25 fun desserts to make with kids

Are you looking for fun desserts to make with kids? There are so many delicious and unique recipes to try! You’ll find that sometimes, simple recipes turn out to be the biggest hits, so don’t stress over trying to find complicated and drawn-out desserts. 

The important thing to remember about making and baking desserts is that they’re always way more fun when you do them together. Baking in the kitchen with kids is a great way to add some extra love to whatever you’re making! 


Here are some delicious desserts that will have everyone wanting more! 

Fun Desserts to Make with Kids

You’ll find that many of these desserts take just minutes to make! Since everyone’s patience is a little thin when craving a sweet treat, fast and easy desserts are always a win.

Why is it important to bake with kids? 

Knowing your way around the kitchen is an important life skill. Taking time when the kids are little to show them that cooking and baking can be fun exposes them to a world of sensory delights and increased confidence. The more you can let them help measure, mix, and pour ingredients and accept that a little mess is part of the fun, the more excited they will be to tackle exciting kitchen projects, now and  in the years to come.. 

Baking with kids also teaches them math and conversion skills in a very natural way, and it helps them explore real scientific principles with  a hands-on approach. 

How old should a child be to help with cooking and baking food in the kitchen? 

 As parents, it’s important to have a sense of what your child can handle, but remember that no task is too small in the kitchen. Even if it’s just stirring ingredients with a spoon, smelling spices, or helping to scrape the sides of the bowl, little hands can turn into big helpers pretty fast.As long as you’re there with your child in the kitchen, you’ll find there’s an amazing amount they can do, even at a young age.. 


Now that you know that letting kids help and create in the kitchen is a good and positive way to spend time together, let’s check out some of the cutest desserts that the kids can help whip up! 

Valentine Gnome Cookies 

It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a gnome or two. The best part about these cookies is that they’re fun and yummy. Have the kids join in on the baking fun and showcase their skills. It’s no secret that the biggest perk of being in the kitchen is that you get to have the first bite! 

Ghost Cupcakes

Halloween cupcakes are a fun and delicious idea every time. These cupcakes that look like ghosts are spooky good! They’re fun to enjoy at home or share with family and friends, too. 

These would be super cute to have as a class party dessert at school as well. 

Unicorn Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love all things unicorn? When you can combine your love of unicorns with a creamy cheesecake, why wouldn’t you? The classic flavors and fun colors in this easy dessert recipe make it an instant kid-pleaser . 

Don’t forget that if you want to really take it up a notch, drizzle on some caramel sauce, melted chocolate, or some extra milk chocolate chips! 


2-Ingredient Peach Sherbet

With just two easy ingredients, you and the kids can whip up and dig into this tasty treat in no time. Smooth, cool sherbet is not only delicious, but it’s also a cool and refreshing way to end the day. 

While hot summer months are a perfect time to enjoy sherbet,this delicious treat is a solid choice any time of the year. 

Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich


Why settle for one Oreo cookie when you could have two? And what if we sandwich them together with some vanilla ice cream in the middle? Yes, please! 

This simple Oreo dessert is one that the kids can make all on their own, but you’re not going to want to miss out. Don’t forget to grab the candy sprinkles for some extra crunch and color. Fun!

Turkey Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Are you looking for a cute cookie to display on your Thanksgiving dessert table? Look no further than these adorable sugar cookies. 

You can even opt for storebought sugar cookies (we won’t tell!) and then let the kids have a blast decorating the top. 


Monster Cookie Dough 

Yes, pile on the cookie dough! Dipping igraham crackers, animal crackers, or even just a spoon into homemade cookie dough is a perfectly cozy and extra special treat for the whole family.. 

Sometimes, the best part of making cookies is never actually putting the dough in the oven to bake. (as long as the cookie dough is safe to eat, of course, like this kid-friendly version!)

Oreo Sushi

Dessert sushi is totally a thing! Introduce the kids to a world of sushi that they never knew existed. They’ll love helping to roll the sushi, eat the sushi, and they’ll probably want even more sushi before they’re done chewing.

You don’t even need chopsticks to enjoy these sweet rolls! Just grab, pop in your mouth, and enjoy. 


Scarecrow Grahams


Decorating these graham crackers to look like scarecrows is a creative and fun treat. With no baking required at all, give your oven a break and let the kids do their best to make the cutest scarecrow possible. 

They may have to try a few times to get it right, but that just means they can gobble up any crumbles, and turn “mistakes” into snacks!


Rainbow Fruit Cones


Adding some fresh fruit to your dessert habits is a simple way to boost nutrients. Serving them up in ice cream cones is sure to attract the kids’ attention and makes for a fun grab-and-go snack! 

The great thing about this fruit dessert for kids is that you can change up the fruit that’s inside each time. Start with your child’s favorites, then experiment with different flavors and textures! . 


Easter Egg Hot Cocoa Bombs


Kids and adults will agree that hot cocoa bombs are “the bomb!” These are specifically Easter-themed, but they’re a fun surprise to enjoy any time of year. 

Hot cocoa bombs are a great way to add a little pizzazz to your kid’s favorite drinkable dessert.  


No-Bake Popcorn Bars

If you’re looking for a fun dessert to enjoy while you’re watching movies at home, why not give this unique popcorn treat a try? It’s not only a simple way to grab and munch, but it’s pretty addictive as well.

Be ready. This dessert recipe is one that you’ll make over and over again. 


Cake Mix Cookies


Making cake mix desserts is the best! You still get that awesome “homemade” flavor but just skip a few steps. 

If you’re a fan of soft cookies, you’re not going to want to miss out on these. They’ll literally melt in your mouth with your very first bite. 


Cheesecake Pops


Wait — what’s that? Cheesecake on a stick?? Talk about a dessert dream come true! 

The best part about making these dessert pops is that they’re great for all types of occasions: birthday parties, holiday gatherings, or just a fun snack for the family to enjoy. Everyone is going to love this simple dessert! 


Winter Wonderland Fudge


It’s always time for fudge. Always. This fudge is meant to look like and remind you of winter, but you can easily change the shape and color of the sprinkles to make these scrumptious treats for a different time of the year. 

Fudge is also a great dessert recipe to make ahead of time and put in the freezer for later. Some people actually prefer to eat fudge straight from the freezer — you might be one of them! 


Smores Charcuterie Board


There’s a reason that charcuterie boards are super popular right now. Most people tend to make them with meat and cheese, but this s’mores board is our new favorite idea! 

Since there are so many ways to make s’mores,an excellent (and tasty!) option is to put out all the fixings and let everyone create their own. Really, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creationing your s’mores masterpiece!

Don’t forget to have some extra chocolate syrup on the side or a bowl of melted chocolate as well. When it comes to  chocolate toppings, more is better! 


Acorn Donut Holes

These are almost too cute to eat — almost! All you need are donut holes and just a few ingredients to make these fun breakfast treats. 

If you’re a fan of eating donuts all day, these would also make a great party snack or after-dinner dessert!


Scarecrow Cupcakes

The flavors of fall make for some fantastically delicious desserts. And the joy of falling leaves and hayrides is something every kid can get behind. These silly scarecrow cupcakes bring out the best of the season. They’re super cute, super delicious, and super festive to make. 

The cooler weather of fall tends to bring out our craving for comfort desserts, and cupcakes should always be at the top of that list. 


Birthday Cake S’mores


We’ve all heard of classic s’mores, but the truth is these marshmallow chocolate delights allow plenty of room for creativity. Why settle for a regular s’more when you can have fun creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece? This birthday s’more is so good, you just might want another one next year!

The fun part is that you can try making this treat with different types of frostings and sprinkles so it looks and tastes different every time. Simple ingredients make for a big taste! 

Don’t forget the rainbow sprinkles (or any colorful sprinkles!) to add along with your favorite toppings. 


Oreo Fluff

More Oreo desserts? You bet! This is because there are so many ways that you can change up the flavor of Oreo with minimal effort. This fluff is a fun idea because it’s something that you can quickly dip cookies into or gobble up with a spoon.

The texture is light and airy, and the flavor is full of that sweet Oreo taste that we all love and adore. It really doesn’t get much better than this. 


Cake Mix M&M Cookies

Soft and chewy cookies with added M&Ms? This is one dessert that the whole family will love! Let the kids work on their stirring skills and even their counting skills as they’re adding in those sweet little bits of candy. 

You can even make these more festive throughout the year by changing up the color of the M&M’s to matchholidays, birthdays, or any celebration. 


Sugar Cookie Fruit Cups

The best part about this recipe is that it combines cookies and fruit perfectly. The natural sweetness of the fruit pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of the cookie. 

Plus, they’re cute little cups that are great for small snacks and are great to use at tea parties as well! 


Infamous Carrot Patch Pudding Cups


Check these out! These are going to be such a hit with the kids! They’re loads of fun to make and even more fun to eat! Perfect for Easter or just a silly treat that you’ll love making with the kids! 

Yummy Christmas Tree Cupcakes 

Holy moly, those are big Christmas trees on top of those cupcakes! Don’t worry. There’s a trick to making them look like that! Once you learn this baking hack, this just might become an annual cooking decorating party for the holidays. 

Add some powdered sugar right on top to give the look of snow! 


Nutter Butter Santa Cookies Recipe

Using pre-made cookies and then turning them into adorable desserts is so much fun to do! This easy recipe is great for making Santa cookies that you can show off — and snack on! 

These treats also make a great homemade gift for the holidays to share with family, friends, and neighbors. After they recover from the delight of looking at these little Santas, they’ll be more than happy to treat themselves to a bite! 


What a list of fun desserts, right? Keep in mind that many of these desserts don’t even require you to turn on your oven or make a huge mess! Sometimes, the best part about baking with kids is just those few moments of time that you’re able to spend together doing something that you love. 

Once you work with the kids in the kitchen, this will prompt them to want to be a part of the cooking and baking process even more! Use this as a great way to bond over some truly delicious recipes and enjoy being able to sit down together and enjoy each and every bite!

With this massive list of recipes to get through, there is no better time than the present to work your way down the list!

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