Easy Cooking With Kids Recipes

We’re big on teaching our kids how to cook, so adding easy cooking with kids recipes to our site was an easy decision for us. Some kids will show interest early on, while others may need a little nudge even when they’re older, but teaching kids how to cook is a lesson that will serve them well all their lives.

We’ve had a lot of fun over the years with these easy cooking with kids recipes, therefore most of them show step-by-step photos you and your kids can follow along with. Also, depending on how old your kids are they may need a little help, but most of these are pretty easy to whip up.

Easy Cooking with kids Recipes

If you’re looking for a more organized way to teach kids how to cook, our 12 week Cooking With Kids Curriculum is a great addition to anything you’re doing with them already. 

We hope you enjoy these easy cooking with kids recipes!

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Fun Fall Recipes for Kids

Although we usually focus on finding budget friendly recipes to share with our members, we also love sharing fun recipes kids can make with little or even no supervision. We’ve

Berries for Dad for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by utilizing the fresh fruit that are currently in season? Special breakfasts and desserts with dusky

Cooking With Your Kids

Busy. That sums up most Americans’ lives. Constantly running to work. To the next obligation. Sports events. Church. Where does it end? Often downtime—our family time—is spent in front of

Caramel Apple Marshmallow Tarts

Simple and inexpensive. Those are my favorite words when it comes to cooking. If that’s your idea of a perfect recipe as well, then you’re going to love these Caramel Apple Marshmallow

Easy Pepperoni Rolls

Need a fun new recipe to make for the kids? They are going to love these easy pepperoni rolls. Warm biscuits filled with cheese and pepperoni — come on now,

Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies

If you are like most parents, you have the age old struggle of getting kids to eat their veggies.  There are ways to get those much needed nutrients into their

Chunky Monkey Popcorn Cake

Are you ready for something fun to whip up in the kitchen? Because this recipe is just that! It’s fun to make, it’s fun to eat, it’s fun to show

White Chocolate Candy Corn Fudge

We had some candy corn on hand that looked so cheerfully autumnal I was inspired to find a recipe my little guy and I could make with them. I found

Crazy Good Ice Cream Cake Recipe

There’s ice cream cake, the there’s Crazy Good Ice Cream Cake. Why in the world would you settle for less? Learn how to make this amazing dessert, then print off

Kids In The Kitchen

Do your kiddos love to help out in the kitchen but you find it’s more of a hindrance then a help?  Build A Menu recently wrote an article about this

Easy Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

There’s nothing like the beaming smile of a small child who has done something “big” all by himself. Can a six year old really make a beautiful breakfast in bed

Caramel-Chocolate Popcorn Bark

What’s not to love about caramel or chocolate or popcorn?  But mix it all together and YUMMY!  This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe was easy, yummy and only needs

Cooking with Kids 12 Week Curriculum

Cooking with Kids 12 Week Curriculum is Build A Menu’s step by step curriculum cookbook for kids.  Loaded with delightful pictures, the recipes, games and fun trivia are sure to

Donut Muffins

We’ve been having the most lovely rain of late… the kind of weather that makes you want to snuggle on the couch and read to your kids and eat warm

Reese’s Krispies

Chocolate and peanut butter all swirled together to make a super yummy treat?  Yes, thank you!  This week’s Cooking With Kids was quick and easy.  Easy enough my two

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs – Kid Friendly!

I recently came across this cute deviled egg recipe and knew my kids would love it. Until I read the ingredients. Spicy deviled eggs sound like a perfect snack for

Mini Apple Dumplings

Every week, we feature a new Cooking With Kids recipe on our blog. It’s so fun to choose which recipe we use each week and this week is no exception

Easy Cheesy Crackers

I like to give my kids recipes that involve them getting their hands dirty. They love to make a mess, love to get their hands right down into the process

Chocolate Acorns – A Fall Recipe

It’s not quite autumn on the calendar yet, but with school back in session, it feels like it’s time to pull out the sweaters and pumpkins! Josh and Abbie put

Pancake Pops

My family loves pancakes.  Doesn’t matter if they are for breakfast or dinner.  We fix all sorts of pancakes but I have to admit, we’ve never had pancakes on a

Easy Strawberry Pecan Fudge

Some recipes are almost too simple to call a recipe. So simple it’s just silly I never thought of it before. This one should probably be called Silly Simple Strawberry

Veggie Cheese People

How many of you parents have told your kids “Don’t play with your food!” during a meal? Wouldn’t it be a fun surprise for your children to hear “Time to

Applebee’s Blond Brownies

Oh my goodness!  Let me tell you folks, this is one sweet yummy brownie!  A little goes a long way with these Applebee’s Blonde Brownies when it comes to satisfying

Strawberry Lemon Dessert Pizzas

Mini Strawberry Lemon Dessert Pizzas are a simple three ingredient dessert that are pretty enough to serve at a tea party, but easy enough for a seven year old to put

Chocolate Covered PB&J Stacks

This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe combines two favorites…melted chocolate and PB&J. How can you go wrong with that? Chances are you already have the ingredients you need to make

Crispy Peanut Butter Cup Balls

We are huge fans of the peanut butter/chocolate combo in our family. My kids are too young to recognize “Hey you got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” But we

Watermelon Slush

With temperatures rising to the triple digits here in the heart of Texas, we are looking for any way we can find to stay cool. Watermelon just shouts summer to

Red, White and Blue Nachos

I love celebrating holidays. Really, any holiday will do in our house. We’ve turned Leap Day into a celebration. National Knit in Public Week required a gathering. On 11/11/11 we

Chocolate Dragonflies

It’s summer time and the bugs are back! These chocolate dragonflies are a cute treat for kids to make and enjoy. Most recipes for chocolate covered pretzels call for using

Banana Split Brownie Dessert Pizza

Pizza, anyone? This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe brings a whole new meaning to the idea of pick your own toppings. We started with a big ol’ brownie, added some

Mini Tuna Balls & Apple Slices

Looking for an easy lunch that’s high in protein, low in carbs, yet still kid friendly? Here’s an easy one for you: Mini Tuna Balls. In fact, it such an

Homemade Oreo Cookie Blizzards

Who doesn’t love a Blizzard?  No, not the cold snowy kind.  The cold ice cream kind.  My favorite is the Heath Blizzard.  Unfortunately, not only are they pricy, but they

Green Dinosaur Smoothie

Spinach does not usually find itself at the the top of the average kid’s favorite foods list. But spinach is a power veggie that every kid needs! One of my

“Under the Sea” Soup

What would your kids do if you told them they were going to eat octopus for lunch? Little strips of sliced hot dog curl up to look like tentacles, which

Mini Cheesecakes

I’m not sure why, but spring and cheesecake go together in my mind. So just for fun, we thought we’d try making kid-sized cheesecakes using the Philadelphia Cream Cheese classic

Benefits of Cooking With Kids

Confession time!  I found it very challenging to avoid the urge to just “do it myself” when it came to involving my kids in the cooking, especially in the early

Mini Chocolate Kiss Pies

So it is true that this may label us as geeks, but this is the third year we are officially and gleefully celebrating Pi Day. What is Pi Day you

Wake-Up Smoothies

My kids think it’s a special treat to get to eat cold cereal for breakfast in the mornings.  I try hard to fix something yummy and good for them on

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe is a super cute cupcake recipe that looks like little cups of hot chocolate. It’s very easy to do, so even your young ones

Garlic Pretzel Hearts

Valentines’ Day is coming… bring on the heart projects! In between all the card making and crafting, why not have the kids whip up a snack recipe to fit right

Caramel Apple “Nachos”

Oh my goodness but I love caramel. So, when I saw this recipe, I knew I wanted to try it this week with my kiddos.  The fact that you don’t

Tortilla Snowflakes

We live in central Texas. It does not snow here. Well, okay… every few years we get a dusting, and my kids scrape the entire yard to build a one

Alphabet Soup

What better way to warm up on a cold winter’s day than with a steamy bowl of soup? We put together this recipe for alphabet soup with kids in mind

Apple Pie Pops

Well Hello Cuties! Aren’t these little Apple Pie Pops just darling? They are seriously cute and taste just as good as the real thing, only a lot more fun to

Pizza Crackers

Is your house full of happy noisy kids on vacation? Does it seem like every hour someone comes to you and says “I’m hungry!”? You’re going to want to keep the

Dad and Kids in the Kitchen

When Dad decides he’s going to do the yearly traditional gingerbread houses, we know the kitchen is going to filled with gingerbread dough, flour, cookie cutters and lots of fun. 

Tips for Holiday Baking with Kids

holiday baking with kids

My two youngest children wake up every morning and run straight to the advent calendar to see how many days are left till Christmas morning.  They know that with just

Santa Strawberries

Can you believe it? A Christmas-y treat that is actually fairly healthy for your kids! When I saw a photo of some strawberries decorated much like this, I knew

Reindeer Cupcakes

How cute are these? These little Reindeer Cupcakes are so easy to make and fun to show off! They make a great Cooking With Kids project because kids can pretty

Christmas Fudge Cutouts

Christmas is right around the corner, which means our kitchen is filled with yummy projects. Our children like to get right into the mess (and do lots of taste-testing) this

Tepee Treats

I love Thanksgiving!  Cooler weather, family, friends, and a time to focus on all the blessings we have.  I also love to do lots of cooking for my family during

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

Thanksgiving is right around the corner (can you believe it?) so I knew just the recipe to pull out for our kids to make. We put together these adorable pilgrim

Peanut Graham Cracker Balls

Ready for another fun Cooking With Kids project to do with your kiddoes? This week’s recipe is a sure winner as it involves graham crackers, melted chocolate, crushed Heath bars

Veggie Bagel Faces

This recipe is a fun way to get kids to eat more veggies! We enjoyed them for lunch, but they could be eaten at any time of day. Veggie Bagel

Owl S’mores

This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe is as cute as it is yummy! Are you in the Fall spirit yet?  Here in Texas it can be hard when the weather

Cooking With Kids – Sweet Pumpkin Dip

It’s autumn and pumpkins are everywhere! In our house the pumpkin yumminess is filling the kitchen (have you tried pumpkin bread in a bowl or pumpkin pie breakfast croissants yet?)

Caramel Apple Grapes

This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe is easy to make and looks fantastic when finished! If you’re trying to think of a fun treat to take to a fall party,

Milk Painted Toast

You can find this week’s Cooking With Kids recipe for Milk Painted Toast on our menu, beginning October 2nd. We’ll bring you a new CWK recipe each Tuesday! This is

Homemade Sour Gummy Worms

Today was a rainy day here in Central Texas so my youngest two kiddos (Joe and Dominic) decided to make Homemade Sour Gummy Worms. You can find the recipe in

It’s hard to even pick a favorite, isn’t it? We have so many easy cooking with kids recipes, although we are always adding more. You may also want to check out our Easy Breakfast Recipes as well as our Easy Lunch Recipes, since many of those are recipes kids can make, too.

Happy Baking!

Lisa & Karee
The Build a Menu Gals


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