Enjoy this “Cooking With Kids”
recipe from BuildAMenu.com
Easy Cheesy Crackers
• 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
• 4 Tbsp butter, softened
• 3/4 cup flour
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 Tbsp. milk
Pre-heat oven to 350°.
Put the cheese, butter (cut in
pieces), flour, salt, and garlic in a
bowl. Use clean hands to mix the
ingredients together between
your fingers (squish that butter!)
until the dough is coarse crumbs,
about the size of peas. Add the
milk and use your hands to form
the dough into a ball.
Lightly flour a baking sheet.
Place the dough on it and roll out
the dough until it is 1/8-inch thick.
Cut lines in the dough like a grid
to make cracker-sized squares.
Bake for 10–12 minutes, or until
the edges are golden. Cool on the
baking sheet, then break apart
To see step-by-step instructions with
photos, visit www.buildamenu.com/blog/
• Sense of contributing. Kids need to be able
to contribute to the family and feel like
they play an important part. Cooking
and creating in the kitchen can give
them that sense of contributing to
the family. Working side by side with
mom in the kitchen can make
kids of all ages feel valued and
• Cooking together is
wonderful bonding time.
This is so important. Just
get in there and have fun!
Put on some music and
don’t worry about the mess
• Boosting self-esteem.
Talk about a great way to
boost a child’s self-esteem
and confidence. Let them get creative in the
kitchen and then praise them for it. Make sure you
don’t end or start the praise with negative criticism about the “mess” they
might have made.
Remember, cooking with kids doesn’t mean you have to cook a four-course
meal or a fancy dessert with them. Keep it simple. The more they can do
by themselves the better. If you’re looking for a curriculum to help teach
kiddos everything from basic cooking to safety in the kitchen, check out our
“Cooking with Kids: 12-Week Curriculum Course” for a great way to get
started. You can find it at www.buildamenu.com/cooking-kids-curriculum.
Lisa Holcomb lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband and
their two sons, 13 and 14, along with their two college-age sons.
She and her husband adopted their youngest two boys through
the Texas foster care system. Lisa and her husband are strong
advocates for adoption. Lisa’s degree is in Child and Family
Development and she is also a proponent of family meal times. She is a published
writer and speaker and is co-owner of www.Build AMenu.com, a menu planning
website that helps families keep their grocery budget under control while bringing
families back to the dinner table together.
Ready to get cooking
with your kids?