Desserts Kids Can Make

Coax kids into learning cooking by starting with dessert first!

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Many kids will cling to the notion that food appears on the table by magic, if mom and dad never teach kids cooking.  And though there are some kids who want to learn, others aren't interested in putting dinner on the table.  So start kids' cooking lessons by making things they like to eat—desserts.

These recipes are all so easy that kids with some kitchen know-how can make them alone, and those that are just learning can get a start with an adult's help. I’ve selected these desserts...MORE kids can make from across The Spruce. When I saw the words boil, broil, bake, etc., I moved on to another recipe.

However, that doesn’t mean kids don’t need kitchen safety lessons before embarking on cooking projects. These are desserts kids can make themselves once they’ve learn some kitchen basics. In each recipe I‘ve pointed out potential safety concerns, so parents can evaluate whether their children will need help or instructions.

  • 01 of 08
    Mother and young daughter cooking
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    Kids love to layer! And when those layers are filled with good stuff to eat it's even more fun.These parfait recipes involve stacking goodies in a copy. So easy a kid could do it.


  • 02 of 08

    My kids are smoothie experts. They love to throw things in the blender and see how it tastes. Usually it's good, but sometimes they could have used a few of these recipes.

    Safety concern: Blender


  • 03 of 08

    Kids will love these simple sandwiches made of graham crackers sandwiched with butter cream frosting They can be also made with vanilla frosting or peanut butter frosting. This could get messy, but that is all part of the fun! 

    Safety concern: Mixer

  • 04 of 08

    These frosted pumpkin bars are made in the microwave, so that makes it good for kids. But this recipe has a lot of ingredients and steps so it’s better for young cooks with more experience or with adult supervision.

    Safety concern: Mixer, microwave

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  • 05 of 08

    Kids have a talent for making dirt, right? But this is even better because it’s dirt that tastes great! This recipe is for individual cups. This makes it better for a group of kids to do because younger ones can concentrate on making just one, while bigger kids can do an assembly line. 

    Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid

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    Instant vanilla pudding is the base then kids can layer fresh bananas with vanilla wafer cookies for a no-bake (and even, no-microwave) dessert that they will love.

    Safety concern: Mixer

  • 07 of 08

    Jell-O Popsicles

    Use the microwave to make Jell-O then freeze. The hard part for kids is not making this recipe but to wait for the popsicles to set before eating. Add bits of fruit to the recipe to make them a bit healthier. 

    Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid

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    Glowing Jell-O Recipe

    Combine a science lesson with your dessert-making activity. Make Jell-O that glows under a black light! And don't worry it doesn't take any weird chemicals (except for the Jell-o, of course) to make it glow. It's just plain old tonic water. 

    Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid