Being able to bake with your kids is really special because can bring back memories of baking with your mother and grandmothers growing up. Baking treats and desserts for holidays, on sick days from school, or just to have some fun on a Sunday afternoon.
These kitchen traditions are important because it allows us to connect with our kids, work with our hands, and create something–together. You get to know your child(ren) and discover who they’re becoming during conversations in the kitchen while making brownies, cakes, and other desserts. While your child may not be quite as enthused about baking or decorating cakes, there are a few recipes that almost all children will get excited about!
1. Harry Potter Themed Butterbeer Cupcakes
Don’t let the word butter-beer scare you. These cupcakes are famous in the wizarding world of Harry Potter and are made from butterscotch and vanilla crème–no alcohol. If you are having trouble getting your kids to enjoy spending time in the kitchen with you, try enticing them through something else they love like–Harry Potter!
If your kids don’t like Harry Potter you can try making desserts in other themes such as rainbow cupcakes for Rainbow Bright or Care Bears, Samoa Brownie Bars or Tropical Fruit tarts for Moana, Holiday themed decorated sugar cookies, or anything else your kids are into.
Here’s a pin for desserts inspired by Disney Princess movies.
You can find the recipe for butterbeer cupcakes with brown sugar butterscotch frosting here.5 Easy Dessert Recipes for Mommy and Me Baking Click To Tweet
2. Maple Bacon Cupcakes
The combination of sweet maple and savory bacon is always a great pairing and reminds many of breakfast for dessert. This recipe is super easy and uses yellow box cake mix for the base:
If you want to turn these into donuts and serve them for breakfast instead, you can check out this recipe.
3. Mini Cheese Cakes
Children like things that are miniature size, it’s like the mini cupcake, pie, cookie, etc, were made especially for child size hands and mouths. Cheesecakes are versatile. You can put nearly any fruit topping on cheesecake, have an Oreo or graham cracker crust, use different fillings, cover it in chocolate or caramel, and of course, just a plain New York Style cake. You can also use themed wrappers or fun colors to make them even more fun to eat.
This recipe for mini cherry cheesecakes is one of my favorites!
If you are in the mood for something fall related, try these mini pumpkin cheesecakes.
4. Unicorn Fudge
This fascination with magical creatures that poop glitter and rainbows in the world of pop culture is a great way to get your kids into baking and spending time in the kitchen with you. Unicorn fudge is purple and has fun marshmallows and color sprinkles, and you can even cover it in edible glitter. Another great thing about fudge is that you can bake without ever having to turn on the oven.
Check out this no bake unicorn fudge recipe.
5. Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza
This recipe is a favorite during many family get togethers and picnics. You can make this recipe in many ways, including using a gluten free sugar cookie recipe, or low-fat varieties as well. I love to use whipped cream cheese icing for these and sometimes substitute the sugar cookie for shortbread instead. Making Fruit Pizza is a great way to get your kids to eat more berries which are high in antioxidants, and still satisfy their sweet tooth!
Cooking Classy has one of my favorite sugar cookie fruit pizza recipes.
When you are trying to get your kids in the kitchen, the most important thing to keep in mind is that it has to be fun for them to enjoy it. Kids do not always see the benefits beyond getting to eat dessert and aren’t motivated to bake with us if they aren’t interested. Next time you try to get your child to bake with you, try thinking outside of the box and make the activity something they will be excited about.