Homemade Easy Bake Oven Mixes

My daughter received an Easy Bake Oven last year from Grandma for Christmas. She LOVES it! And she makes some fun things.

However, once the mixes that she got for Christmas were gone, we realized the downside to Easy Bake Ovens! The mixes are outrageously expensive. Not only are they expensive, they are also full of ingredients I’d rather my kiddos not eat.

My six-year-old daughter is a thinker, though. Since I have not bought her new mixes,  and she is out of the ones she got last year, she asked me one day if we could look for Easy Bake Oven recipes on line. I thought that would be a great homeschool activity, so we did. And we found all kinds of recipes! She picked out a few she liked and we decided that we would make a cookbook (I’m always thinking of ways to trick her to write), and homemade mixes for her cousin for Christmas.

We found lots of fun recipes at these websites:

http://www.budget101.com/frugal/easy-bake-oven-mixes-187/
http://www.eborecipes.com/
http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net/recipe081.html

It took some work to get a legible cookbook. Initially, I had her copy the recipes on blank, lined paper I printed from Donna Young’s Homeschooling Resources. However she is still perfecting her handwriting, and I quickly realized that we needed a different solution. So, I downloaded a dashed font here, typed the recipes out myself, and then had her trace them. That worked a lot better. After all the pages were complete, we had it laminated. Then we used a three hole punch to punch holes. She picked out a pretty ribbon and we “bound” the book.

Once the book was complete, we made the mixes. First, we mixed all the dry ingredients together and made baggies of mixes. We tried the baggies with pretty ribbon and I wrote out what wet ingredients to add to the dry ingredients to complete the recipes. Now, we have a fun, frugal, and educational gift to give to her cousin! If it is only half as much fun for her cousin to make the goodies as it was for us to assemble the book and the packets, we will have a very successful Christmas present on our hands.

I’m always on the search for homemade gift ideas, especially for boys, as it seems easier to find ideas for girls. Do you have any ideas for homemade Christmas presents? I’d love to hear what they are!

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