It’s never too early to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Baking helps them develop their motor skills and introduces them to new flavors; best of all, they’ll get to find out firsthand how their favorite sweet treats are made. We’ve rounded up our favorite easy baking recipes for kids, from the simplest no-bake ice cream cake to picture-perfect sugar cookies. Just scroll down for our kid-approved crash course in baking.
Christmas Funfetti Cookies
Break out the sprinkles, because these gorgeous cookies from Lord Byron’s Kitchen are about to become a yearly family tradition. They’re easy to adapt to any holiday, too—we’re dreaming of pink sprinkles for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day and so on. Click here to get the recipe.
Mason Jar Ice Cream Cake
To give kids a taste of baking without actually having to turn on the oven, we love this sweet and simple idea from Evermine. They’ll get to crush cookies, melt butter and assemble the mini “cakes” with ice cream and other goodies. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Banana Cream Pie with Nilla Wafer Crust
Your budding chefs will love diving into this easy recipe from Oh, Sweet Basil. The crust is made from classic Nilla wafers, while the filling is super easy to make using a packet of instant pudding and a few other ingredients. Click here to get the recipe.
Jello Poke Cake
Introduce your kids to a retro favorite with this recipe from Spaceships and Laser Beams. If you’re not already familiar with the concept of a poke cake, you’re in for a treat! To get all the details, click here.
So your kids have mastered the art of the brownie mix? That means it’s time to up the ante by making them from scratch. This recipe from Spoonful of Flavor is super easy to put together—you’ll just need to supervise the melting chocolate part. Click here for the full recipe.
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
We love this delish twist on Rice Krispie treats from The Anthony Kitchen. A dollop of salty-sweet peanut butter gives the classic dessert a little something extra, and it’s a breeze to make, even for the youngest of cooks. This recipe comes courtesy of Kelly Anthony, a Texas-based food blogger specializing in homemade family meals and easy desserts like this one. To get the recipe (plus many more!), click here.
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.
Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Frank’s Apple Pie
If your kids are 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 watch eagerly as their creation bakes. Click here to get the recipe.
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
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
Easiest Blueberry Muffins
Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
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 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.
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.