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These 10 easy no-bake recipes for kids are perfect for independent bakers

Desserts are arguably the best part of any meal. Making treats with your kids is one of the most fun experiences. As your kids get older, they can start to take over the baking. But if you aren’t quite ready to hand over the oven mitts, there are plenty of options that don’t require baking. From cookies to snack bars, we found 10 no-bake kids dessert recipes that your mini can make without turning the oven on.

Two kids making a dessert.

Why you should let your kids have fun in the kitchen

Parents need to let go in the kitchen! We know you are worried about the kids burning themselves or setting fire to something, but they will learn valuable skills by being let loose in there. Your children will be proud of themselves when they finish a recipe and will build up their confidence when they find they can do it all on their own.

From learning math through measuring to understanding how following directions properly really matters, your child will get more out of baking than a delicious treat. As your child learns to become more self-sufficient, he or she will get an ego boost and feel capable to do more outside of the kitchen.

A girl mixing ingredients in a bowl.

Keep the kitchen stocked

What your kids can make will depend on what you have in the cabinets. If you keep staples on hand all of the time, they can come up with some tasty options.

For desserts and other treats

  • flour
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • vanilla
  • eggs
  • condensed milk
  • butter/shortening
  • spices
  • honey
  • peanut butter
  • cereal (Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Lucky Charms)
  • pretzels
  • rolled oats
  • various kinds of nuts
  • chocolate chips
  • dried fruits

Grab a little package of each and you will have endless possibilities for your kids to make. There are so many 3 to 5-ingredient no-bake recipes these days that even having half of these items will go a long way. Now you know what to grab, so let’s get to the no-bake kids’ recipes.

Three kids making a dessert.

No-bake kids’ recipes: No oven required (stovetop possible)

Chex mix snack mix bars

If your family loves snack mix then these bars are sure to be a huge hit. Whether you like sweet or salty, your kids can make these Chex mix snack bars whichever way the whole family likes.

Cherry chocolate oatmeal cookies

This one needs a few minutes on the stove, so some supervision may be required with younger ones. The kids will have fun plopping these down on the parchment paper. The sweetness of the cherries mixed with the crunch of the oats will be a family favorite.

Popcorn peanut butter treats

You always have microwavable popcorn on hand anyway. Your kids can make a popcorn treat with only a few more ingredients. This is a bit like making rice Krispy treats but with popcorn. Drizzle melted chocolate or sprinkle crushed candy on top.

Fun pretzel rods

Kids love pretzels so let them have what they want. Have your children melt a few different kinds of chocolate to dip the pretzel rods in. Give them options of sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, crushed candy, or crushed cookies to roll in after they are dipped.

Frozen yogurt cups

These are so good and fairly good for you. With only three ingredients, your kids can make a delicious and healthy snack for everyone. By mixing up the fruit and flavor of yogurt you use, the combinations with this one are pretty endless.

Waffle sandwiches

We said no baking, so the toaster doesn’t count. Your kids can toast up some waffles and make a pb&j, fluffernutter, or hazelnut and fluff sandwich with a crunchy waffle shell. We all get tired of using bread, so put those freezer-burned waffles to good use.


The popsicles from the store are full of sugar and who knows what else. Let your kids have a blast experimenting with assorted flavors. Fresh fruit with real juice or yogurt will make a delicious frozen treat for any time of year.


Who doesn’t like fudge? Freshly made fudge hits the spot every time. There are 3 to 4 ingredient fudge recipes that anyone can make. Your kids can top the fudge with nuts, crushed candy, or drizzle with melted chocolate or caramel.

Apple donuts

Oh, where have these been hiding? These apple donuts look amazing. Your kids are going to have a blast seeing what new combinations they can come up with. It’s all on an apple, so they can have fun and you can be happy they are eating fruit.

If your kids love to be in the kitchen, encourage that passion. Children are never too young to help in the kitchen. Even if they aren’t ready to learn the oven settings, you can keep their hands busy and burn-free. Some of these recipes might need your assistance at the stovetop, but most of them can be handed right over to the kids to make. Throw an apron on your child and let him or her figure out how to make these no-bake kids recipes their own. Then the whole family can join in as taste testers.

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