25 Easy Cookie Recipes for Kids That Are as Fun to Make as They Are to Eat
Your kid’s only seven, but she considers herself an Ina-Garten-in-the-making. And if her enthusiasm is giving you nightmares about flour covering every square inch of your kitchen, well, you’ve come to the right place. Why not set her up for success with one of these easy cookie recipes for kids? From no-bake options (like s’mores haystacks) to one-bowl wonders (oatmeal cookies, anyone?), Livi can roll up her sleeves and you can keep your cool. They’re all straightforward with little adult supervision required and, most importantly, they taste delicious.
1. Heart Thumbprint Cookies
If you ask us, sugar cookies with hearts beat out finger paint any day.
2. Glazed Doughnut Cookies
Heating up a vat of oil is out of your toddler’s wheelhouse, but decorating these cuties with icing and sprinkles is definitely not.
3. Giant Brown-Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies
You man the stand mixer; they can roll the dough balls in cinnamon sugar.
4. Rocky Road Cookies
Pro tip: Lay the marshmallows out on a baking sheet to dry for 24 hours before mixing up the cookies. They’ll keep their shape better in the oven.
5. Lemon Meringue Cookies
Your kid will get a kick out of swooping and swirling the fluffy meringue. Will it look as good as the picture? Well, beauty is in the eye of the 5-year-old.
6. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
It turns out that three ingredients and only one bowl make a pretty delicious cookie. (Bonus: No flour means significantly less mess in your kitchen.)
9. Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Stuffing caramel candies into balls of cookie dough is not only ingenious, but also a lot more fun than stuffing Legos into playdough. Fact.
10. Triple Cookie Skillet Pie
Who needs a dozen cookies when you can have a giant molten one that encompasses three different flavors? Let the kids press the dough into the skillet while you handle the baking.
12. Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
The beauty of this recipe is that the kids can choose whatever shape they like. Once the cookies are baked, bring out the icing, sprinkles and edible glitter (if you dare).
14. Giant M&M Cookies
It’s hard to beat candy inside of a cookie. These are best served with a tall glass sippy cup of milk.
15. Lucky Charms Snickerdoodles
If the marshmallow-studded cereal isn’t forbidden in your house (just our childhood?), mix it into your next batch of cookies for a heart, star and rainbow treat.
18. Cookies and Cream Cookies
This is what sugar rushes (and crashes) are made of.
19. Classic No-Bake Cookies
You made ’em when you were a preschooler, now show your own preschooler how it’s done.
20. One-Bowl, No-Mixer, No-Chill Oatmeal Cookies
You basically toss everything into a bowl and stir, which is great when you’re baking with a less-than-patient kid.
21. Drop Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles
You’ll have them hooked at the mention of rainbow sprinkles.
23. 6-Ingredient No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies
Psst: These cookies are kind of healthy and contain no refined sugar, but no one will complain.
24. No-Bake S’mores Haystack Cookies
No campfire, oven or scooping skills required. The mini marshmallows and tiny graham cracker pieces take them over the top.
25. Peanut Butter Blossoms
Few things are more satisfying than pressing a Hershey’s Kiss into a puffy, soft peanut butter cookie. (OK, eating them definitely wins.)