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Recipes Older Kids Can Make Themselves

These recipes are perfect for older kids to make by themselves for delicious after-school snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Please share your recipes for dishes that older kids can make by themselves, and we'll include them here. Have younger kids? Check out our recipes to make with kids!


Family-Friendly Chicken Curry Over Rice

Family-Friendly Chicken Curry Over Rice

Though the recipe calls for one batch of my Simple White Sauce, my kids love this dish so much that I usually double or triple the recipe (and the sauce) for make-ahead dinners...
Kiwi Wraps

Kiwi Wraps

These wraps can be served as traditional wrap sandwiches or they can be sliced into pieces, like a sushi roll, for bite-sized treats.
Incredible White Bean Pizza

Incredible White Bean Pizza

This recipe for Incredible White Bean Pizza is quick and simple to make, and the pizza is delicious to eat!
Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

If desired, use mini cookie cutters (about the same size as the crackers) to cut the lunch meat pieces into fun shapes before packing the lunch box. Your child can then "construct"...
Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

This is a terrific recipe for any day of the year, but is especially well-suited to Halloween! Start the day off right with a festive breakfast of bagels, pumpkin cream cheese,...
Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Chocolate Toffee Cookies

For perfectly baked cookies, use a light-colored quality cookie sheet. You want the cookie bottoms to be ever-so-slightly browned, so undercook them just a little bit. Cookie...
Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Though pancakes taste best fresh from the griddle, they can be frozen, thawed, reheated, and enjoyed at a later time. To freeze, place cooled pancakes between layers of wax...

Icebox Cake

This recipe is fast, easy, and makes a delicious dessert! It's perfect for feeding a crowd gathered for a holiday or celebration. Just decorate the top with holiday-themed...
Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie

This simple recipe is packed with vegetables and can easily be adapted to your family's tastes. Use whatever canned vegetables you find in the pantry or change it up by steaming...
  Lunchbox Turkey-Cranberry Tortilla Bites

Lunchbox Turkey-Cranberry Tortilla Bites

Serve this healthy lunch with a box of raisins and a few animal crackers.

Spinach Lasagna

Though this recipe calls for baking the lasagna, the oven should not be preheated! Instead, the dish is placed in a cold oven, which is then heated to 350 F—the preheating...
Snow Ice Cream

Snow Ice Cream

Kids always get excited when it snows, so here's a great way to make freshly-fallen snow into delicious ice cream!
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

My boys love helping with this easy cookie recipe. They especially love unwrapping the "Kisses" and putting them on top, one cookie at a time. They also enjoy putting the...
Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Think of these kale chips as a healthful alternative to potato chips during the summer months when kale is apt to be abundant. They are best served fresh -- store any you...
Onion Roasted Potatoes

Onion Roasted Potatoes

Sometimes nothing beats simplicity. For this recipe, all you have to do is chop 2 pounds of potatoes--you don’t peel them, or boil them, or dirty anything more than a measuring...