Kid-Friendly Recipes

Address the eating habits of your children with our kid-friendly recipes. Nutritious and safe, find quick and easy recipes such as make-ahead mac and cheese, tacos, chicken fingers, and sloppy joes that will be sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

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14 Easy Recipes Kids Can Help Make

Get the kids cooking with these easy recipes. Here are some deliciously doable meals to make together. Whether you're looking to whip up breakfast pancakes, dinner tacos, or irresistible treats like fudge and chocolate pudding, we have a recipe well-suited to your family.
By Lynn Andriani

No-Bake Cheesecake

Rating: 3.58 stars
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There are certain days during the summer when the last place anyone wants to be is in a hot kitchen. But that's when kids can come to the rescue, making a delicious dessert for the whole family without ever having to ask their parents to turn on the oven. This no-bake cheesecake is sure to please with its creamy center. 

Snickerdoodle Crumb Bars

For a bite of pure bliss, sink your teeth into this hybrid of coffee cake and a snickerdoodle cookie. Layers of rich batter, crumbly streusel, and a topping of crunchy cinnamon sugar add up to irresistible; cream of tartar lends a subtle tang and a nice chew. Better yet, the ingredients are pantry basics, so you can bake up a batch on demand.

Vanilla Pound Cake

Rating: 3.35 stars
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How sweet it is—pound cake from scratch in three simple steps! We've added vanilla to our recipe for an extra hint of flavor!

The Best Banana Bread

Rating: 3.61 stars
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The batter for this easy-to-make banana bread is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super moist texture. In order to avoid this quick bread becoming tough and chewy, don't overmix the batter.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Rating: 3.63 stars
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Baking, simplified: One pan and two steps create this soft, gooey, giant cookie.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 3.25 stars
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Pull a fast one on the kids: In just 10 minutes, whip up the dough for these sweet, crunchy treats made with whole-wheat flour. Many recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, without losing flavor or texture.

Lemon Cake

Rating: 3.54 stars
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This cheery lemon cake is perfect for festive occasions. Top it off with our Whipped Frosting that's the perfect light and fluffy complement to this moist cake.

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Rating: 3.07 stars
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Sometimes there's nothing better than a good old-fashioned oatmeal-raisin cookie.

Taco Casserole

Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.

One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon

Less is more in this quick and easy weeknight dinner. It calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan) and requires minimal cleanup.

Creamy Tomato Soup

Rating: 3.59 stars
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This creamy tomato soup recipe is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." It's simply delicious and full of flavor.
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Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's hard to improve upon a giant -- and downright delicious -- chocolate chip cookie, but we've found a way: Stuff it with caramel! The secret to this recipe is freezing the balls of dough for just 15 minutes before baking. That way, the center cooks more slowly, and you achieve that blissful balance of melted, gooey interiors and crispy edges.