Baking with Your Kids

Four Favorite Recipes

Anyone with children will agree: Kids love to bake. And who can blame them? Everything about baking is fun, from measuring the ingredients to beating the eggs to decorating and finally eating your work! Here are a few of my favorite recipes that I make with my children (ages nine and four).

Recommended Reading: Get started with baking by reading our Ultimate Guide to the Best Baking Equipment for Beginners!

Sugar Cookies

Simple and yet so much fun, sugar cookies can turn into a day-long project as your kids cut out and decorate the dough. Encourage them to make a special cookie for your spouse or for a grandparent, aunt, or uncle – it will make the experience all that much more enjoyable.

5 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 C butter, softened
2 C granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Additional sugar for sprinkling on cookies as desired
Sprinkles, nonpareils, icing, etc. for decorating

1. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. In mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth; beat in eggs and vanilla.
3. Add dry ingredients to stainless-steel mixing bowl and stir until fully incorporated. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour.
4. Preheat oven to 400F and lightly flour counter or table where you will roll out the dough. 
5. Roll out dough (1/4″ to 1/2″ thick) and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place cut dough on ungreased cookie sheets 1″ apart, sprinkle with sugar if desired. 
6. Bake cookies 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely before decorating.

Yield: 4-5 dozen sugar cookies

TIP: I keep a can of Betty Crocker Decorating Icing on-hand for baking adventures like these. The easy-to-use can comes with a drawing tip, ribbon tip, leaf tip, and star tip that your children will have a ton of fun with.

Chocolate Chip Squares

These squares are very simple to make, and they’re so yummy we usually double the recipe!

1 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 C butter, softened

1/2 C light brown sugar, firmly packed

1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 C semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 325F and lightly grease square baking pan.
2. In small bowl, combine flour and baking soda; set aside.
3. In mixing bowl, blend butter and sugar until creamy; beat in eggs and vanilla.
4. Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl and stir until fully incorporated, then stir in chocolate chips.
5. Spread mixture into greased pan and bake 40-45 minutes until done. Cool completely before cutting.

Yield: 16 squares

TIP: Add one-half cup walnuts to make this treat extra delicious.

Cookies’nCream Bars

Not only do these squares taste amazing, the kids have a ton of fun demolishing cookies in the food processor or freezer bag.

1 package chocolate sandwich cookies
2 Tbsp butter, melted
32 oz (4 packages) cream cheese, softened
1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Using food processor or freezer bag and rolling bin, finely grind 20 cookies and place in bowl. Coarsly chop 15 additional cookies and set aside.
3. Mix butter and cookies, then press into 13″ x 9″ baking pan. 
4. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until well blended; add eggs and mix well before stirring in 1-1/2 cups chopped cookies. 
5. Pour mixture over cookie crust in pan; sprinkle with remaining chopped cookies and bake 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool then refrigerate at least 3 hours before cutting.

Yield: 18 bars

TIP: Let your kids add a few drops of food coloring while creaming together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla to make these bars even more fun.

Snowball Cake

For obvious reasons, this is a particularly fun recipe for a snowing day . . . but kids will gobble it up any day of the year!

2 packages chocolate cake mix
1 can vanilla frosting
2-1/2 C sweetened, flaked coconut
Blue or red food coloring

1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease and flour fluted pan.
2. Toss coconut with a few drops of food coloring until light blue or pink. Set aside.
3. In one bowl, prepare both cake mixes according to package directions; pour into pan and bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool cake completely then remove from bowl and invert onto platter.
3. Spread cooled cake with frosting then press colored coconut over cake.

Yield: 20 servings

TIP: Tossing the coconut and food coloring in a large freezer bag will help you avoid stained hands and makes it easier for your children to participate in this step of the baking fun.

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