Letting your kids into the kitchen can be fun… and excruciating. Teaching children how to cook or bake comes with its own set of challenges and questions. Will they burn themselves or cut off a finger? Can you make something edible? Can you bake something more complex than just a 3 ingredient recipe? While your head is swimming with worry, your heart is likely to swell when you can spend time with your little one and teach him a useful skill. And if all goes well, you can end the family bond with something delicious. That’s a win in our book!
What you need, of course, are easy baking recipes for your kids to follow—something mostly harmless and hopefully delightful. Luckily, these delicious and easy baking ideas might do the trick. So pull out your fancy new silicone baking mold and get to work.
1. Cookie Cup
Is there a more classic dessert than chocolate chip cookies? No way. If you’re looking for a less messy, easy baking recipe for your kid, chocolate chip cookie cups might be the way to go. You can work together as a family to make dough from a recipe. Or your mini me can use pre-made batter to form the bottoms of mini muffin cups and then bake them. Then fill them with ice cream, marshmallows, banana slices, or anything you think goes well with chocolate chip cookies.
2. Homemade (out of the box) Brookie
Another easy yet fun and different chocolate chip cookie recipe is to make these delicious part brownie, part cookie bars. You can start from scratch, but box or bag mixes for brownies and cookies will do just fine. Just help your kid pour the brownie batter into the pan, then add a spoonful of cookie batter. bake and enjoy.
3. Three-ingredient peanut butter cookies
In our family, peanut butter cookies are like gold. A batch of PBCs doesn’t last a day on our counter, and your house might be the same. The “real” versions from scratch are the best. The bags or boxes are great too. Even the break-and-bake cookies will do in a pinch. But peanut butter cookies just got infinitely more accessible with the discovery of this easy baking recipe. You only need three ingredients: egg, sugar and peanut butter. Even the smallest chef can master this.
4. Banana Bread
Do you have a kid who loves Starbucks pumpkin slices or banana bread? Teaching them to replicate it will not only help them become more independent, but it will also save you a pretty penny. Don’t get bogged down in baking a “loaf,” though. For example, this recipe works best in a sheet pan or muffin tin. Add ice cream to make a dessert, or reheat and slather with a little butter for breakfast.
5. Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Another difficult part of cooking with your kids? Make sure you have all the ingredients when your kids get that wild back hair. When they’re craving cookies and all you have is cake mix, there’s no need to say no. A few quick changes can transform a boxed cake mix into seriously delicious cookies.
6. Mug cake from the microwave
Maybe you’re not quite ready to let your little ones use the oven. Understandable. But that doesn’t have to spoil the fun! Home can smell so delicious when you’re baking something in the oven—especially when it’s that overwhelming cinnamon smell wafting through the house as you make those microwaved Snickerdoodle cakes.
7. Recipe for Apple Pie Bites
Apple pies are delicious though boring. This easy twist is as easy as wrapping strips of pie crust around apple wedges. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on your apple pie bites, both before and after baking.
8. Fruit Pizzas
Want a easy a healthier dessert option? Fruit pizza is the easiest of the easy baking recipes. First, slice your family’s favorite fruits. Next, have your kids use the discs to decorate pre-made sugar cookie “crusts.” A cinnamon-sugar mixture or a simple sprinkle of powdered sugar add even more spice.
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 turn it into an edible sorting hat with a few tweaks. what would be better
10. Rice Krispy Treats
Should this recipe count as baking? Maybe not. But they only require a few steps, taste delicious and bring your children into the kitchen. We’ll take it!
11. Fruity dump cakes
Fact: If you add the word “cake” to something, most kids will eat it. However, this “cake” appears to contain much more fruit than the actual cake. Thank you pioneer.
12. Pumpkin bars
Nothing makes a vacation more memorable than including your child in the celebrations and planning. Pumpkin pie is delicious (and worth a try, too), but pumpkin bars will seem more accessible to your kids, both in taste and execution.
13. Earth Day Cookies
If we know one thing, it’s that nothing attracts children like colour. Use Earth Day as an opportunity to teach your kids about the climate crisis—then cheer up with some cookies that look just like our favorite planet. How easy can it be? Take a portion of sugar cookie dough and divide it in half. Color half green and half blue, then have the children take pieces of each color and ball them together. Once baked, they look just like our big blue planet from space.
14. Unicorn Poke Cake
Poke cakes are, well, they’re magical. The mass of the cake comes from a loaf cake mix. For full unicorn mode, dye sweetened condensed milk teal, pink, and purple and pour into pierced holes. It is wonderful! Note: You can also make a chocolate cake and fill the holes with ooey gooey caramel.
15. Nutella croissants
Who doesn’t love ooey gooey chocolate croissants for breakfast? Luckily, with Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and a dollop of Nutella hazelnut spread, you can enjoy one without leaving your home. Kids will love playing with the chocolate and batter, and you’ll know they’ll still be delicious no matter how messy they end up. Just a tip, brush them with egg yolk and sprinkle with granulated sugar before baking for that golden, crunchy look.
16. Puff Pastry Apple Rosettes
This seems a lot more complicated than it is, but trust us, it’s as simple as can be. Cut a sheet of puff pastry in half and line the long edge of each piece with thinly sliced apples. Fold the other half of each piece so that half of the apple slice shows through. Roll out the puff pastry into a rosette and bake for 20 minutes. Let 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, fluffy, cheesy Raspberry Ricotta Cake. This super easy cake requires ingredients you already have in your pantry, fridge and freezer and is super easy to fold. So easy, kids can do it from start to finish, and you can step in when it’s time to tinker with the stove.
18. Vegan Chocolate Mousse
This four-ingredient chocolate mousse recipe can be yours for tasting in just five minutes! 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 not vegan). Mix well in a bowl and spoon straight into your drooling and eager mouth.
19. Classic blueberry muffins
What could be nicer on a rainy Saturday morning than baking hot blueberry muffins right out of the oven? Perhaps the only thing that could overdo this is if your kids are doing most of the work for this easy Inspired Taste recipe. Don’t forget to teach your little ones how to crumble this 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, sugary concoctions are the blank canvas for your kid’s cookie decorating sessions for Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas, Easter – you name it. If you’re looking for a cookie that will stand up to sprinkles and frosting and still taste delicious, this recipe from All Recipes should do the trick.
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