When your children walk in the door after their first days back at school, give them something to look forward to with some of the recipes shared below. They're perfect for an after school pick-me-up or anytime the kids need something to tide them over until dinnertime.
"When I was a child, we kids helped Mom cut these crispy Oatmeal Animal Crackers (shown at right) into all sorts of shapes," says Bob Dittmar of Trout Run, Pennsylvania. "They're not too sweet, but sweet enough that we always wanted more."
"Anyone who likes rocky road ice cream will like these moist, fudgy brownies loaded with goodies," says Rita Lenes of Renton, Washington. "Rocky Road Brownies are great for children's parties."
"My family loves to take along individual bags of Munchable Snack Mix when we go on long car trips," says Lisa Keylor of Louisville, Kentucky. "The sweet and salty flavors of this colorful, fast-to-fix mixture really taste good together."
"Dotted with peanuts and raisins, Butterscotch Popcorn Bars are easy to mix up on the stovetop when I know the grandchildren are on their way to visit," says Carol Stone of Waverly, Tennessee.
Only four ingredients make up these Toffee Crunch Grahams loaded with crunchy almonds. "My sister gave me the recipe years ago, and it's still a family favorite," says Carol Horne of Perth, Ontario.
Almond Poppy Seed Bars from Pam Mroz of Rochester, Minnesota have a sweet frosting and generous sprinkling of poppy seeds throughout. "The bars are a snap to whip up and use ingredients I usually have on hand," she says.
Get the kids ready for the school year with help from rd.com. You'll find a:
- Get-organized checklist
- 23 lunchbox ideas
- School supplies printable checklist
- Secrets of A+ students
- Preschool countdown and more
For more information, go to www.rd.com/school.