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New Zealand Woman's Weekly's baking recipes for kids

It’s the school holidays and baking with the kids is a fun activity to enjoy – not only is it a great way to bond but it is also a fantastic learning opportunity. Baking encourages math skills, language skills and is a way to improve fine motor skills. Here are our top 10 recipes to bake with the kids.

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    Peanut butter and jam roll-ups

    The ultimate cookie for kids. Best of all, you can pre-make and freeze the rolls, then slice and bake when needed.

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    Best-ever cupcakes

    You have never had cupcakes like these before – they are the best. We decorated them with passionfruit icing and topped each one with an edible flower.

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    The best chocolate brownie

    If you want to add something extra to this mixture, stir half a cup of toasted nuts - such as peanuts, almonds or walnuts - into the mixture before baking or replace the chocolate chips with white chocolate bits for a change. Photography by David Hahn/

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  • 5

    Best buttermilk pancakes

    These are so good they should be banned! It’s the sour cream that makes them extra special – you can remove if desired and they still work well.

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    Chocolate cornflake crunchies

    This is a great recipe for kids to make in the school holidays. They are yummy and crunchy but nneed to be chilled before you eat them, so patience is needed!

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    I decided to see how hard it is to make your own marshmallows, the way Nana used to.

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    Cheesy cheerio puffs

    So cheesy! Googly-eyed puffs and chewy, tasty scrolls go down a treat with adult guests too.

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