The holidays are upon us, so there's plenty of time 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 biscuits, cakes and crafts.
Easter egg cookies
Calling all little 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 and orange zest.
Easter brownie bites
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 and stir up a 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.
Chocolate chip hot cross buns
Spend an afternoon in the kitchen and fill your home with the aroma of sugar, spice and melting chocolate with this lovely 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.
Rice pop doughnuts
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 plenty of sprinkles – but impressive results. (Picture above).
Kids and adults will fall in love with these cheeky, cute cupcakes. You can choose to pipe or spread the icing for the grass over the cakes, and kids will have fun modelling the bunny's tails!
Hedgehog bread rolls
Introduce kids to the art of breadmaking with this fun and easy starter recipe. Using a bread mix speeds up the process and means children fast-forward to the creative part... there's lots of snipping and decorating fun to be had.
Hot cross scones
Simpler than bread-based hot cross buns, these basic scones are an easy win for teatime with kids and they will love decorating them with strawberry laces. The added grated apple gives a lovely naturally sweet flavour.
Easiest ever biscuits
The simplest biscuits you and the kids will ever bake. We've stamped clean toys into these to decorate them – try your own favourite patterns. From Monopoly trains to toy dinosaur feet, you can have endless fun stamping these.
Meringue nest cheesecake with mini eggs
This is possibly the simplest cheesecake you will ever make, so perfect for making with kids. Older children will be able to follow most of these steps without adult help, whereas young children will simply love filling the nests with mini eggs, sprinklings of coconut, hundreds & thousands and fluffy chicks.
White rabbit biscuits
White rabbit biscuits
Easter egg brownies
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 mixing the cake mixture, slicing Creme eggs, crushing up chocolates and loading the brownies – this is a sure cure for holiday boredom.
Easter egg brownies
Chocolate cornflake cakes
If you're looking for a quick and easy project to keep the kids occupied, look no further than these perfect chocolate cornflake cakes. They won't take you long to make, but you can always get creative and load with little eggs, chicks or sweets. The recipe has been specifically written for young children to follow, so if you're cooking with older children you might even be able to live them to it and relax with a cup of tea.
Lemony Easter chicks
Introduce your child to the art of meringue-making at a tender age, and who knows what beauties they'll be knocking up once they reach their teens. Get the children to help you make the meringues, then let them decorate the chicks by themselves. You might end up with a few that look like Angry Birds, but that's all part of the fun.
Easter chocolate truffle cake
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. Plus, they're sure to soak up the glory come Easter lunch.
Vanilla biscuit chick pops
Kids will love mixing, rolling and cutting out these cookie pops. Let them decorate with buttercream and yellow-tinted desiccated coconut and chocolate chips to make fluffy chicks that are almost too cute to eat (but not quite).
Flowerpot chocolate chip muffins
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.
Chocolate tiffin Easter nest
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 filled with shiny chocolate eggs. The children are bound to draw an admiring crowd when they bring this beauty to the table.
Easter biscuit lollies
Make these pretty biscuit lollies as gifts for friends, or use them as place names on your Easter table. Making them will keep the kids entertained for a good hour then there is lots of decorating fun to be had so you might want to arm younger kids with some handy plastic aprons.
Coconut & white chocolate cupcakes
This recipe is a great one for slightly older chefs, as turning the mini eggs into little chicks is quite a fiddly business, but well worth the effort. Children are sure to be absorbed in this project for hours and they'll be delighted with the results as well as the taste!
Crackin' cress heads
Kids will adore making these crackin' cress heads and can get as creative as they like when it comes to decorating – no idea is too big or too small. 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 or two.
More fun Easter projects
What will your little ones be making over Easter? Leave a comment below