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12 Easy Recipes That Kids Can Help Bake

By Nellie's Kindness Crew

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Learning how to bake can start at any age! Whether your budding chef is still developing those fine motor skills or dreams of owning a bakery of their very own someday, there are so many ways to help children start to find their way around the baking process. Adding ingredients to the mixing bowl is just the beginning: kids of all ages can also stir, decorate, spread, and beyond. Use the kid-friendly steps and tips below each recipe to help your kids feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen.

Easy ways to get kids involved in the kitchen

  • Pre-measure ingredients in bowls so that kids can simply dump and stir.
  • Prepare your greased or lined pans ahead of time, then let the kids pour in the batter.
  • Get creative with decorations! Even if the recipe doesn't call for them, sprinkles, chopped nuts, and dried fruit are fun for kids to work with.
  • Use baking as an opportunity for an impromptu science lesson! Start by exploring the role of each ingredient with your child. For example, the proteins in flour are what give baked goods their structure, fats like butter and oil grab onto flavor molecules and make those muffins and cakes yummy, eggs have special proteins that give baked goods a certain texture depending on how they're used in the recipe, and sugar can add a "crunch" to certain baked goods when it caramelizes in the oven.

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1. Strawberry Sheet Cake

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Breaking, mashing, or (carefully!) chopping up the strawberries
  • Dumping all ingredients into the bowl and stirring the batter together
  • Spreading the batter in an even layer in the pan
  • Spreading the frosting on the cake

Tips:

  • Substitute regular flour for the oat flour and use any kind of yogurt (low-fat, berry-flavored, Greek) that your kids like
  • Have the kids top the cake with sprinkles, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut

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2. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Dumping all ingredients into the bowl and stirring the batter together
  • Sprinkling in chocolate chips and blueberries and helping incorporate them into the batter

Tips:

  • Rather than a combination of the two, use all whole wheat or all all-purpose flour if preferred

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3. Healthier Carrot Cake Bars

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Dumping all ingredients into the bowl; stirring together the dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and combining the two
  • Spreading the batter out in the pan
  • Spreading the frosting on the cake

Tips:

  • Swap the cream cheese frosting for your favorite vanilla buttercream recipe
  • Top the finished bars with sprinkles, chopped nuts, raisins, or even toasted coconut

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4. Veggie and Quinoa Egg Bites

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Adding the ingredients to the bowl and helping stir them together

Tips:

  • A little extra cheese only makes these muffins tastier, so as a fun last step, have the kids sprinkle some on top

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5. Fresh Cranberry Orange Bread

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Adding all the ingredients to the bowl (they all go in at the same time, so this step is great for the little ones!)
  • Stirring the batter together
  • Spreading the batter in the pan

Tips:

  • Leave the cranberries out of your bowl until the end so that kids can help sprinkle them on top and mix them into the batter

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6. Coconut Cake Balls

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Adding the ingredients to the cake mix and stirring everything together
  • Breaking up the cooked cake into crumbs
  • Mashing the cake and frosting together
  • Forming the cake balls
  • Rolling the cake balls in coconut (this might get a little messy, but it’ll be a lot of fun!)

Tips:

  • Virtually any standard boxed cake mix or frosting will work for this recipe, so don't be afraid to try out different flavors!

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7. Grasshopper Sandwich Cookies

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Stirring together the cookie batter
  • Scooping and shaping the dough balls
  • Stirring together the filling
  • Topping and squishing the cookies into a sandwich
  • Sprinkling the chopped candy on top

Tips:

  • In a pinch, use milk in place of the crème de menthe and add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract to flavor your filling

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8. Baked Mint Chocolate Donuts

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Dumping stirring together the ingredients
  • Sprinkling the candy topping over the chocolate glaze

Tips:

  • Use your favorite candy, finely chopped, in place of the candy canes

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9. Donut Muffins

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Stirring together the ingredients and combining the wet and dry ingredients
  • Scooping batter into muffin cups
  • Dipping muffin tops in melted butter, then rolling in spiced sugar

Tips:

  • Use a mini muffin tin to make these donut muffins bite sized; perfect for lunchboxes!
  • Use your favorite spices for the topping (cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.) or eliminate them completely

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Kid-friendly steps:

  • Stirring together the bar ingredients (mashing the wet ingredients into the dry ones can be extra fun for the kids)
  • Pressing the bottom layer of dough into the pan

Tips:

  • Leave the lemons out if you don’t have any on hand, or substitute orange juice or zest instead
  • Swap the strawberry jam for your favorite flavor

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11. Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Mashing the bananas
  • Dumping all the ingredients into the mixing bowl and stirring everything together
  • Sprinkling and mixing in the chocolate chips
  • Sprinkling the oats on top of the muffins

Tips:

  • Use melted butter, canola oil, or vegetable oil in place of the coconut oil
  • If you don't have whole wheat flour on hand, simply swap it out for all-purpose flour

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12. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Muffins

Kid-friendly steps:

  • Crumbling the bacon
  • Adding ingredients to the bowl and stirring them together

Tips:

  • A little extra cheese only makes these muffins tastier, so as a fun last step, have the kids sprinkle some on top

*Wondering about substitutions for nuts, specialty ingredients, whole wheat flour, and more? Send us an email at [email protected] and we'll help!

Comments

Jovan ThweattOctober 11, 2020

i tried all these recipes and none of them were to liking I would not recommend this. It's about from 10 to 1 it's about 2. One being a piece of poop and 10 being a Sunday bowl of ice cream.!!!!

Nellie's

We are so sorry to hear none of these kid-friendly recipes were winners for you. We hope you will check out some of the other recipes on our website!

Ellie BlountOctober 10, 2020

wish you had the actual ingredients list under the picture

Nellie's

Hi there! Thank you for this feedback. We will take this into consideration. For now, ingredients for each recipe can be found by clicking each linked recipe title.

Bakeryowner 🎂 September 29, 2020

Add snickerdoodles to your blog and I would like to see more desserts🧁🥧🍦🎂🍰

Nellie's

Thanks for the feedback and for checking out our blog. We will take this into consideration when determining what recipes to share next. If you like snickerdoodles, be sure to check out our donut muffin recipe. So good!

nanSeptember 13, 2020

nellies is amazing i love to cook there repices with my kids

Nellie's

That's so great to hear! We hope these recipes are something you and your children can make memories over.

K.RSeptember 13, 2020

Do you have MORE things?

Nellie's

We sure do! You can find many more recipes under the recipe tab on our website.

Kinsley LimongelliSeptember 03, 2020

This was nothing interesting to my kids sorry.

Nellie's

Hi Kinsley, we're so sorry to hear your kiddos weren't fans of these recipes. We have plenty more recipes and activities available on our website that we hope they enjoy better.

AdriannaAugust 31, 2020

The mint chocolate donuts were AMAZING! I hope I can do it again! Me and my family really enjoyed them.

Nellie's

We're so glad you enjoyed them, Adrianna! Wishing you more delicious experiences with our recipes!

MalihaAugust 24, 2020

This has so many cute recipes, me and my mom love it. All of your cute recipes my siblings love. Thanks for the yummy recipes. With Love Maliha

Nellie's

We're so happy to hear that you and your mom are enjoying our recipes, Maliha!

Larnovius July 24, 2020

I want to learn how to cook at 12 so I can have my own restaurant or something

Nellie's

That is a wonderful goal! We hope that some of these recipes will serve as a great start in your learnings!

Erika G.July 21, 2020

These recipes are amazing, my kids LOVED the donuts, and bacon, egg, and cheese muffins where just what my kids needed!

Nellie's

Hi Erika! We're so happy to hear that the recipes were a hit with the kids! Thanks for giving them a try. We'll keep them coming!

Isabella Granados July 18, 2020

Worst ever

Nellie's

Hi Isabella, we're sorry to hear these recipes weren't quite your style. We have plenty of other recipes on our website for all types of flavors and occasions. Please feel free to send us an email at [email protected] if we can help you find anything specific!

JayJayJuly 13, 2020

Make healthier bread recipes please?

Nellie's

Hi there! Thanks for the suggestion, we'll make sure to pass it along to our recipe creators!

mackenzieJuly 01, 2020

hi maybe you could do some breakfeast recipes

Nellie's

Thank you for the feedback, Mackenzie! We certainly will keep this in mind. In the meantime, we recommend checking out some of the breakfast recipes we already have, like the ones we have in our blog called "14 Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes ."

No thank youJune 30, 2020

Tell me how to MAKE THE FOOD

Nora LynnMay 25, 2020

I need cookies I need cookies I need cookies I need cookies I ne

Nellie's

We like the way you think, Nora. Please let us know if you give any of our recipes a try!

Julia and hailee peterson THE KIDZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZApril 29, 2020

I love theese pleaseeeee make moreeeeeeeeeeee From yours truly: THE KIDZjulia and hailee peterson

Nellie's

Hi Julia and Hailee. We are thrilled you love these recipes as much as we do and will be sure to keep them coming!

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