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Kid-Friendly Baking Tips

Created November 24, 2022
Baking with Kids
Get the whole family together in the kitchen with these simple tips that’ll get kids in on the fun — and what better way than to have them help with the cookies? By assigning tasks based on age group, you can easily sprinkle in some key baking skills while still having tons of fun. Check out our age-based baking tips below.

Ages 2-4

Your little one will adore helping you with these easier cookie tasks.

You can:

  • Have a sturdy stool or booster seat available to help little ones reach the countertop.
  • Mix the cookie dough in advance.
  • Bake cookies ahead of time.

Little ones can:

  • Pour pre-measured ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  • Roll cookie dough into balls then flatten with their fingers.
  • Roll balls of cookie dough in sugar.
  • Transfer cookie balls to a cookie sheet.
  • Decorate cookies whether by frosting or simply dropping decorative sugar and sprinkles on top.

Try out these skills with Russian Tea Cakes, Chocolate Snowballs and No-Roll Sugar Cookies.

Ages 5-7

Your kiddo is ready to take on a little more baking responsibility.

Mom or Dad can:

  • Have a sturdy stool or booster seat available to help kids reach the countertop.
  • Premeasure the ingredients so all your child needs to do is pour or drop them into the mixing bowl.
  • For cutouts: Roll the dough to the correct thickness. Prepare cookie cutters for use by dusting them with a little flour.
  • For decorating: Set up an area with frosting, decorative sugars, sprinkles and icing spatulas.

Kiddos can:

  • Use a hand-held electric mixer (with mom or dad’s help) to combine some of the ingredients.
  • Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, or other fun add-ins.
  • Cut out cookie shapes from the rolled dough — but probably best if mom or dad helps transfer the cookie cutouts to the cookie sheet for baking.
  • Unwrap and press chocolate kisses into the tops of the cookies.
  • Frost and decorate cookies.

Try out these skills with Easy Gingerbread Man Cookies, Festive Peanut Butter Blossoms and Easy Reindeer Cookie Bars Recipe.

Ages 8-10

Your big kid is now old enough to handle many of the baking responsibilities!

Mom or Dad can:

  • Make sure you have the right ingredients on hand for this recipe.
  • Get out the measuring cups and measuring spoons.
  • For decorating: Set up an area with frosting, decorative sugars, sprinkles and icing spatulas.

Big kids can:

  • Measure and pour ingredients into the mixing bowl.
  • Mix the ingredients with a hand-held mixer (with some adult supervision).
  • Shape or cut out cookies.
  • Put the cookie sheet into the oven — under your supervision.
  • Frost and decorate cookies.
  • Dip cookies in melted chocolate.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the tops of the cookies.
  • Put together sandwich cookies.
  • Pipe frosting features on gingerbread men.

Try out these skills with Easy Holiday Cutout Cookies, Santa Face Shortbread Cookies and Easy Snowman Cookies Recipe.

Have some kid-friendly baking tips of your own? Share them with us on social @BettyCrocker!