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34 Fun Things to Bake at Home with Bored Kids

Bring on the sprinkles, rainbows and fun-sized treats! Whip up these adorable baking recipes with the kids this weekend.

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Pinwheel pops

“My mom used to make pinwheels every Christmas, and I still love them. They are so colorful, and perfect for sharing in gift boxes.” —Jill Heatwole, Pittsville, Maryland

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Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Cone CupcakesTaste of Home

Chocolate-dipped ice cream cone cupcakes

“I created this recipe based on our family’s love of chocolate-dipped ice cream cones. Red heart-shaped sprinkles make them fun for Valentine’s Day. Vary the color to match the occasion.” —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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Mini brownie treats

“I like to take these quick-and-easy treats to potlucks and family gatherings. They disappear quickly!” —Pam Kokes, North Loup, Nebraska

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Pink velvet cupcakes

“My daughter loves all things pink, so this recipe was just right for her birthday. Even my teenage son (not a fan of pink) ate his share, too.” —Paulette Smith, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Chocolate-Glazed Doughnut CookiesTaste of Home

Chocolate-glazed doughnut cookies

“My little nieces love to help decorate these doughnut-shaped cookies. They top them with sprinkles, chopped pecans or crushed candy canes.” —Jolie Stinson, Marion, Indiana

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Gingerbread Teddy BearsTaste of Home

Gingerbread teddy bears

“These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family since I was a little girl. The big bears are so soft and chewy that we can hardly wait until they come out of the oven!” —Elizabeth Manzanares, Gloucester, Virginia

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Homemade Butterfly CakeTaste of Home

Homemade butterfly cake

“Impress guests by making an adorable and delicious cake. It is actually easy to put together.” —Bonnie Jost, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

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Pear-Berry Breakfast TartsTaste of Home

Pear-berry breakfast tarts

“When my kids were small, I could never get pancakes on the table while they were all still hot. Then I got the idea for these breakfast tarts. They’re a good and simple recipe for any busy family.” —Joan Elbourn, Gardner, Massachusetts

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Rainbow Cake with CloudsTaste of Home

Rainbow cake with clouds

“Some cakes stand on their own without icing. For this bright rainbow cake, use a little whipped cream to make fluffy clouds.” —Janet Tigchelaar, Jerseyville, Ontario

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Cheesecake PopsTaste of Home

Cheesecake pops

“This is a very quick, easy and fun dessert for any occasion. The possibilities are endless with these cute bites. Customize them for any occasion by using different toppings.” —Evelyn Moore, Elk Grove, California

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Homemade Confetti CakeTaste of Home

Homemade confetti cake

“This moist and fluffy confetti cake has lots of sprinkles and a whipped vanilla buttercream. It’s almost impossible not to smile when you see the fun pop of rainbow confetti!” —Courtney Rich, Highland, Utah

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Caramel Apple BitesTaste of Home

Caramel apple bites

“Kids can help make these perfect fall bites by dipping the baked cookies in caramel and nuts. It’s a fun food craft for all of us.” —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Easy Cake Mix BarsTaste of Home

Easy cake mix bars

“I take this dessert to work for Friday pick-me-ups. It’s one of my favorite yellow cake bar recipes. I love to share them because they’re so easy to eat, easy to make and easy on the wallet.” —Amy Rose, Ballwin, Missouri

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Owl CookiesTaste of Home

Owl cookies

“I came up with these cookies as a treat for my kids’ class parties. Not only do they look cute, but they are also delicious.” —Starrlette Howard, Ogden, Utah

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Lemony Gingerbread Whoopie PiesTaste of Home

Lemony gingerbread whoopie pies

“These spiced-just-right whoopie pies combine two popular flavors in one fun treat. The moist cookies are rolled in sugar before baking for a bit of crunch.” —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia

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Strawberry Muffin ConesTaste of Home

Strawberry muffin cones

“This is a delightful, fun way to serve a cupcake. I share these with the neighborhood kids and they love the ice cream cone look and ease of eating. Adults who try them say snacking on them makes them feel like kids again.” —Barb Kietzer, Niles, Michigan

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Root Beer CookiesTaste of Home

Root beer cookies

“When it’s too difficult to take along root beer floats on a picnic, take these cookies instead! I’ve found the flavor is even better the next day. The hard part is convincing my family to wait that long before sampling them.” —Violette Bawden, West Valley City, Utah

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Rocky Road Cookie CupsTaste of Home

Rocky road cookie cups

“Traditional rocky road ice cream has nuts, marshmallows, and chocolate. Using prepared cookie dough makes it easy to put the flavors together in these fast, kid-friendly cups.”  —Charlotte McDaniel, Jacksonville, Alabama

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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Lemon CutoutsTaste of Home

Melt-in-your-mouth lemon cutouts

“Full of lemony flavor, these cookies are great for any time of year and always popular with family and friends.” —Patricia C. Quinn, Omaha, Nebraska

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Miniature Peanut Butter TreatsTaste of Home

Miniature peanut butter treats

“This recipe is one of my family’s favorites, and I make the treats a lot, especially at Christmas. I have three children and eight grandchildren, and every one of them loves those ‘peanut butter thingies,’ as the grandchildren call them!” —Jodie McCoy, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Candy CupcakesTaste of Home

Candy cupcakes

“Rich chocolaty cupcakes include a cream cheese surprise. Get kids in on the fun by letting them help decorate.” ‐Mrs. Walter Jacobson, Ashland, Ohio

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Peanut Butter Kiss CookiesTaste of Home

Peanut butter kiss cookies

“Baking peanut butter kiss cookies to share doesn’t get much easier than this. Stir together four ingredients. Bake. Top with a kiss. Done! Your family will love this Hershey’s peanut butter blossom cookie recipe.” —Dee Davis, Sun City, Arizona

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Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout CookiesTaste of Home

Chocolate-raspberry cutout cookies

“When my daughter, Katie, was two, the juicy, ripe raspberries in my backyard inspired me to create this cutout cookie. It’s become a mother-daughter tradition to pick the raspberries, choose the cutter shapes, cut out the cookies and frost them.” —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois

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Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream FrostingTaste of Home

Oreo cupcakes with cookies and cream frosting

“Kids and adults alike won’t be able to resist these Oreo cupcakes. If you want to pipe the frosting, be sure to thoroughly crush the Oreos.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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S'mores BrowniesTaste of Home

S’mores brownies

“Our family simply adores our daughter’s fudgy s’mores brownies. The cinnamon graham cracker crust and dark chocolate brownies bring our passion for s’mores to a whole new level!” —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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Confetti Cake Batter CookiesTaste of Home

Confetti cake batter cookies

“Mom and I took up cake decorating. Funfetti was our favorite cake, so we used the mix to make cutout cookies. Plain or decorated, they’re a fave at parties.” —Danielle DeMarco, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

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Jelly Bean CookiesTaste of Home

Jelly bean cookies

“It’s a family tradition for my grandmother and me to make these colorful cookies every year for the holidays.” —Cheyenne Fink, Pleasantville, Pennsylvania

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Miniature Castle CakesTaste of Home

Miniature castle cakes

“You can easily make several of these pretty palaces with a boxed cake mix, canned frosting, and a few common confections. Grab a goblet of milk and enjoy one with your prince or princess.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Bite-Sized Apple PiesTaste of Home

Bite-sized apple pies

“These little bites are fun for kids to make. Simply wrap strips of pastry around apple wedges and shake on some cinnamon-sugar. Then just bake and watch them disappear!” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Frosted Butter Cutout CookiesTaste of Home

Frosted butter cutout cookies

“I have fond memories of baking and frosting these cutout cookies with my mom. Now, I carry on the tradition with my kids. It’s a messy but fun day!” —Sandy Nace, Greensburg, Kansas

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Waffle-Iron CookiesTaste of Home

Waffle-iron cookies

“The recipe for these cookies is the easiest to find in my book because it’s a beautiful mess. It’s covered with fingerprints, flour smudges and memories of more than 30 Christmases! I made these with my daughters, and now I make them with my granddaughters.” —Judy Taylor, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

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Berry Brownie PizzaTaste of Home

Berry brownie pizza

“How could you not love pizza for dessert? A fudgy brownie base gets a whipped topping sauce and is topped with fresh strawberries, chopped nuts and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.” —Karen Heleski, Ubly, Michigan

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Shortbread Sandwich CookiesTaste of Home

Shortbread sandwich cookies

“I layer a creamy, coffee-flavored filling between buttery shortbread, then dip the sandwiches in chocolate. Guests always love them.” —Bertha Seyer, Oak Ridge, Missouri

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Jelly Donut CakeTaste of Home

Jelly donut cake

“Cake. Doughnuts. Now, you don’t have to choose between the two. Impress your family with this easy jelly-filled cake. Try your best to center the jelly in the middle of the half-filled Bundt pan so that it will not leak out the edges of the cake.” —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.