In the Kitchen: Mother’s Day Treats

WTNH– Food Writer/Columnist Jenn Press Arata shows us easy ways to get your kids in the kitchen to create Mother’s Day themed treats and table decor.

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That’s SO Jenn’s Handprint Cookies Recipe:

Ingredients:
Your favorite sugar cookie recipe, mix or store bought cookies
Melting chocolate (any color)
Food coloring spray (any color)
You will also need:
Parchment paper

Instructions:
Option 1: Prepare cookies. Melt chocolate according to package instructions. Once cool enough to touch, paint onto child’s hand using a pastry brush, or dip in completely. Immediately press onto cookie to form hand-print.
Option 2: Trace child’s hand on a piece of parchment paper. Cut out hand-print. Place parchment hand onto cookie and spray around it using food-coloring spray. Allow to dry, then remove cut-out.
DIY Candy jewelry

Ingredients:
Fruit loops
Cheerios
Gummy Lifesavers
You will also need:
String

Instructions:
Cut string to desired size of a necklace or bracelet. Have children place string through the hole of each piece of cereal/candy to create jewelry of choice. Perfect for hand-eye coordination and color recognition!
Personalized Pancakes

Ingredients:
Your favorite pancake batter
MnMs (Optional)
Nonstick cooking spray or butter
You will also need:
Ziploc bag
Scissors

Instructions: Prepare pancakes according to directions. Heat griddle and coat with nonstick spray or butter. Pour batter into a Ziploc bag and cut a medium sized hole in one of the corners. Twist at the top to create a DIY pastry bag, and squeeze onto griddle creating words and shapes. For the occasion, try writing ‘MOM’, ‘I LOVE YOU’ and hearts. Eat and enjoy the ideal breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day!
Cupcake Garden
Your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe
Your favorite frosting recipe
Food coloring or food coloring spray
Jellybeans
MnMs
Premade sugar flowers
Crushed Oreos
Edible glitter (optional)
You will also need:
Small flowerpot
Ribbon

Instructions:
Bake cupcakes according to directions. Add food coloring of choice to frosting, if desired, then frost cupcakes. As another option, spray white frosting with food coloring spray once smeared onto cupcakes. Decorate with candy of choice (MnMs, jelly beans, etc.) to look like flowers, or simply top cupcake with a premade sugar flower. Place each cupcake inside a small, clean flowerpot, and tie with ribbon. Fill any space in between cake and flowerpot with crushed Oreos to mimic dirt.
Other non-food ideas include: DIY photo napkin rings, placemats and table seating cards which I will bring on set as décor and briefly explain how to make.

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