Feeling the urge to grab more than a PSL?

Get in the kitchen with your little ones and try out some of these sweet and savory recipes kid-friendly pumpkin recipes!

Cheesy Pumpkin Fries

Ingredients/supplies: Pumpkins, knife (for adult use), cookie sheet, parchment paper, oil, parmesan cheese, seasonings.

Preheat your oven to 425*F. Slice your pumpkin into wedges or strips. Invite your child to help you toss the strips in oil and place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Make your seasoning selections! For savory cheesy flavors, we recommend salt, white pepper, and garlic powder. Top with parmesan cheese and pop in the oven for about 20 minutes.


Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients/supplies: pumpkin pie filling, graham crackers, butter, gallon-sized ziploc bag, cinnamon, whipped cream, large bowl, 8″ glass baking dish.

Preheat your oven to 350*F. Break 2 sleeves of graham crackers into your ziploc bag (and here’s the best part) let your children smack, smash, and crush until you have a chunky “flour.” Mix with 1 stick of melted butter and spread on the bottom of your baking dish. Add a 29 oz. (or similar size) can of pumpkin pie filling to the top, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cook for 30 minutes. Cut in bars and top with whipped cream.


Pumpkin Milkshakes

Ingredients/supplies: Vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pie filling, milk, blender

Combine 3/4 cup of pumpkin pie filling, 2 cups of vanilla ice cream, and 1-1 & 1/2 cups of milk in a blender. Add a dash of vanilla extract or cinnamon if desired. Pour into cups and enjoy an icy  pumpkin treat!

Want to experience some of the Cool Cooking our students get to enjoy each week? Join a Creative World School near you, where we get culinary every Friday in the Exploratorium™! Also, check out our Cool Cooking board on Pinterest for more ideas like these.