Recipes

Kid-friendly Recipe Roundup

Stack of chocolate chip cookies on a gold wire rack in front of a pile of chocolate chip cookies in front of a white background

We are in a strange and unprecedented time. Schools are shutting down, everyone is working from home, and we are practicing social distancing to help protect our communities and those around us, especially those most vulnerable. This is a hard time for so many people, but one concern I’ve heard a lot about is parents finding ways to entertain their kids at home for 2 weeks. Baking is a fun activity for the family, and a great way to learn math with a delicious result! If you need a kid-friendly recipe, or ten, I’ve got them here! And if you don’t have kids, these are still quick, easy, delicious recipes that can bring a little bit of joy to your household…there’s even a recipe for your dog!

Photo of a dog staring off to the bottom left
Baxter has his eye on the Pupcake that I won’t let him eat yet!

These recipes do not require a mixer or use of the stove. If you’re concerned about not having the ingredients or having to hit up a grocery store right now, don’t worry – I’ve linked to where you can purchase these items to be delivered directly to your door! Disclaimer: Please note that the links to products below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I recommend all the products listed below because I use all of them (or something almost identical in the case that I could not find the link to the exact product I use). Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below!

Also, if you’ve been following me you may be aware that I’ve been learning and improving my blog quite a bit recently.  Many of these posts are old posts that I have not yet updated, but I don’t want my insecurities about the writing and photos to limit you from access to recipes that your kids can make. I promise you the recipes are worth it! And continue checking back because over time I’ll be updating these posts and photos, but the recipes will remain super easy and insanely delicious!

Perfectly Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This just needs a bowl and a wooden spoon or a spatula.  I’m a huge fan of silicone spatulas for all my recipes because they’re non-stick, so easy to wash, and can handle high heat. If your kids are making this recipe, you may need to melt the butter for them, but otherwise this should be fully kid friendly and super easy.  The hardest part is waiting for the dough to chill, but it’s worth it – it helps keep the cookie from spreading. If you don’t have cornstarch on hand, you can you 2 teaspoons of flour in it’s place.  I find the cornstarch makes it a bit smoother and more velvety, but the flour is a good back-up. If you don’t have chocolate chips, you can chop up a candy bar or Easter candy or any chocolate you have on hand. 

Better than Box Mix brownies

This recipe does need butter to be melted and milk to be heated (but not boiling) for the first step, but then your kids should be able to take it from there.  This is another recipe that only needs a wooden spoon or spatula and a bowl! In place of vegetable oil you can also use canola oil. If you don’t have milk, or want to save your milk for your day to day meals, you can also use cream or half and half. As a baker, I always have cocoa powder on hand, but I don’t know if everyone does, so I linked it here. The espresso powder will enhance the chocolate flavor and won’t give these brownies a coffee taste, but if you want to leave it out for the kids, that’s okay too.  Also, it says chocolate chips are optional, but I say the more chocolate the better – throw them (or whatever chocolate you have) in there!

Pupcakes

Don’t leave out your furbabies!! Your kids will love making these treats for their four-legged siblings! These are so incredibly east to make – again, just requiring a spoon or spatula and a bowl. Always check with your vet, but these are dog friendly and dog approved.  I think in these circumstances, if you don’t have whole wheat flour you can use all purpose flour. I like to use Teddie Unsalted Peanut Butter because it doesn’t have added sugar or any extra ingredients – peanuts only!  A can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) and a small sweet potato will do the trick! Or make it even easier and buy already pureed sweet potato!

Stack of pupcakes next to a spoonful of peanut butter with a pile of pupcakes in the background

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Puppy Chow

If you bought Cinnamon Toast Crunch in your grocery run to stock up and want to save it for breakfasts, I promise you that this is a far better use of that box of cereal.  You could have puppy chow for breakfast instead! Or you could order more Cinnamon Toast Crunch, because can you ever really have too much?!

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

This one is super straight forward but has ingredients you may not have on hand so I’ve linked them here! Marshmallows, Nutella, and Rice Krispies.

Dessert Nachos

These are great because there are no rules! You can build a big plate of nachos, or you could set up a build your own nacho bar and let everyone make their own! You can use chips or pretzels as a base, and then use what you have – chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, Nutella, peanut butter, coconut, m&ms or other candies, peanuts, or anything else you can come up with!

Dessert Nachos - Plate of chips covered in chocolate, caramel, coconut, and m&ms

Fudgy Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

If peppermint chips are out of season, you can still order them, or you can substitute more chocolate chips, or Easter candy, or any other flavor chips that excites you!

Butterscotch Blondies

And yet another one bowl recipe, this time with no chocolate. Butterscotch sauce and butterscotch chips are generally pretty easy to find, but are certainly not household staples. As a kid, I remember my brother was a huge fan of butterscotch and wasn’t much of a chocolate fan.  It seems to be rare, I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate?! But those people exist, and they might even be in your family!

Everything Muffins

These make a perfect breakfast.  They’re a balance of salty and a little bit sweet. These can be ready in less than an hour and are so easy to make.  They’re more of a savory recipe and they will pair well with eggs or mimosas! Also, if you haven’t discovered Trader Joes’ Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, you are missing out!

everything muffins piled in a basket lined with a red and white checkered napkin with a black background

COCOAnut Mini Egg Easter Basket Treats

These are essentially Rice Krispie Treats made with Cocoa Pebbles instead of Rice Krispies, and they add in Cadbury Mini Eggs, one of my favorite Easter candies, and coconut, which you can definitely leave out if your family isn’t a fan! The chocolate coconut combo with some extra Easter treats makes for a fun and delicious, super easy treat!

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