Fun and Easy Baking Recipes to Make with the Family

Baking is a well-loved tradition for many families. From simple cookies to fancy cakes and pastries, the kitchen can be a great place for bonding and creating lasting memories with young relatives. 

Keep reading to discover our four favourite recipes for kids. Plus, discover tips to make baking with the littles ones in your family an unforgettable experience.

4 delicious recipes to bake with the family

Simple sugar cookies

Sugar cookies are a wonderful starting point for easy baking with kids. The recipe is straightforward, and the decorating process allows for endless creativity. Gather various cookie cutters in fun shapes like stars, hearts, animals, or even festive-themed. You can also provide an array of coloured icing, sprinkles, and edible decorations to spark your kids’ imagination. What better way to let children dive into the world of cookie decorating!


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional flour for rolling out dough


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well blended.
  5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  6. Divide the dough into two balls, wrap them in cling film, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  7. On a floured surface, roll out one ball of dough at a time to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  8. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.
  10. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Once cooled, it’s time for the fun part – decorating!

Personalised cupcakes

Cupcakes offer a canvas for individual expression. Set up a decorating station with an assortment of frostings, edible glitter, fondant shapes, and sprinkles. Encourage each child to design their own cupcake masterpiece, reflecting their personality and preferences. Cupcake-making is a fantastic way for children to express themselves artistically.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each is well incorporated, then add the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined; do not overmix.
  6. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling each about two-thirds full.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Fruit pies or tarts

Delve into the world of fruit pies or tarts. Guide your child/children in making the dough from scratch, teaching them the art of rolling and shaping. Engage them in choosing seasonal fruits for the filling and decorating the top crust with intricate designs or simple patterns. It’s a chance to introduce them to the beauty of fresh produce and the satisfaction of a homemade dessert.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, incorporate the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing gently with a fork until the dough starts to come together.
  4. Gather the dough into a ball, divide it in half and flatten each half into a disk. Then, wrap them in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.

Ingredients for the filling:

  • Fresh seasonal fruits (e.g., apples, berries, peaches, etc.), sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 cup granulated sugar (adjust based on fruit sweetness)
  • 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch or flour
  • A squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
  • Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla extract (optional)


  1. In a bowl, toss the sliced/chopped fruits with sugar, cornstarch/flour, lemon juice, and spices if using. Allow the mixture to sit for about 15-20 minutes to release juices.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out one disk of dough to fit your pie or tart pan.
  3. Gently place the rolled-out dough into the pan, pressing it into the edges.
  4. Spoon the prepared fruit filling into the crust.
  5. Roll out the second disk of dough and either create a full crust covering the pie/tart or cut strips to make a lattice pattern.
  6. Encourage the kids to use cookie cutters or small knives to create shapes or patterns on the top crust.

Baking method:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Bake the pie/tart for 40-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  • Let it cool before serving.

Creative bread making

Breadmaking offers a tactile experience for children. Explore different bread shapes, from braided loaves to animal or flower-shaped rolls. Engage your kids in kneading and shaping the dough, allowing for imaginative creations. This activity not only introduces children to the basics of bread baking but also enhances their fine motor skills and creativity.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  1. In a small bowl, combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt together.
  3. Create a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the activated yeast mixture and olive oil.
  4. Stir until a dough forms. If it’s too sticky, gradually add a bit more flour until it’s smooth and elastic.
  5. On a floured surface, knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes until it’s soft, smooth, and springs back when touched.
  6. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

Creating shaping ideas:

  • Braided loaf: Divide the dough into three equal portions, roll each portion into long ropes, then braid them together before placing them in a loaf pan to rise and bake.
  • Animal or flower-shaped rolls: Let the kids shape smaller portions of dough into animals, flowers, or any fun shapes they like. Use additional dough pieces for ears, tails, petals, etc.
  • Pretzel shapes: Roll out portions of dough and let the kids shape them into traditional pretzel shapes or even create their own unique twists.
  • Stuffed rolls: Roll out small portions of dough, place a filling (like cheese, veggies, or chocolate chips) in the centre, then seal the dough and shape it into a ball.

Baking method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) for most bread types.
  2. Bake the shaped bread for around 20-30 minutes or until they’re golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Our tips for a successful baking experience

  • Safety first: Educate your children about kitchen safety rules and supervise them closely, especially around hot surfaces and sharp tools.
  • Patience and encouragement: Embrace the mess and encourage their creativity. Baking is about the experience and bonding, not just the end result.
  • Teachable moments: Use baking as an opportunity to teach your kids about maths (measuring ingredients), science (watching dough rise), and culture (sharing family recipes and stories).
  • Celebrate together: Once the baking is done, sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Sharing the treats they’ve created is a sweet way to end the baking session.

Key takeaways

Baking with children is a heartwarming and rewarding experience. It goes beyond the delicious treats, creating lasting memories, passing down traditions, and strengthening the bond between generations. So, roll up your sleeves, don your aprons, and embark on a baking adventure with the children in your family. After all, the fondest memories are often made in the kitchen.

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