Cooking With Kids: Easter Recipes for Children

Easy, kid friendly recipes for Easter!
Easy, kid friendly recipes for Easter! | Source

Kids Cook Monday

Holidays are a great time to add a special touch to cooking time with your kids. Easter is a fun holiday for children and a great opportunity for kids to get cooking in the kitchen once again. From bunnies to chicks to eggs, Easter recipes are a breeze with your children. So lets get started cooking!

Easter Shape Fruit Bouquets

What do you get when you put fruit, cookie cutters, and lollipop sticks together? A fun way to eat fruit during Easter! You will see in this cooking with kids hubs that I love to use cookie cutters to make cooking both fun and interesting for kids. When I thought about what would be healthy and easy recipes for kids to help out with, I knew fruit would have to be included.

We decided to make Easter shaped fruit cut outs. I cut fruit into slices that were about 1/2 inch in thickness. I used a variety of fruit- cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew, you can use fruit of your choice that will hold up to being cut out with the cookie cutters.

Once the fruit was cut into slices, I let my kids use the Easter shaped cookie cutters to cut out the fruit. Once all of the fruit was cut, then they put the lollipop sticks into the bottom of each piece of fruit. I used lollipop sticks instead of skewers for the safety concern. I did not want anyone to get hurt on the sharp point. Unfortunately I only had short sticks so they did not lift very high once they were placed in the vase. However, there are longer lollipop sticks available.

Once all of the fruit had sticks in them, we placed them in a vase to display our hard work. These would make a beautiful addition to your Easter table. You could even serve them for breakfast or as an appetizer before your meal. Add Easter grass or some jelly beans to the bottom of the vase to add some more visual appeal to your fruit bouquet.


Photos of Cutting Fruit into Easter Shapes

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Push firmly down to cut the fruit.Cantaloupe makes a perfect carrot!I did it!Gently guide the stick into the fruit shape.You can use a variety of Easter and Spring shapes.A finished bouquet!
Push firmly down to cut the fruit.
Push firmly down to cut the fruit. | Source
Cantaloupe makes a perfect carrot!
Cantaloupe makes a perfect carrot! | Source
I did it!
I did it! | Source
Gently guide the stick into the fruit shape.
Gently guide the stick into the fruit shape. | Source
You can use a variety of Easter and Spring shapes.
You can use a variety of Easter and Spring shapes. | Source
A finished bouquet!
A finished bouquet! | Source

Easter Bunny Fruit Faces

Please play with your fruit! Here is a fun way to help children eat their daily quota of fruit. It is fun for children to help you create these fun bunny fruit faces and they will be so excited to eat the ears, eyes, mouth and all the rest of the parts of the face until there is nothing left!

Making Easter Bunny Fruit Faces

To make these cute bunny fruit faces you will need a variety of fruit. We used watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, blueberries, honeydew and a fruit strip. You may choose what kind of fruit to use for your bunny face but the base should be something that can hold its shape.

Fruit Needed

  • Slice of watermelon 1/2 inch thick
  • blueberries
  • small squares of honeydew
  • a fruit strip (fruit leather) cut into thin strips
  • cantaloupe cut into thin strips
  • apple slices

Now that you have all of the fruit cut into the right shapes, place everything on a plate for your young chefs to reach. Allow them to use a round cookie cutter to cut the shape of the the bunny face. Younger children may need some help with this. Then let them at it! Allow them to create their faces with the fruit choices available and then sit back and watch them make the fruit vanish!

Photos of Making Easter Bunny Fruit Faces

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Place fruit pieces on a plate.Cut out the bunny face.Add the other parts of the face.Each child creates a unique face!I'm done!Fun faces!And yummy too!
Place fruit pieces on a plate.
Place fruit pieces on a plate. | Source
Cut out the bunny face.
Cut out the bunny face. | Source
Add the other parts of the face.
Add the other parts of the face. | Source
Each child creates a unique face!
Each child creates a unique face! | Source
I'm done!
I'm done! | Source
Fun faces!
Fun faces! | Source
And yummy too!
And yummy too! | Source

Easter Cinnamon Raisin Bread Crosses

When we think of Easter, most people think of bunnies, baby chicks, and jelly beans. However, the reason for the celebration of Easter is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In honor of this important religious event, why not make some Easter bread crosses. This is a great cooking activity to do with your children a couple of days ahead of time and then serve them for breakfast on Easter.

This was great fun for us to make and very easy too. I will say that I am not a fan of processed foods. However, sometimes you need to make something that is quick, easy, and fun. If you have a favorite homemade bread recipe, you can simply apply the steps to make these crosses using your bread dough. You can easily add a different dried fruit if you do not like raisins or leave the fruit out all together.


Photo Steps to Making Easter Cross Bread

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Slice the dough into strips about two inches wide.Spreading the butter on the dough is fun!Double the fun.Be careful not to overfill the mixture onto the dough.  This will result in the filling oozing out during the baking process.Fold the dough over to meet the other side and pinch tightly together.Place the smaller piece over the longer piece to form a cross.Spread the egg whites on the top.Place the finished crosses on the cookie sheet to bake.Yummy!
Slice the dough into strips about two inches wide.
Slice the dough into strips about two inches wide. | Source
Spreading the butter on the dough is fun!
Spreading the butter on the dough is fun! | Source
Double the fun.
Double the fun. | Source
Be careful not to overfill the mixture onto the dough.  This will result in the filling oozing out during the baking process.
Be careful not to overfill the mixture onto the dough. This will result in the filling oozing out during the baking process. | Source
Fold the dough over to meet the other side and pinch tightly together.
Fold the dough over to meet the other side and pinch tightly together. | Source
Place the smaller piece over the longer piece to form a cross.
Place the smaller piece over the longer piece to form a cross. | Source
Spread the egg whites on the top.
Spread the egg whites on the top. | Source
Place the finished crosses on the cookie sheet to bake.
Place the finished crosses on the cookie sheet to bake. | Source
Yummy!
Yummy! | Source

Recipe for Easter Bread Crosses

Ingredients

  • 1 package of refrigerated bread (I used Pilsbury's Simple brand to reduce the amount of additives.)
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 egg white

Directions

  1. Unroll the packaged dough. Then cut long slices of the dough into pieces about 2 inches wide. Then cut each of those strips into two pieces, about 1/3 and 2/3 in length. Then cut each of those in half. This will make two crosses.
  2. Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together.
  3. Now have the kids spread some butter on each strip of dough. Follow this by adding a small amount of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Top with raisins and fold over. Be sure to pinch the edges together tightly. If the bread is overfilled or it is not closed tight, the melted butter and sugar will run out of the holes as it cooks. Repeat this process with all of the pieces of dough.
  4. Place a shorter filled piece of dough over the longer one to make the cross. Place on the cookie sheet. Repeat until the cookie sheet is full. Don't forget to leave space between the crosses.
  5. Lightly brush the tops with egg whites. You could even sprinkle a little sugar on the top if you want! The egg whites will give it a bit of shine when it is finished cooking.
  6. Cook according to the package directions (about 10 minutes on 350 degrees).

**Be sure to allow the bread to completely cool before eating them. Remember also that only an adult should put in a take out hot items from the oven.

Picture Guide to Making an Easter Chick's Nest Salad

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Turn the pepper inside up to make the cut easier.Cut the lettuce into long strips.Add the lettuce.Sprinkle on the cheese.Add your pepper chicks.Put your "chick eggs" on top.Next come the tomatoes.Finally the cucumbers.A healthy and delicious Easter Chick Nest salad!
Turn the pepper inside up to make the cut easier.
Turn the pepper inside up to make the cut easier. | Source
Cut the lettuce into long strips.
Cut the lettuce into long strips. | Source
Add the lettuce.
Add the lettuce. | Source
Sprinkle on the cheese.
Sprinkle on the cheese. | Source
Add your pepper chicks.
Add your pepper chicks. | Source
Put your "chick eggs" on top.
Put your "chick eggs" on top. | Source
Source
Next come the tomatoes.
Next come the tomatoes.
Finally the cucumbers.
Finally the cucumbers. | Source
A healthy and delicious Easter Chick Nest salad!
A healthy and delicious Easter Chick Nest salad! | Source

Easter Chick's Nest Salad

The last recipe that I'm going to share with you is a simple tossed salad with a twist. Many people enjoy eating salad with their meal and it is so healthy for you. You can serve this alongside your Easter meal or make it for a fun addition to lunch or dinner in the days leading up to Easter.

Ingredients

  • lettuce cut in small, long pieces like grass
  • hard boiled eggs
  • cherry or grape tomatoes
  • shredded cheese
  • slices of cucumbers
  • 1-2 yellow peppers
  • any other "toppings" that you like on your salad

Directions

  1. Slice the lettuce into long strips. This should be done by an adult or older child that can use a sharp knife.
  2. Slice the yellow pepper in half and give one half to each child. Have each child "cut out" a chick using a chick shaped cookie cutter.
  3. Cook the hard boiled eggs and peel them.
  4. That's it! Now let your sous chefs build the salad and then serve to your hungry guests.

We hope that you enjoyed these recipes and try some of them with your own children. Happy Easter everyone!

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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Very nice hub!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Great ideas! Cute pics. Thanks for sharing! Looks like you and your kids had a great time!


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katedonavon 4 years ago

Great hub with clever ways to get healthier food into your kids by making it fun with shapes and having them help with preparation! I also appreciated the idea for the bread crosses since I feel that the real reason for Easter is too often ignored.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Cara-seriously? Your cooking with kids series is getting better and better. Please let me buy them little chef hats for the next production! LOL Love it. Rated Up etc


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, glad you read and commented.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

We did, thanks Kelley.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Kate, I try! Yes, I agree that it is OFTEN overlooked so it was important to me to include something in these recipes. Glad you enjoyed it.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL, you are so funny! I will look forward to having the chef hats at my door when I see you on Friday! You know they would LOVE that, especially that little comedian of mine. ;)


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

What a great resource -- not only for parents -- but for all of us with kids in our lives! I can't wait to try some of these ideas with my niece and nephew!


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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

I love the cookie mold idea with fruit! I have so many cookie cutters and this would work with any holiday! My girls will love this as I'm sure your little chefs did. ;)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love the fruit faces and nests salad ideas. I would have never thought of these great kid's cooking activities. Great hub and voted up.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

These are the cutest Easter recipes I've ever seen. I hadn't realized it was that easy to make adorable shapes with fruit, either! I may be 24, but I totally want to give that a go :D


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Awesome! Let me know how they like it!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It would work for any holiday. I love using cookie cutters to make EVERYTHING more fun for the kids to eat. And yes, they had a blast making these recipes!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks teaches12345. I had fun challenging myself to come up with some unique but easy recipes for kids to make. Glad you enjoyed them.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL, you're enthusiasm always makes me smile Simone! Age is only a number. If I lived by my age I would never do things like this! :) Sounds like the HP staff needs to have a fruit cookie cutting party!


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Beautiful! Great idea, and can be easily translated to other holidays as well.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks! I thought the same thing.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Voted up and useful. Grandchildren love cooking with grandma so good for that too. Did you know that your Easter cinnamon breads are called 'Hot Cross Buns' here in Britain? We love them. It's always good to get children eating fruit for fun too. Thanks for the good instructions and the great photos!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, cooking with Grandmas is a GREAT activity! I do know of hot cross buns but my understanding is that they are truly a bun with a "frosting" cross on them. But yes, they are similar in concept! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

The cross on hot cross buns can have frosting but should be pastry strips, the whole bun then being coated with a sugar glaze. We often have them toasted or just warm from the oven with lots of butter!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Cara these ideas are so cute! And could your kids be anymore adorable? They look like they had the best time creating these dishes. I must share this one - voted up and across the board!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Aww, thanks Alissa. We did have a great time and thanks for the share!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

this is such a great hub I had to revisit it. The fruit skewers are as good as any 'edible' arrangement I've seen...and the Easter Bread crosses are adorable! You could even make a basket of those as a gift. :) Superb hub.


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sofs 4 years ago

This sounds like a lot of fun and some healthy eating! Great ideas for those moms who have a tough time making kids eat healthy. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! This is another great Kids Cook Monday food hub.

Those smiling faces tell the whole story: kids love being involved in making fun, healthy snacks.

Can't wait to see them in the little chef hats that your mom's going to send.

Voted up across the board except for funny. I wish there was a button for fun instead of funny.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I could! But I probably won't! lol Actually in Alex's family the tradition is to go to the Godparents home with bread and eggs (of course we don't do that because of time issues) but that would be great for that.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Sofie. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy challenge to read and comment. You have a great day yourself!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Gail. They love cooking with me. I'm sure that they will really get a kick out of wearing chef hats! Thanks for the votes and comments. A fun button is a great idea!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

The fruit cut outs are a great idea. Kids will love that! Almost like playing with playdough! Nice Hub for Easter and Kids Cook Monday.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Rebecca, we had a great time making them! I appreciate your comments.

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