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34 Fun Things to Bake at Home with Bored Kids

Bring on the sprinkles, rainbows and fun-sized treats! Whip up these adorable baking recipes with the kids this weekend.

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My mom used to make pinwheels every Christmas, and I still love them. They are so colorful, and perfect for sharing in gift boxes. —Jill Heatwole, Pittsville, Maryland

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I created this recipe based on our family's love of chocolate-dipped ice cream cones. Red heart-shaped sprinkles make them fun for Valentine's Day. Vary the color to match the occasion. —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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I like to take these quick and easy treats to potlucks and family gatherings. They're always well received! —Pam Kokes, North Loup, Nebraska

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My daughter loves all things pink, so this recipe was just right for her birthday. Even my teenage son (not a fan of pink) ate his share, too. —Paulette Smith, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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My little nieces love to help decorate these doughnut-shaped cookies. They top them with sprinkles, chopped pecans or crushed candy canes. —Jolie Stinson, Marion, Indiana

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These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family since I was a little girl. The big bears are so soft and chewy that we can hardly wait until they come out of the oven!—Elizabeth Manzanares, Gloucester, Virginia

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Impress guests by making an adorable and delicious cake. It is actually easy to put together.—Bonnie Jost, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

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When my kids were small, I could never get pancakes on the table while they were all still hot. Then I got the idea for these breakfast tarts. They're a good and simple recipe for any busy family. —Joan Elbourn, Gardner, Massachusetts

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Some cakes stand on their own without icing. For this bright Rainbow Cake, use a little whipped cream to make fluffy clouds. —Janet Tigchelaar, Jerseyville, Ontario

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This is a very quick, easy and fun dessert for any occasion. The possibilities are endless with these cute bites. Customize them for any occasion by using different toppings. —Evelyn Moore, Elk Grove, California

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This is a moist and fluffy vanilla cake with lots of sprinkles and a whipped vanilla buttercream. It's almost impossible not to feel happy when you see the fun pop of rainbow confetti! —Courtney Rich, Highland, UT

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Kids can help make these perfect fall bites by dipping the baked cookies in caramel and nuts. It's a fun food craft for all of us. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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I take this dessert to work for Friday pick-me-ups. It's one of my favorite yellow cake bar recipes. I love to share them because they're so easy to eat, easy to make and easy on the wallet. —Amy Rose, Ballwin, Missouri

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I came up with these cookies as a treat for my kids’ class parties. Not only do they look cute, but they are also delicious.—Starrlette Howard, Ogden, Utah

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These spiced-just-right whoopie pies combine two popular flavors in one fun treat. The moist cookies are rolled in sugar before baking for a bit of crunch. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia

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This is a delightful, fun way to serve a cupcake. I share these with the neighborhood kids and they love the ice cream cone look and ease of eating. Adults who try them say snacking on them makes them feel like kids again. —Barb Kietzer, Niles, Michigan

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When it's too difficult to take along root beer floats on a picnic, take these cookies instead! I've found the flavor is even better the next day. The hard part is convincing my family to wait that long before sampling them.—Violette Bawden, West Valley City, Utah

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Traditional rocky road ice cream has nuts, marshmallows and chocolate. Using prepared cookie dough makes it easy to put the flavors together in these fast, kid-friendly rocky road cookis. —Charlotte McDaniel, Jacksonville, AL

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Full of lemony flavor, these cookies are great for any time of year and always popular with family and friends. —Patricia C. Quinn, Omaha, Nebraska

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This recipe is one of my family's favorites, and I make the treats a lot, especially at Christmas. I have three children and eight grandchildren, and every one of them loves those "peanut butter thingies," as the grandchildren call them! —Jodie McCoy, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Rich chocolaty cupcakes include a cream cheese surprise. Get kids in on the fun by letting them help decorate. ‐Mrs. Walter Jacobson, Ashland, Ohio

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Everyone who tries these beloved gems is amazed that they use only five ingredients. Baking cookies doesn't get much easier than this. —Dee Davis, Sun City, Arizona

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When my daughter, Katie, was 2, the juicy, ripe raspberries in my backyard inspired me to create this cutout cookie. It's become a mother-daughter tradition to pick the raspberries, choose the cutter shapes, cut out the cookies and frost them. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois

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Kids and adults alike will find these Oreo cupcakes irresistible. If you want to pipe the frosting, be sure to thoroughly crush the cookies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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My family simply adores my daughter's fudgy s'mores brownies. The cinnamon graham cracker crust and the dark chocolate brownies bring our passion for s'mores to a whole new level! —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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Mom and I took up cake decorating. Funfetti was our favorite cake, so we used the mix to make cutout cookies. Plain or decorated, they’re a fave at parties. —Danielle DeMarco, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

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It's a family tradition for my grandmother and me to make these colorful cookies every year for the holidays. —Cheyenne Fink, Pleasantville, Pennsylvania

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You can easily make several of these pretty palaces with a boxed cake mix, canned frosting and a few common confections. Grab a goblet of milk and enjoy one with your prince of princess. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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These little bites are fun for kids to make. Simply wrap strips of pastry around apple wedges and shake on some cinnamon-sugar. Then just bake and watch them disappear! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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I have fond memories of baking and frosting these cutout cookies with my mom. Now I carry on the tradition with my kids. It's a messy but fun day! —Sandy Nace, Greensburg, Kansas

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The recipe for these cookies is the easiest to find in my book because the page is a beautiful mess covered with fingerprints, flour smudges and memories of more than 30 Christmases! I made these with my daughters, and now I make them with my granddaughters. —Judy Taylor, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

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How could you not love pizza for dessert? A fudgy brownie base is layered with a whipped topping sauce, then topped with fresh strawberries, chopped nuts and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. —Karen Heleski, Ubly, Michigan —Karen Heleski, Ubly, Michigan

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I layer a creamy, coffee-flavored filling between buttery shortbread, then dip the sandwiches in chocolate. Guests always love them.—Bertha Seyer, Oak Ridge, Missouri

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Cake. Doughnuts. Now you don't have to choose between the two. Impress your family with this easy jelly-filled cake. Try your best to center the jelly in the middle of the half-filled Bundt pan so that it will not leak out the edges of the cake. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Originally Published: April 03, 2020

Christina Herbst

Christina is a Social Media Editor for Taste of Home. She enjoys trying out local restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on. In her free time, you can find her hunting down one-of-a-kind furniture pieces at thrift and vintage stores and DIYing trendy home decor crafts.

25 Super Fun Baking Recipes

Have an afternoon at home? Bake! With breads, cakes, muffins, and more, these 25 easy baking recipes include something for everyone.

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There’s no more joyful way to spend an afternoon than baking. I do most of the cooking in our house, but baking recipes are the ones that bring Jack and me together. He might stretch a batch of pizza dough while I prep the toppings, or we’ll work together to make a jumbo tray of cinnamon rolls to devour the next morning. If you have kids, easy baking recipes are a great way to get them into the kitchen. Let them stir together brownies and lick the spoon or decorate a batch of cookies with bright sprinkles and frosting. The process might be messy, but the results will be delicious nonetheless.

I hope these 25 easy baking recipes inspire you to set yourself a new cooking challenge, just for the fun of it, or to spend a few hours in the kitchen with someone you care about. With cookies, quick breads, bao buns, and more, you’re sure to find a recipe you’ll love.

Cookie and Bar Baking Recipes

Vegan Sugar Cookies
These cookies are the perfect treat to bake and decorate with kids! I love their puffy, soft-baked texture, but if you prefer to make cut-out sugar cookies, this recipe is great too.

Best Brownies
These brownies will put all other brownie recipes to shame. They have a crave-worthy fudgy texture and a rich dark chocolate flavor. Best of all, they’re super easy to make!

Peanut Butter Cookies
These easy peanut butter cookies have a delightful crumbly texture and sweet, nutty flavor that we just can’t get enough of. P.S. They’re vegan, too!

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies
They’re soft, chewy, and warmly spiced – everything a good oatmeal raisin cookie should be.

Lemon Cookies
One of my all-time favorite baking recipes! They have crisp edges, bakery-perfect chewy middles, and a lovely lemon flavor.

Tahini Cookies
I decorate these soft, warmly-spiced cookies with bursty pomegranate seeds. If you don’t have any on hand, don’t worry! Dried cranberries or chocolate chips would be great here too.

No Bake Cookies
Ok, ok, this isn’t a baking recipe, strictly speaking. Still, these 7-ingredient no bakes are absolutely worth making. They have a chewy texture and an intense peanut butter chocolate flavor. What more could you want in a quick and easy treat?

Pistachio Oat Squares
These 6-ingredient squares could pass for breakfast or dessert, which is good news, because you’ll want to eat them all day long. If you don’t have pistachios on hand, feel free to swap them for whatever nut you do.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies
A Love and Lemons classic. These 7-ingredient cookies are bright, buttery, and perfect alongside a hot cup of tea.

Easy Quick Bread and Cake Recipes

Vegan Chocolate Cake
Who needs cake mix when a rich, moist chocolate cake is so easy to make from scratch? To take this cake over the top, slather it with my luscious chocolate frosting! Tasting it, you’d never guess that there’s a secret veggie ingredient (baked sweet potato!) hiding inside it.

Carrot Cake
It’s hard for Jack to pick favorites when it comes to baking recipes, but if he had to, this carrot cake would be his #1. It’s moist, delicate, and warmly spiced – perfect for a celebration or anytime you’re craving a sweet treat.

Banana Bread
This banana bread is on the healthy side, made with olive oil, almond flour, and whole wheat flour. Still, it’s totally irresistible. Whenever I have it on hand, I can never help going back for a second (or third, or fourth…) slice.

Pumpkin Bread
It doesn’t have to be fall for you to fall for this easy pumpkin bread recipe. 🙂 It’s moist, warmly spiced, and filled with pumpkin flavor. I’d happily devour a slice any day of the year!

Yogurt Pound Cake
Many traditional pound cake recipes call for sour cream, so I thought, why not yogurt? It gives this simple loaf a wonderful moist texture and lightly tangy flavor. Serve it on its own, with yogurt and fruit, or with a dollop of coconut whipped cream for a more decadent dessert.

Creative Baking Recipes

Matcha Baked Doughnuts
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and these adorable baked doughnuts are the best way to celebrate! In addition to decorating them with matcha (3 ways!), I mix it into the batter, so they’re green through and through.

Cinnamon Rolls
If you’ve never made cinnamon rolls from scratch, try this recipe ASAP! It’s really fun and easy to make, and it only calls for a few simple ingredients. Plus, it yields soft, gooey rolls that are bursting with brown sugar and cinnamon. What are you waiting for?

Muffins and Scones

Blueberry Muffins
You don’t need to have fresh blueberries on hand to make these light, fluffy muffins. Frozen berries straight from the freezer work just as well. No need to thaw!

Banana Muffins
These vegan banana muffins check all the baked good boxes. They’re moist, naturally sweet, and filled with spiced banana flavor. Of course, the fact that they’re studded with melty chocolate chips doesn’t hurt either.

Blueberry Scones
A good scone can be hard to find, but frankly, these ones are perfect. They’re crisp on the outside, moist in the middle, and packed with jammy berries all the way through. Like my blueberry muffins, these scones work just as well with frozen berries.

Vegan Lemon Muffins
Chia seeds give these soft, fluffy little muffins a lovely crunch and a healthy dose of omega-3s. You can feel good about eating them for breakfast, but they can also pass for dessert, especially with a zesty cream cheese frosting on top.

Savory Baking Recipes

Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Olive oil, rosemary, and roasted garlic give this focaccia a rich, savory flavor. This recipe is a surefire way to impress anyone you cook for, but it’s deceptively easy to make. I won’t tell if you won’t!

Homemade Pizza Dough
What’s more fun than making homemade pizza?! This simple dough recipe is easy to make, and it transforms into a delicious crisp/chewy crust. Top it with my 5-ingredient pizza sauce or pesto and your favorite toppings to make a homemade pie that’s every bit as good as one you’d get out to eat.

No-Knead Bread
Baking recipes don’t get much easier than this one! The hands-on work is minimal here, but thanks to a long, slow rise, this bread comes out with a perfect golden crust and soft interior every time.

Homemade Bao Buns
These puffy little bao buns are one of our favorite cooking projects. Jack takes care of the dough while I prep a fun filling. Baked tempeh, herbs, and avocado are my go-to choices here, but if you don’t have them on hand, any protein or veggie will do. The best part is the warm, soft bun surrounding them!

Falafel Flatbread
This chickpea flour flatbread is a great recipe for a gluten-free pizza night, but even if you’re not gluten-free, you’re going to want to try it. Spiced with cumin, coriander, and chili powder, the soft, hearty flatbread is delicious on its own, but if you want to take it to the next level, load it up with toppings. I love the fresh combination pictured, but hummus, pickled onions, tahini sauce, roasted red peppers, carrot ribbons, and/or olives would also be fantastic here.

Baking Recipes: Easy Brownies

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Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

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  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray and line it with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper.

  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, and salt.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, water, and vanilla.

  • Sprinkle the dry mix over the wet mix and stir until just combined.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth the top. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs attached (note: it's better to pull the brownies out early than to leave them in too long). Cool completely before slicing. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. These also freeze well!

Genio Kids Modeling Kit Easy Plasticine Fun Baking

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Gross weight: 395
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- light plasticine is very light and plastic, soft and pleasant to the touch; nine0005 - does not require effort when sculpting, allows you to mold anything toys, bracelets, key rings, etc.;
- does not leave marks on clothes, surfaces;
- stretches well when stretched;
- completely hardens within 24 hours in the open air;
- after drying retains its velvety, lightness and plasticity;
- made of modern and safe materials;
- Suitable for children of all ages.
In the set: light plasticine in a wrapper of 35 grams - 7 pcs., plastic plate - 1 pc., plate - 1 pc., stack-knife - 1 pc., blank for creating a two-tier stand - 1 pc., instruction - 1 pc. . nine0086

Light clay molding kit Fun baking

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Funny Baking Kit will delight all young cooks, because it has everything to show their creative skills to the maximum!

Together with the set, the child will be able to immerse himself in a fun and relaxed atmosphere of baking. With the help of detailed illustrated instructions, you can make donuts, cupcakes, a delicious cake and much more that comes to mind. The light plasticine included in the set has a lot of amazing properties, thanks to which the modeling process will be simple and fun. nine0004


  • light plasticine very light and plastic, soft and pleasant to the touch;
  • when sculpting does not require effort, allows you to mold anything toys, bracelets, key rings;
  • does not leave marks on clothes, surfaces;
  • stretches well;
  • cures completely within 24 hours in the open air;
  • retains its velvety, lightness and plasticity after drying; nine0100
  • is made of modern and safe materials;
  • is suitable for children of all ages.

The set includes: light plasticine in a wrapper of 35 grams - 7 pcs, a plastic plate - 1 pc, a plate - 1 pc, a stack-knife - 1 pc, a blank for creating a two-tier stand - 1 pc, instructions - 1 pc.


Age: from 3 years

Size: 6cm x 17cm x 24cm

Weight: 350g

Country: Russia

You can buy a kit for modeling from light plasticine Cheerful pastries in Novosibirsk in the store of educational and board games "Games Pochemuchek".

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