Fun Autumn Recipes for Children

Fun Autumn Recipes for Children


With the sunshine disappearing fast (did it ever appear!?) it’s time to think about what the children can do as they will be spending more time indoors. If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to get them away from the computers and phone screens for a while. If you can encourage them to make themselves useful indoors, well, so much the better!

Fun Autumn Recipes for Children
I’ve been having a fair amount of success in encouraging a little help in the kitchen. With autumn on the way, there’s something pretty satisfying about gathering everyone up and getting stuck into some cooking together. The good thing is that it doesn’t need to be too complex either. I don’t know about you, but in my experience, getting the children to help with cooking only really works if it’s fast and easy.
Here are a few of recipes we are trying out, and I’d love to hear a few from you too:

Quick Chicken

For mid-week chicken with a little twist:

You’ll need four chicken breast fillets
Half a cup of grated cheese (we like mature cheddar)
Dijon mustard
Teriyaki sauce
Parmesan cheese
Bacon bits

Smothering the chicken in all these goodies is half the fun, and then we choose what to have with the chicken. The children will ask for chips, of course, but I’m more partial to McCain Sweet Potato Fries which taste better and are a bit healthier. In fact, sweet potato fries are perfect to sprinkle any leftover grated cheese over to have with your meal. (YUM!)

Mug cookies

Hot dessert in a couple of minutes that’s bound to go down well with the family. With just a few
spoonfuls of sugar, a pinch of salt, a smidgen of flour and butter and a splash of vanilla extract – with chocolate chips to taste, of course – you’ve got everything you need to microwave yourself a mug of gooey cookie goodness in minutes. I’ve yet to have the children turn this one down, and they love making it as it is so quick and easy.

Shepherd’s Pie

For a meal that’s a little more filling, I love a good shepherd’s pie. Mince (or quorn mince), potatoes, butter and some hearty veg make a winning combination, and I enlist the help of teen son in cutting the veg. Shepherd’s pie is easy to make when you know what you’re doing, and I love adding some Heinz Baked Beans to the mix for a bit more richness and flavour. Shepherd’s
pie is perfect for Autumn, warm and filling and definitely one the teens should learn before moving out!

Toffee Apple Bread and Butter Pudding

This simple recipe calls for sliced apples, tinned caramel, brioche finger rolls and lashings of cream. I can’t wait to try this out and getting the children to help me. It takes just under an hour to cook, and I can imagine that the scent that fills the house is just amazing!

These are just a few of my autumn recipes for children, but I’m certain there are loads more out there. What’s your favourite fast autumn dish and how successful have you been in getting the children stuck into making it?


  1. Lots of delights

    We love cooking
    Never tried toffee apple bread and butter pudding

    A new one to try

  2. Thank you so much for the recipe ideas.

  3. That toffee apple bread and butter pudding sounds absolutely incredible!
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  4. Bread and butter pudding is one of my families favourite I’m definitely going to have to try the toffee apple bread and butter pudding it sounds delicious

  5. Some great ideas here. I really like the sound of the mug cookies

  6. I really fancy some bread and butter pudding now, I haven’t had any in years. and adding the apple and caramel sounds so good
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  7. Some fab ideas here. Like the idea of mug cookies x

  8. They all sound really delicious and perfect autumn food too. The mug cookies sound amazing, definitely something we would love making and eating.
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  9. Mug cookies?! Now that sounds like something I need to get on board with! xxx

  10. Some delicious ideas here! I love Shepherds pie.

  11. Great ideas, mug cookies sound amazing, I must try these with my kiddies!

  12. The Toffee Apple Bread and Butter Pudding is definitely on my list to try! That sounds lush!

  13. Love the meal ideas
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