Fun Easter baking for kids
While school is out, embrace the opportunity to whip up a little Easter magic with your budding junior chefs. Discover our easiest ever recipes
Keeping the kids entertained this Easter is easier than you might think. We have plenty of fun, creative recipes that will keep children involved every step of the way. So whip out your aprons and get busy with all manner of Easter biscuit recipes, Easter cake recipes and Easter crafts.
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Top 20 Easter baking recipes for kids:
Calling all cookie monsters! Why not bake your favourite biscuit for a special Easter treat, complete with soft centre and chewy, crisp edge. We've added chunks of chocolate and mini eggs to the mix, though you could customise with other fillings such as banana chips, toffee pieces or orange zest.
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These dainty chocolate bites are bound to be snapped up in seconds, so make sure you save yourself a few. Teach kids how to melt chocolate gently over a pan for this basic brownie mixture. They take only 15 minutes to bake and little fingers can get wonderfully messy decorating with melted chocolate and colourful mini eggs.
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Fill your home with the aroma of sugar, spice and melting chocolate with this classic Easter recipe. The instructions in bold are for the kids, and there are steps for them to follow throughout the method. As well as kneading, shaping and piping, little chefs can also practise their division skills.
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These rice pop doughnuts are a fun activity for kids to get stuck into over the holidays. Just a few ingredients needed, no baking and some sprinkles – but impressive results.
This vibrant Peter Rabbit-inspired carrot cake is the perfect Easter treat for kids. The garden theme with dancing rabbits looks impressive, but is so simple to achieve. You can use a piping bag or spread the cake with green buttercream, then let little fingertips add texture to make 'grass'.
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This indulgent dessert is excellent for using up leftover mini chocolate eggs (if you have any!). It’s a great recipe for getting kids involved, because it's no-cook and uses many different techniques. Kids will love bashing the biscuits for the base, and you can teach them the importance of patience when baking, as there are a few essential chilling steps.
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7. Easter fudge
This recipe is one for more experienced young bakers, as melting hot sugar on the stove takes total concentration (and an adult's help) because it can be dangerous. Depending on your child’s experience levels, this recipe could be their first encounter with a sugar thermometer. It's an exciting experience – who doesn’t love making the kitchen feel like a science lab?
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The simplest biscuits you and the kids will ever bake. We've pressed clean toys into these to decorate – try your own favourite patterns. From toy trains to plastic dinosaur feet, you can have endless fun stamping.
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Breathe new life into stale hot cross buns with this tempting chocolate hot cross bun bread and butter pudding. It’s an excellent recipe for showing kids the importance of not wasting food, and who doesn’t love anything drenched in chocolate?
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These fluffy white bunny biscuits are sure to be a hit with the kids. Marshmallow bunny tails and pink icing feet will keep the smallest of hands happy and busy. If you don't have a cookie cutter for the rabbit head, just cut out the circles for the bottom half and they'll look just as good.
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Whether you're looking to complete the whole recipe with a slightly older child, or you're prepared to let your little ones decorate your hard work, this is a lovely project for children of all ages. From stirring the cake mixture to slicing eggs, crushing up chocolates and loading the brownies, this is a sure-cure for holiday boredom.
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Combine nutty marzipan with rich chocolate for the ultimate Easter treat. The glossy finish on the ganache looks gorgeous and impressive – just pour it over your finished loaf while it's cooling.
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Our easy cookie dough mixture is totally safe to eat and can be made in minutes. Keep a batch in the fridge, eat it by the spoon, serve it with ice cream, or mould it, shape it and colour it with food dye. It’s a great recipe to make after Easter, because you can pack in any leftover treats.
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This chocolate cake is a more child-friendly version of a traditional simnel cake, made with chocolate and truffles instead of marzipan. Older children will enjoy getting stuck into making the various stages of this cake, while younger kids will love making the truffles.
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Kids will love mixing, rolling and cutting out these cookie pops. Let them decorate the fluffy chicks with buttercream and yellow-tinted desiccated coconut.
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The words 'double chocolate' are guaranteed to pique your little one's interest – and baking these irresistible mini sponge cakes in flowerpots only adds to the fun. Decorate with rice-paper daisies to finish the effect.
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What kid isn't going to fall in love with Frances Quinn's fridge cake creation? This magical Easter recipe has been written especially for kids, and has been timed to hold their concentration throughout. The nest is made from a scrumptious mix of pretzels, peanuts and raisins, and is filled with shiny chocolate eggs.
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Make these pretty biscuit lollies as gifts for friends, or use them as place names for your Easter table. Baking them will keep kids entertained for a good hour, then there's lots of decorating fun to be had – you might want to arm younger kids with wipe-clean aprons.
This recipe is a great one for older chefs, as turning the mini eggs into little chicks is quite a fiddly business (but well worth the effort).
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Kids will love making these crackin' cress heads and can get as creative as they like when it comes to decorating. The cress hair will start growing in a few days, and you can always give your creation a stylish haircut if you want to indulge in an egg and cress sandwich.
Want to decorate your own Easter eggs? Check out our video for some inspiration.
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