Kids Autumn Cooking Activities

Autumn brings a lot of opportunities for cooking. Fresh apples and pumpkins abound and the last of the summer vegetables are brought in from the cold. The smells of soups and crockpots are filling kitchens as well as fresh baking. Here are some of our favorite autumn, or fall recipes, to create with your children this season.

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Apple Pie Doughnuts

apple pie doughnuts


  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 Cup milk
  • 1 1/4 Cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large apples
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1-1/2 Cups vegetable oil


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
In a mixing bowl, mix together egg, milk, flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Blend until no lumps.
In a small bowl, blend together 1/4 Cup lemon juice and 1/4 Cup water. Core apples and cut into rings. (If you have an apple corer slicer this might be good method to use.) Place apple rings into lemon juice and water.
Add oil into pan and allow to heat several minutes. Dip each apple ring into prepared batter. Place into hot oil. Turn when sides turn golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Prepare sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl. Dip fried apple into sugar cinnamon mix.
More Apple Recipes Here and learn more about apple food facts.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Recipes

Find pumpkin chocolate chip recipes here.
pumpkin cookie

More Pumpkin Recipes
Learn about Pumpkin Facts

Fun with Pumpkins

Dinner in a Pumpkin
in a pumpkin

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancake or Waffle Recipe

  • 2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
In mixing bowl blend all ingredients together. Heat griddle or frying pan. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on the hot surface and when bubbles begin to appear flip to other side. Cook until golden brown. These are great served with pumpkin syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar.

Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnover Recipe

Zucchini Bites

Applesauce or Apple Butter

Applesauce Recipe

Homemade Fruit Leather

fruit leather
There are two kitchen appliances I recommend for making leather. If you are making apple leather you may want an apple corer slicer if you have a lot of apples to prepare. The other kitchen appliance is a food dehydrator. I know you can make leather in other ways but I recommend for safety and ease a food dehydrator. ( you can also make dried fruit or jerky in it as well as fruit leather)

First we made applesauce with the apples by coring and slicing the apples and placing them in the crockpot. I sprinkled lemon juice over them every few layers.  Fill your crockpot and cook on high 6-8 hours.
apple fruit leather
There are faster ways of making applesauce by cooking in a pot on the stove. Just make sure you stir your pot often if using the stove. I like to use the crockpot because I just prepped it in the morning and had a busy day doing other projects.

Once your applesauce is cooked and mashed or puree in a blender. Pour onto the food dryer sheets and let dry 6-8 hours.
fruit leather
Peel off and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze or store in a plastic container.
The kids loved it and I'm already planning on making another batch soon.

Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa Recipe

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread Recipe
pumpkin bread

Soup Recipes

Potato Corn Chowder
corn chowder

More Soup Recipes

Candy Corn Fun

Food fun ideas with candy corn
candy corn


Football and Sports Theme Food Ideas
football roll

Pumpkin Spice

Make your own Pumpkin Spice Mix.
homemade pumpkin pie spice

Apple Berry Dessert

apple berry dessert
  • 2 Cups apples
  • 1 Cup fresh cherries, berries or cranberries, pitted
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup butter
Peel, core and cut apples in small chunks. Add to mixing bowl. Stir in fresh cherries. Add sugar and corn starch. Blend together. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place apple mixture inside dish. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter and blend until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of apple cherry mixture. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown.

Acorn Doughnuts

  • Doughnut holes
  • Chocolate frosting or melted chocolate
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Pretzel sticks
Dip top of doughnut holes into chocolate and roll in chocolate sprinkles. Insert a small piece of pretzel stick to the top.
acorn doughnut

Caramel Apples

Whether you are dipping the whole apple in caramel or just a few slices, this is the recipe to try: Caramel Chocolate Apples
caramel apples

More Autumntime Cooking Activities

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Apple Facts and Recipes
Winter Squash Facts and Recipes
Pumpkin Recipes
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Halloween Recipe Ideas-Menu ideas for Halloween such as snacks, dinner and dessert.
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13 Apple Cooking Activities Ebook

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