From their Saturday morning bacon, scrambled eggs and biscuit breakfasts to the pans of Gamma Bettye’s 11-cheese macaroni and cheese they whip up for our Sunday barbecues, my girls are constantly showing anyone who pulls up a chair at our table that they know their way around a kitchen. I don’t mind bragging: They get their training during summer camp at our local Young Chef’s Academy of Sandy Springs, and their kitchen intuition from their mama skills that give Mari and Lila quite a bit of confidence in the kitchen, even at ages 11 and 8 respectively. So when they told us last week that they wanted to whip up a dessert based on a recipe they found in the latest issue of American Girl magazine, I let them have at it. They sent Nick to the store for the ingredients all we knew was that chocolate, strawberries, vanilla pudding and whipped cream was involved. And in a half hour after dinner last Saturday, they turned this…

Into this…

And it was absolutely delicious!

I promise you that this dessert is easy peasy simple enough for kids ages 5 and up to make (of course, the little ones will need your help; older kids, ages 11 and up, can handle it on their own so long as you supervise). There is no ice cream involved; each of the sundaes are made pudding and an assortment of dry ingredients layered atop each other to create a colorful dish. Enjoy!



Pound cake, chopped into 1 inch cubes
1 box of vanilla pudding
crumbled vanilla cookie sandwiches
white chocolate chips
whipped cream
strawberry syrup
four sundae dessert bowls or red wine glasses


Strawberry Shortcake Sundae

1. In the bottom of your dish/glass, layer a handful of pound cake
2. Layer strawberries on top of the cake
3. Spoon vanilla pudding atop the cake and strawberries
4. Top with whipped cream and strawberry syrup

(Note: For a super sweet twist, Mari and Lila added chocolate kisses to my Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.)

Cookie Crumble Sundae

1. In the bottom of your dish/glass, layer a handful of pound cake
2. Spoon vanilla pudding atop the cake
3. Layer cookie crumbles atop the mixture
4. Top with whipped cream and vanilla chocolate chips

Makes four servings.

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  1. Looks awesome! I need to look around for a cooking camp in our neighborhood. My oldest daughter would love it. My hat's off to your girls.

  2. Tracita Linda (Tracey)

    Mm..thanks for posting this, now I'm madd hungry!

  3. Great recipe and they look delicious!

  4. A cooking camp sounds like a wonderful idea. I have two boys and I always want them to be able to navigate around the kitchen. Your daughters are inspiring. I might try this recipe for our children at church.

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