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Kids love cooking

Cooking helps kids develop skills in counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect. Most importantly, cooking can help develop a child’s confidence and independence in and out of the kitchen. Our cooking classes encourage children in thinking, problem-solving and creativity. Try making this delicious and healthy recipe together:

Baked Maple Vanilla Pears


4 Anjou pears

½ cup pure maple syrup

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional toppings: maple pecan granola, Greek yogurt


  • Preheat the oven to 375 °F.

  • Cut pears in half, then cut a small sliver off the underside so the pears sit flat when placed on the baking sheet.

  • Using a large or medium cookie scoop or soup spoon, core out the seeds.

  • Arrange pears, facing up, on the baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon.

  • Whisk the maple syrup and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Drizzle most of it all over the pears, reserving about 2 Tablespoons for after the pears are finished baking.

  • Bake pears for about 25 minutes until soft and lightly browned on the edges. Remove from the oven and immediately drizzle with remaining maple syrup mixture.

  • Serve warm with granola and yogurt. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Brought to you by:

Karen Swanger is the Director of OSU KidSpirit Oregon 4-H Youth Programs


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