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We all have a dish that reminds us of childhood: grilled cheese, ramen, brownies. The first whiff instantly transports us to our childhood kitchens, where we once waited wide-eyed for our food to be placed in front of us, legs swinging restlessly from our chairs.

After the first bite, we experience a tangible, blissful memory, especially if we helped our parents in the dish's creation -- sticky, chocolatey hands and all. We can recall the feeling of accomplishment when the dough we kneaded with Mom or Dad became a golden, crusty monkey bread


More: Here are some shatter-proof plates for your kids -- and they look nice, too.

These twelve recipes are fun and easy to make with kids: They're picky eater-friendly, hands-on, and for the most part, knife-free. The memory is worth the mess.

Banana Bread by Merrill Stubbs

Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pie
by Genius Recipes

Chocolate Soufflé
by Yossy Arefi

Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese
by Amanda Hesser

Mango Lassicles
by Nicholas Day

California Chicken Tacos with Corn and Red Cabbage Slaw
by Linda Burkhart

Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies
by drbabs

Chicken Fingers
by Merrill Stubbs

Yogurt Pancakes with Pomegranate
by Cara Eisenpress

Rao's Meatballs
by Genius Recipes

Lemon Meringue Pie
by Yossy Arefi

Spinach, Mushrooms, and Cream for Dinner
by Nicholas Day

Tags: menu ideas, kid-friendly recipes, cooking with kids, cooking with children

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