Has mealtime turned into a battle with your kids? Does the thought of preparing and serving their next dinner leave you tired and stressed?
Whether you're an appreciated chef in your kitchen or need a little help, Katie Wyllie's new cookbook, Kids' Treats, is the answer you've been looking for.
A mama of two herself, Wyllie understands the need to bring joy into the kitchen and she doesn't disappoint. Wyllie gives us 50 cool, cute, easy and fun snacks that will leave our little ones racing to the pantry door for more.
50 “Kids' Treats” Bring Fun Back to Your Kitchen
Wyllie calls her treats “50 easy, extra-special snacks to make with your little ones” and they certainly are!
There's something for every mama chef's little helper in her seven chapters and 173 pages of goodies.
She starts off her first chapter by describing helpful kitchen tools and her basic recipes, which she uses throughout the cookbook. For many treats, she uses candy melts and gel icing colors to work her magic.
She goes on to share what she calls her Under the Sea Treats, Under the Big Top Circus Snacks, Spooky Bites, Picnic Munchies and Snowball Fight Treats. It sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it?
She also uses Oreos in many of her recipes to make the process fun and easy for our little helpers' hands!
We're using Oreos? Yes, Please!
I should preface my review by saying we are managing dairy and egg allergies in our family. So one thing I absolutely love about this cookbook is that many recipes revolve around Oreos. Yes, you heard me! Oreos!
Believe it or not, the original and Golden Oreos are safe for us! So my kiddos think this cookbook is fantastic!
We started with her Basic Oreo Bonbons, which are simple and delicious. Many of Wyllie's recipes use candy melts to coat the Oreos. For our own dairy- and egg-free version, we used a combo of Daiya dairy-free cream cheese, melted Enjoy Life chocolate chips and Earth Balance dairy- and soy-free margarine.
My family has made many dairy- and egg-free treats in our day, so when I say this is one of our favorites, it's an understatement.
The kids literally threw the Oreos in a food processor. Then we mixed in the cream cheese, let it firm up in the fridge, dipped the bonbons in our melted chocolate mixture, let them firm up some more, and voila!
For us, the result was pure chocolate bonbon heaven! Too, with our food allergies, we don't eat much candy, so this was really something special. Oh my, what an easy and delicious treat! Thanks, Katie!
Throughout the book, she offers different Oreo treats such as Oreo Crabs that use Twizzlers, Pirate Oreos that use a variety of candy melt colors, Monkey Oreo Bonbons that use butterscotch chips and Oreo Penguins.
As you can see, they are all super fun, easy and yummy!
But it isn't all desserts!
We particularly like her Turkey Veggie Cup and Lion Crackers and Cheese (with our dairy-free alternatives). It's all about dressing it up, isn't it?
Just as she uses Oreos, she puts Ritz crackers to good use in some of her recipes. Easy, cute and creative, all of her treats are sure to be a hit!
So next time you're planning a party, need a cute holiday treat, or just want to drum up some excitement for the family meal, take a spin through Katie Wyllie's cute book of treats.
You'll find adorable treats for the kiddos and the big treat of ease for yourself!
Editor's note: You can find Katie Wyllie over at her blog, Made to Be a Momma! I was given this cookbook as a free review copy, but the thoughts in this post are my own, honest opinions. Enjoy!