Toddler Tuesday: Easy, Kid-Friendly Recipe for Pizza Crackers

There’s a meme floating around Pinterest and Facebook that says something like “If you wait long enough to make dinner, everyone will eat cereal.” Well, my son absolutely hates cereal, so we usually make this simple recipe for pizza crackers on hectic nights when I’m too busy, exhausted, or stressed to whip up a real meal.

Pizza crackers make a great lunch, dinner, or snack. We’ve also had them for breakfast a couple times, but that’s because we were eating leftovers.

I love this recipe because it’s easy enough for my youngest, who is 3 years old, to make on his own. Well, with the exception of placing the tray in the heated oven. I don’t let my toddlers operate the oven.

Speaking of the oven, set it to “broil” before you prepare this recipe. Don’t be alarmed when you see the high temperature – you’re only going to bake these crackers for a couple minutes.

Start by having your toddler place some crackers on a foil-lined tray lightly coated with cooking spray. We usually use Golden Rounds from Trader Joe’s, but nearly any cracker will work just fine.

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Let your little one spread tomato sauce on each cracker. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect. Everything will still taste great.

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Fun fact: My youngest son is left-handed. I’ve heard that left-handed kiddos are extra creative, but I have no clue whether that’s true. I’ll have to Google it later.

Have your child tear each piece of cheese in half and place a piece on each cracker. This is good way to improve fine motor skills. My little guy has been going to occupational therapy on a weekly basis for about 6 months or so.

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Ask your child to carefully place a small amount of basil on each slice of cheese. If you’re using dried basil, think twice before you let your child shake it directly from the container. I learned this lesson the hard way.

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If your kids are dramatically proclaiming that they’re starving to death, let them eat the cracker pizzas cold. Otherwise, pop them in the oven and broil for 1 to 3 minutes.

Simple recipe that a toddler can make

I like to serve these with apple slices and a salad so I feel less guilty about calling cheese-topped crackers a meal.

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And by “apple slices”, I mean that sometimes I serve these cracker pizzas with a pouch of applesauce. Shhhhh.

Cracker pizzas are also a tasty appetizer for adults and older kids, like if you’re hosting game night at your place or having a family movie night.

Here’s one last look at these toddler-approved cracker pizzas:

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Okay, it’s time to let your kiddos make their own cracker pizzas!

Pizza Crackers
Print Recipe
Pizza crackers require just a few minutes in the oven and are topped with gooey cheese, sweet tomato sauce, and aromatic basil. This recipe requires very little prep time and is simple enough for toddlers or elementary school students to make.
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 to 3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 to 3 minutes
Pizza Crackers
Print Recipe
Pizza crackers require just a few minutes in the oven and are topped with gooey cheese, sweet tomato sauce, and aromatic basil. This recipe requires very little prep time and is simple enough for toddlers or elementary school students to make.
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 to 3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 to 3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Set oven to "broil" before you prepare this recipe. Line a baking pan with foil and spray it lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange 24 crackers on the sprayed foil.
  3. Using a spoon, top each cracker with tomato sauce. Alternately, you can place the sauce in a squeezable pouch or a Ziploc bag with one snipped-off corner.
  4. Top each cracker with one piece of cheese.
  5. Sprinkle each cheese-topped cracker with a few crushed basil leaves.
  6. Broil for 1 to 3 minutes, keeping a close eye on the pizza crackers. They cook very quickly under high heat.
Recipe Notes

You can substitute shredded mozzarella cheese for the sliced mozzarella cheese, but I've found my kids do better with slices. We use a pre-sliced mozzarella log from Trader Joe's.

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4 thoughts on “Toddler Tuesday: Easy, Kid-Friendly Recipe for Pizza Crackers

  • April 27, 2016 at 11:31 pm
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    these are so tasty! definitely would make for a party!

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    • April 27, 2016 at 11:32 pm
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      Glad you think my simple recipe for pizza crackers looks tasty, Claire! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • April 29, 2016 at 7:31 pm
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    Well. Now I know what we’re having for dinner on Monday night. I’m going to call it “Missy’s meal for when I can’t even but want something tasty” 🙂

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    • April 29, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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      Bahahahaha! Sounds like a perfect meal to me, Sarah. 😉

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