Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor

Do you have a family of goodie lovers?  If you say no, I probably won’t believe you.  This has to be the best cookbook for goodie lovers, even the title is perfect.  What lover of sweets doesn’t want to own a cookbook that says Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids on it?  Actually, it should say kids of all ages, but that’s probably because my sweet tooth refuses to grow up too.

In this spiral bound book, sweet lovers will find three sections of sticky, chewy, messy and gooey treats to make with their kids.  I’m wondering if O’Connor and I were separated at birth because her Introduction to this book says, “I have a secret. Baking with children isn’t always easy…My older daughter, Olivia, in all her teenage wisdom, likes to call me, ‘mean chef’.”  And here I thought my kids were the only ones that called their mommy “big, fat meanie”. 

Also in her Introduction is her objective to make baking with kids stress-free for parents by having recipes that are simple and made with common pantry staples–Thank You!–and some that kids can make with little adult help.  I’m in heaven already and I haven’t gotten past Page 7.

When this book came in, my two girls who love to “help” me cook/bake fought over who would get to see it first.  I won, so I got to see it first.  Na, na!  Kudos go out to the book designer and also photographer Leigh Beisch for putting together such an attractive cookbook, with tons of appealing pictures and lovely details such as the scalloped edges on the pages. 

O’Connor put together a great deal of fabulous content and managed to create a cookbook you will find yourself turning to time and again.   From Pepperminty Wintery White Hot Chocolate–what we hope to try soon–to Jumbled Berry Jam, and from A Is for Apple Pie-Stuffed French Toast to Chock-a-Block Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Muffins, you and your kids will be able to make treats for any event or just to have at home for no reason at all.

Also included is a list of equipment, some tips on ingredients, and a section titled “Success Made Simple” which shows you the importance of getting organized, reading the recipe completely, measuring correctly and taking your time.  The author has also included little tid-bits of commentary throughout the cookbook that you’ll find helpful.  The last page of the book is a Table of Equivalents.

Now is the perfect time to pick up a copy of Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor and to get your kids baking for the holidays.  There are so many great recipes in here that I don’t even know what to try first!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:  Chronicle Books
  • ISBN 9780811867825
  • ISBN10 081186782X
  • SRP:  $19.95

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