30 Simple Recipes Kids Can Make
Is there a budding cook in your family? Letting your kids learn their way around the kitchen isn’t just an opportunity for exploring their creativity and building confidence—it’s also a fun way for them to start developing skills they'll use for life. Not to mention, having a couple extra able sets of hands in the kitchen is never a bad thing in a busy household. None of the following recipes require an oven (Lots of them are no-bake or can be cooked in the microwave!) and can be made with minimal assistance and supervision, depending on the child’s age. Younger kids will need an adult sous chef, but teenagers can definitely handle these on their own.
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
This simple fruit salad is the perfect celebration of seasonal citrus fruit. It’s an effortlessly gorgeous dish that’s perfect for a winter brunch, but is easy enough to enjoy any day of the week, especially if you're looking for a boost of flavor or vitamin C. Pomegranate anrils and kiwi slices add extra zing and variety to fresh orange and grapefruit segments.
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
You don’t need permission to eat cake for breakfast. You’re an adult who deserves to treat yo' self occasionally (and your kids—if you have any—just because they love sugar and they’re cute sometimes). Think of these breakfast bars as a no-bake cheesecake that doubles as breakfast and dessert, so you can have the best of both worlds. Prepare the no-bake breakfast bars before bed and you’re all set for sweet indulgence when you wake up. Of course, because this is a funfetti recipe, sprinkles are involved. And sure, these kid-friendly funfetti breakfast bars get a bit messy, but that’s half the fun.
No-Bake Funfetti Breakfast Bars
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
If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about making breakfast in a microwave, it’s definitely college students—but Izy Hossack isn’t your ordinary college student, so it makes sense that her go-to breakfast in a microwave is far from ordinary, too. The 20-year old studies food science and nutrition at the University of Leeds, runs the food blog Top With Cinnamon, and now has two cookbooks under her belt. The most recent is <em>The Savvy Cook</em>, and it’s full of cost-effective, delicious, and easy recipes—like this one for a single-serve microwave blueberry muffin made in a mug. As Hossack writes in The Savvy Cook, “This is my go-to winter breakfast on mornings when I only have 15 minutes to get dressed and eat before going to class (hello, 9 a.m. lectures).”
This recipe for a microwave blueberry “oat” muffin is actually based on one of Hossack’s recipes for baked oatmeal, which, she explained to Extra Crispy in an email, “ I love to make but, as you have to make it in a large batch, you have to be committed to it for the week. So I scaled down my basic baked oatmeal recipe to be mug-sized, adapted it a bit, and ended up with this recipe!”
It’s also readily adapted depending on your personal taste or dietary restrictions, as are all the recipes in The Savvy Cook. That’s because Hossack herself follows a primarily vegetarian diet, for both budget and environmental reasons, and she wanted to make sure the recipes in her cookbook were “accessible to everyone so whether it’s a dietary choice or an allergy [or] intolerance.” So she recommends that those who are gluten-free make this microwave blueberry muffin with certified gluten-free oats, and those with a dairy intolerance should swap in nondairy milk.
Hossack also notes, “If you know you’ll be really pressed for time, mix the oats, baking powder, and cinnamon in the mug the night before, and in the morning just mix in the wet ingredients and microwave away!” And with breakfast this easy, there’s no reason to skip it.
Microwave Blueberry Oat "Muffin"
Tips and Swaps
Use fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries instead of the blueberries.
For a chocolaty treat, add 2 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate to the mixture before microwaving.
From The Savvy Cook by Izy Hossack, Mitchell Beazly 2017.
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.
Grilled 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.
Peanut Butter and 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.