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Apple Pizzas! Cooking with Our Littles!

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Hello, Friends!

As hard as it is to bid goodbye to summer,

we are equally excited to welcome autumn…

the weather,

the landscapes,

the clothes,

the food,

the celebrations!

Bring it all on!

Last week we shared a favorite fall activity,

one we always looked forward to each year…

with our students and our own young children!

Nowadays, we are excited to visit the pumpkin patch and/or the apple orchard

with our grandchildren,

our Littles,

as we create new memories to share together!

Today Laura is sharing an easy and tasty cooking activity

you can do with your Littles,

as a follow up to an apple orchard visit

or simply as a yummy fall treat you prepare together!

Cooking with Littles can be such an adventure!

Did you know that it provides learning opportunities for your Littles

as well as loads of delicious fun?

Cooking encourages children's thinking, problem-solving, and creativity!

It also provides needed opportunities to use the knowledge they have and apply it

by counting, measuring, following a sequence and following directions!

So… let’s get cookin!

Last weekend, Little L and her mommy and daddy (and pup-sister, Alli)

came for a visit!

I (Laura) had picked up some honeycrisp apples at the farmer’s market

and was ready to do some baking with my favorite toddler!

The fun began when I pulled out my trusty apple peeler/corer/slicer.

Little L was enthralled, just as her mommy and auntie had been so many years ago!

I remember back to past years as a teacher, too,

when I’d bring this gadget to school

the day after our field trip to the orchard.

My first graders and then my kindergartners loved to take turns peeling the apples,

as they’d nibble their collection of peelings, too!

Little L was no different!!!


A Grand Tip!

At Gramma & Grampa’s house we do not have a Toddler Tower


Little L used a two-step stepping stool!

This worked perfectly, especially since she is now old enough

to balance all by herself… BIG GIRL!

And Now… Back to Cooking…

Once the apples had been peeled, cored, sliced

and… dare we say, sampled,

Little L and I got busy cooking!


For many years,

these Apple Pizzas were made in my kindergarten classroom

to culminate our Apple Week activities!

We’d prepare the pizzas in our classroom and then we’d march them down

to the cafeteria where our lunchroom staff

would graciously bake them for us!

The smells of cinnamon, sugar and apples would fill the school hallways

as we anticipated what was to come!

Read on for our recipe…

And, remember… your Littles (toddler and older) can help

with most every step along the way!


• 1 tube Grands original refrigerated biscuits

• 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar (you can make more if you use more apples)

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 2 or 3 medium apples - peeled, cored and chopped

• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

• melted butter


1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper on a large sheet pan. Lightly add cooking spray.

2) Cut each biscuit in half or into thirds, depending on your preferred size. Pat the dough or roll it out into thin 2 or 3 inch circles (these will puff up while baking).

3) If you have not done so already, peel, core, slice/chop apples into bite size pieces.

A Grand Tip!

Older Littles (preschool and up)

can use a plastic knife to help you cut sliced apples

into smaller chunks!

4) In a bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the apples and mix well.

5). Spoon the apple mixture onto each biscuit.

A Grand Tip!

This was Little L’s favorite step,

but be on the lookout!

Little L wanted to put as much in her mouth as on the biscuit…

I had a tough time keeping up! YUM!

6). Sprinkle cheese over each pizza. (We know some of you are wondering about this step, but, trust us, it’s truly delicious!)

7). Bake the pizzas for about 12-15 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.

8). Remove the pan from the oven. Brush melted butter over the top of each pizza.

Ready to Serve & Enjoy!

We hope you and your Littles

enjoy making and eating these special pizzas

as much as Laura’s family (and students) have over the years!

If you give these a try, we’d love to hear what you think!

Feel free to comment at the bottom of this post

or email us directly at

Here’s links to three more of our favorite apple treats to make with and for

the Littles in your lives!

From Beyond Cereal

Fresh, crisp, and delicious apple slices topped with your favorite spreads and toppings like granola, sprinkles, chocolate, or fruit, make these no bake apple donuts an irresistible treat.

From I Heart Naptime

Once you’ve made this homemade version, you’ll never go back to store-bought! Made with only a few fresh ingredients and oh SO delicious!

From I Planned That

An oldie but a goodie with only 3 ingredients!

Recently, we’ve shared lots of Toddler Fun on Facebook/Instagram,

including the following activities…

(tap on each link to learn more!)

Check them out if you’re looking for new ways to engage with your Littles!

We hope you’ll stop back on Thursday for an extra special post

when we will share a favorite apple story,

one we love telling the Littles in our lives!


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Thank you ALL for featuring this post on your site!

❤ We love our blogging community! ❤

❤️ We are delighted to join these link up parties and blog hops:


Oct 07, 2023

These sound great. I wondered about the cheese. But you said it tastes great and I enjoy cheese so I think I'll go for it.

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear friends.


Oct 05, 2023

What a delicious treat. And such a cute little one! I'm happy to tell you I'll be featuring this post at Thursday Favorite Things today, starting at 10 a.m. CST. :)

Our Grand Lives
Oct 06, 2023
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Thanks so much, Pam! We are thrilled to be featured on your site as part of this week's TFT link party! We always look forward to participating there!


Beverly Carter
Beverly Carter
Oct 05, 2023

Wow, I miss baking with my grand babies. That was always so precious. Congratulations, you are being featured on TFT. I hope you stop by.



Our Grand Lives
Oct 06, 2023
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Thank you so much, Bev, for featuring our post on TFT! We so appreciate the support and we love sharing with our blogging community!


Oct 04, 2023

The apple pizzas you mentioned sound delightful. I truly value the opportunity to cook with children and the connection it fosters. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our Crazy Little Love Birds link party #7 by sharing this wonderful post. We would love it if you joined us again this Friday at 9 a.m. MST. 😊

Our Grand Lives
Oct 05, 2023
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Thanks so much for stopping by! You are so right... there is such joy in cooking with Lour Littles and seeing the experience through their eyes! We will be sure to stop by Crazy Little Love Birds again!


The Lazy Gastronome
The Lazy Gastronome
Sep 30, 2023

I absolutely love this post! I spent over 30 years in early childhood education. The value of cooking with kids goes so far beyond the food. Thanks for sharing this - and thanks for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome's What's for Dinner party. Hope to see you again at tomorrow's party!

Our Grand Lives
Oct 05, 2023
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Thanks so much for stopping by and for featuring our post on your site! There is nothing better than sharing a love of cooking with little ones! I have such fond memories from my own childhood and I hope my own Little (my granddaughter) remembers our cooking experiences fondly, too!

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