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Cooking With Kids + Peanut Butter Honey Popcorn Recipe

Cooking with kids can be fun as long as you're prepared! Learn what to expect when you let kids in the kitchen and try out some Peanut Butter Honey Popcorn.


I’m honored to participate this week in the Practical Parenting series for Arabah Joy.

I’ve written about what you can reasonably expect when you let your kids into the kitchen with you!

My thoughts came about because of a few recent comments from friends about how comfortable my kids are in the kitchen.

It’s true.

They can cook their own eggs, flip pancakes (sort of!), make a pot of popcorn and whip up a batch of whoopie pies while I’m gone.

That didn’t happen overnight! They didn’t come by those skills naturally. And, it’s not always very pretty. In fact, my kitchen usually looks like a disaster! That’s not all their fault – I can make a pretty good mess all by myself. And, I don’t always clean it up right away. Can you hear that crusty stovetop mocking me right now?

Regardless . . . my kids are comfortable with kitchen tasks because I’ve let them (sometimes made them) participate.

Cooking with kids is good for many different things. It can also be fun . . . as long as you’re prepared! See the full post here:


10 Reasonable Expectations for Including Kids in the Kitchen


Scroll down past this image for, and I’ll share  tasty treat your kids can help you make.


Including kids in the kitchen can be fun as long as you know what to expect! Here are 10 expectations for all parents to keep in mind when cooking with kids.


One of my kids’ favorite things to cook is popcorn. This is our favorite popcorn popper – No pan shaking required! Just hold the handle and turn the crank for perfect popcorn every time. But be warned . . . it almost always causes an argument, ’cause I never remember whose turn it is!


Usually, we pop our corn in coconut oil and serve with Celtic Sea Salt. Sometimes the kids convince me to melt butter for it. For a really special treat, we make Peanut Butter Honey Popcorn. Try it and see just how finger-lickin’ good it is.

Peanut Butter Honey Popcorn Recipe

  • Plain Popped Corn – a BIG bowl full, 8-12 cups
  • Butter – unsalted (unless your PB is unsalted)
  • Natural Peanut Butter – unsweetened, nothing added
  • Honey

Melt equal amounts butter, peanut butter and honey over low heat and whisk until well combined. How much you ask? Depends on how well coated you want your popcorn! Anywhere from 2-4 Tablespoons each should be good. Pour over popped corn and shake or stir until all mixed up. Enjoy!


Do your kids help in the kitchen? What’s their favorite thing to make?


While you’re over at Arabah Joy you’ll definitely want to read The Secret To Being A Happy Mom. It’s the BEST mothering article I’ve read in a long time.



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  1. RecipestoNourish says:

    Such a fun recipe! I love getting my kids in the kitchen to help me. They would really enjoy this. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Savoring Saturdays linky party. Hope you’ll come back and join us this week.

    • Glad to hear your kids get in the kitchen with you, Emily. Enjoy the new snack idea – almond or sunflower butter would work if PB isn’t OK in your house.

  2. That’s the same popcorn popper we use! My kids love stirring it, too. 🙂 They’re just starting to get comfy in the kitchen, and it sure it a blessing to have the help! Thanks for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays, Abi!

  3. Wonderful! I left a more detailed comment on the post itself.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  4. I’ve never tried popcorn with these toppings before! But it sounds truly delish!

  5. Thanks for sharing. I would love to implement a few easy recipes that I can do with my children

    • I’m sure your kids would love to help you create food, Dee. Ask them what they’d like to make . . . it would be interesting to know and they’d be so excited to eat it1

  6. This is a great list! I love the ideas as my son is just now old enough to “help” me cook – thank you!

    • Thanks for reading, Lindsey. Enjoy the time you get to spend teaching your son kitchen skills. I’m sure he’ll make lots of great memories with you.

  7. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    I let my oldest help, but not as much as I should or as much as I used to. Perhaps we should do some baking later today…

    • I’m sure I could let my kids help out more too . . . sometimes I just shoo them out of the kitchen, so I can finish something myself! Have fun baking. 🙂

  8. I need that popcorn popper! I’ve never seen such a thing. We are slight popcorn snobs around here – believing the stove top is the ONLY way it should be popped. But my husband fears all that shaking is going to scratch up my shiny new cooktop. Problem solved!

    Regarding this recipe, will it keep well or is it best eaten right away? We’re heading out on a camping trip and I was thinking this may be a fun treat to make and bring along if it will keep alright.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I got more than I bargained for reading this post! 😉

    • Hi, Katie! I guess we’re popcorn snobs too. 🙂 I grew up shaking a pot, but the idea and noise made my husband crazy! My parents gave us that popper – we LOVE it and have used it for years! I usually don’t even wash it, just wipe it out with a paper towel occasionally.

      The peanut butter popcorn is definitely best eaten right away – hardly lasts 10 minutes around here! I don’t know how it would keep and travel. Maybe you could pop the corn ahead of time and mix the topping over a camp stove and coat when you’re ready to serve it. Thanks for visiting and have a great trip.

  9. Hi, Abi. Visiting from Christian Women Blogs on Facebook. This popcorn recipe sounds delicious. It goes right along with something my girls like to help me make: our beloved Chocolate-Covered Popcorn! 🙂 Blessings on your day!

    • Glad you’re a part of the Christian Women Blogs group, Elizabeth. I’ll be sharing your popcorn recipe (though I’ve trired to keep my kids from seeing that yet!) and great family togetherness ideas later today. Hope all your activities for next week go smoothly.

  10. I love cooking with kids. Now I haven’t cooked with wee little ones, but 4 & 5 year old girls. They are just so cute because its hard sometimes for them to comprehend where a loaf of break comes from or cookies. Great article. Sharing

    • Yes, that age range of girls (and boys too!) LOVE to be helpers and get their hands into everything. Its fun to watch them realize that they can make what they eat! Thanks for sharing, Tammy.

  11. Hi Abi, I’m nervous about letting my 2 yr old grand baby into the kitchen. But I know she would enjoy it, and she wants to do everything I do. So, I’ll head over htere right now, and find out what to do! I’ve already forgotten all my mothering skills! haha

    • I’m sure she would love it, Melinda! When mine were really little like that (I had twins, so that made it even harder to keep track of what they were doing!) I would take things to the kitchen table for them to help with. Usually dumping and mixing things. They also liked to fetch things from the cupboards or just play with bowls, spoons, pots and measuring utensils nearby while I did the “real” thing. You could also give her a piece of bread and a little soft butter (or jam or PB) and let her butter her own bread – messy, but quite enjoyable. 🙂 Dezine Black Handled Crinkle Cut Knife, SilverCrinkle Cutters are nice for starting to cut soft things like aucchini and cucumbers. Have fun!


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