Just when summer starts to wane and the days grow shorter, apple season make a comeback. What better way to celebrate autumn than with an apple recipe that's fun to make with kids? With parental guidance, children as young as 3 can participate in the measuring and mixing. Helping children develop an interest in cooking is a great way to boost burgeoning science, math, and reading skills. Learning to follow directions, measure ingredients, and "conduct experiments" in food are all practical ways to teach kids without them even knowing it! And it's a great family bonding experience that can give young people a positive impression of home cooking, a skill that's useful for a lifetime.
For Parents: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom of a large baking dish. Core each apple, making sure not to cut through the bottom. This will give you a "pocket" in each apple.
For Kids: Place the peanut butter, butter, raisins, and miniature marshmallows in a mixing bowl and stir to blend. Using a teaspoon, stuff each apple with an equal portion of this mixture. Don't worry about making a mess — that's half the fun! Transfer the apples to the prepared baking dish.
For Parents: Bake the apples until they're brown and bubbly on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the apples cool in the pan.