Best finger foods for baby to start

Best Early Finger Foods for Baby (With Tips, Visuals, and Recipes)

Use this list of safe, nutritious, and easy to eat finger foods for baby to help you know exactly what (and how) to offer at meals and snacks. Plus, find the best first finger foods, troubleshooting tips, and visuals of foods broken down by food group to keep things easy!

Finger Foods for Baby

After baby starts solids and is ready to move onto finger foods, you may feel a little confused by exactly what to serve and how to serve it. Which is totally normal because it can be scary to let baby feed themselves this way and we may not have any experience doing this—or we may have totally forgotten from our last kiddo!

This list of finger foods for baby will cover some great first finger foods to start with, then set you up with plenty of healthy options from each food group.

TIP: Find more info on starting solids here and the best foods to start with if doing baby led weaning or purees with baby.

Healthy Baby Food

I love sharing these ideas for baby food since they are easy to prepare and serve and because I know how hard it can be to continue to come up with flavorful and healthy meals and snacks for our little ones. Let me tell you, I’m on my third kiddo and it can be such a challenge to feed him during the chaos of parenting the rest of my crew! These foods are wholesome and nutritious—perfect for your baby.

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Best First Finger Foods

When baby is around 9 months, you’ll notice that they’re able to pick up smaller pieces of food with two fingers. This is known as the “pincer grasp” and is a sign that they’re ready to start finger foods. To be clear, when I say “finger foods” I mean small pieces of food that a baby (or toddler) can feed themselves.

Here are some of my favorite ones to start with that are all super soft, safe to eat, and easy to pick up.

  • Scrambled egg, broken up into small pieces
  • Roasted sweet potato mashed and broken up into small pieces
  • Fresh raspberries, broken up into smaller pieces
  • Oatmeal, cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool
  • Tofu, diced and sauteed lightly or steamed
  • Ground beef, chicken, or turkey, broken up into small pieces or lightly mashed meatballs
  • Shredded cheese or crumbled goat cheese
  • Mashed sweet potato, in little pieces
  • Peanut butter puffs

TIP: You can serve the tofu, ground meat, or meatballs in veggie puree from a pouch or a simple marinara sauce for extra moisture and flavor. Learn more about how and why to introduce peanut butter.

Finger Foods for Baby: Fruits and Veggies

Some of my favorite early fruits and veggies to serve babies are:

  • Mashed roasted sweet potato, broken up into small pieces
  • Warmed frozen peas, slightly mashed if desired
  • Roasted Zucchini
  • Diced Roasted Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash
  • Fresh blueberries, cut in half or quarters
  • Fresh raspberries, broken into small pieces
  • Banana, broken into small segments (they are less slippery this way versus slicing them)
  • Avocado, diced and mashed slightly (be sure it’s ripe and very soft)

TIP: A good rule of thumb is to serve pieces of food that are about the size of a pea to start and soft enough that they are easy to squish between your fingers. This will be easy for baby to pick up and eat and will also reduce chances of choking.

Finger Food Ideas: Carbohydrates

Offering complex carbohydrates can provide fiber, a variety of textures, B vitamins, and more. Try these with your baby.

  • Spinach pancakes (moisten with applesauce or plain yogurt if needed; this recipe is particularly moist and great for babies)
  • Oatmeal, cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool
  • Baby Puffs
  • Peanut Butter Puffs
  • Rice (it’s easiest if it’s in little clumps so baby can pick it up; this Coconut Rice or this Cheesy Rice are both good options)
  • Baby Banana Muffin
  • O cereal (soften in nondairy unsweetened milk or yogurt as needed)
  • Baked Oatmeal, diced

Finger Food Ideas: Proteins

Offering proteins will continue to expose baby to a range of nutrients. These are my go-tos for babies newer to finger foods—and toddlers too.

  • Shredded cheese (thicker cuts are a little easier to pick up)
  • Tofu, diced and sauteed lightly or steamed
  • Flaked cooked wild salmon
  • Lightly mashed meatballs
  • Shredded chicken, cut up finely (we love this Butter Chicken to share with baby)
  • Ground beef, turkey, or chicken, broken into smaller pieces
  • Lightly mashed beans
  • Scrambled eggs, broken up into small pieces
  • Diced egg muffins

I’d love to hear any questions you may have, or if you have foods that your babies enjoy that I didn’t include here.

Chime in below in the comments!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Author Amy Palanjian

Cuisine American

Course Baby Food

Calories 124kcal

Servings 1

First Finger Foods (choose 1-3 per meal)
  • ▢ 1 Scrambled egg (broken up into small pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Roasted sweet potato, mashed and broken up into small pieces
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Fresh raspberries (broken up into smaller pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Oatmeal (cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp Tofu (diced and sauteed lightly or steamed)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp ground beef, chicken, or turkey, broken up into small pieces or lightly mashed meatballs
  • ▢ 2 tbsp shredded cheese or crumbled goat cheese
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Mashed sweet potato (broken into little pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Peanut butter puffs
Fruits and Veggies
  • ▢ 1/4 cup mashed roasted sweet potato (broken up into small pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup warmed frozen peas
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Roasted Zucchini
  • ▢ 1/4 cup diced Roasted Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash
  • ▢ 1/4 cup blueberries (cut in half or quarters)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup raspberries (broken into small pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup banana slices (broken into small segments—they are less slippery this way versus slicing them)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp avocado (diced and mashed slightly—be sure it's ripe and very soft)
Whole Grains and Carbohydrates
  • ▢ 1 Spinach pancakes (moisten with applesauce or plain yogurt if needed; this recipe is particularly moist and great for babies)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Oatmeal (cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Baby Puffs
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Peanut Butter Puffs
  • ▢ 1/4 cup fully cooked rice (it's easiest if it's in little clumps so baby can pick it up; this Coconut Rice or this Cheesy Rice are both good options)
  • ▢ 1 Baby Banana Muffin
  • ▢ 1/4 cup O cereal (soften in nondairy unsweetened milk or yogurt as needed)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Baked Oatmeal (diced or regular oatmeal broken into little pieces)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp Shredded cheese (such as mozzarella)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp Tofu (diced and sauteed lightly or steamed)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp flaked cooked wild salmon
  • ▢ 1 lightly mashed meatballs
  • ▢ 2 tbsp finely shredded chicken (we love this Butter Chicken to share with baby)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp ground beef, turkey, or chicken (broken into smaller pieces)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp lightly mashed beans
  • ▢ 1 Scrambled egg (broken up into small pieces)
  • ▢ 1 Diced Egg muffins
  • For each meal or snack, choose 2-3 foods from a mix of food groups. Aim to include some fat in most meals and protein in many too.

  • Prepare the food, cutting into small pieces and/or mashing as needed to make the food easy to eat.

  • Start with small portions and allow more as baby indicates according to their hunger.

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • Many foods you cook for your family will work as baby finger foods—just be sure they are easy to squish between your fingers and the pieces are small and easy to chew.
  • Babies very normally make a lot of faces when they eat, so don't assume they don't like something just because they scrunch their nose!
  • Flavors and textures can take time to learn to eat, so continue offering foods in small portions even if baby hasn't liked them in the past—and make sure they taste good to you!

Calories: 124kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 81mg, Potassium: 344mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 9857IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg

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Ultimate Guide to Starting Solids

With the advice on starting solids varying depending on who you ask, it can be hard to know when the milestone should happen for your baby. We go through the research on when to start solids—at 4 months or at 6 months—to help you make the best decision possible.

Starting Solids

Starting solids is one of the most fun and exciting milestones that we get to experience with our babies during the first year. But when to actually start a baby on solid foods, and which foods to go with, can be a little controversial.

And the advice can seem to change depending on who you ask. Many families start at 4 months, and many wait until 6. There’s no one right answer, but there are some factors to consider.

We’ll cover them below to help you make an informed decision that works for your family.

Starting Solids at 4 Months

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to start solids until a baby is 6 months, and to go with wide variety of foods, introduced one at a time. But many pediatricians still say it’s okay to start rice cereal at 4 months.

If your pediatrician recommends this at the 4 month check up, ask their thoughts on the recommendation from the AAP.  

Newer research, as written about in the book First Bite, also suggests starting closer to 4 months, but with a wider range of flavors to take advantage of a window of greater flavor acceptability in younger babies. It’s thought that by introducing a lot of flavors early on, you might be able to ward off picky eating in toddlerhood.

I am not convinced that there’s that direct of a correlation since most kids go through a very normal phase called neophobia when they are more fearful of new foods during the ages between 2-6. And that happens to kids no matter how they were introduced to food.

But, it is interesting to know that the thoughts on exactly when to start solids is a little more fluid than many of us might have assumed.

TIP: Read more on the phase of neophobia for the full information.

Starting Solids at 6 Months

Megan McNamee MPH, RDN, CLT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in pediatric nutrition and runs Feeding Littles. She’s also an expert in helping parents start solids and she gives such helpful advice for how to know when your baby is ready to start solids.

She recommends that we pay attention to these readiness signs:

  • How well they can sit up on their own.
  • How good their head control is.
  • Whether they show interest in food when sitting at the table.
  • How they sit when they’re in the highchair—can they sit upright without being extensively propped up?

TIP: These markers look at a broader context of the child’s development than just age, and can give you more information when deciding when to start.

Which are the best foods for starting solids?

For most babies, and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it doesn’t really matter which foods you start with as long as they’re whole foods without added salt or sugar.

You can start with single-grain baby cereals like Baby Rice Cereal or Baby Oatmeal, or go with fruits or vegetables, either as purees or BLW style foods.

Babies are born with a preference for sweet foods, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid fruits or just offer veggies to start. Aim to do a mix of flavors! We like banana, avocado, sweet potato, pureed peas, butternut squash, and pureed fruits.

And you can introduce meat, which is a great source of iron and zinc and are more readily absorbed than from plant-based sources.

TIP: This baby food introduction chart is a great month-by-month resource on which foods are great to offer during baby’s first year.

Starting Solids: Purees

Purees are an easy, nutritious option to start solids. You can use store-bought baby food or go with homemade purees. There are so many No-Cook Baby Food options that are fast and simple, and each stores well in the freezer, too.

Typically, you would start with one meal a day, then gradually work up to two meals, then three with the goal of being at at least three meals by the time baby turns one. (Many kids are having three meals and two snacks by age one, but it may depend on how many bottles or breastfeeding sessions, and generally their unique hunger level. )

Babies vary widely in their eagerness to eat solids and may or may not be interested. Offer food when baby is rested and has a full tummy from their milk feeding as it will take them time to connect the dots between this new solid food and its ability to satisfy their hunger.

Let baby take the lead on the amount of food they eat and stop the meal when they close their mouth, turn away from the spoon, or start to fuss. You can even put some of the puree onto a spoon and offer it to baby to feed themselves.

First Puree Recipes to Try

Here are some simple purees that work well to start solids.

Favorite Sweet Potato Baby Food

You can serve this as wedges, a thick mash, or a thinner puree to your baby or toddler. (Adults will love the wedges, too!)

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Banana Puree Baby Food

Use a ripe banana with at least some brown spots for the best flavor in this puree.

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Best Apple Puree (with Flavor Combinations + Storage Tips))

There’s no one right serving size for every child, so start with a smaller amount and offer more as indicated by baby. When they turn their head or close their mouth, end the meal—it’s usually pretty obvious when they want to be done!

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Easy Pear Puree (Plus Easy Storage Tips)

Use ripe pears—they should give just a little to the touch and smell like a pear—for the best flavor in this puree. Some babies may want a few spoonful, some a bowlful. Follow baby’s cues to determine the right amount for them.

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Quinoa Baby Food (Easy Baby Cereal)

Transform nutrient-rich quinoa into a delicious baby food—with options for older kids and parents to share it—using this simple method. (Find flavor variations and storage tips too.)

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Easy Carrot Baby Food (Puree and BLW-Syle)

Turn fresh carrots into a simple, nourishing baby food for baby with this easy method to make Carrot Puree. Read the Notes for additional flavor options and storage information.

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Starting Solids: Baby Led Weaning

The feeding approach known as “baby led weaning” or “BLW” for short, is a style of feeding infants that has become increasingly popular over the past decade. It allows babies to feed themselves right from the start with food that is easy to hold in their hands—or foods offered on preloaded spoons.

The food is typically offered in thick finger-size pieces so baby’s little hand can hold it securely. And the foods are soft and easy to squish between your fingers for a low risk of choking.

This option has the benefit of allowing you to, very often, share the food that you’re making for the rest of the family with baby with simple modifications.

(I love this method, but want to add that there can be so much shaming online if a family decides not to go with BLW. There is no one right way to feed a family. You can do purees and BLW-style foods. BLW is not magic and it can be incredibly stressful for some people. Every family has a unique set of circumstances and we all need to judge each other a little less.)

My full Guide to Baby Led Weaning has the complete information on using this approach.

First BLW-Foods to Try

Here are some easy and nutritious options to start baby-led weaning.

Ultimate Guide to Baby Led Weaning (and Best First Foods)

Below are some of the best first foods to start baby led weaning. Choose one at a time to offer and make sure that the fruits are ripe so that they are soft and taste good. (Nutrition will vary based on the specific foods you offer.)

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Easy Egg Yolk Puree (with BLW option)

This is an easy method to introduce eggs to baby, whether they’re starting solids on purees or with the baby led weaning approach. Adjust the number of eggs up or down as you like.

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Best Broccoli for Babies (Puree and BLW-Style)

Learn how to make nutritious Broccoli Puree and a super easy method for baby led weaning style broccoli. Both start with the same technique, so you can do either (or both!).

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Favorite Zucchini Baby Food

Learn the easiest way to make flavorful Zucchini Baby Food—with options for baby-led weaning zucchini and also zucchini puree—with one simple method. Plus: Find storage and serving tips.

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Easy Roasted Carrot “Fries”

These baked carrot fries are a simple side to go with burgers or chicken and pair perfectly with ketchup.

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The Best 2-Ingredient Pancakes (Baby and Toddler Approved)

This recipe makes one small batch of super tender 2-Ingredient Pancakes. It usually makes 1-2 little-kid-size servings. To make more, simply double the recipe. These are delicate pancakes with a texture that's sort of custardy like French toast, so be gentle when flipping them. See the NOTES at the bottom for the flavor variations.

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How many meals should I offer baby each day?

You can start with one meal a day, then gradually increase as baby becomes more interested in food and it works naturally with your schedule. There’s no one right way for every family, but generally aim to reach 3 meals (and possibly even two snacks if it works with your schedule) by the first birthday.

Refer to baby feeding schedules for more information and options.

I’m worried about choking—what should I do?

The best thing would be to take an infant CPR course so you feel armed with information. You can also read this post on Toddler Choking Hazards, which will give you all of the info you need about foods to watch out for an avoid to keep mealtimes safe and enjoyable.

Generally, if the food you offer is soft and easy to squish between your fingers, baby is sitting down and has water to drink throughout a meal, you can lower choking risks.

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When can baby have peanut butter?

Experts advise introducing it soon after you start solids—assuming there is no history of severe food allergies in the family and baby has not had eczema. Read more about introducing peanut butter here and find my favorite peanut butter puree!

When can baby have milk?

Babies should have formula and breastmilk as their primary food and water with meals once they start solids. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we wait to introduce cow’s milk until baby has turned one since, unlike the proteins in dairy like yogurt and cheese, the ones in cow’s milk are harder to digest.

Cow’s milk also contains a large amount of proteins and minerals, which can stress a baby’s kidneys or cause iron-deficiency anemia if given in large quantities. This is in the context of potential issues if you were to put cow’s milk to a baby bottle or sippy cup.

You can use an unsweetened nondairy milk in the meantime.

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When can baby have water?

When you start offering foods, you can offer a little water along with it to help baby get into the habit of drinking water and to make foods easier to eat. Read more about babies and water—and why we want to wait until 6 months to start it.

Babies and Salt

It’s a good idea to review the recommendations on avoiding salt for babies—and how to do it without making yourself crazy. You can read my full post on babies and salt here.

When can baby have honey?

Honey is a no-go for kids under age one because it can cause a very rare, but serious, condition called infant botulism. While most foods not recommended for babies are due to choking hazards or allergy concerns, the deal with honey is completely different. And we need to avoid it raw and cooked.

Learn more about babies and honey and know that you can add a lot of flavor to foods using fruit purees like applesauce or mashed banana.

Best Early Finger Foods for Babies

Once a baby reaches around 9 months of age, they will have the ability to pick up smaller pieces of foods with their fingers. At that point, you can start offering more finger foods. Aim for them to be very easy to chew—you should be able to squish them between your fingers easily.

TIP: Find my full list of the best Early Finger Foods for easy reference.

Which highchair is best for a baby?

You’ll want a highchair that allows a baby to sit upright, rather than slouched back in a reclining position which could be a choking hazard. It’s also a good idea to choose a highchair that has a food rest which can promote proper body positioning while sitting.

Two of our favorites are the Stokke Tripp Trapp, which I’ve had for 7 years now and can say that it’s incredibly durable and easy to clean. We also love that it transforms into a stool once the kids are too big for the highchair components. It’s totally worth the price!

Another highchair that’s great for babies is Keekaroo Height Right Kids Chair that has nice cushions for added support.

TIP: Find my full list of favorite Highchairs for Babies and Toddlers for more information.

Learn More About Starting Solids

For my full information on starting solids. check out my Yummy Baby Food ebook. It takes you through the first year, with step-by-step advice, recipes, and tips in an easy to use digital format.

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This post was first published October 2018.

What to cook for a child on his birthday

Recipes 11/14/2020 Anna Lipovskaya

Photo: kazan.

It is always difficult to choose dishes for a festive feast. And if it's a children's holiday - almost a disaster! You need to find something useful, moderately light, and to look prettier. We have prepared for you a selection of 20 delicious recipes for what to cook for your child on his birthday!

1. Salad with strawberries and asparagus beans


Why not start a children's birthday with something very colorful and unusual?

You will need: 200 g arugula, 300 g strawberries, 100 g green beans, 4 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. balsamic, spices.

Preparation: Boil the green beans until they become a little softer without losing their color. Cut the strawberries into slices and chop the arugula. Mix the ingredients and season with balsamic oil and spices.

2. Cheese balls

Photo: preparing solgoilungu.rf

A wonderful hot appetizer goes well with any sauces and jams. All kids will love it!

You will need: 200 g cheese, 3 eggs, 7 tbsp. flour, butter.

Preparation: Whisk 3 egg whites with salt until they form peaks, save the yolks for another meal. Add 4 tablespoons to them. flour and mix until smooth. Add cheese grated on a fine grater there, form balls with wet hands and roll in flour. Fry them in oil and put them on paper towels to remove excess fat.

3. Hot egg sandwiches


Simple hot sandwiches, but you can make them very effectively for your child's birthday.

You will need: 8 slices of bread, 4 eggs, 3 tbsp. grated cheese, 2 tbsp. butter, salt.

Preparation: Cut out slices of bread nicely and make a round hole in the center of 4 of them. Grease whole pieces with butter, and put the rest on them. Pour a raw egg into each recess, season, sprinkle with cheese and bake on a wire rack for 5 minutes at 180 degrees.

4. Children's snack "Piglets in a blanket"


It's funny, but this is really the original name of the English snack. It's just an improved presentation!

You will need: 15 short thick sausages, 330 g flour, 1 tsp. sugar and salt, 7 g of yeast, 250 ml of milk, 2 eggs, 1 yolk, 50 ml of vegetable oil.

Preparation: Sift the flour and mix with salt, sugar and yeast, pour in the milk and knead the dough. Add the eggs one at a time, gradually pour in the oil, roll the dough into a ball, cover with a towel and put it in the heat for an hour. Roll the dough into balls, make a hole in them and insert sausages.

Trim the edges to form a patch, ears and eyes. Lubricate the buns with beaten yolk with a spoonful of milk and put in the oven for half an hour at 180 degrees.

5. Children's meatballs


If you need a full-fledged main course for a children's party, then there is no better recipe for a side dish.

You will need: 300 g minced meat, half a carrot, half an onion, 1 potato, 2 tsp. ground oatmeal, spices and herbs.

Preparation: Blend vegetables and herbs with a blender, add spices and mix with minced meat. Add oatmeal to the desired consistency, make small meatballs and stew them in tomato sauce for 20-30 minutes. The sauce can be made from sautéed tomatoes, grated carrots, herbs, spices and sugar to taste.

6. Sesame-peanut halva


Sweet and hearty snack on the children's holiday table, which will be healthier than any candy.

You will need: 100 g sesame seeds, 50 g peanuts, 50 g dates, 1 tbsp. honey.

Preparation: Roast the peanuts with sesame seeds in a pan, peel the dates and grind everything in a blender. Add honey, pack it into a container and refrigerate overnight.

7. Potato casserole


This recipe will come in handy if active games are planned for the child's birthday, which require a lot of energy.

You will need: 600 g potatoes, 500 g chicken, 1 onion, 300 ml sour cream, 100 ml cream, 20 g butter, 150 g cheese, spices.

Preparation: Mince chicken, season and mix. Cut the onion into thin rings, and the potatoes into slices. Lubricate the form with butter, put the potatoes, onions, minced meat and potatoes again. Pour in a mixture of sour cream and cream and put in the oven for an hour and a half at 180 degrees. 15 minutes before the end, add grated cheese.

8. Julienne with chicken and mushrooms in tartlets


Easy, tasty, and convenient to eat! What else do kids need on their birthday?

You will need: 8 tartlets, 200 g chicken, 150 g mushrooms, 70 g cheese, 150 g sour cream, 150 ml milk, 40 g butter, 0.5 tbsp. flour, spices.

Preparation: Boil the chicken and cut into small pieces. Grind mushrooms, fry, add chicken to them and simmer together for a couple of minutes. Melt butter, add flour and stir until smooth. Pour milk into the sauce, and when it thickens, add sour cream and spices. Put the chicken with mushrooms into tartlets, pour over the sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese and put in the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.

9. Children's mini cakes


Simple and quick cakes look like cute canapes.

You will need: 300 g flour, 200 g butter, 3 tbsp. powdered sugar, 2 eggs, a pinch of salt, 250 g of cottage cheese, 1 can of boiled condensed milk, 3 marshmallows, 1 tsp. gelatin.

Preparation: Chop the cold butter with flour and powdered sugar into crumbs, add the eggs and quickly knead the dough. Roll it out on a baking sheet and leave it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, and then bake the cake for another 20 minutes at 180 degrees, cut off the edges and cut in half.

Pour and prepare the gelatin according to the instructions, beat the cottage cheese with condensed milk, and add it there. Cut the marshmallow into cubes and stir in the filling. Put the filling on one cake, cover with a second and put it in the refrigerator for 4 hours, and cut before serving.

10. Hot sandwiches "Kaleidoscope"


An even simpler recipe that you can cook for a child on his birthday - you just can't imagine!

You will need: 10 slices of bread, 150 g sausage, 1 tomato, half a yellow pepper, half a bunch of herbs, 120 g cheese, 2 tbsp. mayonnaise, spices.

Preparation: Cut sausage, tomatoes and pepper into small cubes, add chopped herbs and grated cheese. Mix everything with mayonnaise, put on slices of loaf and send for 10 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees.

11. Children's cookies with M&M's


All children at the party will definitely be delighted with this bright and beautiful cookie.

You will need: 200 g butter, 200 g sugar, 1 egg, 400 g flour, 0.5 tsp. baking powder and salt, packaging of M&M's.

Preparation: Beat softened butter with sugar with a blender, add the egg and gradually add the sifted flour with salt and baking powder. Shape into small cookies and place on a baking sheet. Decorate it with sweets and bake for 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees.

12. Beef in citrus sauce


Don't know how to cook meat so that children can eat everything? Keep an interesting recipe!

You will need: 450 g beef, 2 tsp. zest, 0.5 cup orange juice, a quarter cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp. rice vinegar and soy sauce, 2 tsp. ginger and cornstarch, 2 green onions, vegetable oil.

Preparation: Cut the meat into small pieces, fry quickly in a pan and put on a plate. In the same pan, add orange juice, vinegar, sauce, zest, grated ginger and starch. Stew everything together for 2 minutes, put the meat in the sauce, mix well and sprinkle with green onions.

13. Multi-colored vegetable casserole


Even if your child doesn't like vegetables too much, he definitely won't resist this dish!

You will need: 250 g dry beans, 400 g each peas and corn, 500 g spinach, 3 carrots, 1 bunch herbs, curry, olive oil.

Preparation: Soak and boil dry white beans in advance, bake carrots and pour boiling water over frozen peas for 5 minutes. Smash the beans with peas in a blender and add spices to them. Chop the greens, lightly sauté in olive oil and lay all the ingredients in layers in a mold. Bake for half an hour at 180 degrees.

14. Chinese cabbage salad


If desired, add chicken, ham or crab sticks to the salad.

You will need: 300 g Chinese cabbage, 1 cucumber, 2 eggs, 150 g cheese, 150 g canned corn, 200 g sour cream, spices.

Preparation: Cut the cucumber and Chinese cabbage into strips, and boiled eggs and soda cheese on a coarse grater. Add corn, mix all the ingredients and dress the salad with sour cream.

15. Lemon curd casserole


Make it in portions in small molds - and all the children on their birthday will be delighted!

You will need: 250 g cottage cheese, 2 eggs, 50 g sugar, 1 sachet of vanilla sugar, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 15 g starch, zest.

Preparation: Mix cottage cheese with egg yolks, sugar, starch and lemon juice. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt and slowly fold into the base. Add zest and filling to taste, put into molds and bake for 20 minutes at 160 degrees. Decorate the casserole with fruits and berries.

16. Children's kebabs in orange glaze


If there is no grill, you can bake the meat in the oven, but then turn the kebabs more often.

You will need: 500g pork, 1/3 cup barbecue sauce, 1/3 cup orange juice, spices.

Preparation: Cut the meat into small pieces and marinate in barbecue sauce, orange juice and spices. Put the skewers on skewers and grill for about 10-12 minutes.

17. Beet chips


Arrange them with beautiful buds and all children will immediately notice such a snack!

You will need: 2 sweet beets, 1 liter of water, 1 tbsp. salt, 1.5 tbsp. oils.

Preparation: Cut the beets into thin slices and drop them in small portions into salted boiling water for 3 minutes. Put all the slices on paper towels, dry, drizzle with oil and send in the microwave for 2 minutes at maximum power. You can send it to the oven at 220 degrees until dry.

18. Caesar on skewers


Cooking huge salad bowls for a child for his birthday is not at all interesting, unlike such salads on skewers.

You will need: 100 g bread, 1 garlic clove, 200 g chicken, 30 g cheese, 150 g lettuce, 100 g cherry tomatoes, 70 g mayonnaise, 70 g yogurt, 10 g Dijon mustard, spices.

Preparation: Rub bread with garlic, drizzle with olive oil, slice and fry in a dry frying pan. Boil the chicken and cut into large cubes, chop the cheese and lettuce too. Mix dressing, string lettuce onto skewers and drizzle with dressing.

19. Chicken fillet “Like pizza”

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An excellent alternative to regular pizza with dough for a children's holiday table!

You will need: 1 chicken fillet, 3 tomatoes, 2 tbsp. olive oil, spices, basil, cheese, half an onion.

Preparation: Cut the fillet almost to the end, open it into a book and beat it. Fry finely chopped onions with tomatoes, add a little sugar and spices, and simmer everything together for 10 minutes. Put the breast in the sauce so that it covers it completely, and simmer for another 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with basil before serving.

20. Chicken salad with grapes


Bright and healthy salad, which will be very appropriate for a children's birthday party.

You will need: 300 g chicken, 100 g celery, 150 g grapes, 30 g nuts, herbs, yogurt, spices.

Preparation: Boil or bake the chicken and cut it into cubes, chop the celery, nuts and herbs. If the grapes are large, cut the berries in half. Mix all the ingredients and season with yogurt with spices.

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Unsweetened snacks and delicate desserts that will disappear from the table in minutes.



How to make your own base for tartlets

It is not necessary to buy ready-made baskets. After all, the manufacturing technology is very simple. Just remember to let them cool before stuffing.

Classic Shortbread Tartlets

Roll out the shortbread dough and cut out rounds. Divide them into cupcake liners. Depending on the molds, you can get tartlets with ribbed or round edges. Trim off excess dough if necessary.

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Refrigerate for 30 minutes or an hour. To save time, you can put the molds in the freezer.

Prick the bottom of future tartlets with a fork or knife, or cover with parchment paper and fill with dry legumes, such as beans. This is necessary so that the dough does not rise. Bake at 180°C for 10-15 minutes.

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Puff pastry tartlets

Puff pastry can be simply distributed into molds in the same way as shortcrust pastry. Or make very cute little “airy” tartlets out of it.

Cut out small circles from the dough. In half of them, separate the middle so that you get a thin ring.

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Cut out leftovers can be reused. Prick whole circles of dough and place prepared rings on each of them. To make the tartlets shiny, grease their surface with an egg.

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Bake at 180°C for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. If there is not enough space in the tartlets, you can slightly press down the middle.

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Lavash tartlets

You will get very non-standard crispy baskets.

Cut thin pita bread into squares. Brush one of them with a mixture of beaten egg and a little water. Place the second square crosswise on top.

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Make a few more of the same blanks. Place them in cupcake liners.

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Place in an oven preheated to 180 °C for 10 minutes. Remove the baskets from the molds after they have completely cooled down.

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How to cook tartlets with savory fillings

Any bases are suitable for cold appetizers, but only shortbread for hot appetizers. It is better to fill the tartlets just before serving so that they do not get soggy. But the filling, if desired, is easy to make in advance.

The number of tartlets may vary depending on their size.

1. Tartlets with caviar and curd cheese

  • 150 g curd cheese;
  • 1 garlic clove or a few sprigs of dill;
  • 15-18 small tartlets;
  • 100-150 g red caviar;
  • a few sprigs of dill for decoration - optional.

Mix cheese with minced garlic or dill. Distribute the filling among the tartlets, and spread the red caviar and, if you like, dill sprigs on top.

2. Tartlets with chicken, mushrooms, eggs and onions

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  • 500 g chicken fillet;
  • 3 eggs;
  • 300 g mushrooms;
  • 1 bulb;
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil;
  • salt to taste;
  • ground black pepper - to taste;
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise;
  • 15-20 medium tartlets;
  • parsley and olives optional.

Boil chicken and eggs, cool. Peel the eggs from the shell. Cut mushrooms and onions into small pieces.

Fry the mushrooms in a hot pan until the liquid has evaporated. Add the onion, oil, salt and pepper and cook for a few more minutes until golden brown.

Cut the chicken and eggs into small cubes. Add to them the cooled mushrooms with onions. Season with mayonnaise and arrange on tartlets. Garnish with parsley and olives if desired.

3. Tartlets with curd cheese, avocado and red fish
  • ¹⁄₂ lemon;
  • ¹⁄₂ avocado;
  • 100 g curd cheese;
  • 6-8 medium tartlets;
  • 100 g salted red fish;
  • a little ground black pepper;
  • a few sprigs of parsley;
  • ¼ cucumber.

Squeeze the juice from the lemon. Mash the avocado pulp with a fork along with citrus juice. Mix with cream cheese.

Fill tartlets with this mixture. Cut the fish into thin slices, roll them into “roses” and put them on the cream. Sprinkle with pepper, garnish with parsley and, if desired, cucumber slices.

4. Tartlets with chicken, pineapple and tomatoes

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  • 300 g chicken fillet;
  • 2 tomatoes;
  • 300 g canned pineapple;
  • 2 garlic cloves;
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise;
  • salt to taste, optional;
  • 18-20 medium tartlets;
  • a few sprigs of parsley.

Boil the fillets until tender. Remove seeds and liquid from tomatoes. Cut the tomato pulp, chicken and pineapple into small pieces.

Combine prepared ingredients. Add chopped garlic and mayonnaise and mix thoroughly. Salt if necessary. Divide the mixture between tartlets and garnish with parsley.

5. Tartlets with cream cheese and red fish

  • 100 g salted red fish;
  • 180 g cream cheese;
  • a few sprigs of dill;
  • salt to taste;
  • 8-10 medium tartlets.

Cut half of the fish into small pieces. Mix them with cream cheese. Add some finely chopped dill and salt and stir.

Put the mixture into a pastry bag. You can use a regular plastic bag by cutting off the tip of it. Squeeze the filling into tartlets.

Cut the rest of the fish into thin slices. Fold each of them with a “rose” and place on top of the cheese mass. Garnish the appetizer with the remaining dill sprigs.

6. Tartlets with smoked chicken, cheese and Korean carrots

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  • 200 g smoked chicken breast;
  • 100 g hard cheese;
  • 100 g Korean style carrots;
  • 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise;
  • 6-8 medium tartlets;
  • a few sprigs of dill.

Cut the breast into small cubes. Grate the cheese on a fine grater. Add carrots and mayonnaise to them and mix. Arrange the salad among the tartlets and sprinkle with chopped dill.

7. Feta, tomato and cucumber tarts

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  • 70 g feta cheese;
  • a few sprigs of dill;
  • 1 garlic clove;
  • salt to taste;
  • ¼-½ cucumber;
  • 2-3 cherry tomatoes;
  • 6-8 small tartlets;
  • a few sprigs of parsley.

Sprinkle chopped dill over the feta and mash with a fork. Add crushed garlic and salt. Cut the cucumber into semicircular slices, divide the tomatoes into quarters.

Put the cheese mass into the tartlets. Top with slices of tomato and cucumber each and garnish with parsley.

8. Tartlets with cod liver, egg and cucumber

  • 1 egg;
  • 120 g canned cod liver;
  • ½ fresh cucumber;
  • salt to taste;
  • 6-8 medium tartlets.

Boil the egg, cool and peel. Mash the cod liver with a fork. Cut the egg and cucumber into small cubes. Mix all ingredients and season with salt. Divide the salad among the tarts.

9. Tartlets with crab sticks, eggs and melted cheese

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  • 2 eggs;
  • 100 g crab sticks;
  • 100 g hard processed cheese;
  • 2 garlic cloves;
  • a few sprigs of dill;
  • 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise;
  • salt to taste, optional;
  • 6-8 medium tartlets;
  • parsley and red caviar optional.

Boil the eggs, cool and peel. Cut them and crab sticks into small cubes. Grate the cheese on a coarse grater.

Add crushed garlic, chopped dill and mayonnaise to prepared ingredients. Stir and salt if necessary. Divide the salad among the tarts. You can decorate appetizers with parsley and caviar.

10. Tartlets with shrimps, cream cheese and cucumber

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  • 250–300 g shrimp, peeled + for garnish;
  • 200 g cream cheese;
  • 15-20 medium tartlets;
  • 1 cucumber.

Boil the shrimp and leave to cool. Combine them with cream cheese in a blender. Fill the tartlets with the resulting cream. Garnish with cucumber slices and whole shrimp.

11. Julienne with chicken and mushrooms in tartlets

  • 300 g chicken fillet;
  • 500 g mushrooms;
  • 1 bulb - optional;
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil;
  • salt to taste;
  • ground black pepper - to taste;
  • 3 tablespoons cream or sour cream;
  • 15-18 medium shortcrust tartlets;
  • 100 g hard cheese.

Boil the chicken until tender. Then cool slightly and cut into small pieces.

Chop mushrooms and onions, if using. Fry in hot oil until golden brown and liquid evaporates. Season with salt and pepper.

Mix mushrooms with chicken. Add cream or sour cream and, if necessary, salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among the tarts. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Sprinkle with grated cheese and put in an oven preheated to 180 ° C for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.

12. Tartlets with ham, cheese and sour cream filling

  • 100 g ham;
  • 90 g hard cheese;
  • 10-12 medium shortbread tartlets;
  • 120 g sour cream;
  • 1 egg;
  • salt to taste.

Cut the ham into small cubes. Grate the cheese on a medium or large grater. Mix them and stuff the tartlets.

Beat sour cream with egg and salt. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the tarts. Gently pour in the sour cream mixture. Bake at 180°C for about 15 minutes.

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How to make tartlets with sweet fillings

Sand bases are better for such desserts. If you cook tartlets yourself, you can replace a small part of the cocoa flour - then they will turn out chocolate.

The number of baskets may vary depending on their size.

1. Tartlets with mascarpone cream and white chocolate

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  • 200 g cream, 33-36% fat;
  • 200 g white chocolate;
  • 500 g mascarpone cheese;
  • 10-15 wide tartlets;
  • any berries, powdered sugar for decoration.

Heat the cream but do not bring to a boil. Dissolve the chocolate pieces in the cream until smooth. Add mascarpone and mix thoroughly.

Divide the cream among the tartlets and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Decorate the finished dessert with berries and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

2. Chocolate ganache tarts

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  • 140 g dark chocolate;
  • 140 g cream, 33-36% fat;
  • 40 g butter;
  • 6-8 medium tartlets.

Melt the chocolate in a water bath or microwave, stirring occasionally. Heat the cream without boiling. ¹⁄₃ pour them into the chocolate and mix thoroughly.

In the same portions add the rest of the cream. When the mass becomes completely homogeneous, add softened butter and mix well again.

Pour the hot ganache over the tartlets. Leave for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator.

3. Berry Curd Mousse Tartlets

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  • 460 ml berry juice;
  • 10 g granulated gelatin;
  • 400 g soft cottage cheese;
  • 100 g powdered sugar;
  • 150 g cream, 35% fat;
  • 8-10 wide tartlets;
  • any berries and nuts, shredded coconut for decoration.

Pour 400 ml of juice into a saucepan and boil until the volume of liquid is reduced to 100-150 ml. Remove from stove.

Pour the rest of the juice over the gelatin and leave to swell. Then transfer it to a saucepan with hot juice and mix until smooth.

Combine cottage cheese and powdered sugar. Whip the cream with a mixer until fluffy. Put them in the cottage cheese, add the gelatin mass and mix gently. Divide the mousse among the tartlets and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Decorate the dessert with berries, nuts, coconut flakes.

4. Lemon Curd Tarts

  • 80 ml lemon juice;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 1 egg yolk;
  • 100 g sugar;
  • 2 tablespoons butter;
  • 1 tablespoon cream;
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract;
  • a pinch of salt;
  • 15-20 small tartlets.

Heat the lemon juice, but do not boil. Whisk the eggs and yolk in a separate bowl. While continuing to beat, gradually add sugar and lemon juice.

Pour the mixture into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat, add butter cubes and stir until smooth.

Then add cream, vanilla extract and salt. Cover the surface of the curd with a film and cool.

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