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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!


Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe requires a double-batch of my Simple White Sauce. If desired, serve with Spanish rice, which is brown or white rice combined with sauteed onions, garlic, peppers,...
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...
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.
Homemade Dog Biscuits

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Use a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter to make these yummy canine treats. If giving the dog biscuits to a friend's pooch, use the same dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter and trace...
Super Nacho Casserole

Super Nacho Casserole

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.
French Bread Bake

French Bread Bake

Since this recipe must chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour—or overnight—it's perfect to assemble in advance and then place in the oven to bake just in time...

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...
Nutty Noodle Kugel

Nutty Noodle Kugel

Noodle kugel is often made with things like butter, sour cream, cream cheese, and sugar. It’s a Yom Kippur break-the-fast favorite, but can fill up empty stomachs in seconds...