When hosting a birthday party or celebrating another kid-friendly occasion, offering a sweet finish at the end of the celebratory meal is often what each child looks forward to most. But the next time there is a party in the house, instead of pulling out that recipe for your tried-and-true triple chocolate cookies or calling the corner bakery to order a standard layer cake, why not make a dessert that is more memorable (and can be assembled or customized by each child)?
We’re sharing eight of our favorite sweet, kid-friendly treats that they can help make, assemble, or customize — and are perfect to serve at any celebration.
1. Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches
This party treat marries every kid’s love of twisting apart a sandwich cookie (dunking it in milk, optional) with the timeless combination of peanut butter and jelly, resulting in a homemade variation on a Nutter Butter. Spread one oatmeal cookie (raisins optional) with peanut butter, then top with raspberry or fig jam and a second cookie. Have your kids help you assemble the sandwiches before the party — or set out different jams and butters on the table so guests can create their own combination.
It’s something many parents struggle with: How to get your kid to eat more fruit? Instead of serving fruit salad, let the kids create their own fruit kebabs. Set out bowls of chopped bananas, melon, grapes, and strawberries along with wooden skewers for assembly. Kids will love customizing their own dessert (and it makes eating your fruit fun). For an added surprise, bring out individual bowls of melted chocolate for dipping.
A still-warm, perfectly-baked chocolate chip cookie is a party treat that is hard to beat, but baking tens and tens of cookies for a birthday party can be time-intensive. Why not bake the cookie dough into one pie-shaped cookie instead? Read our tips here, then follow one of these easy recipes and have guests press multi-colored M&Ms into the dough before baking for a fun alternative to a personalized message in frosting.