But aside from making more weekend plans, going on one last vacation or instituting a mandatory family dinner plan, how else can you grab hold of those last minutes of summer while also amping up the excitement for the academic year ahead?
In the kitchen, of course! Spending time baking with kids can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences (not to mention that the end result is usually pretty tasty, too!) and I don't think that I've ever met a child that doesn't love rolling up their sleeves and helping out as assistant chef.
Need a little more inspiration for some yummy lunchtime or after school snacks? Then check out the nearly limitless number of delicious options available from Krusteaz!
Delighting families for generations, Krusteaz began back in 1932 with an easy-to-make pie crust and has since expanded to include pancakes, biscuits, muffins, brownies, breads, desserts and much more.
Whether you reach for one of their classic favorites or one of the new additions to their product line, you can be confident that they have included only the finest and freshest ingredients and that the result will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Recently Krusteaz has increased their collection of convenient, high quality boxed baking mixes yet again with the introduction of their new Bakery Style Cookie Mixes. Who wouldn't head straight into the kitchen with mixes that produce bakery-quality results and awesome accessories and tools like these?
As always, I adore the way that Krusteaz baking mixes can be used as-is or can be incorporated into any number of great recipes for even more easy and delicious options and these new Bakery Style Cookie Mixes are no exception.
Case in point, the delectable Krusteaz Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Mix. It took us less than five minutes to add butter and an egg and have things mixed up and into the oven.
Around 10 minutes later the result was hot, fresh and distinctively savory. Did I mention that they took basically zero work or effort?
However, had the girls and I wanted to put in a little more time to produce something a bit more creative and divine, we could have done so with this Krusteaz Bakery Style Cookie Mix to produce Cookie Topped Baked Apples.
Cookie Topped Baked Apples
1 package Krusteaz Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Mix
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup raisins, optional
Preheat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, blend cookie mix and butter until crumbled dough forms.
Slice unpeeled apples in half lengthwise; remove seeds and core. Place apples skin-side down in lightly greased 13x9x2-inch pan.
Top apples with crumbled dough.
Bake 23-27 minutes or until toothpick easily pierces apple.
Serve warm with ice cream, if desired. Makes 12-16 servings.
Now we're talking, right? YUM! I can only imagine the looks on my kids' faces if they arrived home from school to find this creative and unique snack waiting for them!
With everything from classic pancakes to Pumpkin Spice Muffin Mix, there's a Krusteaz mix for everything. Whether you're like me and follow the recipe or you're more of a creative baker — it's very easy to take any Krusteaz mix and whip up your own creation — the end result is something that will always wow family and friends, whether for a holiday or simply for a sweet treat after school!
Be sure to keep an eye out for all of the new Krusteaz Bakery Style Cookie Mixes including Triple Chocolate Chunk, Meyer Lemon, Double Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Oatmeal Scotchie, and Butter Vanilla Sugar the next time you head to the store. Your family (and your taste buds) will thank you!
Also be sure to head over to Krusteaz.com to find out more about all of their incredible products, while also connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be even more prepared for some delicious baking for the Back to School season as well, because...
One lucky person will win a Krusteaz Back to School Prize Pack*!
*Prize Pack includes (1) each of the new Krusteaz Bakery Style Cookie Mixes: Triple Chocolate Chunk, Meyer Lemon, Double Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Oatmeal Scotchie, and Butter Vanilla Sugar, as well as a Krusteaz apron, oven mitt and lunchbox.
A big thank you to Krusteaz for providing items for me to review as well as a prize pack for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.