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12 Successful Kid-Friendly Recipes

Margie's been an online writer for several years. Her articles focus on great Southern-style recipes for any occasion.

Piggies in a Crescent Roll

Piggies in a Crescent Roll

1. Piggies in a Crescent Roll

I love these little piggies—little smokies sausage all wrapped in a blanket of a crescent roll. Some folks call them pigs-in-a-blanket. They are so easy and delicious.

You can use hot dogs or anything you want to wrap. Add cheese, too! They also make a great party snack.


  • 1 can crescent roll
  • 24 little smokies (or whatever you like)


  1. Get your oven heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Separate the crescent dough into eight triangles.
  2. Cut each one into three pieces lengthwise. Place a sausage on each piece and roll up.
  3. Place on a baking pan with the point face down in the pan. Sometimes they like to pop open, so roll up tightly.
  4. Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown, about 12 minutes.
  5. You can also serve dipping sauces for them such as spicy brown mustard, French's yellow mustard, honey Dijon mustard or BBQ sauce.
  6. The kid will probably want ketchup! Just use your imagination.

I bet you cannot just eat one.

Mummy in a Crescent Roll for Halloween

Mummy in a Crescent Roll for Halloween

2. Mummy in a Crescent Roll for Halloween

For these spooky little mummies, start with the ingredients listed above.


  1. Cut the crescent roll into strips and wrap the body and head.
  2. Use the baking instructions for the piggies.
  3. When you get ready to serve, using a toothpick, put a dot of mustard for the eyes.
  4. The little spooks will really gobble up these little mummies!

3. Homemade Corny Dogs

Homemade corny dogs are not as perfect as store-bought, but they taste a lot better.

You can use a popsicle stick or wooden skewers for holders or just cook without one.

My husband made these with the grandkids. They could not believe you could make them at home. It is amazing what kids think sometimes.

I like to eat mustard with mine. The grandkids like ketchup, and some mix mustard and ketchup. This is a great activity to do with the kids!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal (I like yellow)
  • 2 tablespoon shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 package hot dogs
  • oil for deep-frying
  • flour for rolling corn dogs


  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, mustard, and chili powder.
  2. Stir in the cornmeal. Cut in the shortening.
  3. Add the beaten egg to the milk. Add to mixture.
  4. Pour into a tall glass or container. This way you can cover the corn dog easily with batter.
  5. Insert the stick into the hot dog.
  6. Roll the hot dogs in the flour. This makes the batter stick better.
  7. Dip the floured hot dog in the batter.
  8. Drop in the deep-fryer for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Tip: Do not overcrowd the deep-fryer.

Now you are ready to eat!

Mouthwatering Caramel Apples

Mouthwatering Caramel Apples

4. Mouthwatering Caramel Apples

In the fall, apples are plentiful. Let the kids help, and make a batch of caramel apples for Halloween.

Good apples to use are Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Jonagold, or McIntosh.

After dipping the apples in caramel, you can leave them plain, or roll them in anything from chopped nuts, sprinkles, candy pieces, or drizzled chocolate.

For this recipe, you will need six wooden popsicle sticks.


  • 6 Granny Smith apples (or Fuji, Jonathan, Jonagold, or McIntosh)
  • 1 (14-ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped, or sheet caramel
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In each apple, insert wooden sticks into the stem end.
  2. Place the apples on a lightly greased aluminum foil on a tray or cookie sheet.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the caramels and water.
  4. Cook until the caramel melts and is smooth, stirring often.
  5. Add the vanilla extract. Stir.
  6. Dip each apple into the caramel mixture, cleaning off any excess caramel with a rubber spatula.
  7. After coating with the caramel, roll your apples in anything you desire.
  8. If you have any leftover, wrap in plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

5. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This year when you make your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns, save the seeds and roast them.

Roasted pumpkin seeds make great healthy snacks. They may also be used in salads, sautéed vegetables, oatmeal cookies, and hot or cold cereal.

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega-3 acid, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper, protein, zinc, and vitamin K.

With this fast and simple roasted pumpkin seed recipe, you will be enjoying them in no time.


  1. Scrape the insides out of your pumpkin into a bowl.
  2. Separate the seeds from the pulp and throw the pulp away.
  3. Rinse the seeds by pouring all the seeds into a colander and run it under the faucet.
  4. Mix pumpkin seeds in a bowl with 2-4 tablespoons of melted butter and seasonings of your choice.
  5. Spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-20 minutes, turning with a spatula every five minutes.
  7. Pumpkins seeds may be served hot or cold.


  • You may substitute oil in place of the butter.
  • Watch carefully so they do not burn.

Optional Seasonings

  • garlic salt
  • seasoning salt
  • black pepper
  • Mrs. Dash
  • cayenne pepper
  • chili powder
  • Cajun seasoning
  • chili-lime seasoning
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese
  • cinnamon
  • sea salt

6. Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Some folks leave the peels on their mashed potatoes, and some like me like them peeled. I was light on the butter, because it is very popular at our house. We like it! You may add more butter or more of anything if you like. Suit your family's taste.

Mashed potatoes goes with just about any meal. Make extra for leftovers!

I like to top mine with cream gravy!

Kids love mashed potatoes!


  • 2 1/2 pounds Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, quartered
  • 1/4 cup milk or half-and-half may need more
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cups butter (I just taste to see if they need more)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper or to taste


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. If extra-large, cut so they are equal in size.
  2. Cover the potatoes with cold water. Do not cover with a lid. If you choose to cover, watch closely. They will boil over.
  3. Bring to a boil then cut the heat to simmer.
  4. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, until tender when poked with a fork.
  5. Drain the water off the potatoes.
  6. Add to the potatoes milk or half-and-half, butter, salt, and pepper.
  7. Beat with an electric mixer until light and creamy.
  8. Taste for seasonings.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Granny's Rainbow Poke Cake

Granny's Rainbow Poke Cake

7. Granny's Rainbow Poke Cake

This is a special cake I have made with the grandkids throughout the years.

They loved picking the flavors of Jello and getting a piece of cake that is that flavor. This eliminated some of the fussing over what flavor to pick.

Use your imagination with this cake. There are no set rules on flavors, or if you bake in layers, or in oblong cake pans.

I am lazy so I use the oblong pan! Use instant pudding instead of gelatin. This is a fun cake to make.

Make some memories!


  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages Jello gelatin (let the kids pick the flavors)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1-8 ounces whipped topping (I like Cool Whip)


  1. Make the cake mix as directed on the package.
  2. Put the batter in a 9-inch x 13-inch pan.
  3. Bake the cake as directed. Cool 10 minutes.
  4. Prick the cake with utility fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
  5. You can use one flavor of Jello, but my grandkids like to use two.
  6. Mix two 3-ounce packages with one cup boiling water to each flavor. Or 1-6 ounce package with 2 cups boiling water.
  7. If using one flavor, slowly pour over the cake. If using two flavors put half on one side, and the other half on the other side.
  8. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
  9. Spread with Cool Whip and serve.
  10. Refrigerate any remaining cake.
Gingerbread Boys and Girls Cookies

Gingerbread Boys and Girls Cookies

8. Gingerbread Boys and Girls Cookies

The kids will love making these cute gingerbread boys and girls. Use your imagination with your decorations. I hope you have fun making these adorable cookies. Merry Christmas.


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the shortening, sugar, and molasses.
  3. Add the egg yolk; mix well.
  4. Sift the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture; mix well.
  6. Chill overnight.
  7. Roll out 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
  8. Dip the cutters in the flour before cutting.
  9. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.
  12. Decorate as desired.

Yield: 1 dozen gingerbread boys and girls (or 7 to 8 dozen smaller cookies)

9. Frito Pie

Frito pie is a quick, easy, and delicious meal. You can make your own chili or buy canned chili at the store.

I loved to get this at our local drive-in restaurant for lunch when I was a teenager. I still love it today.

Some recipes call for putting it in the oven, but I just assemble and eat. If the cheese is not melted enough for you, pop it in the microwave for a minute or two.

You can even buy the individual bags, or big bags, of Fritos. Cut it open and use the bag for your dish.

The kids will love it and adults, too!


  • 1 cup Fritos
  • 1 cup chili (homemade, canned, or get momma to make it)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon onion chopped (optional)


  1. Get a bowl or shallow dish and layer Fritos, chili, and onions, and top with cheese.
  2. I like to repeat the layers, but suit yourself!
  3. There is nothing exact about this recipe. Add or delete items as you like.
  4. I like to squirt ketchup on top. I know, it sounds weird.
  5. Extras you can add: beans, sour cream, guacamole, hot sauce, and jalapeños.
English Muffin Pizzas

English Muffin Pizzas

10. English Muffin Pizzas

The kids are going to love these, and they can choose the toppings they want to put on the english muffins. The toppings are endless, from pepperoni to pineapple.

These make a great snack or meal!


  • 1 package English muffins, cut into half
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar pizza sauce (I like Ragu)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1-8 ounces pepperoni slices



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. To assemble, place the English muffins (cut side facing up) on a baking sheet.
  3. Spread as much pizza sauce as you like on each muffin.
  4. Top each muffin with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
  5. Bake English muffin pizzas in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes, or until cheese melts.

Yield: 12 English muffin pizzas

Kids Making Coffee-Can Ice Cream

Kids Making Coffee-Can Ice Cream

11. Coffee-Can Ice Cream

Making coffee-can ice cream is a great outdoor activity on a boring summer day. This fun ice cream can be made without an ice cream maker. You can make vanilla, chocolate, or coffee flavor.

Vanilla Ingredients

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup light cream

Coffee Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Chocolate Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Instructions (For All Flavors)

  1. In one-pound coffee can, mix all ingredients.
  2. Seal the can lid well with duct tape.
  3. Place small, sealed can inside 3 lb. can.
  4. Around small can, pack ice and 1 cup salt.
  5. Put the lid on the large can and duct-taped closed.
  6. Roll back and forth for 15 minutes.
  7. Open large can pour out the ice and water.
  8. Clean outside of small can; open.
  9. Stir mixture, scraping sides of the can.
  10. Additional ingredients such as cookie crumbs, chopped nuts, can be added now.
  11. Reseal small can and place back in the larger can.
  12. Repack with salt and ice.
  13. Continue rolling for 10 minutes more.
  14. Open large can pour off the ice and water.
  15. Wipe small can dry and open.

Tips and a Warning

  • Add cookies, candy or fruit.
  • Always do this outdoors.
  • Roll on a towel
  • Warning: An adult should supervise smaller kids.

Snow Ice Cream

12. Snow Ice Cream

Snow ice cream is a lot of fun to make. Plus, it can taste surprisingly good. I have fond memories of making snow ice cream when I was a kid.

When we were lucky enough to get some snow in Texas, we would go out and find a clean place to scoop up the snow in a bowl and hurry back inside to make some yummy snow ice cream.

Snow Ice Cream #1


  • 8 cups snow, or shaved ice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk


  1. In a large bowl, place snow or shaved ice.
  2. Pour condensed milk over snow.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Mix to combine.
  5. Serve immediately in bowls.

Snow Ice Cream #2


  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk


  1. When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes.
  2. When the bowl is full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste.
  3. Then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.
  4. Serve at once.

Snow Ice Cream #3


  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 gallon fresh clean snow


  1. In a large bowl, mix evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.
  2. Gradually stir in snow until desired consistency.


  • Replace regular milk with chocolate milk.
  • Try different flavored extracts.

Bonus Recipe: Homemade Play Dough

I made homemade play dough many times when my grandkids were little. They loved playing with it. It's messy, so if you are a fussy granny, then don't make this recipe!

Please stress to the children that they should not eat this play dough. It will look good enough to eat, so that is why I am telling you ahead of time. Have fun with your kids!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • Food coloring


  1. Mix the dry ingredients with water.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture forms a ball.
  3. Remove from heat; cool, add oil and food coloring.
  4. Knead dough until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Stays moist if kept in a plastic bag.

Warning: Do not eat! It will look good enough to kids that they may want to try doing just that!

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