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Cooking with kids: sugar-and-spice twists

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When first teaching children how to cook, it is beneficial to select recipes with just a few ingredients, at first, especially if any of the children are less than five years old.

Once you have selected a simple recipe, it is essential that you teach children what a recipe is and the number one thing that must happen for any and every recipe - the “directions must be followed" in order for the recipe to work. Children will soon learn that you must read directions and follow them in a certain order to get the desired result.

This recipe for sugar-and-spice twists only has 3 ingredients, but it has directions that must be followed in order to wind up with the “pretzel” look when they come out of the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 package (6) refrigerated breadsticks

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Place on shallow dish or plate.
  4. Open package of breadsticks. Divide into 6 portions.
  5. Roll each portion into 12-inch rope.
  6. Roll in sugar mixture. Twist into pretzel shape.
  7. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake 15 – 18 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  9. Remove from baking sheet.
  10. Cool 5 minutes.
  11. Serve warm.

Serves 10 - 12

Young kids can cook, too!
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Young kids can cook, too!

One of the benefits of letting your children cook with you is you can teach them how to follow directions. You can also teach them how to make some simple recipes that will allow them to "cook" for themselves every now and then, if they are old enough to do so.

Cinnamon for the spice
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Cinnamon for the spice

By mixing the cinnamon with the sugar, this recipe will have that "sugar-and-spice" taste. When done, these twists will be akin to cinnamon-sugar pretzel sticks, only they will not cost near as much. In addition, you will have had quality time with your kids making them.

Parchment paper
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Parchment paper

Parchment paper will not catch on fire in your oven (unless you leave it in there way too long)  and it does a fantastic job of keeping your pans from getting all sticky. It also prevents the bottom of these twists from getting torn apart as you are removing them from the pan.

Lots of fresh, unbaked breadsticks
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Lots of fresh, unbaked breadsticks

This is how breadsticks look at the bakery before they are either twisted into knots or are just baked as they are. Some are even packaged in containers to be placed in the refrigerated section of the grocery store for your purchase. Then you can cook them when you want them.

Patience, kids
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Patience, kids

This is the hardest part of cooking - especially if you are making treats - the waiting. It becomes increasingly difficult once the great smells begin wafting through the kitchen. At least you won't have to search for the kids when these treats come out of the oven.

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