Exploring Judaism with your child can involve so many different senses: seeing the light of the Havdalah candle and hearing it sizzle when extinguished in the wine, touching your child’s hair when blessing him or her. But it’s the tastes and smells of Jewish food that really connect generations of Jews to their parents, grandparents, cultural roots and the pantheon of the Jewish experience.

Some kids are keen on trying new things, while others prefer a more particular menu.  Some love dishes another child has never been introduced to or wouldn’t touch. But no matter what kind of child you’re feeding, he or she will get so much out of a Jewish experience by cooking with you. Lasting memories can be created, even when they are, in fact, of the messes made or the bites that were stolen before the food was served!

The Jewish Food Experience and PJ Library® have teamed up to offer what we think are the best recipes for cooking with and for kids. These highlight Judaism’s rich and diverse culinary history and culture and may offer inspiration, a fun, collaborative activity and a new taste sensation for your next family meal.

Try these with your kids—we would love to hear how they turn out! Feel free to share pictures on the Jewish Food Experience and PJ Library® Facebook pages, too!

 Family Table
fajitas Anything Goes Fajitas
 orange-soup Warm Up Body and Soul with a Soup Bar
 watermelon-feta Watermelon and Feta Salad with Mint
 Holiday Eats
 challah The Challah Goes Round and Round
 cookies Baking a Sweet Welcome to the New Year
 applesaucecake Applesauce Cake
 blueberry-pie Blueberry Tart for July 4th or Shavuot
 powerbars Homemade Power Bars
 quesitos Quesitos (Cheese-Filled Puff Pastry)
Sweet Treats
 tehinacookies Oatmeal Tehina Raisin Cookies
 popsicles Picolé de Milho Verde (Corn Pops)
 bars Milk and Honey Bars
 brigadeiro Brigadeiro (Gluten-Free Chocolate Bonbons)
bubbecookies Bubbe Cookies


Find even more kid-friendly recipes here!