20 Easy Baking Recipes for Kids (and Nervous Parents)


Leaving your kids in the kitchen can be fun…aaaaand torturous. Teaching children to cook or bake comes with its own set of challenges and questions. Will they burn themselves or tear off a finger? Can they make something edible? Can they cook something more complex than a simple 3 ingredient recipe? While your head is swimming with worry, your heart is likely swell at the opportunity to spend time with your toddler and teach him a useful skill. Plus, if all goes well, you can end the family bond with something delicious to eat. That’s a win in our book!

What you need, of course, are easy-to-follow baking recipes for your kids – something essentially harmless and hopefully delicious. Luckily, these delicious and easy baking ideas might just do the trick. So get out your new silicone baking mold and get to work.

1. Cookie cups

Is there a more classic dessert than chocolate chip cookies? Not at all. If you’re looking for an easy and less messy baking recipe for your child, chocolate chip cookie cutters might be the answer. You can work as a family to make dough from a recipe. Or your mini-me can use pre-made dough to form the bottoms of mini muffin cups and then bake them. Then, fill them with ice cream, marshmallows, banana slices, or whatever you think will go well with the chocolate chip cookies.

2. Homemade “Brookie” (from the box)

Another simple yet fun and different recipe involving chocolate chip cookies is to make these delicious half-brownie, half-cookie bars. You can start from scratch, but box or bag mixes for brownies and cookies will totally do the trick. Simply help your child pour the brownie batter into the pan, then add dollops of cookie dough. Cook and enjoy.

3. Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

In our family, peanut butter cookies are like gold. A batch of PBC won’t last a day on our counter, and your home could be the same. The “real” versions from scratch are the best. Bags or boxes are great too. Even break-and-bake cookies will do in a pinch. But peanut butter cookies have become infinitely more accessible with the discovery of this easy baking recipe. You only need three ingredients: an egg, sugar and peanut butter. Even the smallest chef can master this.

4. Banana Bread

Got a kid who loves Starbucks pumpkin or banana bread slices? Teaching them how to recreate it will not only help them be more independent, but it will also save you a pretty penny. Don’t get caught up in making a “loaf”, though. This recipe, for example, works best in a baking sheet or muffin tin. Add ice cream for dessert or heat it up and spread it with butter for breakfast.

5. Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Another difficult aspect of cooking with your children? Make sure you have all the ingredients when your kids get that wild hair. If they’re craving cookies and all you have is cake mix, you don’t have to say “no.” A few quick changes can turn boxed cake mix into truly delicious cookies.

6. Cakes in a mug in the microwave

You might not be quite ready to let your little ones use the oven. Understandable. But that shouldn’t take away the fun! Home can smell so delicious when you bake something in the oven, especially when it’s the overwhelming smell of cinnamon that wafts through the house when making those microwave snickerdoodle cakes.

7. Apple Pie Bites Recipe

Apple pies are delicious but tedious. This simple variation is as easy as wrapping strips of pie crust around apple wedges. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over your apple pie bites before and after baking them.

8. Fruit Pizzas

want a slightly a healthier dessert option? Fruit pizza is the easiest of the easy baking recipes. First, cut out your family’s favorite fruits. Then let your kids use the slices to decorate a premade sugar cookie “crust.” A cinnamon-sugar mixture or a simple drizzle of frosting will spice things up a bit more.

9. Sorting Hat Cupcakes Recipe

Do you have a Hufflepuff in the house? Or maybe just a Potter head in general? Take a simple vanilla cupcake recipe and, with a few modifications, turn it into an edible sorting hat. What could be better?

10. Rice Krispy Candy

Should this recipe be considered baking? Maybe not. But they only require a few simple steps, taste delicious, and get your kids in the kitchen with you. We will take it!

11. Fruit cakes

Fact: If you add the word “cake” to something, most kids will eat it. This “cake”, however, apparently contains a lot more fruit than the actual cake. Thank you, pioneer woman.

12. Pumpkin Bars

Nothing makes the holidays more memorable than including your child in the festivities and the planning. Pumpkin pie is delicious (and also worth trying), but pumpkin bars will seem more accessible to your kids, both in taste and execution.

13. Earth Day Cookies

If we know anything, it’s that nothing is more magnetic to children than color. Use Earth Day as a chance to teach your kids about the climate crisis, then kick back with cookies that look like our favorite planet. How simple can this be? Take a batch of sugar cookie dough and divide it in half. Dye half green and half blue, then let the children take pieces of each color and put them into a ball. When cooked, they will look like our big blue planet seen from space.

14. Unicorn Poke Cake

Poke cakes are, well, they’re magic. The cake mass comes from a boxed cake mix. To go into full unicorn mode, you’ll dye sweetened condensed milk teal, pink, and purple, and pour them into drilled holes. It’s glorious! Note: You can also bake a chocolate cake and fill the holes with gooey caramel.

15. Nutella Croissants

Who doesn’t love gooey ooey chocolate croissants for breakfast? Luckily, you can enjoy it without leaving your house using Pillsbury croissants and a dollop of Nutella hazelnut spread. Kids will love playing with chocolate and batter, and you’ll know that no matter how messy they are, they’ll still be delicious. Just a tip, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar before baking for a golden, crispy appearance.

16. Apple Puff Rosettes

It sounds way more complicated than it is, but trust us, it’s as simple as it gets. Cut a sheet of puff pastry in half and line the long edge of each piece with thinly sliced ​​apples. Fold over the other half of each piece so that half of the apple slice is visible. Roll the puff pastry until you only have a rosette left and bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool slightly and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

17. Raspberry Ricotta Cake

Creamy, tart and rich. That’s what you get with every bite of this easy and airy Ricotta, Raspberry and Cheesecake. This super easy cake requires ingredients you already have in your pantry, fridge and freezer and is super simple to fold together. So easy, in fact, that kids can do it from start to finish, and you can step in when it comes time to DIY the oven.

18. Vegan chocolate mousse

This four-ingredient chocolate mousse recipe can be yours to taste in five minutes flat! The recipe, courtesy of Spoon University, calls for a can of coconut milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, coconut nectar (or maple syrup or honey if non-vegan). Mix well in a bowl and pour straight into your slobbery, hungry mouth.

19. Classic Blueberry Muffins

Honestly, what could be better on a rainy Saturday morning than piping hot blueberry muffins straight out of the oven? Maybe the only thing that could take over is having your kids do most of the work for this easy recipe from Inspired Taste. Don’t forget how to teach your toddlers to crumble that sugar butter on top.

20. Easy Peasy Sugar Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies may be the king of all cookies, but sugar cookies are the most versatile. These delicious and sweet concoctions are the blank canvas for your kids’ cookie decorating sessions for Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas, Easter – you name it. If you’re looking for a cookie that will hold up to sprinkles and icing while still tasting delicious, this recipe from All Recipes should do the trick.

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