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D is for Donuts | Cooking The Alphabet | Cooking With Toddlers | Toddler Recipes | Baby-Led Weaning

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m cooking the alphabet with my two kids, and after last week’s baking we’re taking it easy and making Donut Lookalikes for D is for Donut!

Illustrated donut background with text saying "Baby Cooks The Alphabet - Cook the alphabet and create a handmade recipe scrapbook! Donut Lookalikes"

This snack is great for practicing fine motor skills, like spreading and sprinkling. And a great time to introduce the concept of measuring with your heart, as my toddler demonstrates with the sprinkles.

Donut-Lookalikes are just bagels with cream cheese and whatever toppings you think your kiddo will enjoy!

What you need:

  1. Ingredients: Bagels (thin ones work great!), Cream Cheese or Yogurt, Toppings - we did: finely diced blueberries and strawberries and regular sprinkles

  2. Tools: Kid-safe knife

A 1-year-old licks cream cheese off a spoon.
My one-year-old having a taste of cream cheese.

Getting The Kids Cooking:

Set-up tasks your toddler can help with include:

  • Grabbing ingredients from pantry

  • Chopping/smushing fruit

Then the fun part comes:

  • Spreading cream cheese or yogurt on to the bagel

  • Sprinkling toppings on!

Remember to take photos of your little chef spreading and sprinkling!

We did “fruit sprinkles” and real sprinkles! My one-year-old absolutely loved the cream cheese, while my 3-year-old kept calling it yogurt, which she’s not a fan of, so she didn’t eat much besides the sprinkles. But for us, the point of cooking the alphabet, is to have fun together and as an added bonus, we’re creating a handmade recipe book using Baby Eats The Alphabet.

Now that the kids had fun, it's mama's turn!

Let's assemble the D page in our Baby Eats The Alphabet Recipe Book!

What you need:

Of course, we recommend purchasing a Baby Eats The Alphabet kit, which will have everything you need to create your recipe book keepsake (except the photos of your little ones), but honestly, the point is to create a beautiful book of your memories - which you can with: printed photos, paper (we recommend paper at least 8.5" x 8.5" so you can fit a photo plus the recipe!), double-sided tape, any fun embellishments you want like stickers, washi tape, or photo protectors, and something to hold your pages, like binder or scrapbook!

Write your recipe:

Use a small piece of paper to write down the recipe you used, and any memorable notes you want to record (ex. You learned how to measure with your heart with the sprinkles!).

Pick your photos and lay everything out:

Before applying any tape, I recommend you lay out all of your elements to make sure everything fits and you like how it looks. Once you're happy with it, tape everything down, starting with the bottom layer first! And here's how mine turned out:

I would love to see what you decided to cook and create for D is for Donut! Please tag me in your creations @BabyEatsTheAlphabet!
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