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Birthday Party Recipes

  • Time: 1:20 min.
  • Complexity: advanced

Banana Cream Pie

Sweet graham cracker crust piled with layers of vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, and whipped cream -- the very sight of one of these homemade pies can tickle a kid's taste buds. Plus, making one is practically a rite of passage for young pie chefs. The only challenging part can be waiting for the pudding filling to chill (it takes a few hours) so that you can pile on the bananas and whipped cream and dig in.

  • Complexity: easy

Blueberry Pancakes

Here's our favorite recipe for blueberry pancakes along with some tips to help your young short-order cook griddle them to perfection. Just remember, hot pancakes wait for no one. So have everything else (juice, milk, softened butter, and syrup) ready to go so you can enjoy them right out of the skillet.

  • Time: 1:20 min.
  • Complexity: medium

Caramel Apple Pie

This apple pie recipe is super easy, but is unusual in it's construction. It contains no flour or other starch in the filling to bind it together. The filling is basically caramelized apples, glued together with the natural pectin from the apple skins, and a glossy, clear, just thick enough, apple syrup.

  • Time: 50 min.
  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Brownies

Few kids can pass up a chance to bake a batch of brownies, and this Best Fudge Brownies recipe is especially irresistible. Made with generous measures of chocolate, butter, and sugar, it yields the fudgiest bars we've sampled yet.

  • Time: 20 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Fruit Flower Bouquet

When Snow White and her forest friends tidied up the Seven Dwarfs' cottage, little did they know that one of the residents would be allergic to the golden rod centerpiece they placed on the dinner table. Here's an arrangement that no dwarf would sneeze at. Created from colorful fresh fruits, the flowers are fun to pick and eat.

  • Complexity: very easy

Gelled Juice

April 1st is a day for fooling, so why not make a little mischief this year? A thirsty family member is the perfect target for this glassful of trickery that's impossible to drink. And since the undrinkable beverage is made by the batch, you'll be able to fool more than one person.

  • Time: 30 min prep + chilling and 15 min bake time
  • Complexity: very easy

Hot Dog Cookies

These crowd-pleasing cookies, shaped like miniature hot dogs in buns, are plump with possibilities. Add time-easing toppings such as green-tinted coconut for "relish" and yellow frosting for "mustard."

  • Complexity: medium

Hunny Pot Cake Pops

That willy nilly silly ol' bear, Winnie the Pooh, knew one thing for certain: Life is better with your favorite snack. Don't forget to pair these hunny pot treats with Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops

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  • Complexity: medium

Mr. Potato Head Cake Pops

Mr. Potato Head, everyone's favorite Toy Story wise guy, gets the sweet treatment in cake pop form.

  • Time: 30 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Oatmeal Bears

Great for a Teddy Bear's picnic, tea time treat, or birthday party.

  • Complexity: very easy

Perfect Fruit Party Punch

Making fruit punch is a bit like playing mad scientist -- which is why it's so much fun to do with kids. You add a little of this and a lot of that to a pitcher until you come up with a drink that's "perfect." We made this version in just that manner, with our kids tasting every step of the way. If you don't have what we used on hand, don't worry. Just let your young scientists experiment with substitutions.

  • Time: 80 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Potato Mice

These baked-potato mice are almost too gorgeous to eat! Makes 4 potato mice.

  • Time: 60 min
  • Complexity: medium

Strawberry Scones

The ordinary scone is too often plain and dry. This version is deliciously different. Made with fresh, juicy strawberries, it has a moist texture and a buttery flavor that's sure to please. Add a bit of lemon zest and a glittery topping of sugar -- two jobs just right for kids -- and you have a scone that's extraordinarily good.

  • Complexity: medium

Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops

With this recipe, everyone's favorite tubby little cubby is no longer stuffed with fluff: He's a tasty cake pop. And since Winnie the Pooh can't go long without his "hunny," you can use extra cake to make delectable Hunny Pot Cake Pops, too.

  • Time: 30 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Wizard Hats

Magical Wizard hats.. as much fun to make as they are to eat.

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