My kids really love to be involved in the kitchen. They get so excited when they are dumping ingredients into a bowl and mixing eggs up. I try my best to be patient and yes there is often more mess than I would like to see!
Even though they are young still, I know that having basic cooking knowledge is essential for when they grow up and become independent. So I will continue to try to involve them in simpler meals and baking sweet treats. Maybe one day they will make me some meals! Of course they are always willing to be taste testers as well!
I have compiled 20 baking recipes – including my own cupcakes, that kids will love to help with. They are easy recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients or involve a lot of steps to make. The final product will have the kids excited to try these delicious treats.
Kid’s Baking Recipes
1. Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
These cupcakes have a velvety smooth texture and best of all the recipe calls for simple ingredients and is made all in one-bowl.
The pink color makes these cupcakes a little more fun, but the food coloring can be changed or omitted all together.
1 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup room temperature unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk
6 – 8 drops of pink food coloring (or any other colour you prefer)
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
4 oz cream cheese
½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp of milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with papers
1.In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar)
2. Add the butter and mix until well incorporated
3. Add eggs one at a time
4. Add vanilla and buttermilk and mix until well combined
5. Add pink food coloring and stir well until color is well incorporated.
6. Scoop batter 2/3 full and bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until insert comes out clean
Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting them.
Cream Cheese Frosting Directions:
- Add cream cheese and butter to the mixing bowl and cream until smooth.
2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, then add 1 – 2 Tbsp of milk.
3. Fill piping bag and decorate the cupcakes as desired
2. Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes
This is an easy and delicious recipe for 5 vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream frosting.
Recipe: Celebrating Sweets
3. Peanut Butter Oreo Oatmeal Bake
This peanut butter Oreo oatmeal bake recipe is made with pantry non-perishable item ingredients. Its easy and oven baked as well. The entire family will adore this mouth-watering baked breakfast recipe that is made with 4 simple ingredients.
Recipe: Any Reason Life
4. Fruity Pebbles Cake Mix Cookies
This easy Fruity Pebbles cake mix cookie recipe is made with cereal, a box of cake mix, pudding mix and a few other simple ingredients. These super soft sweet treats are great for a school snack, a party dessert or even breakfast!
Recipe: Three Snacketeers
5. 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
Ready in less than 5 minutes, super simple, and made in a microwave (that’s right, you don’t need to heat up the oven) and its moist and delicious too!
Recipe: Chocolates and Chai
6. Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Vegan and Gluten Free)
Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are jam-packed with nutritious ingredients and are decadent and healthy! These cookies are wonderful wholesome treats. They have simple, easily accessible ingredients but taste amazing with hearty and decadent feel.
Recipe: Profusion Curry
7. Super Soft Sugar Cookies
They seriously taste better than the store bought cookies. They have a subtle hint of almond extract and a homemade creamy, dreamy buttercream frosting.
Recipe: Emily Fabulous
8. Air Fryer Smarties Cookies
This Smarties cookie dough is so easy to handle, that its perfect for making with the kids.
Recipe: Recipe This
9. Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
These cookies are only 4 ingredients, pantry-friendly, refined sugar free and packed with plant protein.
Recipe: Cass Clay Cooking
10. Fairy Cakes Recipe
This is an ideal traditional treat to make with the kids this holiday, perfect for afternoon tea, guests or picnics.
Recipe: Attachment Mummy
11. Almond Cupcakes
These cupcakes are a perfectly unique sweet treat. Paired with strawberry buttercream frosting, the fruitiness and nuttiness are a match made in heaven. Whip up a batch in less than 30 minutes!
Recipe: Your Home Made Healthy
12. Chocolate Cornflake Easter Nests
These nests are perfect for getting young kids having fun in the kitchen. Cute, simple and delicious!
Recipe: Mama Loves to Cook
13. Easy Banana Breakfast Oatmeal Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
These banana oatmeal bars are perfect for those crazy mornings that you need something filling and healthy, but also quick and easy. Slice them, grab them, and out the door you go!
Recipe: Backyard Bohemian
14. Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips
These cinnamon sugar pita chips have just 4 ingredients and are quick and easy to make. I challenge you to try and stop at just one!
Recipe: Keep Calm and Eat Ice Cream
15. Cinnamon Spice Muffins
Try this easy and healthy cinnamon spice muffins recipe made with Greek yogurt and whole-wheat flour! This is a great cooking project for kids as well.
Recipe: Amy Gorin Nutrition
16. Pretzel Brookies Cookies
These brookies cookies are like pretzel brownie bites in the form of a cookie – a perfect sweet and salty combo! They can be made in under 20 minutes and require zero chill time.
Recipe: The Cookie Dough Diaries
17. Mint Chocolate Bark
This mint chocolate bark is so simple, the kids can easily help make these. No stove and no expensive chocolate necessary!
Recipe: Delicious on a Dime
18. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
If you’re looking for a no-fuss, one-bowl recipe, this is the one for you. Just 30 minutes and you will enjoy these bars made with smooth peanut butter and sweet chocolate chunks.
Recipe: Amanda’s Cookin
19. Snow White Butter Cookies
This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and it also uses simple methods.
Recipe: So Yummy Recipes
20. Ultimate Cookie Monster Cupcakes
These are moist Oreo cupcakes decorated to look like your favorite Sesame Street character. Easy to make, and loved by all ages!
Recipe: Baking Beauty