Skip to main content

NewFolks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

8 easy desserts for kids they can make without setting the house on fire

Getting kids cooking in the kitchen has so many positives. Cooking is a major life skill that even some adults haven’t mastered yet. So, having your kids help in the kitchen and even making their own simple dishes will go a long way, especially when they head off to college. Following recipes also hone reading and math skills while being a wonderful activity to do as a family. Dessert is probably a kid favorite and is the perfect dish to start a child’s journey in the kitchen, and the kids can make dessert on their own safely.

Let’s face it. A lot of home accidents happen in the kitchen, which is why kids typically have limited access to appliances and the stove. Thankfully, there are quite a few desserts recipes that kids can whip up on their own without fear of fire or burns. Here are eight easy dessert recipes for kids that are delicious and safe to make without adult supervision.

happy girl making an easy recipe for kids
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Easy dessert recipes for kids

An interest in cooking is one to nurture in kids, but safety is important in the kitchen. So, whenever children are helping in the kitchen always stress safety first and teach kids the important do’s and don’ts. With these simple dessert recipes, kids don’t need the stove or the oven. The only appliance required for these kid-friendly recipes is a conventional blender or the Magic Bullet.


Parfaits are a fun dessert to eat and create. It’s certainly a dish kids can make on their own, and a healthy one, too. Yogurt parfaits are a snap to create. Just alternate layers of plain Greek yogurt with favorite fruit filling in a glass. Strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are popular parfait fillings. Top them with a sprinkle of granola.

strawberry banana smoothie served as a Valentine's Day treat for breakfast
Oksana Mizina / Shutterstock


A smoothie is a healthy breakfast, after-school snack, and dessert. Smoothies are easy to whip up as well. Before letting kids blend their own smoothies, have a safety lesson with your blender or Magic Bullet. Strawberry banana smoothies are a kid staple. If your kids need smoothie inspiration, the Spruce Eats has some yummy smoothie recipes kids can make on their own including a chocolate banana smoothie and a blueberry smoothie.


If the kids can create tasty and healthy smoothies, they can make magnificent milkshakes, too. The ingredients for an awesome milkshake include milk and their ice cream of choice. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup is always a delicious addition, as are cool toppings like sprinkles and chocolate chips. The Spruce Eats pours out a creamy milkshake recipe that’s easy for kids to blend. Just make sure they’re blender-ready before going solo.

Cookie ice cream sandwiches

Cookies and ice cream are a notable pair and a simple dessert kids can get creative with. To make a sweet plate of this after-dinner treat, get ice cream and the cookies of their choice. Using a scooper, place a scoop of ice cream on the inside of one cookie. Then, top it off by adding the other cookie side. Make a plateful to snack on right away or leave in the freezer until everyone is ready for dessert.

Oreo cookie ice cream pie

If the cookie ice cream sandwiches are a hit, your dessert makers can try their hands at this easy-to-make, no-bake ice cream pie. The ingredients include vanilla ice cream (or any favorite flavor), whipped cream, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, a package of Oreo cookies, and a ready-made Oreo pie crust. To make, just fill the pie crust halfway with ice cream. Then, top it with whipped cream and spread it like icing. The container whipped cream is easier to spread than the spray kind. Crush the Oreo cookies in a bowl before covering the whipped cream completely with the broken cookies. Drizzle Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup over the crumbled cookies. You can substitute caramel syrup for the chocolate syrup if desired. Freeze it for at least four hours before serving.

Cookies-and-cream ice pops

Ice cream is a dessert kids and adults enjoy regardless of the temperature outside. With a popsicle mold, budding young chefs can make a batch of Pure Wow’s cookies-and-cream ice cream bars or try and create their own tempting popsicle treats.

No-bake peanut butter pie

Peanut butter lovers will dive into this delectable recipe from Allrecipes. No baking is required for this peanut butter pie. Just make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature before mixing it with the other ingredients. Kids will find it much easier to mix it at room temperature than directly out of the refrigerator.

Waffle ice cream sandwiches

If the kids are able to handle the toaster with ease, then they might want to toast up some waffles to make waffle ice cream sandwiches. Frozen waffles are a perfect pick because kids shouldn’t be operating a waffle iron solo. Once the waffles are toasted, let them cool before scooping ice cream onto one waffle. Kids can experiment by adding chocolate chips or sprinkles to the ice cream before completing the sandwich with a waffle on the other side. Chocolate chip waffles are earmarked for this easy-to-make dessert.

Exposing kids to the kitchen at an early age is an ideal way to teach this important life skill and cultivate an interest in food and cooking. Dessert is a yummy place to start, especially with these easy dessert recipes kids can make on their own.

Editors' Recommendations

Dawn Miller
Dawn Miller began her professional life as an elementary school teacher before returning to her first love, writing. In…
7 of the best fast-food items for kids you can feel good about grabbing
Make healthier choices at the drive-thru with these foods
A toddler reaching into a bag of fast food in the car

Let’s face it, fast food isn’t usually synonymous with healthy eating. Grabbing a Happy Meal for a hungry toddler isn’t something most parents like to do often, but sometimes it's necessary. On those race-against-the-clock days when you’re juggling errands, doctor's appointments, and the sacred nap schedule, you may not have the luxury of preparing a meal for your baby at home.

Fortunately, most fast-food restaurants have expanded their menus to include more options than just the standard burgers, fries, sugary sodas, and deep-fried fare that have given them a bad name. Whether you’re on a road trip or just in the middle of a busy afternoon, it is possible to keep your pint-sized passengers satisfied with a quick and affordable drive-thru meal. We've compiled some of the best fast-food options for kids to help you when you're looking for healthier options.

Read more
These TikTok hacks will get your kids eating more fruits and veggies this summer
Reduce food waste with these tasty food hacks your kids will love
Mother and daughter eating vegetables

The struggle is real when it comes to feeding kids. Children may love strawberries one day, and hate them the next, usually right after you've stocked your fridge with freshly picked berries! Or maybe your little one loves to eat apples or bananas, but is just too little to eat the entire fruit. Dealing with picky eaters and food waste can be frustrating and hard on the wallet.

Amy Palanjian is a recipe developer and cookbook author who goes by the handle @Yummytoddlerfood on TikTok. She's sharing some of her ingenious hacks that will not only save those bits of leftover fruits and vegetables your little one loves, but Palanjian is also offering excellent tips on how to preserve and serve those healthy foods you may not have thought of.

Read more
Almost half of kids ages 1 to 5 don’t eat a daily veggie (and one-third don’t eat fruit)
CDC report shows kids aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables
Toddler refusing to eat healthy lunch/snack of fruit and drink her milk

According to a new report by the CDC, a surprising number of children in the U.S. are missing fruits and vegetables from their daily diet. The report comes from data compiled from the 2021 National Survey of Children’s Health, where the parents of 18,386 children were asked to report on how often their children ate fruits and vegetables. The results were both a shocking and eye-opening look at the diet of young children in America.
The results
The report found that approximately one in three children aren't eating fruit daily, while almost 50% of children aren't eating vegetables daily. The CDC recommends that children consume at least one cup of fruits and vegetables a day to ensure proper nutrition, with that number increasing as they get older. Proper nutrition is an important step in helping children grow and develop, as well as to create healthy eating habits as they get older and make their own nutritional decisions.

The rise of sugary drinks
Whether it's juice, soda, yogurt drinks, or even flavored water, children are drinking sugar more now than ever before. The report found that 57% of children drank a sugar-sweetened beverage at least once in the week prior to the survey.

Read more