5 delicious recipes your children can help you make

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Fresh dishes for fall that the whole family will love.

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For the last year and a half you’ve probably been cooking every meal every day, which is no easy feat. And with the more people you have to cook for, the more time it takes! But what if, from here on out, cooking could be a family affair? Having your children help not only takes the pressure off of you, but it gives them something to own that they can be proud of, while perfecting their cooking skills for years down the line when they’ll have to make meals on their own.

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To give you fresh ideas for the season, here are some yummy recipes you can make, starring your children as your adorable helpers.

Apple cider chicken wings

by Kathleen O’Brien Price, celebrity chef and champion of Food Network’s “Chopped”

Apple cider chicken wings

Serves four to five people


For the glaze:


  1. Marinate chicken in 1 cup apple cider, all-purpose chicken seasoning, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, chopped fresh thyme and salt by placing all ingredients into a bowl. Use your hands to rub the chicken into the marinade.

  2. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or up to three hours. Alternatively, let sit overnight in the refrigerator. 

  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. 

  4. Place chicken on the sheet, avoiding getting a lot of liquid on the pan and making sure to leave spaces in between each piece of chicken.

  5. Cook chicken for 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then lower heat to 400 degrees, and cook for another 15 minutes. 

  6. While the chicken is cooking, make the glaze by combining 1 cup apple cider, maple syrup and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme in a small skillet. Reduce over medium heat until mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  7. Once the chicken has cooked for 30 minutes, remove it from the oven, and carefully brush the glaze over each piece. Return to the oven for five minutes to create additional browning.

Fall monkey bread

by Kristina Vanni, recipe developer, photographer and food stylist

Fall monkey bread

Serves 12 people



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously grease a 15-cup Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  • In a one-gallon zip-top food storage bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.

  • Pop open the first can of refrigerated biscuits, separate the biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters (this can be done using kitchen shears). Place the cut biscuits into the bag with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and shake the bag to coat.

  • Layer the biscuits in the bottom of the prepared pan and sprinkle with half of the walnuts. Repeat the process of cutting, shaking and coating the biscuits with the second can. Layer in the pan and top with the remaining walnuts. Finally, open the third can of biscuits and repeat the process of cutting, shaking and coating the biscuits. Layer in the pan and sprinkle any remaining sugar over the biscuits.

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, brown sugar and maple syrup. Cook, stirring constantly, until melted and well-combined.

  • Pour the melted mixture over the biscuits in the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for five minutes. Loosen the edges of the pan before turning upside down onto a serving plate. Using oven mitts, hold a serving plate upside-down over the pan, then turn the pan and plate together, releasing the bread onto the plate.

  • Pull apart to serve. Enjoy warm.

Pumpkin spiced empanadas

by Marisel Salazar, cook, critic and Hello Fresh host

Pumpkin spiced empanadas

Serves 14 to 16 people


Vanilla glaze ingredients:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tablespoons milk

Special tools


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Mix butter, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, spices and egg together until smooth.

  • On a floured surface, spread out pastry sheets and cut into 4- or 6-inch circles. Spoon about one tablespoon of filling for a 4-inch circle or two tablespoons of filling for a 6-inch circle into the center of the dough circle. Do not overfill.

  • Fold the dough over the filling to make a half-moon shaped pie and crimp the edges of the crust together with a fork.

  • Lay empanadas onto baking sheets. Brush the top of each pie with beaten egg. Gently scour the top of the empanada with a sharp knife. This is a little cut at the center of the empanada that will allow steam to release during baking. Dust with sugar.

  • Bake empanadas for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for five to 10 minutes.

  • While empanadas are cooling, make the glaze by combining confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk until smooth. Pour into a pastry bag, plastic bag with the tip split off, or squeeze bottle and drizzle over cooled empanadas.

  • Serve and enjoy.

Hot cocoa with maple whipped cream

by Kelly Senyei, cookbook author and TV & podcast host

Hot cocoa with maple whipped cream

Serves two people

Hot cocoa ingredients:

Whipped maple cream ingredients:

Hot cocoa instructions:

  • In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, whisk together the milk, sugar and cocoa powder.

  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is warm, for about five minutes.

  • Remove the mixture from the heat.

  • Whisk in the vanilla extract, then divide it into serving cups.

Whipped maple cream instructions:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy whipping cream, maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, for about three minutes.

  • Top the hot cocoa with a dollop of whipped cream and serve.

Chicken and apple meatballs

by Jill Donenfeld and Tiana Tenet, co-founders of the The Culinistas

Chicken and apple meatballs
Chicken and apple meatballs

Serves four to six people



  • In a large bowl, mix chicken, apple, basil and onion powder. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Portion meatballs at one tablespoon each. Rub oil in the palms of your hands and shape the meatballs into round balls.

  • In the same pan, heat two tablespoons of oil over medium to high heat. Work in batches to sear the meatballs to a golden brown color, for three to four minutes per side. Set aside.

  • In the same pan, heat the remaining two tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add onions and sweat until they become translucent, for eight to 10 minutes.

  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant, for one to two minutes.

  • Add crushed tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Add meatballs to the pan and simmer, for five minutes. Garnish with basil and serve.


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