Including the kids in cooking and baking endeavors can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Just because kids don’t have years of experience cooking in the kitchen, doesn’t mean they can’t be helpful, or be a fun addition to what can sometimes be a monotonous task. Cookies are a fun and simple baked treat that can get all the kids involved, and after 10-15 minutes in the oven, they’re ready for everyone to enjoy. An important tip to keep in mind: don’t get too complicated. Intricate and complex cookies are really fun and great for adults to indulge in, but they may not be the best fit for kids. Instead, find recipes that use fewer ingredients as well as familiar ones, so everyone can enjoy.
There are plenty of ways to make baking cookies with your kids a fun experience without it resulting in cookie batter splattered on your floors and walls. Most importantly, set out all your ingredients before you start. This ensures you’re fully organized and can keep your eyes on the kids and not on the measuring cups. If you’re using a stand mixer for your cookie batter, let the kids operate the appliance. If this makes you nervous, you can watch closely as they do it, but letting them see how the mixer goes round and round, or just the process of watching all these separate ingredients come together, can be really educational. For cookies that are meant to be decorated, set up your decoration station ahead of time and let the kids decorate on their own. Will they be messy? Sure, but at least the kids get to make their own creations. Find your favorite recipe from our collection of 15 easy cookie recipes to make with kids and get to baking!
Cheery Cherry Cookies
These cookies are impressive to look at and low-effort to put together, the ideal combination for baking with the kids.
20 minutes 80 calories Easy
Chocolate Caramel Kiss Cookies
Perfect for the holidays, kids will love topping each cookie with a chocolate kiss.
25 minutes 145 calories Easy
Healthy Sugar Cookies
These egg-free cookies are easy and fun to make with kids, especially when it gets to the decorating.
30 minutes 50 calories Easy
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Soft, chewy, and full of chocolate chips, this is a fun and simple cookie recipe parents and kids can make together.
25 minutes 220 calories Easy
These six ingredient cookies are great for the holidays, but fun to make any time of year.
25 minutes 100 calories Easy
Peanut Butter Cookies
Three ingredients is all it takes to whip up these delicious peanut butter cookies.
20 minutes 200 calories Easy
Pull out the cookie cutters and make these gingerbread cookies that the kids will love.
3h 20m 110 calories Easy
Chocolate Truffle Cookies
Chocolate lovers of all ages will love these cookies that are crispy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside.
35 minutes 150 calories Easy
Pumpkin Cake Cookies
Just two ingredients – yes, two – is all you need for these luscious pumpkin cake cookies.
20 minutes 150 calories Easy
Lemon Cake Mix Cookies
With the help of lemon cake mix, these cookies are simple to make and taste like summertime.
20 minutes 160 calories Easy
Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks
Cereal isn’t just for breakfast anymore; now it’s the best part of these no-bake crunchy chocolate cookies.
10 minutes 150 calories Easy
Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies
With the help of store-bought pie crust, these cookies come together in no time.
40 minutes 120 calories Easy
Kids will love mashing up the graham crackers for these three ingredient chocolate cookies.
15 minutes 150 calories Easy
Italian Almond Cookies
For kids with gluten sensitivities, these naturally gluten-free almond cookies are sure to be a hit.
20 minutes 170 calories Easy
Oreos are great to dip in milk, but even better in these simple and delicious truffles.
20 minutes 120 calories Easy