20 Easy Baking Recipes For Kids And Nervous Moms: Baking With Kids

20 Easy Baking Recipes For Kids And Nervous Moms

April 1, 2020 Updated July 29, 2020

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Allowing your kids in the kitchen can be fun… and torturous. Teaching kids how to cook or bake comes with its own set of challenges and questions. Will they burn themselves or lob off a finger? Can they make something edible? Can they bake something more complex than just a 3-ingredient recipe? While your head is swimming with concerns, your heart is probably swelling at the chance to spend time with your little one and teach them a useful skill. What you need, of course, are easy baking recipes for your kids to follow along with — something mostly harmless, but 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 Cups

Is there a more classic dessert than chocolate chip cookies? No way. If you’re looking for a less-mess, easy baking recipe for your kiddo, 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 dough to form around the bottoms of mini muffin tin cups, then bake them. Afterwards, you can fill them with ice cream, marshmallows, banana slices or anything else you think goes well with chocolate chip cookies.

2. Homemade (From The Box) “Brookie”

Another easy-peasy but fun and different recipe involving chocolate chip cookies is to make those yummy part-brownie, part-cookie bars. You can go from scratch, but box or bag mixes for brownies and cookies will totally do the trick. Just help your child pour brownie batter into the pan, then plop in spoonfuls of cookie dough. Bake and enjoy.

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VEGAN BROOKIES🍪🍫 Tag someone who'd love this 🤤👇 Brownies and Cookies together just can't go wrong, right? There's is this crispy, sweet cookie layer with a touch of peanut on top of the fudgy, chocolatey brownies, the perfect balance between soft and fudgy and slightly crispy from the cookies! Also it's not even as unhealthy as you might think. This brookie is made without refined sugar and oil and chickpeas are hided in it but pshh. 🤫 So, you definitely don't want to miss this baked goodness out! 😉 Much love Maya💚 INGREDIENTS : Brownie: -1 can chickpeas -15g spelt flour -25g cocoa powder -3/4 cup coconut sugar -1/3 cup peanut butter -1 Tbsp baking powder -a pinch of salt -1 Tsp vanilla extract Cookie: -1/2 cup peanut butter – 1/2 cup spelt flour -1/4 cup maple syrup -1 Tsp baking powder -1 Tsp vanilla extract, pinch of salt -50g chocolate chips (bake at 175/350 for 30-35 minutes) Try it yourself and tag me with #fitgreenrecipes 💚 – VEGANE BROOKIES🍪🍫 Tagge jemanden, der das lieben würde 🤤👇 Brownies und Cookies, das kann einfach nicht schief gehen. Die knusprige, süße, leicht nussige Cookieschicht auf dem schokoladigen, fudgy Brownie, die perfekte Kombi aus weich und leicht knusprig, wirklich ein Traum! Und er ist nicht mal so ungesund wie du vielleicht denkst. Denn der Brookie kommt ohne raffinierten Zucker und Öl aus und sich haben dort sogar Kichererbsen drin versteckt, aber pssst. 🤫 Also glaub mir, du willst diese traumhafte Kombi nicht verpassen! 😉 Maya💚 ZUTATEN : Brownie: -1 Dose Kichererbsen -150g Kokosblütenzucker -25g Backkakao -15g Mehl -70g Erdnussmus -1 El Backpulver -eine Prise Salz, 1 TL Vanille Extrakt Cookie: -125g Erdnussmus -75g Ahornsirup -85g Mehl -1 TL Backpulver, 1 TL Vanille Extrakt -eine Prise Salz -50g Schoko Chips (backe ihn bei 175/350 Grad für 30-35 Minuten) Probiere ihn selbst aus und tagge mich mit dem #fitgreenrecipes 💚 – Music by @lakeyinspired

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3. Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

In our family, peanut butter cookies are like gold. A batch of PBCs won’t last a day on our counter and your house might just be the same. The “real,” from scratch, versions 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 became infinitely more attainable with the discovery of this easy baking recipe. You only need three ingredients: Egg, Sugar, Peanut butter. Even the tiniest chef can master this.

4. Banana Bread

Got a kiddo who loves slices of pumpkin or banana bread from Starbucks? Helping them learn to recreate it will not only help them be more independent, it’ll save you a pretty penny. Don’t necessarily get caught up in making a “loaf,” though. This recipe, for instance, works best in a sheet pan or muffin tin. Add ice cream to make it dessert or warm it up and schmeer on some butter for breakfast.

5. Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Another hard part about cooking with your children comes from making sure you have all the ingredients when your kids get that wild baking hair. If they’re craving cookies and all you have is cake mix, you don’t have to say “no.” A couple quick alterations can turn a boxed cake mix into some seriously scrumptious cookies.

6. Microwaved Mug Cakes

You might not be quite ready to let your littles use the oven. Understandable. That doesn’t have to cut out the fun, though. The home can smell so delicious when you bake something in the oven. That smell has nothing on the overwhelming cinnamon smell that wafts through the house when making these microwaved snickerdoodle cakes.

7. Handheld Apple Pie Bites Recipe

Apple pies are delicious, but tedious. This simple variation is as simple as wrapping strips of pie crust around apple wedges. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on your apple pie bites both before and after your bake them.

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4 Ingredient Easy Apple Pie 🥧 Bites. These are a great easy alternative to apple pie. They are easier to make, serve and eat🙌🏻 I did not create the idea for this recipe, I saw it a few years ago from @theblondcook. I know how important quick and easy recipes are so I wanted to put my own spin on these and share with you in case you have not seen them🍎 . Why I Love these Easy Apple Pie Bites 1. They are very easy and fast to make – no rolling or fighting with pie dough! 2. Kid Friendly – a piece of pie can be intimidating for a child, but these easy apple pie bites are just the right size! 3. Fun for kids to make 4. Make for easy entertaining – no cutting or utensils necessary! 5. A smaller bite than a piece of pie – which is great when you may want to try a variety of desserts or your are trying to limit your sugar 6. I added very little sugar . Ingredients and instructions are below 👩🏻‍🍳 and for more details and tips check out my stories today or hop on over to my recent recipes from the link in my profile @kristanwatson INGREDIENTS * 1 Apple I used fuji * 1 Crescent Dough Package I like Immaculate Baking * 2 tsp raw sugar * 1/4-1/2 tsp apple pie spice or 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 nutmeg, 1/8 all spice INSTRUCTIONS * Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper * Wash and Slice Apple into 16 wedges (I used an apple divider) * Toss Apples with sugar and apple pie spice * Lay out your crescent dough * Add 2 apples to the thick side of the crescent dough and roll up * Place each bite onto a parchment lined baking sheet * Continue with the rest of the bites until all the dough is done * Sprinkle each bite with a little raw sugar (optional) * Bake for 15 minutes until the dough is puffed and lightly brown . . . #apple #apples #applerecipes #appledessert #easydesserts #easyrecipes #easydessert #easythanksgiving #thanksgiving #fallrecipes #applepiebites #quickrecipes #foodplaygo #yummy #kidsinthekitchen #kitchenhelper #cookingwithkids #cookingwithkidsisfun #littlehelpers #kidapproved #kidfriendlyfood #fingerfood #fingerfoods #applepie #momblogger #quickdesserts

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8. Fruit Pizzas

Want a slightly more healthy dessert option? Fruit pizza is the easiest of easy baking recipes. First, slice up your family’s favorite fruits. Next, let your kiddos use the slices to decorate pre-made sugar cookie “crust.” A cinnamon-sugar mix or simple icing drizzle will spice things up a little more.

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This fruit pizza is a summer-must! It’s fun, fresh and fabulous! 🍓🥝🍊#fruitpizza #fruitdessert #foodvideos #howisummer ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ INGREDIENTS – For the Cookie Crust ½ cup butter, softened ¾ cup sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ cups flour (spoon and level) ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt – For the Frosting 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup Greek Yogurt, nonfat or 2% 1/4 cup powdered sugar Fruits for assembly INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter. Then add sugar until mixture is fluffy, and finally beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Beat the flour, baking powder and salt into the wet ingredientsuntil combined. Chill the dough for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 12-inch pizza. Press the chilled cookie dough onto the pizza pan until its even and circular. Bake 18-20 minutes or until the edges are very lightly browned. Allow crust to cool. 3. In a medium bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, combine the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the cooled cookie crust, and chill again to firm up the frosting. 4. Decorate with fruit, cut into slices and serve.

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9. Sorting Hat Cupcakes Recipe

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

10. Rice Krispy Treats

Should these count as baking? Maybe not. But, they require a simple recipe, taste delicious and put your kids in the kitchen with you. Sounds like a win to us!

11. Fruity Dump Cakes

Fact: If you add the word “cake” to anything, most kids will eat it. This “cake,” however, contains seemingly way more fruit than actual cake. Thanks, Pioneer Woman.

12. Pumpkin Bars

Nothing makes the holiday more memorable than including your child in the festivities and planning. Pumpkin pie is delicious (and worth a try, too), but pumpkin bars will seem more accessible to your kids both from a taste and execution standpoint.

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These are the best pumpkin bars I’ve ever had. ⚡️⚡️ They have incredible spiced pumpkin flavor and aren’t quite as light and cakey as most other recipes I’ve tried. Instead, they’re soft and sturdy which pairs perfectly with the spiced cream cheese frosting on top. Don't forget the sprinkles and little pumpkin garnish 😊️ (found on Amazon and included a link in the recipe to those!). I posted this recipe on my blog last month. Have you tried them yet? 🎃 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #pumpkinbars #creamcheesefrosting #fromscratch #fallbaking #bakersofinstagram #thebakefeed #whatsfordessert #sallysbakingaddiction ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-bars/

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13. Earth Day Cookies

If we know anything, it’s that nothing is as magnetic to kids than color. Use Earth Day as a chance to teach your kids about the climate crisis… then lighten the mood with some cookies that look just like our favorite planet. How simple can it be? Take a batch of sugar cookie dough and split it in half. Dye half green and half blue, then let the kiddos take chunks of each color and ball them together. Once they’re baked, they’ll look just like our big blue planet looks from space.

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Planet Earth-ish. #kellyskitchencreation #foodie #atxfoodbloggers #foodiepics #foodiegram #foodgawker #getinmybelly #instayum #foodpicoftheday #foodofinstagram #foodiesofinstagram #huffposttaste #thekitchn #buzzfeast #foodblogs #thechalkboardeats #food52 #thefeedfeed #beautifulcuisines #todayfood #eattheworld #foodietribe #tastemade #heresmyfood #austin360cooks #earthcookies #sugarcookies #greenandblue #spacecookies #buttercookies ———— COOKIE DOUGH •1/2 cup butter •2/3 cup sugar •1/2 large egg •1-1/4 cups flour •1/4 teaspoon salt •1/4 teaspoon baking soda •1/4 teaspoon baking powder ————— Cream sugar and butter together a few minutes. Add egg. Mix dry ingredients together. Add to mixer. Mix additional minute or two. Divide dough in half. Add green food coloring to one part and blue to the other. Pinch off chunks of dough to form a ball. Roll into smooth balls with your hands. Bake at 350 F degrees for approximately 11 minutes, about 9 cookies per Silpat lined baking sheet. Makes 18 cookies. The yummy cookie dough recipe is from @melskitchencafe Soft Sugar Cookies, halved.

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14. Unicorn Poke Cake

Poke cakes are, well, they’re magical. The mass of the cake comes from a boxed cake mix. To go full unicorn-mode, you’ll dye sweetened condensed milk in teal, pink and purple and pour them into poked holes. It’s glorious! 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, you can enjoy one without leaving your home using Pillsbury crescent rolls and a dollop of Nutella hazelnut spread. Kids will love playing around with the chocolate and dough, and you’ll know that no matter how messy they come out in the end, they’ll still be delicious. Just a tip, brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar before baking for that golden crispy look.

 

16. Puff Pastry Apple Rosettes

This seems way more complicated than it is, but trust us, it’s as simple as can be. Cut one 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 half the apple slice is showing through. Roll the puff pastry until what you’re left with is a rosette and bake for 20 minutes. Let slightly cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

17. Raspberry Ricotta Cake

Creamy, tart, and rich. That’s what you get with every mouthful of this easy, breezy cheesy raspberry ricotta cake. 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, kids can make it from start to finish and you can step in when it comes time to tinker with the oven.

18. Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This four-ingredient chocolate mousse recipe can be yours for the tasting in 5 minutes flat! The recipe, courtesy of Spoon University, calls for a can of coconut milk, cacao powder, vanilla extract, coconut nectar (or maple syrup or honey if not vegan). Mix well in a bowl and spoon directly into your drooling and eager mouth.

19. Classic Blueberry Muffins

Real talk, what’s better on a rainy Saturday morning than piping hot blueberry muffins right out the oven? Maybe the only thing that could take this over the top is if your kids do most of the labor for this easy recipe from Inspired Taste. Don’t forget how to teach your little ones how to make that sugar butter crumble 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 yummy, sugary concoctions are the blank canvas for your kids cookie decoration sessions for Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas, Easter, you name it. If you’re looking for a cookie that will hold up to sprinkles and icing and still taste delicious, this recipe from All Recipes will do the trick for you.