If your little one likes spending time in the kitchen, there’s no better way to encourage them than by baking together. Start your budding Barefoot Contessa off with these easy recipes that don’t require much more than measuring and mixing. Keep reading for our kid-approved crash course in baking 101.

Banana Mini Muffins

If you’ve got a few bananas that are past their prime, these banana mini muffins are the perfect way to use them. Kids can help mash up the bananas and mix the batter, and you can bake them up in a mini muffin tin or a regular one. Click here to get the recipe.

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Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t go wrong with classic chocolate chip cookies, and this crunchy version is sure to be a hit. To grab the recipe, click here.

Frank’s Apple Pie

If your kiddo’s ready to move on to more involved recipes, you’ve got to try this classic apple pie. They’ll get to roll out the crust, mix up the apple filling and ooh and ahh, as their creation bakes. Click here to get the recipe.

Zucchini Bread

A quick bread is a great way to introduce kids to baking because it's so easy to make and hard to mess up. Zucchini makes this bread extra moist, and it’s a great way to get some extra veggies into your diet. Get the recipe by clicking here.

Candy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Give your chocolate chip cookies a colorful twist with this fun recipe. You can add peppermint bark during the holidays, Reese’s Pieces at Halloween and pastel M&Ms at Easter. To get the recipe, click here.

Simple & Moist Banana Bread

Moist, flavorful and simple, this is the only banana bread recipe you’ll ever need. If you’re feeling fancy, throw some chocolate chips into the mix! Click here to grab the recipe.

Hazelnut-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

If your mini sous chef is ready to move on from basic chocolate chip cookies, then this is the recipe for you. These gems are stuffed with hazelnut spread and topped off with a sprinkling of sea salt. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

These tasty muffins will make a great breakfast, snack or even dessert. Since they’re made with healthy ingredients like coconut oil, applesauce and oats, they’re a great way to get your littles excited about eating well. Click here to get the recipe.

Quadruple Chocolate Cupcakes

What’s better than chocolate? More chocolate packed in a grain and gluten-free cupcake! This paleo recipe is super tasty and works great if you’ve got gluten sensitivities in your family. To get the recipe, click here.

Chunky Monkey Cookies

For a healthier sweet treat, you’ve got to try these chunky monkey cookies. They’re filled with good-for-you ingredients like oats, banana, dates and flax. To get the recipe, click here.

Easiest Blueberry Muffins

It doesn’t get much tastier (or easier) than freshly baked blueberry muffins. Frozen berries work just as well as fresh ones so you can bake these up all year long. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

Apple Turnovers

This recipe is perfect for beginner bakers since it makes use of frozen puff pastry. Just fill the pastry with cooked apples, then fold them up and bake! Click here to get all the details.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Fans of peanut butter and banana will fall in love with these decadent muffins. They’re topped with a yummy streusel made with peanut butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. To get the recipe, click here.

Basic Sugar Cookies

Make sugar cookies a holiday tradition in your family with this fantastic recipe. Kids will get to help out from start to finish, including (of course) decorating the cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Click here to get the recipe.

Chunky Apple Muffins

These apple muffins are super delicious and easy to make, too. As long as you chop up the apples, the little ones should be able to take care of the rest of the steps (mainly just mixing everything together). To get the recipe, click here.

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are a holiday classic, and they’re simple enough for the kids to make themselves. You don’t need a mixer, you don’t have to refrigerate the dough, and the end result is absolutely delicious with a chewy, soft inside. Click here to get the recipe.

Donut Muffins

Good news: you can enjoy all the delicious flavors of donuts without the hassle of deep frying (or driving to the donut shop). These muffins are dipped in butter after baking, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. Get all the details by clicking here.

Strawberry Apple Crisp

This strawberry apple crisp is as easy as pie! You’ll probably have to lend a hand with the chopping, but the kids can take the reins for mixing and spreading the crisp topping. To grab the recipe, click here.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Your little ones will love making these yummy chocolate crinkle cookies. Just mix up the dough, let it chill overnight, then roll the dough balls in plenty of powdered sugar. Click here to get the recipe.

—Susie Foresman

 

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