Baking is all about family — feeding them, passing down traditions, and even baking with them! And this month is the perfect time to crack open the recipe book and turn the family baking mode ON.
By family baking mode, we mean getting the whole brood involved! Let your kids help by measuring ingredients, dicing (for the older kids), greasing the pan, and anything else they can handle! But if you don't have any family recipes or you're in the mood for something new (it can't hurt, right?), then we've got you covered with these fun baking recipes the whole family will love!
1. Pizza Muffins
Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser, especially with little kids, so this pizza muffin recipe is sure to take the cake! The best part is that it only takes five ingredients and 30 minutes to cook. You'll be seeing those happy smiles in no time!
2. Chocolate Glazed Doughnut Cookies
Are they doughnuts or cookies? The kiddos will have a blast decorating and figuring out what these chocolate glazed doughnut cookies are! Add sprinkles, chopped pecans, crushed candy canes — anything you and the kids want!
3. Baked Spaghetti
Have you ever been stuck deciding between spaghetti or lasagna on pasta night? This baked spaghetti recipe takes the best of both worlds with spaghetti in lasagna form!
4. Strawberry Muffin Cones
Baking cupcakes is already fun, but what's even more fun is baking them into ice cream cones! And this strawberry muffin cones recipe will bring out your inner child, especially when you pick your favorite toppings!
5. Enchilada Casserole
Love Mexican food, but want something a little less messy? This enchilada casserole recipe is right up your alley! Your kiddos will have tons of fun layering the toppings while you handle the oven stuff — then boom, you'll have a hearty meal that feeds six but with only half the mess!
6. Pizza Noodle Bake
Pizza and noodles don't go together — or should they? With this pizza noodle bake recipe, you'll be singing a new tune. This simple-to-make dish will be an instant crowd-pleaser and is a pure delight to make! Get the kids involved in measuring the ingredients and repeating the layers; they will have fun and love the taste, too!
7. Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry Swirls
Whether as a party snack or appetizer for the main event, these ham & cheese puff pastry swirls are sure to be an instant hit! And it's fast to make, so it's a great way to get the family interested in all the baking fun!
8. Easy Tater Tot Casserole
If tater tots are your little tots' favorite food, then no doubt you're tired of making the same thing over and over. So, why not try something new with this easy tater tot casserole? Have your kids lend a helping hand; this dish will be equally entertaining as it is delicious to make!
9. Cornbread Taco Bake
Cornbread and tacos might seem like two opposite sides of the spectrum, but together they make for one scrumptious main course with this cornbread taco bake recipe! And the best part is that you can tailor the recipe to your family's taste (you know, for those who can't handle their spice — they know who they are!).
10. Roasted Pumpkin Nachos
You can't go wrong with making nachos, especially with this roasted pumpkin nachos recipe! Depending on the season, you can sub roasted pumpkin for butternut squash or black beans and corn, but regardless of which you choose, this is sure to be a winner the whole family will enjoy — especially the baking part! And you'll be able to sneak in some veggies too!
11. Rainbow Fruit Pizza
Is your household more on the creative side? Then try this rainbow fruit pizza recipe for a spin! It's a great way to get more fruit in your family's diet, and the best part is they can pick their favorite fruit toppings themselves. And after they've done it a while, they can try making more of it themselves!
BONUS: Best Ever Mac & Cheese
You might think you've had some good mac & cheese before, but that's before you tried this best-ever mac & cheese recipe! With three different types of cheese and a mix of onions, macaroni, bread, and other goodies, you and your family won't be making mac & cheese any other way!
Baking with Family
There you have it — twelve fun and exciting recipes you can bake with your family. But before you fire up those ovens, they need to be in tip-top, totally-safe condition! So, if your oven is on its last legs, it's time to find your upgrade at Leonardi Appliance!
And if you have any questions, contact our team today! We'll help you prepare your kitchen for family baking fun!