16 Amazing Desserts That Kids Can Help Make — and Devour!
It's no secret that most kids — and adults — love a little bit of dessert. Though some desserts can get a little crazy with tons of ingredients and recipe steps, these 16 dessert recipes are not only on the simple side (some are crazy easy!) but are also all perfect for little hands to help out with. Kids will love assisting you in the kitchen (and trying to score some sample tastes), especially if it's something sweet and delicious that they'll get to gobble up later!
Sweet tooth, engage.
Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
These delicious-looking ice cream sandwiches are sure to be a new family favorite, and best of all, they only have two ingredients! Kids can slap a scoop of ice cream between two frozen waffles that you've toasted, and boom — even the ice cream man is going to want to come over for these.
Under the frosting of these seemingly simple chocolate cookies are ooey-gooey marshmallows that your kids are going to love finding. Or have them in on the secret and let them smash the marshmallows into the half-baked cookies, then drizzle the frosting over the top once the cookies are cooled down.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pudding Cups
This simple pudding duo is a perfect Summer dessert. Kiddos can help you whisk the puddings while they cook and then layer up the different flavors.
Kids can help every step of the way for this awesome no-bake cheesecake — first by smashing graham crackers for the crust, then by mixing and spreading the filling. The hardest part will be letting it sit for three hours before digging in!
Kiddos can help you mix up the cake layer for this awesome patriotic flag cake, but the fun is in the frosting and berries. Kids can swipe some frosting over the cooled cake and layer on the berries, using powdered sugar to create the stars and white stripes. Art + cooking = fun and delish.
Banana Bread Pudding
Another layered dessert, this banana bread pudding is a fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen. Have them chop up banana slices with a kid-friendly knife, then layer the bread, banana, and cream in ramekins before baking them in the oven.
Samoa Rice Krispies Treats
Missed Girl Scout cookie season? You dropped the ball there, but you can pick it right back up with these samoa Rice Krispies treats inspired by one of everybody's favorite cookies. Starting with good ol' Rice Krispies treats that create a sticky mess your kids will love helping make, add a layer of caramel and chocolate with some drizzle over the top and you've got the marshmallow version of a caramel delight.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Using store-bought ice cream sandwiches, Cool Whip, Oreos, and chocolate chips, this ice cream sandwich cake is likely one of the easiest desserts you can make, and little ones can do most of it! Stack layers of ice cream sandwiches with Cool Whip and crushed cookies, let it freeze for a few hours, and indulge in a unique cake experience.
Frozen S'mores Pudding Pops
Food on a stick is one of man's greatest achievements — as is the s'more — so these pudding pops are the ultimate dessert. Let your kids set out paper cups to pour pudding, graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate syrup into, then slide in the lollipop sticks and put in the freezer to have a cold treat for later.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake
This icebox cake is so simple to make — you don't even need to bake your own cookies, store-bought works just fine. You just layer cookies with whipped cream (kiddos can do that part), then refrigerate overnight before cutting through with a sharp knife to serve. Mmmm.
Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Everyone loves a good cup of instant pudding (and don't get me started on snack packs), but sometimes it's nice to make it from scratch. With a kiddo assistant whipping some heavy cream to top the warm pudding, you can whisk up some of this chocolate pudding in about 10 minutes.
Saltine Ice Cream Sandwiches
If you're looking for an easy way to satisfy that sweet and salty craving, look no further than these Saltine ice cream sandwiches. The crunchy, salty crackers mixed with your favorite ice cream flavor (go caramel if you're into the salted-caramel craze) are a perfect change-up to the classic ice cream sandwich, and kids will love smashing the ice cream between the crackers for you.
Your basic brownie with a twist, these Twix brownies are a great alternative to the classic chocolate brownie. Make them from scratch with your little assistant, or go supereasy and dot a premade store mix with fun-size Twix bars pieces. Yummy!
Mini Rainbow Fruit Pizzas
Using prepackaged puff pastry and fresh fruit, let your kids help you create the most amazing (and healthy) fruit pizza dessert — they could even eat one for breakfast! Line your pastries with a layer of mascarpone, and let the littles create rainbows with the fruit pieces. Healthy and fun!
Let kids bring out their inner Jackson Pollock with this cookie recipe. Make your own cookies, or buy prepackaged sugar cookies, and have kids drop food dye onto the dough. They can drip from high up (the messy version), or blow out the close-range drops with a straw (less messy, but they still get to live a little). This is a creative and delicious project that kids will ask to make over and over.
Coconut Berry Icebox Cake
Using coconut cookies (or any type of flat cookie, really), you can re-create this beautiful icebox cake. Layer up cookies, berries, and whipped cream (little kiddo hands work best for accuracy), and put in the fridge for at least a few hours before serving up — if they can wait!