In honor of “National Pie Day” I thought it was time for another Kids in the Kitchen feature! Of course today I will share some easy as pie recipes for kids.
Most of you will likely argue that YOUR grandmother made the best pies, but I know that my grandma made the best one. Rather, BOTH of my grandmother’s did. They enjoyed baking and shared many secrets with me. Maybe at first I was first intimidated by making the crust from scratch, but grandma taught me three keys to success when making the crust:
- Use VERY cold butter,
- with as little water as possible,
- and DON’T overwork the crust!
The first few pies, I used pre-made Pillsbury pie crusts. They were OK, but certainly not near as good as my grandma’s. Finally I became more confident with making crust from scratch, and even realized I could use my food processor to do it. Resulting in a fabulous crust despite grandma firmly believed two kitchen knives would be best.
I loved learning the science behind the perfect pie crust from Alton Brown too. As a result, I understood the necessity of very cold butter to produce crispy pockets in my crust. Hence grandma’s #1 rule.
I finally made pies good enough, that when blind taste-tested by family members, they could not be differentiated from grandma’s pie. Of course my brother will argue that he KNEW which one was grandma’s as soon as the blindfold came off. Probably in large part due to the pattern on the edge of her pie crust. His senses could not tell the difference between our pies though, and neither could my moms. Biggest compliment EVER.
So now it is my turn to pass along family tradition. Thankfully both of my kids are very willing to participate in these lessons. Below are three easy pie recipes for kids. They each are progressively more challenging but don’t let that stop you.
Easy Pie Recipes for Kids
The first pie recipe for kids is likely the easiest one. We made pies like this from the time they were old enough to use a whisk. I consider this a very basic recipe. Most of all though, it is one way your kids can spice up the Sunday family meal or any holiday gathering!
- (1) pre-made 10-oz pie crust – We like graham cracker crust pies or I will go out of my way to find the mini tart size pie shells!
- (1) 3 pkg. instant pudding and pie filling mix – We like chocolate then add a dash of mint oil for a “Thin Mint inspired pie!
- 2 3/4 cups cold milk
- Refrigerated or frozen whipped topping (hawed)
- Candy sprinkles – Or crushed Thin Mint Cookies for our inspiration. Anything crushed up is nice.
Prepare pie crust as directed on package for a baked crust, or use a pre-made graham cracker crust or tarts. If baking the pie shell, cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled. Next, in large bowl, prepare pudding mix and milk as directed, beating with a wire whisk. (This is where we add a drop or two of mint extract!) Pour pudding mix into pie crust. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Top with whipped topping and decorate as desired! This pie will need to be kept in the refrigerator.
For this next pie, I DO recommend making your own crust. Kids can easily make the pie crust by Alton Brown that is mentioned above. If you really don’t have time, or are still intimidated, Jiffy makes and easy to use pie crust mix. Either that or find a Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust.
Mason Jar Lid Apple Pies
- 3-4 medium Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped – I prefer to use different varieties of apples for better flavor, perhaps Honeycrisp and Granny Smith or whatever you like!
- Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 12 regular size Mason Jar lids and rings
- (1) package14-ounce box refrigerated pie crust (2 pie crusts)
- 1 egg, well-beaten
- Raw sugar
I’ll admit, we tried making Whoopie Pies recipe recently. Maybe we did something wrong, but the cream filling did not set-up correctly. Seems like this Whoopie Pie Recipe from food.com may be a bit more kid-friendly. Regardless, everyone will enjoy eating them.
Ingredients for Pies
- 1⁄2 cup hot water
- 1⁄2 cup baking cocoa
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk (don’t have buttermilk? Use regular milk and add a splash of distilled vinegar. Let set up for a few minutes before using!)
Ingredients for Filling:
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 3⁄4 cup shortening
- 1 1⁄2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350°F. While the oven is heating, combine hot water and cocoa in a mixing cup and mix well. This mixture will need to cool for 5-10 minutes before using.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the cocoa mixture, eggs and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. These ingredients will be added to creamed mixture with the buttermilk. Mix until everything is well combined.
Next, on a greased baking sheet, drop rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart. Flatten each slightly with the back of a spoon and bake for 10 -12 minutes or until they are firm to touch. Remove the “pies” to racks to cool.
For the filling, combine flour and salt in a saucepan and gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Stir the mixture constantly over medium-high heat until it is thick. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat, pour into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until completely chilled.
In another medium bowl, cream together the shortening, sugar and vanilla. Combine this with the chilled mixture and beat for 5-7 minutes until fluffy.
To complete the Whoopie Pies, spread filling on half of the cookies and top with remaining cookies. Individually wrap each pie with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.
Because today is National Pi Day, you need to get your kids in the kitchen. Families need to try one of these easy pie recipes for kids. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Do you want a few more pie recipes? Need a new challenge? Here are 12 easy pie recipes you can make with your kids or there are these 13 no-bake and easy bake pie recipes to try. Don’t let making a pie intimidate you out of the kitchen. Spending time in the kitchen is a great way to challenge your kids, motivate them to try new things and is the perfect way to spend time together as a family.
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