook.

Teaching kids to cook is a bit of a passion of mine.  I believe that cooking is a really important life skill that every person should have at least a basic grasp of.

I don’t expect that everyone will share quite the love I have for cooking and baking… but to me, basic cooking skills are the same as learning how to run a load of laundry, or balance a budget… they are essential to being a well rounded, successful adult.

My philosophy on teaching kids to cook is… If they can read (with some level of comprehension), they can cook.  It’s as simple as that (for adults too).

If you are able to read, and are willing to submit yourself to following a recipe, you will have success with cooking… not 100% of the time, but with some practice you will have success most of the time.

In this post I’m going to share how I’ve taught my own kids (now ages 12 and 15) to cook, how I’ve taught cooking classes for children of my friends, and all the recipes and tips you need to teach the children in your life to cook.

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To have success, and an enjoyable experience for both you and the child (or children) you’re working with… I do NOT suggest simply inviting kids in to “help” while you are making dinner that needs to be on the table in the next hour.

I suggest setting aside time that is specifically designed for teaching the children, and focused on the children (not focused on your plans, or the results).  Removing timelines and expectations will allow for a much more relaxed environment, and one your child(ren) will more likely enjoy.

The content in this post is geared for truly teaching kids to cook (eventually on their own), so most of this content is a good fit for kids ages 8+.

I’m talking about a good bit more than having a 4 year old sit on the counter and add the chocolate chips to the cookies.  While that is a great way to make fun memories in the kitchen, that is not the main focus of this blog post.

How to Teach Kids to Cook

1.  Practice safe kitchen procedures (I’ve added a handy list later in this post).

2.  Select the recipes you’d like to start with.  I have a nice list at the end of this post to get you started.

For older children, they will likely want to help you select recipes, as their skills grow.

3.  Prepare the work space.  Below is a photo of the counter peninsula in my kitchen (set up to make Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes).

Consider the size of your kitchen when deciding how many children to work with at a time… if each child doesn’t have room to work, or to see, they will be frustrated.

If you are doing a mini summer cooking camp (with neighborhood kids, or maybe grandchildren) and have a group of kids all at once, you may want to set up a second “work station” on your dinning table.  Add a outdoor type table cloth (the ones that are fuzzy/padded on the underside and easy to wipe off on top) to your table for easy clean up.

As children get older and are truly preparing meals on their own, certainly they can pull out their own dishes and measuring spoons, etc… but to get started, I’d suggest you have all the dishes, utensils, and cutting boards you need ready to go before the children are in the kitchen.  Once you have extra bodies in the kitchen, it’s more difficult to open each cabinet and drawer needed to gather your supplies.

4.  Break up the recipe into steps.  I would suggest that you (the adult) read through the recipe ahead of time, then once you start working with the children, briefly give an overview of the steps (“We’re going to prepare the batter, then add it to these pans, bake it and then wait for it to cool before cutting into it”).  Then, have the child (or one of the children in the group) read just step one of the recipe.  Complete that step, then move on.

5.  Have the child/ren clean up as they work.  If you are truly teaching children how to cook, they need to also know how to keep their work area clean enough to be functional.  This doesn’t mean stopping to do dishes before the recipe is complete, but children can help put away ingredients, and put dirty dishes over near the sink as they work.

6.  Follow all of the recipe steps, including cooling time.  This is a difficult one for kids sometimes (and adults too), but one sure way to have a recipe “fail” is to not allow proper cooling before removing it from the pan or fridge, or slicing or serving it (depending on the item).  If you are cooking with children that don’t live with you, be prepared with another recipe, or an activity to fill up this time (assuming that if the kids live with you, they can just go play while things cool).  I have a few ideas for filling up that time further down in this post.

7.  Enjoy the food, and pour on the praise!  I feel like I don’t need to remind you of this if you’re working with kids… but obviously when they are learning anything new, lots of encouragement and praise will help them think of this activity fondly, and feel brave enough to try cooking again.

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This fun Fortnite Birthday Cake & Cookies set is sure to wow the Fortnite fan in your life!

If you’re not familiar with the video game Fortnite… you’re likely a good bit over the age of 18 and/or don’t have young boys in your life!

Fortnite has quickly become one of the most popular and successful video games ever!  Fortnite is described as an “open-world survival game, in which players collect resources, make tools and weapons, and try to stay alive as long as possible.” (source, NBCnews.com)

I do not take cake or cookie orders, but I do love making treats as gifts for close friends when I am able.

One of my very good friends has a sweet son (and four more sweet children) I adore.  He’s just so dang cute!

His birthday request (to me) was a Fortnite Birthday Cake… so I did my best to deliver!

Although I have heard of the game Fortnite, no one in my house plays it… so this cake and cookies set required a bit of research on my part!

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A bit of googling revealed some popular items associated with Fortnite, so I printed out of a few graphics from the game and got to work.

The birthday boy had requested a “llama” be included on the cake… and my research revealed the llama he was referring to is the Fortnite Loot Llama.  I couldn’t really tell you what it does, or what it’s for in the game… but I thought it was cute enough to try to re-create with frosting!

I think I set a new personal record with this loot llama cookie for the amount of time spent decorating a single cookie!

Because I was creating a design I’d never done before, and trying to make the cookie both adorable and instantly recognizable, this single cookie design took several hours to complete (due in part to drying time between numerous steps).

I am going to to give you all the details and tips I can for this cake and cookie set, but please know that this is NOT the set to start on if you are a beginner decorator.

It’s really only a set you should take on for a someone you REALLY love (or for a LOT of money)!  =)

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Simply the BEST Lemon Bundt Cake recipe!

This Lemon Bundt Cake recipe is a dessert everyone will love… it’s perfectly rich and buttery, and yet has a fluffy texture that’s often hard to achieve in homemade cakes.

The sweet and tart lemon glaze is the perfect final addition to create a dessert that’s simple, yet perfectly elegant and utterly delicious!

This is one of those recipes I know I’ll make again and again!

It’s perfect to bring along to a pot-luck or summer BBQ, but pretty enough for a spring tea party.

This recipe was created in partnership with Challenge Dairy.

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There is just something so cute about bundt cakes!

And who can even look at a bundt cake without thinking of the bundt cake scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding?  Not me!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, your assignment this weekend is to watch that movie!  =)

I love this Lemon Bundt Cake recipe because it’s made with ingredients I usually have on hand, it can be made a bit in advance and doesn’t need any last minute garnish.

As with most every recipe that comes out of my kitchen, this recipe starts with Challenge Butter.

I know when I use Challenge brand dairy products I can depend on consistent quality and fresh taste.

It just takes the guess work out of baking when you start with high quality ingredients.

If you’re not sure where to find Challenge Butter in your area, be sure to use this helpful map.

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This fresh and delicious Raspberry Mango Trifle is surprisingly easy to make!

Fresh raspberries and mango are layered with a creamy raspberry cheesecake mouse and a simple cookie crumble.

This pretty dessert can be made from start to finish in 30 minutes or less!

Feel free to prepare this fresh fruit trifle in individual dishes (as shown), or see the recipe notes to easily make one large trifle.

This recipe was created in partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market.

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This recipe starts with fresh ingredients I picked up at Sprouts Farmer’s Market.

I used raspberries, mango and a bit of coconut in this recipe… but this trifle can easily be customized with your favorites.

Strawberries would be an easy swap with raspberries, and if you don’t care for coconut feel free to simply leave it out with no additional changes.  I just added the coconut as an accent because I liked the bit of tropical flare with the mango.

A trip through Sprouts produce section will surely provide all the inspiration you need!

I love shopping at Sprouts because I know I can expect fresh and delicious produce at incredibly reasonable prices!  And once I stock up on my fresh produce, I can grab all of my baking essentials from the full line of Sprouts store brand products.

One stop shopping… so I can get home quickly to start baking!  Yay!

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These sweet little Spring Tea Party Cookies would be perfect for most any special occasion!

Initially I made these with my Grandmother’s 95th birthday party in mind, but I think they’d be just perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day or a pretty tea party too!

Of course you could adjust this design to include any color flowers, or even a colored base icing (instead of white).

I just loved the simple, elegant look of these pretty spring cookies!

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How to create pretty tea party cookies…

Continue scrolling down through this post to find a step by step decorating video.

But first, here are all the details you need to create these pretty cookies…

You’ll need a batch of cookies using my Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe.

I used a set of round edged Square Cookie Cutters for the cookies shown.

Then you’ll need a batch of royal icing using my Royal Icing Recipe (this link includes a very basic royal icing tutorial as well).

Notes -I added 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon zest to the cookie recipe for this batch, and for the royal icing I used fresh lemon juice in place of most of the water.  Both of these adjustments are totally optional.

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These Easy Easter Cupcakes prove that you don’t need complicated techniques or decorations to make pretty holiday treats!

These cupcakes start my perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, are then topped with delicious cream cheese frosting and pretty pastel candies from Sprouts Farmers Market.

Simple, cute, delicious… done!

This recipe was created in partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market.

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My inspiration for these pretty spring cupcakes came from my weekly visit to Sprouts Farmers Market where I discovered lots of pretty pastel candies!

If you’ve spent much of any time on my site you’ve likely noticed that I have a “thing” for pastel colored sweets.

So when I saw these adorable spring colored gummy bears and pretty pastel speckled almonds at Sprouts, I knew they had to come home with me and be added to something cute!

I love finding new products every time I shop at Sprouts.  Each season I am able to find fun new treats to add to my recipes, along with all the pantry staples I need to stock up on.

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This recipe for Cookies and Cream Cutout Cookies is a fun and flavorful twist on traditional cutout sugar cookies.

If you love chocolate sandwich cookies… this recipe is for you!

These cookies are delicious on their own, and area also a perfect canvas to decorate with buttercream or royal icing.

I had fun decorating these shamrock shaped cookies very simply with buttercream this time, but I’ll definitely be using the recipe again and again for decorated cookies for any season.

This recipe was created in partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market.

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This recipe starts with yummy chocolate sandwich cookies!

I grabbed my favorites from Sprouts Farmers Market, along with all the ingredients I needed for this recipe.

While at Sprouts, I picked up some natural food coloring (by Watkins) to play with, and I was able to create the exact color I wanted with these easy to use colors.  This would be a great set to keep on hand if you are sensitive to food dyes, or simply want to use the most natural products, while still creating colorful baking projects!

I love shopping at Sprouts because I know I can find all of the baking staples I need… and I always find a few new snacks or ingredients to try too!

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This cute Raspberry Fudge Brownie Heart is simply the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert!

Love and chocolate… what more do we need?  =)

How about love, chocolate and pretty pink raspberry frosting…

This recipe starts with my favorite fudge brownie recipe, baked in a heart to make it extra “sweet”, and then is topped with pretty raspberry frosting and fresh raspberries.

This recipe is surprisingly easy to make (even from scratch), and it can be made a day in advance if needed.

This recipe was created in partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market.

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I mean, how cute is this?

Of course you can make this recipe in a 9″x9″ pan if you prefer (or if that’s what you have on hand), but I do think it’s extra cute in a heart!

I picked up this pan at Hobby Lobby recently, but you can easily find a heart baking pan on Amazon too!  While you’re shopping, be sure to grab some parchment paper (to line the pan) and my favorite off-set spatula (to easily and neatly spread the icing).

Of course if you’re not a fan of raspberries, feel free to prepare the brownie alone, or follow the frosting recipe and simply omit the raspberries.  Add a drop of pink food coloring to the frosting (if desired) and then top with  some cute Valentine’s sprinkles.

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Just so perfectly sweet… this Pastel Snowflake Cake would be gorgeous for any winter party!

I love pastel colored sweets all year round, and winter is no exception!

As much as I love traditional Christmas colors, there is something extra special about pastels.

Of course… you are welcome to use the general techniques and designs from this cake and have fun with any color theme you want!

This cake starts with my perfect chocolate cake recipe, delicious cream cheese frosting, and then is topped with buttercream frosted cookies… YUM!

This recipe was created in partnership with Challenge Dairy.

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The star of this cake  is large snowflake cookies decorated with buttercream frosting.

As you know if you’ve spent any time on my site before… I most often decorate cookies with royal icing.

As much as I love the detail that can be achieved with royal icing… it’s hard to beat the flavor and soft texture of buttercream!

I made a batch of my favorite buttercream frosting (recipe below) and piped it onto the cookies using a small open star tip.

Scroll down to find the video included in this blog post that shows the whole decorating process for both the cake and cookies.

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