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.


For more inspiration, see our guide to the top 10 Valentine’s Day cake recipes and best Valentine's baking recipes. For
general Valentine's Day recipes check out our Valentine's Day recipe collection.

Looking for fun activities for the kids to get involved in? Check out the top 10 egg carton crafts for kids, origami for kids and rainy day cooking projects for kids. For more baking ideas see our best kids' baking recipes and top 20 easy bakes for kids.

1. Easy jam tarts

A batch of jam tarts on a grey backdrop

These easy jam tarts are ready in just 30 minutes if you use readyAlso try our indulgent British classic pudding, Queen of Puddings recipe.-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.

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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

A batch of chocolate cupcakes with the chocolate icing in the shape of a heart

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

A batch of cookies decorated with fondant icing in a heart-shaped ladybird pattern

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

A batch of peppermint candy biscuits resting on red wrapping paper

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

Three big chocolate buttons, one white chocolate, one milk and one dark

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

A batch of lemon biscuits on a mini cake stand

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

A batch of chocolate brownie cakes with a dollop of whipped cream and extra fruit for garnish

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.

9. Chocolate truffles

Homemade truffles on a wooden board

Let the kids loose with rolling and decorating these easy chocolate truffles. Get creative with toppings like crushed pistachio nuts, lightly toasted desiccated coconut, orange zest and cocoa powder for maximum wow factor.

10. Chocolate bark

Chocolate bark being cut into shards

Help the kids make a delicious homemade chocolate bark with this easy, versatile recipe. We've decorated it using salty pretzel pieces and crunchy honeycomb, but feel free to use up leftover chocolate or snacks you have in the cupboard.

11. White chocolate pretzel bites

White chocolate pretzel bites

Kids are bound to love smashing up pretzels with a rolling pin, trust us! This bite-sized recipe, combining salty crushed pretzels with sweet chocolate and raisins, is super-simple but the results are scrumptious.

12. Fruit & nut chocolate chequers

Fruit & nut chocolate chequers in a box with pink tissue paper

These beautiful fruit & nut chocolate chequers couldn't be easier to make and look equally charming. Decorate with your choice of raspberry flakes, pecans, candied peel.

13. Basic cookies

A batch of basic cookies resting on a wire rack and baking tray lined with baking paper

Cookies have never looked so simple thanks to this basic cookie recipe. Bake a batch with just five ingredients – or fewer. Ready in less than half an hour, they're a solid option for a last-minute spot of baking.

14. Flourless brownies

A batch of flourless brownies on a white speckled plate

This recipe for flourless brownies requires just five ingredients, so it's a great one for getting the little ones involved. Serve warm with plenty of ice cream for a heavenly Valentine's pud.

Three chocolate-chip cookie ice-cream sandwiches on three separate plates

The kids will love helping make these chewy American-style biscuits. Sandwiched between vanilla ice cream, they make a super delicious hand-held treat for Valentine's.

16. Edible name place biscuits

A stack of chocolate cookies decorated with smarties, with the name 'Milly' written with icing

Finish off a Valentine's Day table spread with these simple, mint-iced name place cookies. They're fun to make with the kids and the instructions are simple – simple decorate shop-bought cookies with thick icing, sweets and sprinkles.

17. Chocolate traybake

Chocolate tray cake

Let the kids leave a heartfelt message for a special someone on this fudgy chocolate traybake, using their favourite sweets, edible sprinkles, nuts and chocolate shavings. Just remember to leave some for the recipient!

18. Chocolate orange tart

chocolate tart on a plate with orange zest on top

Little hands can easily assemble this clever no-bake tart, they'll just need supervision when using the food processor. Start them early, experimenting with all-natural ingredients such as dates, coconut oil, ground almonds and raw cacao.

19. Easy iced buns

Iced buns decorated with icing sugar and sprinkles, presented in a silver tin

Kids will love presenting these decorated iced buns on Valentine's Day. To decorate, simply mix icing sugar with a little water until stiff but spreadable – add food colouring, if you like. Dip in the top of each bun and scatter with sprinkles.

20. Simple iced biscuits

simple iced biscuits

These simple iced biscuits make a fun baking project for kids to get stuck into. Let the kids spell out mum's name or, if they're feeling ambitious, a sweet Valentine's message.

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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