The winter school holidays present a great time to get in to the warm kitchen and get your bake on! When it’s cold out, the smell of some delicious baking wafting from a cosy kitchen will linger in your children’s memories.
Pre-empt the back to school lunch box blues and take the opportunity to stock up the freezer with lunch box goodies. Cupcakes, cookies and cakes can all be baked, wrapped and frozen for the school weeks ahead.
Getting the kids involved is a great way to help kids learn about numbers and measurement. They’ll love being involved and are more likely to remember number skills if they’re having fun along the way! They are also more likely to eat (or share!) what they have baked.
Even though it’s cold out, you can still enjoy a trip out. Whip up a batch of brownies or cupcakes, fill a thermos with hot chocolate and get the kids rugged up and head out to enjoy a mid-winter afternoon snack at a local playground or park.
These yummy Brownie Pops will keep the kids busy these school holidays. They are fun to make, delicious to eat! Just cut the brownies, add a lollipop stick, dip into chocolate and decorate.
- 1 box Betty Crocker™ Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix
- 125 grams Butter melted
- 2 large Eggs
- 125 grams dark or milk chocolate broken into pieces
- 125 grams white chocolate broken into pieces
- 100’s and 1000’s
- dried apricots and/or cranberries finely chopped
- Mixed nuts chopped and toasted
- Dessicated coconut coloured if desired
- 12 wooden craft or lollopop sticks
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan forced ovens). Lightly grease and line the base and two sides of a 20cm square cake pan with baking parchment. Open the brownie mix box, remove enclosed frosting sachet and reserve for another use. Make, bake and cool brownie mix as directed on box.
- Place pan of brownies in freezer 30 minutes. Remove brownies from pan, and peel away parchment. Cut into 12 bars. Gently insert wooden craft stick or lollipop stick into end of each brownie. Place on baking sheet, and freeze 30 minutes.
- Line baking sheet with foil. Melt dark or milk chocolate in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of simmering water. Melt white chocolate the same way. Dip 6 of the brownies into dark or milk chocolate to coat just over halfway, and the remaining 6 brownies into white chocolate.
- Place on baking sheet; sprinkle with remaining ingredients. Leave in cool place until chocolate has set.
What are your favourite recipes to cook with your children during the holidays?
Written by Robyn for Betty Crocker
Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments.
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