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The holidays are seriously my favorite time you guys. I know, I tell you this every year, but SERIOUSLY. Fall through like January 1st, you will most likely find me at my absolutely happiest. I mean don’t get me wrong — winter blues are real, BUT I love family time so much and during this period is when I get to be around them the most. I also like to bake…I know, the words literally came out of my mouth. It’s fine. I may not be good at it, but I like to at least pretend that I am and by pretend, I mean — eat all the things my Mom actually bakes and take cute pictures of Blake helping. Basically, just the true meaning of what it means to be a “Baker” 😉 So I dragged my Mom into the kitchen a little early this year and made her help me whip up some of our favorites to show you and chat about some cute ways to let your little ones help this season when you’re baking away or all the time – you know, if you find yourself in the kitchen more than just during the holidays… 😉
First, let’s talk about how to get those littles involved in the whole process, because we know they’re going to be in there making a mess anyways! AND since a big chunk of us have babes, I wanted to make sure to highlight three ways that I let Blake be totally involved with all of this and ways that would work well, any time you’re in the kitchen cookin’ something up!
3 WAYS TO INVOLVE YOUR BABES:
- Grab a stool or high chair. We use the Oxo High chair (in Taupe/Birch) and it was perfect. We had the tray off for a majority of it and I would let her hold the bowl, mix, add in chocolate chips. Really, any part of it that wasn’t totally messy I let her do. We eventually added the tray back for the harder parts and then she just got to eat all the treats while I knocked out the parts she couldn’t be “involved” in. *Also the high chair is GOLD, seriously it’s incredible*
- Give them their own products. When we made the strawberries, I actually just gave Blake two strawberries, a little bit of chocolate in one of the small Oxo bowls we have and then a small spoon so that she could make her own chocolate covered strawberries. She ate most of them, but thought it was the greatest thing ever because she was helping and doing what Mama was and the joy on her face just made me the happiest.
- Buttons — let them push all the buttons. There’s just something about kids and button pushing, isn’t it funny? HA! I let Blake help me turn the oven on (obviously carefully), she set the timer, pushed the microwave buttons, all the buttons. She also helped me turn the tunes on because what’s a baking party without some tunes?!
What ways do you like to let your little ones help?! Also, please tell me all the treats you have on your list for the holidays because Imma need to get making some more…you know because a dozen chocolate covered strawberries to myself wasn’t enough… 😉
Now…all the recipes. I mean, I know you came for those S’more cupcakes. I gotchu.
- Cupcake mix (I used Vanilla, but you do you and use chocolate if you want)
- 2 Cups Marshmallows (honestly, any size — you’re going to melt them anyway)
- ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
- ½ Cup Graham Crackers
Oxo Items to use:
- Start by making the cupcakes as directed on the box or if you’re feeling up to it find your favorite from scratch recipe and make it happen. 😉 Use your Oxo Mixer, bowls and Spatula to make the process even easier.
- Once they’re cooked and cooled, then it’s the s’more part.
- Start by melting your marshmallows. Throw them all in a microwave safe Oxo bowl and cook on high in 30 second increments until totally melted, while stirring in between each cook.
- Next, dip the top of your cupcakes into the bowl so that they just get a light layer of marshmallow. Make sure it’s still hot when you’re doing this or it’ll be messy!
- Now, melt your chocolate chips in the same way you did your marshmallows. While it’s cooking, crunch up your graham crackers into crumbs.
- After there’s a nice little frosted layer of marshmallows on the cupcake tops, you’ll lightly drizzle the chocolate on top. Followed by graham cracker crumbs on top and then a little more lightly drizzled chocolate.
- Let cool and then chow down and thank me later because guys THEY’RE SO GOOD.
EASY, SOFT, CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES:
- Baker’s Chocolate (in the cup!)
- White chocolate chips
- Parchment Paper
- Orange Food Coloring (optional)
- Sprinkles (optional)
Oxo Items to Use:
- Start by cleaning strawberries and laying them out flat on parchment paper.
- While they dry, start melting the Baker’s Chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring each time in between until fully melted.
- Once the strawberries are dry and the chocolate is melted, grab the stem of each strawberry and carefully dip in, then twirl out to get off extra chocolate
- After you’ve dipped all the strawberries, let cool for about 5 minutes while you melt the white chocolate chips in the same fashion as the Baker’s chocolate.
- After they’re completely melted, you can add in food coloring to give it a little “Thanksgiving” touch if desired!
- Take the pastry brush, dip into white chocolate and carefully fling it back and forth over the top (don’t touch the actually strawberries, you should be about an inch above them)
- Once you have the desired look, you can add sprinkles to some at the top or whatever finishing touches you desire, then let dry for about 30 minutes and serve (or eat ;))!
Have the happiest baking party!