10 of Our Favorite Cookies for Baking with Kids

updated May 30, 2019
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There are weekends, snow days, and school holidays that just call for some cozy (but quick) baking with the kids. Cookies are always a go-to because you can mix them up together and enjoy the treat in less than an hour.

We love a classic chocolate chip cookie — and our favorite recipe is included here — but mixing something new up always adds to the baking fun. These are 10 of our favorite cookie (and cookie bar) recipes for baking with kids that have never failed to bake up beautifully and be a delight for the whole family.

These cookies are packed with salty peanuts and pretzels, plus sweet raisins and chocolate candies, making them ideal for an afternoon snack or packing for an afternoon of hitting all the neighborhood parks.

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My 7-year-old has recently discovered the joy that is cake mix cookies, and she can’t be stopped from baking them regularly and almost entirely by herself. This Funfetti version happens to be her favorite.

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Snickerdoodles are a beloved classic, and for good reason: They are buttery, soft, and cinnamon sugar-dusted. Let your littlest kiddo be in charge of rolling these in the sugar coating.

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You kind of can’t go wrong with the classic chocolate chip cookie, whether you use this recipe or the back of the yellow bag version.

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Palmiers look and feel fancy, but they are literally just puff pastry and sugar. Your kids can help roll out the dough, fold, and cut it with ease.

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If you are looking for a way to decorate cookies without messing around with royal icing and a million sprinkles on the floor, try these fruit “pizza” cookies. You can make sugar cookies from scratch, but these pizzas are also perfect for using store-bought dough or cookies instead.

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Cookie bars are awesome because you don’t have to do a ton of scooping and rolling. These taste like a peanut butter cookie and a jam bar combined. So good!

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These sugar cookie bars are soft and buttery on their own, but add the creamy frosting and you’ll be a parent hero!

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Hear me out here: These really look like a healthyish cookie, but are so delicious you’d never know how minimalist and easy they are while eating them.

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A plug for my own personal favorite cookie bar of all time: the s’mores bar. These bars have a graham cracker cookie bottom, layers of chocolate, and marshmallow cream and taste like summer any time of year.