What’s even better than keeping your kids occupied with fun projects? Projects that result in sweet treats that you and your family can eat, of course!
These four afterschool baking projects are fun, delicious ways to help pass time during a slower weekend, rainy day, or afterschool boredom. It’s also a great way to bond, spend quality time together, and (hopefully) instill a lifelong love of baking!
Reminder: Always make sure to supervise your kids’ baking projects. Even though these recipes are tailored to be kid-friendly, you’ll still want to be there to lend a hand when it comes to any chopping, electric mixing, or oven duties. You’ll probably also want to keep an eye on the uncooked batter – as delicious as they might be, raw eggs and flour can be bad news for your little ones’ stomachs!
Kid-friendly baking kits
Choose from our variety of family-friendly baking kits that you and your kids can make and enjoy together. For even more delicious baking kits delivered straight to your door every single month, consider subscribing to BāKIT Box. You’ll ban boredom in your house indefinitely and have a never-ending line of sweet treats for you and your loved ones to share all month long without having to make extra trips to the grocery store– a win-win for everyone in your family!
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Let’s start with a tried-and-true classic: chocolate chip cookies!
Everyone’s family favorite gets a major upgrade with delicate salt flakes sprinkled on top for the perfect sweet-and-salty contrast with every bite. This kit comes equipped with everything you need to make the perfect batch of rich, gooey, chewy, chocolate chip cookies. Don’t forget to pair them with a glass of cold milk!
(Fun)fetti Birthday Cake
Add a little color to your after school baking project by making a funfetti birthday cake. This sprinkle-laden birthday cake is fun, easy to whip up, and the perfect crowd-pleasing treat. The best part? It doesn’t even need to be anyone’s birthday to enjoy it!
BāKIT Box’s Funfetti Birthday Cake kit has all the perfectly-portioned ingredients you’ll need to whip up this kid-friendly favorite, including tons of fun rainbow sprinkles so that your kids can decorate their masterpiece to their heart’s content. You’ll need some basic tools like cake pans, whisks, and an electric mixer.
If you have a chocolate fiend in the house, this recipe is calling their name! These rich and decadent chocolate cupcakes are made using a super-simple and classic cupcake recipe. Top with a homemade chocolate buttercream frosting and you’ll be left with a dozen rich and delicious handheld treats that your whole family (and maybe some lucky friends you invite over) can enjoy.
If vanilla is more your speed, try the Vanilla Cupcake kit instead! It’s a similar recipe to the chocolate cupcake kit, but the star of the show is warm, creamy vanilla and a homemade vanilla buttercream frosting.
More kid-friendly baking ideas
Chocolate truffles are an excellent no-bake option for sweet treats when you just can’t be bothered to turn on the oven. All you’ll really need is your kids’ favorite kind of chocolate and some heavy cream, but you can always add in some fun extra toppings like nuts, sprinkles, or cocoa powder for even more richness. Then just melt the ingredients together in a pot, divide and roll into single servings, and (this is the hardest part) let them cool before eating.
Cake pops are a fun way to eat more cake, and they’re even more fun to make! Simply mix and bake their favorite cake flavor (boxed is fine), crumble and combine with their favorite frosting flavor, then roll into bite-sized portions. Stick a lollipop stick into them, cover with ganache or melted chocolate, and let harden in the fridge before eating.
Brownies are the ultimate chocolate lovers’ treat, and they’re a great way to introduce your kids to baking basics. For a simple recipe, you’ll need flour, cocoa powder, butter, eggs, sugar, and baking powder (and maybe some chocolate chips for even more richness). It’s an easy mix to whip together and pour into a baking pan, making it an excellent project for your kids.
Peanut butter cookies
Decadent peanut butter cookies only require three basic ingredients to make! Mix up some peanut butter, eggs, and sugar, then portion the dough into individual cookies and let your kids add the classic criss crossed fork stamp on top of the cookies to flatten before popping them in the oven.
Half the fun of sugar cookies is eating them — the other half is using fun cookie cutters to make them! A simple sugar cookie recipe just needs flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, butter, eggs, and a dash of salt. You can also make a simple frosting with powdered sugar and milk (just make sure your kids don’t eat it all before they can be added to the cookies!).
Peanut butter pie
A simple peanut butter pie is another easy recipe that doesn’t require any baking. All your kids will have to do is whip together peanut butter, sugar, whipped cream, and cream cheese, then pour into a premade pie crust and cool. They can also make their own homemade crust by mixing crushed Oreos or graham crackers with melted butter and pressing the mixture into a pie pan.
If your kids want to dive into a baking project but aren’t a fan of heavy flavors like chocolate or peanut butter, try making bright, tangy lemon bars instead! Make a crust by combining flour, butter, and sugar, then top with a refreshing filling with eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder, and real lemon juice and lemon zest.
These baking projects are a great way for your kids to learn their way around the kitchen and make delicious treats that everyone in your house can enjoy! What are some of your family’s favorite baking projects to make together?
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