Desserts Kids Can Make

Hands making ice cream sundaes on a blue-and-white checkered tablecloth

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Many kids will cling to the notion that food appears on the table by magic if mom and dad never teach kids cooking. And though there are some kids who want to learn, others aren't interested in putting dinner on the table. So start kids' cooking lessons by making things they like to eat — desserts.

These recipes are all so easy that kids with some kitchen know-how can make them alone and those that are just learning can get a start with an adult's help. None of these desserts include the words boil, broil, bake, etc.

However, that doesn’t mean kids don’t need kitchen safety lessons before embarking on cooking projects. These are desserts kids can make themselves once they’ve learn some kitchen basics. Each includes potential safety concerns, so parents can evaluate whether their children will need help or instructions.

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    Mother and Daughter Cooking

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    Kids love to layer! And when those layers are filled with good stuff to eat it's even more fun. These parfait recipes involve stacking goodies in a copy. So easy a kid could do it.

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    Smoothie Recipes for Kids


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    My kids are smoothie experts. They love to throw things in the blender and see how it tastes. Usually, it's good, but sometimes they could have used a few of these recipes.

    Safety concern: Blender

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    Graham Cracker Sandwiches

    Graham cracker sandwiches

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    Kids will love these simple sandwiches made of graham crackers sandwiched with buttercream frosting They can be also made with vanilla frosting or peanut butter frosting. This could get messy, but that is all part of the fun! 

    Safety concern: Mixer

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    Dirtcup Dessert Recipe

    Dirt dessert

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    Kids have a talent for making dirt, right? But this is even better because it’s dirt that tastes great! This recipe is for individual cups. This makes it better for a group of kids to do because younger ones can concentrate on making just one, while bigger kids can do an assembly line. 

    Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid

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    Classic Banana Pudding Recipe

    Banana Pudding

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    Instant vanilla pudding is the base then kids can layer fresh bananas with vanilla wafer cookies for a no-bake (and even, no-microwave) dessert that they will love.

    Safety concern: Mixer