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Melanie has really started taking an interest in cooking lately.
Her dad loves watching that (stupid, in my opinion) Food Network show with the guy with annoying voice and bright hair. The one where people “shop” at a grocery store and make meals?
Well, they LOVE watching this show together. It's really cute actually. And, it's really sparked Melanie's desire to learn more about cooking and baking.
Kid-Friendly Rainbow Cheesecake
Now, in the interest of furthering her education, I may be encouraging her to make food that
coughcough I love. FOR HER OWN GOOD, Y'ALL.
Like cheesecake. Ummmm… cheesecake.
So, she's been making this one and it's so good! And honestly, pretty easy with minimal adult supervision (which is my second favorite kind of recipe – right behind NO adult supervision).
There's only six ingredients and a simple (much less complicated than the traditional but still REALLY tasty) overnight execution.
Interested? Here's how to make your own kid-friendly rainbow cheesecake. All that missing are Blanche, Sophia, Rose, and Dorothy!
- Grease a 9" circular springform baking pan and set aside.
- Place marshmallows and 1 tablespoon butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Stir and reheated as needed until completely melted and smooth.
- Stir the Trix cereal into the melted marshmallow mixture until you reach your desired marshmallow to cereal ratio.
- Press the Trix mixture into the bottom and along the sides of the prepared pan.
- Place in fridge as you prepare the cheesecake filling.
- Beat together the cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes, until fully combined.
- Gently fold in the cool whip and then pour the mixture into the prepared Trix "crust."
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 slices Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 152mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 26g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g
What Makes This Kid-Friendly?
Oh, lots of reasons!
A big one is how incredibly simple it is to make. Melanie didn't have time to get bored with eight thousand different steps.
Just dump, microwave, and stir!
Fact: Kids LOVE messes. So if you can incorporate getting sticky into a recipe? GOLD.
Melanie loved using her hands to create the rainbow crust and laughed at how sticky it was.
If your kid isn't into sticky messes, just spray their hands all over with cooking spray first. It helps prevent the melted marshmallows adhere to their hands.
Sure, it needs to chill in the fridge overnight but the making of the recipe is pretty quick (it took us less than 15 minutes).
Since my daughter has the attention span of a goldfish – quick recipes are the best recipes for us.
Rainbow colored foods are just so appealing to kids. They think they're fun and silly.
So the rainbow crust on this cheesecake? A total winner with the kiddos.
Not quite ready for your kids to cook on the stove or in the oven? This recipe doesn't use either.
Everything is created and “cooked” in the microwave and fridge.
I mean, yeah. This one is tasty AF.
Melanie could not stop licking the spoons while we were making it.
And eating it? I'm pretty sure Finn just stuck his face in it and went to town.