Some years ago, when Elena was young, my friend Catherine gave me this easy recipe for making muffins that is good for when your kids want to help you cook. Zoe is REALLY into helping/doing it herself at the moment. Elena was playing Lego Princess Relay Race or something similar on Sunday afternoon, so I thought Zoe might enjoy helping me make these muffins after her nap.
Here is the recipe. Note the stained paper. That’s how you know it’s a good recipe!
Zoe’s first job was putting the muffin papers in the tray. I counted out 12 papers and THEN gave them to her, because it’s hard enough for grown-ups to avoid doubling up papers, let alone a 2 1/2 year old, and I didn’t think we needed to use 35 papers for this endeavor.
You can tell she just woke up from her nap because her hair looks a little rough.
Next I measured out the ingredients and let her dump them into the bowl. She helped me count out how many cups/spoons of everything we needed (astute cooks will have noted that 3 teaspoons equals 1 tablespoon, but THAT’S NOT A VERY GOOD WAY TO LEARN COUNTING).
Mixing is next. A surprisingly small amount of flour ended up on the table this time. Gentle mixing.
I wanted to make chocolate chip muffins, but unfortunately we had like 1/3 cup chocolate chips. My solution involved some candy bars and a hammer. This is why we keep a hammer in our kitchen, obviously. We also put in some M&Ms to bulk up the chocolate content a bit more.
Taste-testing the chocolate is very important.
The muffins turned out well! Zoe didn’t actually like them, but that didn’t seem to detract from the overall experience for her. Elena and I ate one each.