When it comes to eating before a busy day at school or work, an on-the-go breakfast is just the thing. Bonus if that breakfast has just a few ingredients. Our copycat Toaster Strudel recipe ticks off both those boxes. It’s a quick and sweet way to start the day.
Why It’s Important to Cook with Kids
Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to introduce them to basic kitchen skills, such as how to read and follow a recipe. Being involved with making their own food gives children a sense of ownership and pride—and they are more likely to eat the finished product if they helped to make it, too!
Skills Your Kids Will Need for This Recipe
This simple recipe requires the use of cup and tablespoon measures. Your kids will need the dexterity to grasp them.
How to Make Copycat Toaster Strudel
This Toaster Strudel recipe gives plenty of chances for kids to pitch in. Find out what other jobs kids can do in the kitchen.
- 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1 cup cherry pie filling
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Step 1: Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Step 2: Prep the pastry
Carefully open the tube of crescent rolls. Unroll the dough and separate it into four rectangles. Put the rectangles on an ungreased baking sheet. Use your fingers to gently press down on the dotted lines that separate each rectangle. You want to seal up the perforations and create an even layer of dough.
Kid job: Little fingers will do a great job of pressing out those dotted lines and perforations.
Step 3: Add your filling
Spoon 1/4 cup of pie filling on half of each rectangle of dough. Leave about 1/2-inch of space around the edge of the dough so the filling won’t leak when it bakes.
Kid job: Spread the pie filling. You may need to keep an eye on the 1/2-inch border.
Step 4: Fold and crimp
For each strudel, fold the dough over the filling. Use your fingers to pinch the edges of the dough together to seal. You could use the tines of a fork to crimp together the edges of the dough to make a pretty pattern if you’d like.
Kid job: Kids pinch with their fingers or seal the edges with a fork.
Step 5: Bake
Place the strudels in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set the baking sheet on a wire rack to cool.
Step 6: Decorate
While the strudels are cooling, make your glaze. Place the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl. Stir in enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency—it shouldn’t be runny, but it also shouldn’t be too thick. Use a fork to drizzle the glaze over the strudels.
Kid job: Decorate! Make the toaster strudels even more fun by adding a few drops of food coloring to the glaze. And what kid wouldn’t love some colorful sprinkles on top?
These strudels are best served warm. Store leftovers (if there are any!) in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Make It Your Own
After you’ve mastered the basic recipe, it’s time to experiment. Ask your kids what fillings they’d like to try. There are lots of options when it comes to choosing a filling for your homemade toaster strudel. Any type of fruity filling, such as cherry, apple, blueberry or peach will do. You can keep it super-simple and use pie filling from a can. (That’s what our recipe calls for.) A few tablespoons of chocolate-hazelnut butter, peanut butter or cream cheese would be delicious filling options, too.