Cookbook for young chefs

April 1, 2008 5:14:20 PM PDT
Quick meals and tasty treats kids can make in silicone cups.

Cook it in a cup! Kids can whip together little lasagnas, tiny fruit tarts and many other yummy treats in small containers. Julia Myall, the creator of "Cook it in a Cup," shares here recipes!

Recipe: Little Lasagnas
For 6 lasagnas


  • 1 1/2 cups dried penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • extra Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
  1. Preheat the over to 350 f.
  2. Put 1/4 cup of the penne pasta & 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce in each cup.
  3. Combine the three cheeses with the basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Mix with a fork.
  4. Top each cup with 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture.
  5. Sprinkle an extra pinch of parmesan cheese on top of each cup.
  6. Place the cups on a baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling. Serve in or out of cups. To serve outside of the cups, use a spoon to scoop out the lasagnas.
Recipe: Tiny Fruit Tarts
For 6 tarts


  • 9 graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 Cup Heavy (whipping) cream
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Fresh Fruit
To make the crust:
  1. Preheat the over to 350 f
  2. Put the graham crackers & the granulated sugar in a zippered plastic bag, press out the air, & seal closed. Using a mallet or rolling pin, crunch the crackers. The cracker crumbs will miz with the sugar as you crush. Keep crushing until the mixture looks like sand
  3. Pour the graham cracker mixtures into a medium bowl. Add the melted butter & mix together with a fork
  4. Place 2 tablespoons of the crust mixture into each cup & press down with back of a spoon
  5. Place the cups on a baking sheet & bake for 7 minutes, or until browned. Let the cups cook completely before filling.
To make the filling and fill the tarts:
  1. Pour the cream into a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer beat (with adult help) on high spped until soft peaks form
  2. Add the cream cheese, vanilla, & powdered sugar & continue to beat on high speed until stiff peaks form
  3. Spoon the whipped cream filling into cooled crusts. Then top with the fruit of your choice
  4. Serve the tarts in or out of the cups. To serve out of the cups, use a spoon to gently scoop out the tarts.

Buy the book on Amazon: Cook it in a Cup

About Julia Myall:
Julia Myall has worked as a chef in many premier San Francisco restaurants and as a cooking teacher at the American Embassy in Paris. She lives with her family in Lafayette, California.

About "Cook it in a Cup":
It's a fresh take on Kids-in-the-kitchen cookbooks. It comes with six colorful silicone baking cups that children can use to prepare all sorts of individually sized treats, both savory and sweet. The book features 29 healthy recipes, each with color photos and easy-to-follow instructions. The cookbook is baked to perfection for young chefs!