Moms: We know how it goes. Your kids offer to cook for you on Mother’s Day, but you usually end up chopping, sautéing, and stirring instead of reading, catching up on your favorite TV series, or however you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day. We’re here to help make sure you get some valuable “you” time this year—and that you won’t need to step foot in the kitchen, unless you want to! We asked moms on the America’s Test Kitchen Kids editorial team what they’re hoping their young chefs will cook up this Mother’s Day. Here are the recipes they’ll be not-so-subtly slipping to their kids or partners. (Plus, our favorite recipes that make great gifts for moms and mother figures.)
Ali Velez Alderfer, Senior Editor (Mom to Rafael, 4): I would love for my little one to make S'mores Rice Cereal Treats, because they’re a perfect snack for sharing while snuggled up under a blanket watching a movie together. Plus, the recipe is pretty simple and my 4-year-old can make it with just a little help from his dad. (Bonus: They don’t require stovetop cooking—just a quick zap in the microwave!)
He could also very easily make Strawberry Lemonade for me, and it would be a perfectly refreshing treat to enjoy while laying out on my hammock, reading a book while he plays on his swing set!
Molly Birnbaum, Editor in Chief (Mom to Olive, 4, and Toby, 18 months): I'd want my kids to make me Scrambled Eggs and toast for breakfast on Mother's Day. BUT, ideally, my husband would need to take them to the grocery store (or, even better, a local farm!) to pick up the ingredients before they start cooking. They'd take a long and meandering drive there, maybe stopping to pick up some fresh grapefruit juice, too. And then maybe stop again and play in a playground (or two!). And while they're on their epic adventure to find fresh eggs and bread, I would drink coffee in bed with a newspaper and, once I finish the newspaper, a novel. I might even listen to a podcast! Or take a shower! And then, once they've returned and I've had some priceless alone time, I'll probably end up making the scrambled eggs myself anyway, but then we'd all eat them together.
More Super-Simple and Mom-Worthy Recipes:
- Chocolate-Raspberry Mug Cakes
- Pesto Flatbread “Pizza”
- Yogurt and Berry Parfaits
- Ricotta Toast with Berries and Honey
- New York Chocolate Egg Cream
- Blueberry Muffins
- See America's Test Kitchen Kids recipe tester Zoe Bates make a raspberry version of these muffins on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Kids Edition (segment starts at the 13:57 minute mark)
Delicious DIY Treats to Gift This Mother’s Day
Looking for do-it-yourself food gifts that kids can give to the special mother figures in their lives? Here are a few recipes they’re guaranteed to love.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies: Young chefs can bake off these fudgy, crackly-looking cookies for the chocolate lovers in their lives. This beginner recipe comes together in under an hour—and kids will have a blast making it (especially when it’s time to smash the bar chocolate with a rolling pin!).
DIY Raspberry-Chocolate Jam: Tart raspberries and bittersweet chocolate unite to make this jazzy jam, which cooks in just half an hour and keeps for up to two months. Kids can leave a note with some serving suggestions—it’s of course jam-tastic when spread on toast, but it’s also a tasty filling for sandwich or thumbprint cookies. Or, warm it up and dollop it over ice cream or pound cake!
DIY Sugar Cookie Mix: DIY mixes make for a genius Mother’s Day gift. Kids can combine the dry ingredients, pack it up in a cute container, and provide instructions for turning the mix into cookies—all you need is some butter and an egg!
Cherry, Almond, and Chocolate Chip Granola: This kid-approved granola recipe is great for grown-ups, too: It’s not too sweet and is packed with the sweet and salty flavors of dried cherries, crunchy almonds, and semisweet chocolate. Each time they pour a bowl of the granola—or sneak a handful as a snack—they’ll think of the young chef who gifted it to them!