15 Easy Baking Recipes for Kids

From Toddlers to Teens

Easy Chocolate Saucepan Brownies

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Put your budding bakers to work in with these kid-friendly baking projects that are easy enough for children to handle (with adult supervision, of course). From brownies and muffins to holiday cookies, cakes, and even homemade bread, these great-tasting baked goods will teach your kids practical skills and help to build their confidence in the kitchen.

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    Cornflake Cookies

    Cornflake Cookies

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    Not only do these sweet, crunchy cornflake cookies need just three simple ingredients, they require no baking. Parents can help younger children to use the microwave for melting peanut butter and butterscotch chips before stirring in cornflakes and dropping spoonfuls onto a baking sheet to chill in the fridge until set.

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    Nutella Mug Cake

    Nutella Mug Cake

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    Imagine how gleeful kids will be when they learn how to make their own single-serve Nutella-flavored chocolate cake in 60 seconds flat. All they need to make the magic happen are a microwave oven, a microwave-safe mug, and four simple pantry ingredients.

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    Simple Homemade Pancakes

    Simple Homemade Pancakes

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    Pancakes are an ideal recipe for all ages of kids to help with. Pre-schoolers will enjoy stirring the batter once you've measured out ingredients and watching for the tell-tale bubbles that mean they're ready to flip. Older kids can take charge at the stovetop (with your supervision), and use a wide spatula to flip and cook pancakes to perfection.

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    Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes

    Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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    Give younger children a boost of baking confidence with this easy recipe for delicious peanut butter cupcakes. Kids only to need to stir together a packaged cake mix, some chunky peanut butter, and an egg or two to form the batter. While the cupcakes bake, children can "create" their own icing by mixing a little peanut butter into ready-to-spread frosting.

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    Sugar Cookies

    Classic sugar cookies

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    Decorating sugar cookies at Christmas time has introduced generations of children to holiday baking. These cookies are sturdy enough to stand up to kids' creative efforts with colored sugars and icing and make a delicious treat for any time of year.

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    Apple Dump Cake

    Apple Dump Cake

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    As easy to make as its name implies, apple dump cake is a homey dessert filled with the flavors of apple pie. The youngest kids can dump pre-measured ingredients into the baking pan before you pop the dish into the oven. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream for a wonderfully warming treat.

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    Rice Crispy Treats

    Rice Crispy Treats

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    No baking is needed for these classic rice crispy treats that have created memories for kids and parents for decades. Younger children will have fun using a spatula to spread the mixture of buttery melted marshmallows and cereal into a pan for you to chill and cut into squares.

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    10-Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

    10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

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    Teach your dessert-loving tween or teen to make this 10-minute pumpkin pie and watch them beam with pride when they present it at family holiday gatherings. It's a cinch to prepare using an electric mixer, and chills in a prepared crust in the fridge instead of baking in the oven.

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    Perfect Blueberry Muffins

    Perfect Blueberry Muffins

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    Tweens and teenagers will enjoy baking muffins with friends as a fun after-school activity and snack all in one. These cake-like blueberry muffins bursting with fabulous fruity flavor are easy to prepare with a stand or hand mixer and bake up beautifully in the oven.

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    No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

    No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

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    Oreo cookie crust? Check. Creamy cheesecake filling? Check. No baking required? Check! Elementary school age-bakers will have fun helping parents press cookie crumbs into a crust for this dreamy Oreo cheesecake while older kids can get in practice using the food processor to mix ingredients and the stand mixer to make whipped cream.

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    Super Easy Bread Recipe for Beginners

    Super Easy Bread Recipe for Beginners

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    Budding bakers will find this a perfect introduction to baking homemade bread. Grade-schoolers can have fun helping you punch down the dough, while older kids can try their hands at proofing, kneading, and baking the loaf all on their own.

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    Easy Chocolate Saucepan Brownies

    Easy Chocolate Saucepan Brownies

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    Kids mature enough to use the stovetop can create the batter for these fudgy chocolate brownies. They come together in a single saucepan and bake up quickly for a yummy treat that won't leave a big mess in the kitchen.

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    No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

    No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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    Kids love these cookies for their chocolate and peanut butter flavor combination and the no-bake saucepan batter is easy enough for older kids to mix up by themselves. Children too young to manage the stovetop can still pitch in by dropping the batter by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet to cool until set.

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    Jam Thumbprint Cookies

    Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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    Kids as young as preschool age will enjoy "helping" you to shape these classic jam-filled holiday cookies by pressing a thumb into the dough. With their delicious almond and vanilla flavor, you'll have no problem getting kids to eat them, either!

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    Easy Cake Mix Lemon Pie Cake

    Easy Cake Mix Lemon Pie Cake

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    Only four ingredients, including store-bought cake mix and prepared lemon curd, go into this luscious, lemony cake with a taste that will remind you of lemon meringue pie. Kids can help you to use the stand mixer for blending batter and finish the cake with homemade or prepared creamy frosting.