29 Kid-Friendly Baking Recipes Perfect for the Holidays

It’s never too early to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Baking helps kids 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. These easy baking recipes ideas for kids are the next best thing to putting everything into your KitchenAid and walking away. From banana bread to sugar cookies, scroll down to get 29 easy, kid-friendly recipes you’ll bake again and again. 

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Christmas Funfetti Cookies

Lord Byron’s Kitchen

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. 

Baked Breakfast Apples

The View from Great Island

Your breakfast never looked so good! The View from Great Island combines baked apples with oatmeal, and tops it all with a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of yogurt! The result is hearty and oh-so-delicious. 

Pumpkin Butter

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Koti Beth

For the true pumpkin-heads out there, pumpkin butter is a dream come true. This version from Koti Beth is made with pumpkin puree, a little sweetener and spices, and tastes great spread on toast, swirled into yogurt or oatmeal, or dolloped on top of pancakes or ice cream. It also makes for a delicious edible gift around the holidays. 

Mason Jar Ice Cream Cake

Evermine

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. Get the recipe here.

Banana Cream Pie with Nilla Wafer Crust

Oh, Sweet Basil

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.

Applesauce Cake

Perchance to Cook

How cute is this cake from Perchance to Cook? Get the little ones involved in stirring together the batter and arranging the apple slices on top. An added bonus: it’s gluten-free for sensitive tummies and paleo for diet-minded parents.

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

The View from Great Island

These zesty cookies are perfect for holiday baking! Be sure to use fresh cranberry to really bring out the taste of this winter fruit. Get the recipe over at The View from Great Island

Jello Poke Cake

Spaceships and Laser Beams

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.

Chewy Brownies

Spoonful of Flavor

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

The Anthony Kitchen

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

Siriously Delicious

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

Shakti Rajpurohit via Unsplash

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

Priscilla du Preez via Unsplash

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.

Zucchini Bread

iStock

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

101 Cookbooks

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

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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

Ambitious Kitchen

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

Ryan David via Unsplash

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.

Strawberry Apple Crisp

Karolina Kołodziejczak via Unsplash

Pair your fresh apples with frozen strawberries for a fun twist on the usual apple crisp. Mini chefs can get involved in hand-mixing the crumble topping and sprinkling it on the fruit. To get the recipe, click here.

Quadruple Chocolate Cupcakes

World’s Easiest Paleo Baking

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

Veggies Don’t Bite

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

Aneta Voborilova via Unsplash

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

iStock

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

Dusty Rose via Unsplash

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

Cristina Ilao via Unsplash

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

Ali Zolghadr via Unsplash

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

Gayatri Malhotra via Unsplash

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

A Bountiful Love

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.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

iStock

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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