Bird’s Nest Cookies

Martha Stewart’s Bird’s Nest Cookies

I meant to post this when I made these at Easter time, but life got in the way…

Here we have crumbly, buttery chocolate cookies, spread with whipped ganache:

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And topped with coconut and jelly beans to create these springtime treats:

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Angry Birds Apple

Angry Birds Apple, from Chow Vegan

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Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Baked Oatmeal Muffins from Sugar-Free Mom

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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies, based on a recipe in The Washington Post

Using the Post’s recipe, I created these stacked gingerbread stars:

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And the kids decorated some fun gingerbread shapes too:

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Elmo Cookies

Elmo Cookies

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Red Velvet Cake with Raspberries

Red Velvet Cake with Raspberries, as published in Bon Appétit

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Red Velvet Cake with Raspberries

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Crunch and Caramel Filling and Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Chocolate Cake with Milk-Chocolate Crunch and Caramel Filling and Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Cake recipe from Confetti Cakes for Kids

I made this cake for my son’s 4th birthday party, which had a superhero theme!  He couldn’t decide which superhero he wanted to grace the cake, so I just included all of his favorites…apologies to any Marvel/DC purists.

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Peanut-Butter Granola Bars

Martha Stewart’s Peanut-Butter Granola Bars

I subbed in chocolate chips for the dried cranberries and walnuts for the almonds called for in this recipe — there are so many different ways you can customize these!

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Banana Snack Cake

Banana Snack Cake, as published in The Washington Post

A whole-grain kid-friendly treat that serves as a healthyish (is that a word?) snack.

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Banana Galette

Martha Stewart’s Banana Galette

This recipe is more of a “shortcut galette” (a free-form pastry), as a tortilla stands in for the pastry crust.  This was very simple to prepare–a good treat to make with and for kids.  My toddler brushed the butter on the tortilla, arranged the bananas atop it, mixed together the brown sugar-butter syrup, and finished the dessert by brushing the syrup on the bananas.  He basically made the whole thing.

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