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

Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake

If you love the apple-cider doughnuts often sold at farmers' markets, you'll love this cake! Baked in a Bundt pan, it's essentially a giant cakey doughnut, made a little more wholesome with whole-wheat flour. A blend of olive oil and applesauce helps keep it moist. This classic fall dessert recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter). Martha also made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 802.

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. 

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!

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.

Potato, Broccoli, and Cheddar Soup

Broccoli is used two ways in this kid-friendly dish: it's simmered until tender for the soup base and roasted for the garnish.

Chicken Soup with Rice

Rating: 1.86 stars
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Easy to prepare and nourishing, this straightforward, family-friendly soup recipe uses boneless chicken thighs and white rice. Ready in just an hour, it doesn't need to simmer all day for a full flavor that gets a little extra panache when topped with sharp, grated cheese.

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.

Creamy Baked Ziti

Cream cheese is the secret to the silky sauce in this vegetarian baked pasta dish, while mozzarella and Parmesan create a golden bubbling crust on top.

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.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.72 stars
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The most popular flavor at the celebrated New York City bakery is vanilla for a reason! With a moist, tender crumb and rich buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are a true classic. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

Test Kitchen's Favorite Tomato Soup

No cream here! A butter-and-flour roux is the secret to this lush, velvety tomato soup. Gild with fresh basil, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of your best olive oil. Serve alongside our Test Kitchen's Favorite Grilled Cheese for the ultimate comforting meal.
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Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Ground beef and sweet Italian sausage enrich the sauce for this beloved baked pasta, while no-boil lasagna noodles speed up the process. Check out our step-by-step guide.