30 Simple Recipes Kids Can Make
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnamon Toast
Need to use up a small amount of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal that won't fill a bowl? Use it as a crunch-tastic accent for toast instead. This fun twist on cinnamon toast is easy enough for kids to make, and thanks to the cereal, no additional cinnamon sugar is needed.
Air-Fried Grilled Cheese
If a nice, even crispiness is your priority when it comes to grilled cheese, skip the stove and try the air fryer. You'll get a uniform texture and lovely melt without having to worry about burning your sandwich or any flipping mishaps.
Edible Unicorn Slime
Are your kids obsessed with making their own “slime” creations? (Obviously, we can relate.) If so, they’re going to go nuts for this glittery, next-level unicorn version of edible slime. That’s right, it is non-toxic and safe to eat—that said, just because it is edible, doesn’t mean you should eat it (at least, not a lot of it). Considering this edible unicorn slime is largely made up of coconut oil, sugar, and cornstarch, it’s not exactly what we’d recommend as a satisfying, nutritious snack… but we’d definitely recommend it for a fun weekend kitchen project to enjoy with your crafty kiddos. Xanthan gum can be found on the baking aisle in most major supermarkets and has a long shelf life, allowing for plenty of future slime-making potential. Like other slime recipes, you’ll need to keep mixing and kneading until the desired slime texture is reached. If your slime starts to become little dry on the outside and sticky on the inside as it sits, simply give it a give roll in powdered sugar.
White Chocolate OREO Cookie Balls
Winter Citrus Salad
Pickle Bun Reuben Sandwiches
Substituting a jumbo pickle for a bun adds a ton of flavor and texture to this classic sandwich, all while making it keto-friendly. The pickle “bun” is super juicy and slightly crunchy, while the creamy dressing adds some bright tang and sweetness.
Marshmallow Popcorn Treats with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
Reminiscent of classic popcorn balls, these salty-sweet treats make for awesome low-fat, lunch box-friendly snacking. Make a batch with the kids this weekend to enjoy throughout the week.
Copycat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade
Love the Chick-fil-A’s signature frosted lemonade? With our DIY take on the genius summertime treat, it’s incredibly easy to enjoy (and customize) it at home. This sweet and tangy lemonade milkshake is as refreshing as it is decadent, and easy to mix up for a group. Put your own spin on it by using a different flavor of ice cream (strawberry would be delicious) or adding another cooling kick of flavor with fresh mint leaves. You can also make give this creamy frozen lemonade the “grown-up” treatment by adding in a splash of vodka.
4-Ingredient No-Bake Funfetti Breakfast Bars
Sprinkle-stained fingers are fun, fun, fun
A chocolate-coated, powdered sugar-doused cereal treat is the perfect, portable dessert for shareable snacking. Classic Puppy Chow comes together in under 10 minutes using just a few simple ingredients. It's always a fan-favorite dessert, but if sharing isn't your style, curl up with your remote and a gigantic bowl and indulge all by yourself. Either way, we're not judging.
This perfect, butter pasta is super easy to make and will serve a group of kids for less than $3.00. Pack it in a school lunch (and cause some serious lunch envy), serve it as an after-school snack or add it to the spread at any summer or pool party. Hold on to a little bit of that pasta water: mixed with the butter and cheese, it keeps the pasta from being too dry.
Microwave Blueberry Muffin
This muffin-in-a-mug from Izy Hossack's The Savvy Cook looks gourmet, but you can make it in a snap
Ice Cube Ice Cream
Toaster Oven Fruit Pizzas
Have you hopped on the toaster oven dessert train yet? If not, now is the time. These easy and fun fruit pizzas are a great way to embrace the power of your toaster oven. Not to mention, the simple recipe makes for a fantastic kitchen project for kids to take the lead on. And for even more kid-friendly toaster oven ideas, click here.
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Requiring a mere 2 ingredients (both of which are likely already in your pantry), this is the fudge you can make with one only one hand. Packing an intensely chocolatey flavor, this easy fudge recipe is sure to please.
Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches
Apple Pie Smoothie
This apple pie smoothie is an easy way to treat yourself and pack some nutrients into your day.
Microwave Sweet Potato Chips
When the chip craving strikes, look no further than these healthy, homemade chips. Pro tip: You'll need a mandoline to slice the potato thin enough to crisp.
Your favorite peanut butter and chocolate Girl Scout cookie in yummy milkshake form. We recommend buying high quality ice cream and hot fudge. You can also use pre-made peanut butter sauce, but having the leftovers is delicious (and useful for making more shakes). Enjoy immediately.
Waffled Cookie Brownies
Why choose between a waffle, a cookie, and a brownie, when you can have the best of all three? This recipe is great for kids who aren’t quite ready to cook using the stovetop or oven. Try it with different baking mixes and cookie combos to create your ultimate dessert.
Unicorn Snack Bars
These sweet unicorn treats are adorable enough to serve at a birthday party, but easy enough to throw together for after-school snacks during the week. Adding almonds and apple chips into the mix make these snack bars more substantial and flavorful than a plain rice cereal treat, but these ingredients are easily swapped to accommodate your favorite mix-ins or nut allergies. We added a touch of food coloring to give the bars a cheerful pink hue, but it’s A-OK to leave it out if you would prefer.
K-9 Critter Cookies
Treat you pooch’s tricks with one of these scrumptious, Howl-oween treats. They’re the perfect special indulgence to share with other doggy friends in the neighborhood this Halloween. Just be sure to always let other dogs’ owners know what’s in your DIY dog treats before handing them out.
Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix
Take this to snack on before dinner. And if there's any left, toss it on a salad.
Frudité Platter with Mint-Lime Dip
For a show-stopping party appetizer or dessert that will appeal to both kids and adults, you can't go wrong with a fruit platter. Accompanied by an easy, ultra-creamy, homemade dipping sauce that's bursting with fresh lime and mint, this starter offers plenty of fruit combinations that are refreshing and sweet.
No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
These bars are a perfectly portable snack you can prep on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. The bars will continue to firm up as they chill.
Ultimate Breakfast Toast
Whole grains, creamy ricotta, and a quick homemade jam deliver a treat-yo-self breakfast you can feel good about. Store-bought jams are loaded with sugar; this quick microwave version is a healthier hack that puts you in charge of the sweetness level. Fresh or frozen fruit work equally fine here; place a plate underneath the bowl before microwaving to make cleanup easier.
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels are a salty, sweet pick-up dessert that's just as ideal for a snack as it is for a party.
DIY Wendy’s Frosty
Our homemade Frosty tastes just like the real deal and is easier than going to a drive-thru. It’s soft and super creamy with the super small ice crystals that put the Frosty in an entirely different category than ice cream or milkshakes. Serve it to the kids for a treat or at your next backyard cookout.