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Kid Recipes and Cooking with Your Kids

Kid Recipes

Here you will find a variety of kid recipes. These recipes range from desserts to main courses.

Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to teach them how to prepare meals. This is a wonderful way to help them become more independent. And, with independence comes more help to you. Pretty soon, when they get old enough, maybe they can start cooking meals for you!

Cooking is an outlet to help them become more careful in the kitchen and grow their knowledge about cooking techniques and recipes.

You will notice a difference in your child if you start working with them in the kitchen. You have to have patience though! It can be annoying at times. Kids have a real knack for spilling things.

So, next time your child asks if he or she can help you cook, say YES!

Try to schedule a time each month to make a recipe together. Scheduling helps you get prepared so that you have all the ingredients needed for the recipe you choose to do.

Kid Recipe #1

Gummy Worm Jell-O

Kid Recipes

This is such an easy and quick recipe!

Make Jell-O according to directions on package. Let cool. Fill clear plastic tumblers with Jell-O. Put in a couple of gummy worms. Let Jell-O set until almost firm, then stick a couple of gummy worms in the top to hang slightly over the sides.

Serve when Jell-O has completely set.

Kid Recipe #2

Easy Banana Nut Bread

Delicious and nutritious!


1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup mashed banana
2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup walnuts


In large bowl, cream together sugar, butter, and eggs. Stir in mashed bananas, and mix well. Add Bisquick and stir well until no large lumps remain. Stir in walnuts. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Kid Recipe #3

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

Kid Recipes

The kids will have fun dipping these in chocolate!


1 cup peanut butter
1 7 oz marshmallow creme
1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 teaspoons shortening


Mix the peanut butter and marshmallow creme in a large bowl
Add the cereal and stir the mixture until coated thoroughly.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix the chocolate chips with the shortening, then heat in the microwave until chips have melted.

Stir until nice and smooth.

Using your hands, roll the cereal mixture into small balls and dip each ball in chocolate. Refrigerate on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. 

Makes 2-1/2 dozen

Kid Recipe #4

Easy Pumpkin Cookies

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My kids love anything with pumpkin in it. When I make this I do not usually add the raisins.


1 box spice cake mix

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), melted
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until well blended. Drop by the teaspoonful onto cookie sheets; press down cookie batter with a fork if desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 

This recipe provides an excellent source of Vitamin A!

Kid Recipe #5

Simple Homemade Ice Cream with Oreo Cookies

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You don't need an ice cream maker for this recipe! This ice cream takes about six hours to freeze, but it is lots of fun to make and very delicious.


3 egg yolks

1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 tablespoons water
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup Oreo Cookies, crushed roughly
2 cups (1 pint) whipping cream, whipped (do not use whipped topping)


Beat the egg yolks in a large bowl.
Stir in the condensed milk, water, and vanilla.
Carefully fold in the cookies and the whipped cream.
Tip the mixture into an aluminum foil-lined 9 X 5-inch loaf pan or other 2 quart container.
Cover, then freeze until firm (around 6 hours). Either scoop the ice cream out of the pan or peel off the foil and slice. Keep the leftovers in the freezer. 

Great summer-time recipe!

Kid Recipe #6

Italian Bow Tie Bake

This recipe needs just four ingredients!


8 oz uncooked bow tie pasta
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
2 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)


Cook the pasta according to the directions on the packaging, then drain. 

Mix the spaghetti sauce in a bowl with the salad dressing mix.
Add pasta and toss until coated.
Place the mixture in a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish and top with cheese. Bake at 400 degrees, uncovered, for around 20 minutes until completely heated through.

Makes 4 Servings

Kid Recipe #7

Cheese and Ham Stromboli

This is yummy with tomato soup!


1 tube (11 oz.) refrigerated crusty French loaf
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 pound thinly sliced deli ham
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


Pat dough into a 14-in. X 12-in. rectangle on a lightly floured surface. 

Sprinkle the cheese over dough leaving 1/2 inch clear all around. Cover with a layer of ham.
Roll the dough up tightly from short side and seal by pinching the seam. Put the dough on an ungreased baking sheet, seam side down.
Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 deg, until golden brown. Cool for 5 mins on a wire rack.

Yield: 6 servings

Kid Recipe #8

Pizza Crust

A pizza dough recipe - make your own pizza!


1 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup flour


Mix yeast, sugar and water together. Leave to sit in a warm place for about 7 minutes (until yeast and sugar has dissolved). Add flour and mix to make a firm dough (adding extra flour as necessary). Roll out and now you have your pizza base. Then add your toppings according to your taste. Bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Kid Recipe #9

Pizza Sauce

I have used this sauce for countless recipes. Very easy and economical to make.


8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder


Mix all ingredients together. Spread onto pizza crust. Add toppings and bake at 425 degrees for about 18-20 minutes.

Kid Recipe #10

Citrus Quencher

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2 liters Sprite or 7-Up, chilled
3/4 cup limeade concentrate
1/2 cup orange juice


In large pitcher or punch bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve over ice.

Yield: 8 servings (2 1/2 quarts)

Kid Recipe #11

Irish Gold

These look like heavy gold "coins". Pile a big pot and it becomes the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! East to make, and YUM!


24 Ritz crackers 
1 cup smooth peanut butter 
2 cups butterscotch chips 


Spread half of the crackers with peanut butter. Top each with a second cracker. Melt butterscotch chips according to package directions. Dip sandwich cookies into butterscotch. Place on waxed paper to set.

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