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Baking With Kids Ideas - Recipes and Tips

Below are several different recipes that are as tasty as they are easy and fun for your kids to bake. You will have them in the kitchen with you to bake again and again.

1. Funfetti cookies

For this recipe you are going to have your kids get all of the sprinkles out of the cupboard. You are going to need all of the sprinkles that you have! These cookies are so much fun and gorgeous as well which will make them the perfect new tradition that your whole family will love to get in the kitchen for.

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Dreamy pink, red, and white sprinkles for Valentines Day. Green, red, and white for Christmas. Shiny gold and silver on New Years and so on. They are a perfectly beautiful versatile cookie.

To make this sprinkle obsession cookie you will need:

  • 1/2 cup butter- softened not melted

  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg- room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons of milk

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • (at least) 1/3 cup of whatever type of sprinkles make you happy

How to make:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • line baking sheet with parchment paper

  • cream the butter with hand mixer for 1-2 minutes until fluffy

  • add in sugar and mix for another minute until creamy

  • add egg, vanilla, and milk. Beat into butter mixture until well-incorporated

  • take a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, immediately rolling into the sprinkles after

  • place on baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes

  • allow to cool on baking sheet for two minutes before moving to cooling rack to finish cooling

  • will last for 1 week at room temperature (if you and the kids can keep your hands off of them for that long)


2. Baked apples

Baked breakfasts and snacks never smelled or looked so delicious. This recipe combines the sweetness of baked apples with the protein and saltiness of oatmeal. You can top it off with maple syrup, caramel, yogurt, or whip cream for the perfect sweet and hearty treat. Each one of you and the kids can have your individual apple to break into and watch creamy oatmeal and caramel/maple goodness ooze out.

For this recipe you will need:

  • 4 apples (whatever kind is your favorite)

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 cup of any type of milk

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons of raisins

  • Brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or caramel for garnish drizzle

  • Whipped cream or yogurt to dollop on top

How to make:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Mix together the oatmeal, milk, and cinnamon. Once mixed set aside for at least an hour to overnight

  • Slice the top of the apple off and remove the core

  • Mix the oatmeal mixture together with nuts and raisins

  • Fill the apples with the mixture. Push it down a bit so you can really fill the apple up

  • Put apples in a baking dish and add 1/2 inch of hot water to bottom of the pan

  • Cover with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes

  • Serve immediately

The kids will love being able to get their own apple and put the garnish and topping on top so it looks and tastes exactly how they like it!


3. Mason jar ice cream cakes

Just because you are in the kitchen baking with the kids, doesn't mean that you have to turn the oven on and worry about them burning their little fingers. This little treat is simple and sweet and more fun than anything!

To make these fun little ice cream jars you will need:

  • 6-8 wide mouth jars. Make sure that you have the rings and lids so you can seal it properly

  • 1 package of chocolate wafer cookies or oreos

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter

  • Cookie ice cream (softened not melted)

  • Chocolate cherry ice cream (softened not melted)

  • Chocolate ice cream fudge sauce

How to make it:

  • Grab your cookies and let each of your kids have a turn at crushing them up into a really fine crumble

  • Melt the butter

  • Put all of the cookie crumbles into a bowl and pour the melted butter over it

  • Spoon the cookie mix into the bottom of the mason jars. Press the cookies down firmly to the bottom and freeze

  • Spread the softened cookie ice cream onto the frozen cookie "crust" and freeze again

  • Spread chocolate fudge sauce onto first layer of ice cream. you guessed it: Freeze again!

  • Spread softened cherry ice cream on top of frozen chocolate sauce

  • Put on the lid and- screw it tightly. FREEZE

  • Make sure you serve it up with a strong spoon and extra cookies just because so you get a perfect spoonful every time


4. Jello Poke Cake

This little blast from the past will give your kids a fun look at one of the best treats that you would have had during your own childhood. You may even be carrying on a tradition that you got to do with your parents as a kid and get to share that with kids of your own! If you know what a poke cake is, then you know that you are all in for a big treat.

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For this pokey treat you will need:

  • 1 box of white cake mix and all of the ingredients that are called for on the box just ass directed

  • 1 3.4 ounce package of strawberry jello

  • 1 cup of boiling water

  • 1/2 cup of ice cold water

  • 1 tub of cool whip- just 8 ounces

How to make it:

  • Mix the cake mix with all of the ingredients called for on the box

  • After mixing the cake ingredients together, pour the batter into a pan that has been greased

  • Bake for about 45 minutes or for however long the box calls for

  • Take cake out of oven and use fork, spoon, straw, etc. to poke holes all throughout the cake

  • Mix boiling water and jello together, stirring until jello is completely dissolved. Then add cold water

  • Pour jello over entire cake so it can seep into the holes on the cake

  • Once completely cooled, add an even layer of cool whip over entire cake

  • Use some freshly sliced strawberries for garnish if you wish


5. Chewy ooie-gooie brownies

Every kid loves chocolate! It is in the universal language of children! This means that making the best brownies with your kids is going to be something that everyone loves to do together. Even the parents will probably have a hard time not licking the spoon as you mix it all together!

Ingredients that you need to make this chocolatey goodness:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (cold and cut into pieces)

  • 4 ounces of chocolate cut into small pieces

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 2 eggs at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour

  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

How to make it:

  • Preheat oven to 350

  • Line baking dish with foil or parchment paper

  • Melt butter in a saucepan, add in chopped up chocolate and stir quickly and constantly over very low heat until the chocolate is totally melted

  • Once melted, remove chocolate from the heat ,stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Then stir in the flour and salt

  • Beat this batter together very quickly and vigorously for about 30 seconds to 1 minute

  • Once completely mixed together, stir in the chocolate chips

  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the center just barely jiggles


Now, all of the recipes above look great on paper and are sure to tarte amazing, but most parents are probably wondering how on earth it is possible to get their kids into the kitchen with them, bake together and make memories instead of all chaos being let loose!

Thankfully there are plenty of tips that you can use that will make the baking experience fun, memorable, and rewarding for kids and adults alike!


Use these tips to introduce your little humans to the baking world and you won't go wrong!

- Be prepared ahead of time

If you can, get into the kitchen before the kids and set out as many ingredients and tools as you can ahead of time. Cover the table with wax paper if you need to roll things out, get out cookie cutters, spatulas, spoons, bowls, mixers, and anything else you can think of. Once the kids get in the kitchen with you, you won't have extra hands to do everything, so getting ahead of it as much as possible will make the process much smoother.

- Don't be afraid to let them use your kitchen appliances

Yes. most appliances probably cost a pretty penny, but this means that they are more thank likely built to last and can handle getting a little beat up from time to time. Allowing them to not just watch but experience the thrill of making the mixers go around and around will give you and them a sense of pride in the work done!

- Let them have their own thing to decorate

Your kids are going to watch you decorating the cookies and the cakes and will want to get in on the action just like you! To avoid the stress and annoyance of trying to get them to leave your decorations alone or trying to get them to do it like you want it, make an extra batch of cookies or an extra small cake and let them go to town on their own things! This will allow them to express themselves and have pride in their work while you get to make treats that look beautiful! Everyone is happy and stress free.

- Strap in the littlest of the bunch

If your baking with a mixture of big kids and little toddlers, then you will need all the help that you can get. Strap the toddlers into their booster seat or high chair! This will keep them safe without you having to worry about them touching the stove or oven, and will give them their own little tray as a craft space which will make clean up for you much easier when the baking is done.


When it comes to getting in the kitchen and cooking with your little ones, it is never early to start. Baking helps your children learn and grow mentally. Baking together with your children teaches them to better control their fine motor skills and helps to encourage their bravery when it comes to trying out new foods ad flavors that may be in their limited comfort zone.

The best part of cooking with your kiddos will be the fact that they will get to experience first hand just how talented they are and how tasty their treats can be.

Baking with kids can be rewarding and something that everybody looks forward too! It is a tradition that they will remember and will pass down to their kids one day. All it takes is a little planning, and thinking outside of the box so that everyone can have fun and the treats are as tasty and beautiful as ever!


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