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Here are several recipes and tips for baking with children.

Basic Kitchen Rules

Baking with Children Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Before baking with your children or allowing them to bake without you, they should understand these basic kitchen rules. Feel free to add or detract from the list, but be sure to go over it with them. Post it on the refrigerator.

Kitchen Rules to Post

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies in Letters Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Baking cookies is where I started my baking experience. This recipe is so good because it can accomodate any level baker. The youngest children can just decorated the unbaked or baked cookies. Older elementary school-aged kids can roll-out and cut the dough. Middle schoolers on up can handle the entire recipe.
Sugar Cookies, pictured
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Snickerdoodles
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Make Gelatin (Jell-O)

Gelatin Salad Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Any aged child can use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the gelatin. Older children can make the entire recipe just being careful of the boiling water and using the stove.
Aquarium Dessert - There's lots of fun to have by adding gummy fish and more to this gelatin recipe.
More Gelatin Recipes
Basic Gelatin Cooking Instructions

Basic White Bread Machine Bread

Bread Machine Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
I just love the Bread Machine. If your child understands measurements, he or she can make bread in the bread machine. The only difficult part will be waiting for it to be done even on the fastest cycle.
Cheddar Bacon Bread - My favorite bread machine bread because it's almost a meal in itself. Just serve along with a soup, salad or fresh fruit and there's your meal.
More Bread Machine Recipes
Bread Machine Baking Tips

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Blueberry Muffins is almost everyone's favorite muffin. All muffins and quick breads are fairly easy to make and can be made by an older child. The biggest tips I would have to offer is be careful using the oven and don't over mix the batter.
More Muffin and Quick Bread Recipes
Tips for the Perfect Muffins and Quick Breads

Easy Brownies

Ultimate Brownies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Brownies have always been a crowd pleaser. Just think how pleased your young teen will be after making this chocolate wonder.
All About Brownies
More Brownie Recipes

Baking with Cake Mixes

Cake Mix Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
I just think it's much easier to start baking cakes by beginning with a cake mix. There is less apprehension. Use this list to help them "jazz-up" a normal mix.
Cake Recipes
Basic Cake Making
How to Frost a Cake
Cake Decorating

Marshmallow Creme Fudge

Five Minute Fudge Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Older children can make this stove-top confection. Just remind them that the fudge can get really hot. Be extra careful pouring it into a pan to harden.
More Fudge Recipes
Candy Making Chart

Pancakes

Making Pancakes Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
If you've got someone old enough to use the stove, pancakes are a great way to start.
More Pancake Recipes
All About Pancakes
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Homemade Syrups

Basic Biscuit Recipe

Biscuit Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
Just like cookies, you can satisfy the baking needs and experiences of several age groups here. The young ones can cut out the biscuits. The older elementary ones can put them on the baking sheets. The older bakers can make the entire recipe and be in charge of the oven.
More Biscuit and Scone Recipes
Flavored Butters - Honey Butter is my favorite.
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