Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to try some kids’ baking recipes, so we’ve rounded up some easy bakes to make with the little ones – expect heart shapes, sprinkles and chocolate galore! Kids can bundle up these sweet treats into boxes and bags for grandparents, family or friends – they’re sure to be impressed by such a thoughtful gift.
1. Easy jam tarts
These easy jam tarts are ready in just 30 minutes if you use ready-made pastry. It’s a bake that’s quick enough to hold the attention of little ones, and jammy enough to be a big hit. Kids will love rolling and cutting out hearts to decorate the tops.
2. Slice-and-bake Valentine’s biscuits
They may look impressive, but these slice-and-bake Valentine’s biscuits are simple enough for children to manage, with just a little help. Small hands will love mixing, colouring and rolling the dough for these cute cookies.
3. Melting heart muffins
Super-chocolatey and with a white chocolate truffle centre, kids especially love these melting heart muffins. They’re wonderfully easy to make, too, and are perfect for a school cake sale.
4. Love bug biscuits
Decorate heart-shaped biscuits in a new way: with a bit of icing, they can be turned into cute love bug biscuits. The detail involved means this recipe is better suited to slightly older children, but even if the results are less than perfect, they are bound to be equally admired.
5. Peppermint candy biscuits
Kids will love these heart-shaped cookies. The recipe has been specially designed so that children can take the lead while an adult acts as sous chef. These peppermint candy biscuits are so delicious, we won’t tell if you decide to taste a few before sharing with friends and family.
6. Really enormous chocolate buttons
Nothing says ‘love’ like really enormous chocolate buttons. This recipe is perfect for young children, as they can help with everything from spooning out the chocolate to decorating with toppings – even the smallest of hands can be involved every step of the way. Lay out bowls of decorations so the kids can go sprinkle crazy without any big spills, then stand back and watch the fun.
7. Lemon kisses
These melt-in-the-mouth lemon kisses are dainty, light and hard to resist. Help the kids bake up a batch, then lay on a Valentine’s afternoon tea for your loved ones.
8. Cherry brownie babycakes
Sweet and simple, these cherry brownie babycakes are popular with all ages, and look rather romantic when decorated with a fresh cherry and an extra sprinkling of cocoa powder.
Look for more inspiration? Try these guides
Kids’ baking recipe collection
Indoor activities for kids
Top 5 easy bakes for kids
How to make chocolate truffles
Top 10 Valentine’s Day cupcakes
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