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.
Let your little one spread tomato sauce on each cracker. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect. Everything will still taste great.
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.
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.
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.
I like to serve these with apple slices and a salad so I feel less guilty about calling cheese-topped crackers a meal.
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:
Okay, it’s time to let your kiddos make their own cracker pizzas!