Most kids are naturally a little bit intrigued by baking. They want to know how a bunch of boring-looking ingredients mix together to make such delicious chocolate chip cookies. You know if they had a choice, they’d eat your homemade cookies all day long if you let them. Maybe they want to learn how to bake so they accomplish this goal?
In all seriousness, some of the fondest memories can be created over a mixing bowl. Passing down recipes or teaching your child how to do something as complicated as bake feels special. It’s an opportunity to bond. Not only that, baking takes a lot of skill—even some grown adults don’t know how to do it. Showing them how to follow a recipe and help them learn the valuable lesson that if they put their mind to it, they can bake anything (with a little patience and practice). The sooner they learn this lesson, the better, so they won’t be calling you up at midnight on a Tuesday when they’re 18 asking you how long they should microwave those pizza rolls for.
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We rounded up the best baking cookbooks for kids. These cookbooks are written for kids, so they show clear photos and steps to help them master basic skills before they start attempting that apple pie recipe. All of these books have a nice variety of recipes, so won’t only be making chocolate chip cookies and brownies all of the time.
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1. The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs
These recipes are straight out of America’s Test Kitchen. If that might even sound a little intimidating for you as a parent, don’t worry. These recipes were tested by more than 5,000 kids and were made to be easy to understand. This book, which is a New York Times best-seller, includes step-by-step instructions, tips and photo examples. Your kids can learn how to make brownies, cupcakes and cookies, but recipes for pizza, breakfast foods and empanadas are also in here.
2. Super Simple Baking for Kids
Instead of diving straight into the recipes, Super Simple Baking for Kids makes kids master basic skills before running off to the races. This book is for kids ages six to eight. Some of these skills include kneading dough, separate eggs and how to prepare a baking mat. Recipes are rated based on difficulty levels, which will make it easy for parents to decide which recipes to start with. There are 55 recipes in this book, including Soft Pretzels and Rainbow Sprinkle Whoopie Pies.
3. Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!
A sequel to Cooking Class, this book will teach kids, ages 8 to 12, all they need to know about baking. With 50 recipes to try, your child can learn to bake a pie and make biscuits. The book emphasizes following directions and teaches kids how to measure their own ingredients. Some of the recipes, which are both savory and sweet, include Zombie Zucchini Bread and Peachy Keen Crumble. This book also comes with bonus stickers, gift tags and the tools to make your own “Bake Sale” sign.