Easy-to-Do Gingerbread People

Recipe provided by the University of Illinois Extension

A gingerbread-man cookie cutter
Several slices of whole wheat bread
Peanut butter
Dried cherries, cranberries or red hots

1. Cut a gingerbread man shape out of the soft part of the bread with the cookie cutter.
2. Try to get more than one shape out of each slice of bread.
3. With a knife, spread peanut butter over the cut shapes.
4. Use raisins and dried cherries, cranberries or red hots to make the eyes, noses, mouths, and buttons on your Gingerbread People.

Muscle Mix

from USDA

This granola can be made in advance and stored for later use. Use this tasty treat as a topping for yogurt, pancakes, cereal, or cottage cheese.


3/4 cup oats – regular, rolled
1/2 TB honey
1  1/4 tsp brown sugar
1 TB water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 TB sunflower or sesame seeds
1 TB chopped nuts (optional)
1 TB dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, apricots) chopped finely

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees
2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or oil lightly.
3. Place oats in a large bowl and set aside.
4. Add nuts and seeds to the oats in the bowl.
5. Put brown sugar, honey and water in a microwave safe bowl or in a saucepan on low and heat until sugar dissolves (1 minute or less).
6. Add vanilla and salt to the melted sugar mixture. Pour over oat-nut mixture in the large bowl and stir well.
7. Spread granola mixture evenly on the prepared pan.
8. Bake 18-20 minutes.
9. Remove from oven. Sprinkle dried fruit on top while still warm. Cool before serving.

5 servings

Cranberry Granola Bars

from USDA

1/2 cup honey
2 TB + 1 tsp brown sugar
1 TB + 1 tsp of oil
1  1/2 cups oats
1  1/4 cups toasted rice cereal
1  1/4 cups dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine honey, brown sugar, and oil in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until well mixed and sugar is melted.
3. Mix oats, rice cereal, and cranberries. Add honey mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
4. Pat firmly into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
5. Bake for 15 minutes; press mixture firmly, once more into the bottom of the pan. Bake 5 minutes more.
6. Cool completely. Refrigerate at least one hour for easier cutting. Cut into 2″ x 2″ bars

24 servings

Apple Fritters and more…

Recipe provided by Jana Conev

Apples, peeled, cored, cut into 8 pieces
Pancake Batter
Cinnamon and sugar added to taste

Dip apple wedges in pancake batter
Fry in oil until golden brown.

Let pancake batter rest 15 minutes.
Add dill, Italian seasonings, or taco mix to the pancake batter. Dip zucchini, onion slices, eggplant, etc in batter and proceed as above.

Blueberry Bubble Cones

Recipe from the U.S. Highbrush Blueberry Council


1-1/2 cups prepared rice pudding
3 cups fresh blueberries, divided
6 ice cream cones


In a medium bowl, stir the pudding to loosen its consistency, if necessary. Fold in 2 cups of the blueberries. Mound the mixture into the cones. Dot the tops with the remaining blueberries.
Serve immediately.

Servings: 6

Since the ice cream cone and fresh blueberries meets the required components of a snack for 3-5 year olds, you may also try the same measurements of chocolate pudding with fresh strawberries.