10 best recipes for kids aged 12 years and over

From bumble bee cupcakes to chicken dippers, we've got plenty of delicious recipes for them to choose from...

Scones
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From bumble bee cupcakes to chicken dippers, we've got plenty of delicious recipes for kids aged 12 years old and over to choose from - many of which they can make on their own.

Part of our cooking with kids guide, these recipes are ideal for children who are looking for something a bit more adventurous than Rice Krispie cakes and jam tarts. You may need to supervise at some points - like helping with the oven or watching them with a knife, but at this stage, your child should be well on their way to being a mini Masterchef. 

Bumble bee cupcakes

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

Your kids are going to be buzzing after making these bumble bee cupcakes. They can practice their baking skills and decorating skills all in one.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Bumble bee cupcakes

Gooey cookies

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

These melt-in-the-mouth cookies are sure to go down a storm with the whole family. Your child is going to be really pleased with the end result - especially when they taste so good.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Gooey cookies

Chicken stir-fry

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

Get the kids to help you make dinner with this simple stir-fry recipe. You can keep an eye on them when it comes to cooking but other than that this recipe is easy peasy and the perfect excuse to teach them all about raw meat.

Tasks for the kids

  • Preparing the chicken with a knife, with supervision (remember to get them to wash their hands)
  • Preparing the veggies with a knife - with supervision
  • Frying the ingredients in a wok or frying pan - with supervision

Get the recipe: Chicken stir-fry

Speedy chocolate muffins

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

These muffins are not only super speedy to make, they also taste great too. If your kids want to take this recipe one step further they could decorate the muffins with melted chocolate and sweeties. This recipe is so simple, that you could even suggest that the kids make it on their own to give them a little independence in the kitchen.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Speedy chocolate muffins

Annabel Karmel's fruity chicken curry

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

Have your kids got a taste for spice? This mild curry is sure to please. Chunks of chicken and fresh veggies will be the talk of the evening especially if your child makes most of it.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel's fruity chicken curry

Scones

Scones

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Have you got the family coming over at the weekend? It's the perfect excuse to make these classic scones with your kids. This recipe is simple enough to trust the kids to make it on their own.

Tasks for the kids

  • Mixing all the ingredients together
  • Kneading and rolling the dough into scone shapes
  • Putting the scones in the oven, taking them out - with supervision
  • Splitting them with a knife and filling with cream and jam

Get the recipe: Scones

Tuna, lime and coriander jacket

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

Nothing beats a warm, fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside jacket potato. Turn your child into a pro jacket potato maker with this starter recipe.

Tasks for the kids

  • Preparing the potatoes
  • Putting the potatoes in the oven and taking them out - with supervision
  • Filling the jackets with tuna and coriander mix

Get the recipe: Tuna, lime and coriander jacket

Strawberry and mascarpone cream sponge

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

This is the perfect recipe for your child to 'wow' the whole family. A classic Victoria sponge recipe with a luxury mascarpone filling.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Strawberry and mascarpone cream sponge

Annabel Karmel's chicken dippers

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

These chicken dippers are a great lunchtime snack that your child can make in under 1hr - giving you plenty of time to bond together over chicken.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel's chicken dippers

Banana smoothie

Cooking with kids: 10 best recipes for 12 years and over

This delicious banana smoothie is healthy and super easy to make. Your child gets to use a blender too and learn all about how to use it.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Banana smoothie

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Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.