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Cooking with Kids: Celery Race Car Snacks!

Aren’t those adorable? When I was a little girl, I heard about a recipe for Celery Race Car Snacks and beggggggged my mom to make them with me. She did — just once — and I was totally smitten. I made them myself a few times as I got older, but eventually stopped.

When celery appeared in my CSA box last week, the idea immediately popped into my head. I could practically taste the creamy peanut butter on the crispy, cool celery. YUM! I am not a huge fan of celery, but when prepared this way, who can resist munching on it?

The best part is that this recipe can almost entirely be kid-made. Your child will need enough hand control to handle a dull knife (or be willing to accept help from you).

Will and Paige both spread their own peanut butter in (Paige did need a little help). Next comes the assembly. You need a little mom-muscle to insert the toothpicks. Will took care of attaching his own wheels. Meanwhile, Paige lined her carrots up for easy stabbing (which I did, at her request). Finally, you add the chocolate chip driver — which is something any kid can do. Then it’s time to eat.

Doesn’t this beget playing with your foods? Well, yes, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Will tried — and loved — celery for the first time today. Paige wasn’t as fond of it, but she is certainly building a comfort level by touching and exploring its crevices. Generally, I am totally anti-playing with food, but really this is one time when it’s just A-OK. I thought mine might want to make race car noises and race them around their plates. Um. No. Once the driver was eaten and the wheels removed, they both turned them into pirate ships before devouring.

It’s a car! It’s a craft! It’s super fun.

Celery Race Cars

Celery Race Cars


  • Peanut butter
  • 4 ribs celery, cut in half
  • 16 toothpicks
  • 2 large carrots, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds SAVE $
  • 8 chocolate chips


  1. Using a butter knife, spread peanut butter in the cavity of each of the celery rib halves.
  2. Pierce each of the celery ribs with two toothpicks (one at each end), pushing all the way through. This forms the axle for the car's wheels.
  3. Attach carrot rounds to the ends of the toothpicks (4 per car).
  4. Place one chocolate chip on each car (this is the driver's head!).

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Monday 26th of July 2010

How fun!

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