There’s something about baking that soothes me. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember, but it definitely kicked up several notches when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I started baking loaves of pumpkin bread and brownies and cookies—anything really. It was calming.
The laying out of the ingredients.
The careful measuring and step-by-step directions.
The warm sweetness that greets you like a hug at the end.
In times of stress or uncertainty, baking is comforting.
This weekend, I was seriously itching to bake. Only now I have two little people who are equally as interested too. They want their little hands in every last aspect of it—especially the brown sugar. While baking with kids is never exactly easy (and always messier), it’s one of the little things my girls and I love doing together. That’s why I absolutely love when I stumble upon recipes that I can use with my kids without worrying that it will end in disaster.
We were sent a copy of Candace Nelson’s new book The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen. Candace is the pastry chef and founder of Sprinkles (I know you’ve seen photos of their cupcake ATMs), but she's also a mom to two boys so many of the recipes are kid-friendly and easy to make.
With over 50 Sprinkles cupcake recipes (with directions to bake them as cakes, too!) as well as 50 of Candace’s favorite recipes for cakes, pies, quick breads, cookies, bars, ice cream treats and other classics this is the perfect family cookbook.
While the girls and I can’t wait to test out a few of the cupcake recipes (I’m definitely talking to you, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough frosting), we decided to try out the Nutella Rice Krispies Treats because we had all of the ingredients on hand.
And let me tell you, they may not have been good for the waistline, but they were good for the soul.
If you know a woman who loves baking with her little ones as well as baking things that are a bit more off the beaten path (like Chai Latte Cupcakes or Frosting Shots), this book would make a great gift for the holidays.
JENNIFER GARRY is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her much quieter husband). She writes about that ever-elusive struggle for balance on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos. Read all of Jennifer’s posts.