Father’s Day baking for kids

Help the kids make papa something extra special this Father's Day with their own small but fair hands...

Chocolate thumbprints
Dads might be notoriously hard to buy for, but you can't go wrong with something homemade, especially if it's also edible. We've put together our favorite recipes that are perfect for making with kids young and old...

Chocolate & hazelnut thumbprintsChocolate & hazelnut thumbprint cookies

This a great recipe to make with kids because the food processor does most of the work. Younger children will enjoy rolling the dough into balls and marking their thumbprint before spooning the melted chocolate into the holes. Older kids can also do most of this recipe by themselves, so you can enjoy a coffee and watch all the hard work unfold...



Mixed fruit tartMixed fruit tart

This is the perfect recipe for introducing children and teens to the art of making pastry. You'll need to be a little more hands-on for this one, but if you're cooking with young children they'll gladly take credit for your pastry prowess. Let little ones get creative with fruity patterns or encourage them to simply pile the berries high at the end. Of course, their ultimate starring role will be presenting it to dad. 

Mixed fruit tart

Sticky upside-down banana cakeSticky upside-down banana cake

This stunning cake takes just 15 minutes of preparation, which should allow you to hold the attention of even the youngest of children. They'll love the excitement of turning the cake out onto a plate and seeing the finished results. It's best served warm, so if you really want to give dad a treat, give him some time out while you knock it up in the kitchen on the big day itself. 

Sticky upside-down banana cake

Blueberry sconesBlueberry scones 

These scones are as easy as pie to make but dad is still sure to be impressed. You don't need to stick to traditional triangles – children can shape these whichever way they like! Serve with butter, cream, jam and a selection of summer sandwiches. They're perfect for a surprise picnic too. 

Blueberry scones

Banana pancakes with crispy bacon & syrup

A lie in and brunch with the papers is probably the best present you can give a dad of young kids. Whisk the children downstairs and help them whip up a family brunch - older children can measure up the pancake ingredients and even the smallest of hands will be happy mashing up bananas. Serve with crispy bacon and maple syrup.

Banana pancakes with crispy bacon & syrup

Medal cookies

Every hero deserves an iced medal cookie, and there is no better way to salute the dad in your life than with a bit of homemade arts and crafts. Little hands will love getting stuck into this creative project, just prepare yourself for a bit of a glitter explosion.

Medal cookies

Jammy heart drops

No special cutter is needed for these beautiful biscuits, and there are plenty of little jobs for young cooks to help out with. Let the kids get busy piping jam and drizzling icing, they might not look perfect but they will be made with lots of love.

Jammy heart drops

Dad’s chocolate drop cakes

This five-star rated recipe is pretty much a guaranteed hit for any chocolate fan. Let the children decorate these chocolate treats with poppa’s favourite sweets or nuts for a personal touch.  There should be plenty to go round, so the kids will just have to hope that dad’s the sharing kind.

Dad's chocolate drop cakes


Blueberry pretzel cookies

Blueberry pretzel cookies

Chewy, sweet and salty these blueberry & pretzel cookies have it all, including some white chocolate chips thrown in (as long as some make it into the mixture). Small hands will have plenty of crushing and mixing fun, if you want to go all out serve with a cooling blueberry milkshake – and don’t forget to put dad’s favourite tune on the jukebox.

Blueberry pretzel cookies

Will you be making something special this Father's Day? Or have you tried one of our recipes? We'd love to hear how it went...

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kateisabelle's picture
8th Jun, 2014
some nice recipes
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