Forecast: Yum! 8 Snow Day Treats To Bake With Kids

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After the kids tire of sledding, bring the fun into the kitchen with these easy baking recipes.

Snickerdoodles are sweet, buttery sugar cookies lightly dusted with cinnamon. With their whimsical name, crackly tops, perfectly crisp edges and soft centers, I don’t know anyone who can resist them. Kids love to form the squishy dough into balls and roll them in cinnamon-sugar. GET THE RECIPE

Homemade chocolate pudding is silky-smooth and intensely chocolate — a world apart from instant or store bought. Kids love it — like lick their bowls clean, clank their spoons, get all quiet when they eat it love it — but don’t think of it just for kids. Adults love it too. GET THE RECIPE

These have got to be some of the world’s cutest cookies. They look like little yo-yos, thus the name, and are popular in Australia. You make them by joining together two buttery shortbread disks with a layer of creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread. GET THE RECIPE

If you’ve been searching for the perfect peanut butter cookie, look no further. This recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter is the best I’ve tried. The cookies are thick and soft with a rich peanut butter flavor and almost sandy texture. GET THE RECIPE

Whip up a batch of these cinnamon buns before the kids head outdoors. They are everything you’d hope for in a cinnamon bun: light and tender inside, golden and caramelized outside and (best of all) quick to make. GET THE RECIPE

Typically, brownie lovers fall into two camps: the “fudgy” and the “cakey.” I dare say these brownies — moist and fudgy in the center, and cakey and crisp on the surface — appeal to all. The recipe comes from Nick Malgieri’s Chocolate cookbook, an excellent resource for all things chocolate. GET THE RECIPE

My grandmother clipped this pumpkin bread recipe from a magazine over 50 years ago, and it’s still as wonderful today as it was back then. It’s easy for the kids to make: just a bit of mixing and stirring, pop it in the oven, and, in about an hour, you’ll have a house smelling of sweet autumn spices and two scrumptious, pumpkiny loaves. GET THE RECIPE

These adorable little cookies are adapted from one of my most dog-eared cookbooks, How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson. With their lovely nutmeg flavor, they taste like donuts in cookie form. GET THE RECIPE