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Baking Recipes

Baking Recipes

Baking together is a beautiful experience you and your kids will savor long after all the goodies are gone. Kids love to cook and bake things. The sense of accomplishment of cooking their own meals is very significant plus it is necessary for them to learn for their own lives in the future.

  • Complexity: easy

Bake Your Own Bagels

There's no mistaking the difference between packaged store-bought bagels and ones that are fresh-baked. So although it takes a little time, making a batch from scratch can be quite rewarding and fun.

  • Time: 1:20 min.
  • Complexity: advanced

Banana Cream Pie

Sweet graham cracker crust piled with layers of vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, and whipped cream -- the very sight of one of these homemade pies can tickle a kid's taste buds. Plus, making one is practically a rite of passage for young pie chefs. The only challenging part can be waiting for the pudding filling to chill (it takes a few hours) so that you can pile on the bananas and whipped cream and dig in.

  • Complexity: very easy

Candy Cane Cookies

With peppermint extract and red food coloring, your kids can turn this simple dough into edible ornaments for the tree.

  • Time: 1:20 min.
  • Complexity: medium

Caramel Apple Pie

This apple pie recipe is super easy, but is unusual in it's construction. It contains no flour or other starch in the filling to bind it together. The filling is basically caramelized apples, glued together with the natural pectin from the apple skins, and a glossy, clear, just thick enough, apple syrup.

  • Complexity: easy

Carrot Cake

Filled with finely grated carrots and crushed pineapple, then spread with a smooth coating of cream cheese icing, this classic dessert will be an extra-special treat for your aspiring baker to make.

  • Complexity: easy

Chicken and Biscuit Pie

Topped with mini biscuits instead of pastry crust and amply filled with a saucy mix of chicken and your family's favorite veggies, this potpie is sure to warm you up on a wintry evening. Just don't count on leftovers.

  • Complexity: easy

Chinese Checkers Cake

Familyfun reader Jane Gurr's sons have an ongoing Chinese checker tournament with their grandparents in Lewiston, New York. To celebrate their game, Jane developed this creative cake with gumball checkers.

  • Time: 50 min.
  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Brownies

Few kids can pass up a chance to bake a batch of brownies, and this Best Fudge Brownies recipe is especially irresistible. Made with generous measures of chocolate, butter, and sugar, it yields the fudgiest bars we've sampled yet.

  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate chips give this classic bread an especially nice touch. The addition of yogurt makes this favorite especially moist and delicious!

Cool Cake for Mom

Surprise Mom with this yummy, easy dessert that needs no baking.

  • Time: 25 min.
  • Complexity: very easy

Cranberry Muffins

A recipe for cranberry muffins with orange peel and pecans. This cranberry muffin recipe is made with walnuts or pecans and makes about 15 to 18 muffins.

  • Time: 20 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Dessert Nachos

Fresh fruit puts a sweet spin on this Mexican-style treat.

 

  • Complexity: easy

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

A cupcake decorated to look like a bunny.

  • Complexity: easy

Edible Easter Basket Cupcakes

This Easter, decorate this cute little cupcake basket with jelly beans.

  • Complexity: easy

English Muffin Hearts

Topped with butter and jam, homemade English muffins are a real treat any day of the year--but these heart-shaped ones make a particularly unforgettable breakfast or snack for your child to make and share on Valentine's Day.

  • Complexity: very easy

Gingerbread Family Kit

This kit of baked gingerbread men, decorators' frosting, and candies will give a family all the pleasures of cookie decorating with none of the mess of baking.

 

  • Time: 30 min
  • Complexity: easy

Graham Crackers

Finally, Graham Crackers are available in South Africa.

  • Complexity: easy

Holiday Cupcakes

'Tis the season when you're sure to need a special dessert to bring to a Christmas party or school bake sale. With this easy decorating tip, you and your kids can turn a batch of homemade or store-bought cupcakes into a festive treat.

Hoot Owl Cupcakes

Create Hoot Owl Cupcakes, a Father's Day craft inspired by Winnie the Pooh, with step by step instructions.

  • Complexity: easy

Hot Cross Buns

Bring your kids into the kitchen to bake a traditional spring treat: spice-and-fruit buns that are eaten in England on Good Friday.

  • Time: 30 min prep + chilling and 15 min bake time
  • Complexity: very easy

Hot Dog Cookies

These crowd-pleasing cookies, shaped like miniature hot dogs in buns, are plump with possibilities. Add time-easing toppings such as green-tinted coconut for "relish" and yellow frosting for "mustard."

  • Complexity: medium

Hunny Pot Cake Pops

That willy nilly silly ol' bear, Winnie the Pooh, knew one thing for certain: Life is better with your favorite snack. Don't forget to pair these hunny pot treats with Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops

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  • Complexity: easy

Irish Brown Bread

For FamilyFun staffer Moira Greto and her kids, baking this Irish brown bread is a cherished family tradition. Like the simple recipe, the old-fashioned method they use - measuring and mixing ingredients with their bare hands.

  • Complexity: easy

Little Gem Mini Muffins

Brown sugar and vanilla give these bite-size muffins a rich flavor, while the 'jewels' — dried blueberries and cherries — offer a delightful burst of sweetness.

  • Complexity: medium

Mr. Potato Head Cake Pops

Mr. Potato Head, everyone's favorite Toy Story wise guy, gets the sweet treatment in cake pop form.

  • Time: 30 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Oatmeal Bears

Great for a Teddy Bear's picnic, tea time treat, or birthday party.

  • Time: 20 min (+ 30 min chill time)
  • Complexity: very easy

Peanut Butter Bears

Great for a Teddy Bear's picnic, tea time treat, or birthday party.

  • Complexity: easy

Pepperoni Muffin Bites

These little corn muffins have the pizza flavor kids crave in a handy bite-size package. Eat them warm, right from the paper liners. A great after-school snack!

Pop's Personalized Pretzels

These fresh-baked pretzels put a personal -- and delicious -- spin on your Father's Day message.

  • Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Rudolph and Friends

These dashing desserts pay homage to some of Santa's best-known helpers. They also make a fun activity for little hands after a holiday meal.

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