Party Idea: DIY Brownies

14 Aug


My daughter wanted a cooking party for her birthday this year, bless her heart. And the dessert she chose was so much fun and such a hit that I had to share it with you.

We thought about a cupcake bar, but that’s not really cooking (baking their own cupcakes wouldn’t have left enough time for them to cool to the point that frosting would have worked well), and we thought about making cookies, but that’s not very birthday-ish. We settled on make-your-own brownies, which were super simple and really fun for the girls.

We had a small handful of close friends for this party–trying to cook with more than four or five children at once sounded stressful. Each girl received a red apron and a white chef’s hat to wear during the festivities and take home later (check–they’re inexpensive). Together, we made individual pizza crusts and topped them with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and veggies and baked them up for dinner.

After dinner, we all worked together to make a big batch of brownie batter–any one you like will work. I then ladled the batter into ramekin dishes. Each girl got a ramekin of batter and a spoon, and made her way to our stir-ins bar, with bowls of M&Ms, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, mini-marshmallows, and crushed Oreos, to customize her brownie. The candy and cookie pieces were stirred in, the ramekins went onto a baking sheet (I put parchment on it and wrote each girl’s initials next to her ramekin), and the brownies were baked up. They cooled, we topped them further with whipped cream and sprinkles, popped a candle in one, and sang Happy Birthday.

The girls had a wonderful time, the party was super easy to put together, they all ate every scrap of the dinner they’d made, and everybody learned a bit about playing in the kitchen. Happy birthday indeed!



2 Responses to “Party Idea: DIY Brownies”

  1. Chelsea August 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    My kiddo’s 6th birthday party was a pizza-cooking party, but all 25 of her classmates wanted to come! We did it at Young Chef’s Academy here in Colorado, and it was fabulous – they loved measuring everything in turn, and topping their own pizzas. Since we hosted it there, the cleanup was all on the staff, and there was plenty of space. I especially liked their plan to open presents while the pizzas cooked. 🙂

    I’m hoping for a smaller more laid-back party this year, and your idea of make-your-own-mixed-up brownies sounds like a perfect way to both upgrade the fun of the party AND sweeten the deal of a smaller, more lowkey party overall. I’ll see what my now-7-year-old thinks of the idea. 😉

  2. Jean August 15, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Sounds like a winner!!! I forwarded this to a friend who has a six-year-old daughter, and she wants to try it for her next year. Congrats on a big success.

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