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Desserts Kids Can Make

Coax kids into learning cooking by starting with dessert first!

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Many kids will cling to the notion that food appears on the table by magic, if mom and dad never teach kids cooking. And though there are some kids who want to learn, others aren't interested in putting dinner on the table.  So start kids' cooking lessons by making things they like to eat—desserts.

These recipes are all so easy that kids with some kitchen know-how can make them alone, and those that are just learning can get a start with an adult's help. I’ve selected these desserts kids can make from across the About.com network. When I saw the words boil, broil, bake, etc., I moved on to another recipe.

However, that doesn’t mean kids don’t need kitchen safety lessons before embarking on cooking projects. These are desserts kids can make themselves once they’ve learn some kitchen basics. In each recipe I‘ve pointed out potential safety concerns, so parents can evaluate whether their children will need help or instructions.

Parfaits

Kids love to layer! These parfait recipes involve stacking goodies in a copy. So easy a kid could do it.

Smoothie Recipes for Kids

By Stephanie Gallagher, About.com Guide to Kids Cooking

My kids are smoothie experts. They love to throw things in the blender and see how it tastes. Usually it's good, but sometimes they could have used these recipes. Safety concern: Blender

Graham Cracker Sandwiches

By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide to Busy Cooks

Kids will love these simple sandwiches made of graham crackers sandwiched with butter cream frosting, were a staple when I was growing up. They can be made with vanilla frosting or peanut butter frosting. Safety concern: Mixer

Frosted Microwave Pumpkin Bars

By Diana Rattray, About.com Guide to Southern Food

These frosted pumpkin bars are made in the microwave. This recipe has a lot of ingredients and steps so it’s better for more experienced cooks. Safety concern: Mixer, microwave

Crispy Rice Snowman

By Sherri Osborn, About.com Guide to Family Crafts

Instead of just crispy rice bars make snowmen! Or maybe if you’re not feeling that ambitious use the microwave recipe to make bars. Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid

Microwave Chocolate Crisp Bars

By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide to Busy Cooks

This one takes the crispy rice to a new level--smothering them in chocolate and/or peanut butter. Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid

Dirt Dessert Recipe

By Stephanie Gallagher, About.com Guide to Kids Cooking

Kids have a talent for making dirt, right? But this is even better because it’s dirt that tastes great! Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid

Classic Banana Pudding Recipe

By Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, About.com Guide to Home Cooking

Use instant vanilla pudding as a base then layer fresh bananas with vanilla wafer cookies for a no-bake (no-microwave) dessert. Safety concern: Mixer

Jell-O Popsicles

By Erin Huffstetler, About.com Guide to Frugal Living

Use the microwave to make Jell-O then freeze. The hard part for kids is to wait for the popsicles to set. Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid

Glowing Jell-O Recipe

By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., About.com Guide to Chemistry

Combine a science lesson with your dessert. Make Jell-O that glows under a black light! Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid

Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

By Denise Witmer, About.com Guide to Parenting Teens

This is certainly an original (and yummy) way to make an ice cream sandwich. Kids will love it. Safety concern: Toaster

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