My daughters were inspired to do some baking—on their own. Early on Thanksgiving week I helped the younger girl make cream puffs for a school party, and the next day she really wanted to bake some cookies all on her own. The only things adults did were to get the heavy mixer down for her, and help her get the hot tray out of the oven (and also remind her to clean up after herself). The cookies did not come out in the shape they were supposed to, but they tasted great.
Immediately after that her older sister wanted to bake some brownies. She did that all on her own, too, except for occasional requests for advice. The brownies came out oddly low in quantity, as if there was not enough to cover the pan, even though after review neither my daughter nor I could figure out where there may have been an error. It seems to me that the recipe was simply wrong. At any rate, I helped her keep an eye on the brownies in the over, and they actually came out great. Thin and cookie-like (prompting her to label them “crownies”), but delicious.
I am proud of my bakers!