10 best recipes for kids aged 12 years and over

We've rounded up our 10 best recipes for 12 year olds and over. From bumble bee cupcakes to chicken dippers, we've got plenty of delicious recipes for them to choose from and most of them they can make on their own too...

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

We've rounded up our 10 best recipes for 12 year olds and over. From bumble bee cupcakes to chicken dippers, we've got plenty of delicious recipes for them to choose from and most of them they can make on their own too...

We've rounded up our 10 best recipes for 12 year olds and over. From bumble bee cupcakes to chicken dippers, we've got plenty of delicious recipes for them to choose from and most of them they can make on their own too!

If your child loves cooking and has been an avid chef over the years then you've come to the right place. As part of our cooking with kids guide, we've got some great recipes that your kids are just going to love making.

You may need to supervise at some points - like helping with the oven or watching them with a knife, but as this stage your child should be well on their way to being a master chef!

Click through our 10 best recipes for 12 years and over and get cooking now...

Bumble bee cupcakes

Your kids are going to be buzzing after making these bumble bee cupcakes (see what we did there?) They can practise their baking skills and decorating skills all in one!

Tasks for the kids

  • Mixing the ingredients for the cupcakes
  • Spooning the mix into the cases
  • Putting the cakes in the oven, taking them out - with supervision if unsure
  • Making the buttercream and smoothing it on the cupcakes
  • Cutting out different fondant shapes
  • Assembling the bumble bees out of fondant

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

  • Mixing the ingredients together
  • Breaking up the chocolate
  • Rolling the cookie dough into balls
  • Putting the cookies in the oven, taking them out - with supervision if unsure

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, 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

  • Mixing the ingredients together
  • Spooning the mixture into cases
  • Putting the cakes in the oven, taking them out - with supervision

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

  • 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 together in a large frying pan or wok
  • Making the curry sauce
  • Making the rice to serve

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel's fruity chicken curry

Scones

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

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

  • Lining 2x tins with greaseproof paper
  • Mixing the ingredients together
  • Dividing the mixture into the tins
  • Putting the cake in the oven, taking it out - with supervision
  • Making the mascarpone filling
  • Preparing the strawberries
  • Decorating the cake

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 lunch time snack which your child can make in under 1hr - giving you plenty of time to bond together over chicken!

Tasks for the kids

  • Cutting the chicken into thin strips - with supervision
  • Preparing and making the marinade
  • Making the crispy coating
  • Coating each chicken piece
  • Putting the chicken pieces in the oven, taking them out - with supervision
  • Making the dips from scratch

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

  • Preparing the fruit, chopping the banana etc suerpvised if unsure
  • Blending the ingredients together in a food processor

Get the recipe: Banana smoothie

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Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

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.