Baking with Children

Most kids love cooking in the kitchen, especially when there are cookies involved! Besides feasting on yummy treats, they learn valuable skills and practice math and reading without even realizing it. Most importantly, you will make precious memories with every recipe you put together.  

Here are several recipes and tips for baking with children.

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    Girls cooking in the kitchen
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    Before baking with your children or allowing them to bake without you, they should understand these basic kitchen rules. Feel free to add or detract from the list, but be sure to go over it with them. Post it on the refrigerator as a reminder. 

     

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    Decorated Sugar Cookies
    Deborah Lee Soltesz/Flickr/CC 2.0

    Baking cookies is where I started my baking experience. This recipe is so good because it can accommodate any level baker. The youngest children can just decorate the unbaked or baked cookies. Older elementary school-aged kids can roll-out and cut the dough. Middle schoolers on up can handle the entire recipe. 
    More Cookie Recipes

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    Mini Jelly Dessert
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    Any aged child can use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the gelatin. Older children can make the entire recipe, just be careful of the boiling water and using the stove.

    More Gelatin Recipes
    Basic Gelatin Cooking Instructions

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    Bread Maker Bread
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    I just love the Bread Machine. If your child understands measurements, he or she can make bread in the bread machine. The only difficult part will be waiting for it to be done even on the fastest cycle.

    Bread Machine Baking Tips

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  • 05 of 10
    Blueberry Muffins Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Blueberry Muffins. Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Blueberry Muffins is almost everyone's favorite muffin. All muffins and quick breads are fairly easy to make and can be made by an older child. The biggest tips I would have to offer is to be careful using the oven and don't over mix the batter.

    Tips for the Perfect Muffins and Quick Breads

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    Ultimate Brownies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Ultimate Brownies. Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Brownies have always been a crowd pleaser. Just think how pleased your young teen will be after making this chocolate wonder.
    All About Brownies

  • 07 of 10
    Cake
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    I just think it's much easier to start baking cakes by beginning with a cake mix. There is less apprehension. Use this list to help them "jazz-up" a normal mix.
     

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    Fudge
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    Older children can make this stove-top confection. Just remind them that the fudge can get really hot. Be extra careful pouring it into a pan to harden.
    More Fudge Recipes
     

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  • 09 of 10
    Pancakes
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    If you've got someone old enough to begin using the stove, pancakes are a great way to start.
     

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    Basic Biscuit Recipe

    Biscuit Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Biscuits. Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.

    Basic Biscuits recipes are also a great way to satisfy the baking needs and experiences of several age groups. The young ones can cut out the biscuits. The older elementary school age ones can put them on the baking sheets. The older bakers can make the entire recipe and be in charge of the oven.
    More Biscuit and Scone Recipes