Cooking with Kids

cooking with kids

cooking with kids funny face on marble table made from flour


Holidays, and lock downs are a great time to spend some fun time in the kitchen cooking with kids. Most kids love to cook and eat their rewards, and these easy to make recipes will have them in the kitchen helping in no time. Depending on your childs age, you may need to be on hand to help out.

Cooking together is such fun and it also teaches children to measure ingredients, weigh ingredients and understand why things are done. Let your child be in charge and feel they’re in the drivers seat and gently guide them along.

As youngsters we were encouraged to cook from a young age. Maybe starting out with shelling fresh peas or grating veggies, then gradually onto using the hotplates. We made a lot of custards and pavlovas as we lived on a farm with loads of chickens, and eggs. Scrambled eggs is a great technique for young ones to master. Just think of lying back in bed and having a breakfast tray delivered. Yes please!

We’ve put together recipes both sweet and savoury that are child friendly and hopefully, a lot of fun. So get those aprons on and get started!

blueberry muffins with orange zest

Blueberry friands with orange zest are light and tender little almond cakes, perfect for afternoon tea. They can be made in record time, ready for the kids to pop in the oven.

too easy 

There is no creaming or fussing, everything goes into a bowl and gets mixed then spooned into your baking tin…too easy! Theyʼre the perfect bite to make using left over egg whites.

The kids be hooked on these perfect little bites when they realise just how super easy and delicious they are to make. The blueberries become all jammy and the colour is a wonderful deep purple.

Don’t have a friand tin, simply bake them in a muffin tin

Have a heap of hazelnut meal or pistachio meal, swap it out for the almond meal (flour)

Kids love to bake, and these little almond and blueberry morsels are sure to be a winner!

blueberry friands with orange zest baked and dusted with icing sugar on a brown round wire rack

click on the link for the recipe…..Blueberry Friands with Orange Zest

condensed milk coconut macaroons

Who doesnʼt like coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate? These golden, toasty coconut bites are chewy and moist on the inside. Delicious plain, and even better dipped in chocolate.

Coconut macaroons are a cinch for the kids to make. Ready for the oven in around 10 minutes you canʼt go wrong. They are a perfect treat for children to put together in minutes ……..too easy!


Condensed Milk Coconut Macaroons

click on the link for the recipe…..Condensed Milk Coconut Macaroons

apple and sour cream slice

Apple and sour cream slice fits into the ‘cheats’ category as you use a store bought packet cake mix, and canned apples. This delicious dessert is an old fashioned recipe that has been around for decades. It has a delicious, moist, coconut base with loads of apples topped off with sour cream and cinnamon. What’s not to like.

the base

The base for this slice is made using a packet cake mix which you then simply add coconut and melted butter, then bake it for 15 minutes or so.

the topping

The topping could not be easier. Open pie apple, and spread over the base. Then mix sour cream with egg and vanilla and spread over apples, dust with sugar and cinnamon, then bake for 20 minutes. Too darn easy!


apple and sour cream slice

click on the link for the recipe…..Apple and Sour Cream Slice

chocolate chip cookies with macadamia

Chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts recipe is an absolute winner. Who doesnʼt love these cookies? Crispy on the outside and chewy in the centre with loads of chocolate and toasted crunchy macadamia nuts. Devine!!

For us, this chocolate chip macadamia cookie is everything we want in a cookie. Soft but chewy, buttery, chocolatey, pure indulgence. You simply canʼt stop at one. Yet, so, so easy to make. Certainly a complete winner and look forward to happy children munching away.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Macadamia

click on the link for the recipe…..Chocolate Chip Cookies with Macadamia 

Anzac biscuits

These biscuits couldn’t be easier to make. They’re golden, buttery, coconutty and have a wonderful caramel flavour thanks to the golden syrup.

We have used soft brown sugar in this recipe to provide a soft and chewy biscuit. If you’d like a snappier biscuit, change the brown sugar to caster sugar.

Anzac biscuits cooked and served on a cake rack with a glass if milk and a tea towel and spatula along with a small glass of milk with a green striped straw

click on the link for the recipe…..Anzac Biscuits

almond cookies

Almond Cookies – Gluten Free are irresistible. Chewy outer, with a lovely little crunch from the toasted almonds and a soft centre of almonds and orange zest. Just five ingredients brings these cookies together in half an hour including baking time.

almond cookies gluten free presented on a white plate and piled high

click on the link for the recipe……Almond Cookies – Gluten Free

bacon, zucchini and corn slice

Bacon, zucchini and corn slice is just like a crustless quiche or frittata. Super easy to prepare you’ll have dinner on the table in about an hour, go to whoa. Great for snacks, lunch boxes or picnics, and it’s one the kids can make. What’s not to like!

We love the versatility of this type of slice as you really can add what ever combinations of veggies you have on hand. You can of course omit the bacon and just make this slice vegetarian, or substitute some chopped ham, canned salmon or tuna.

Bacon, Zucchini and Corn Slice

click on the link for the recipe…..Bacon, Zucchini and Corn Slice 

crispy smashed potatoes

Crispy smashed potatoes are a perfect way to cook potatoes with an ultra crispy skin, crunchy nooks and crannies and soft buttery potato on the inside. Children have fun trying to create the nooks and crannies for more crunch.

When you squash your potatoes try to create as many rough edges as possible as these are the bits that get tinged with golden crispiness which is exactly what you’re after. The oil and butter seeps into these  nooks and crannies and creates the crispiness.

crispy smashed potatoes

click on the link for the recipe…..Crispy Smashed Potatoes

cheese puff tarts

Cheese puff tarts are super easy to prepare. Simply grate your cheese and add everything else to the processor and blitz. Cut out some pastry discs and you are ready to pop into the puff pastry and bake. Too easy and very moreish!

cheese puff tarts cooked and served on a n orange plate with watercress garnish

click on the link for the recipe…..Cheese Puff Tarts

crustless smoked salmon and leek quiche

Crustless quiches are super easy to make and is all made in one bowl. Too easy!

Crustless tarts take the pastry step out of the recipe, saving loads of carbs and time. Bonus!

It’s a fabulous luncheon or dinner dish. Delicious hot or cold, and perfect for lunchboxes.

We love these quick crustless quiche for picnic or bring a plate days, as they can be transported to the event in the dish.

Mix it up 

You can mix the recipe up by swapping the salmon for the same weight of tinned salmon, swap the leek for onion or use your favourite cheese.

crustless smoked salmon and leek quiche

click on the link for the recipe…..Crustless Smoked Salmon and Leek Quiche


We hope you enjoyed making some of these recipes with the kids, and would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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