• Email
  • Pin It

Kids Recipes – Cooking with Kids


Contributed by:



25 comments | Leave Comment


In the Purim issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller, Julie Negrin shares the perfect Mishloach Manot filler, Mini Quiches.   They don’t require utensils, can be eaten at room temperature and both kids and adults love them.  The best part is that you can get your kids involved in the making.  Kids can crack eggs, whisk the mixture and roll dough.  There are so many more ways your kids can help out in the kitchen. Here are a few ideas you might like to try.

Kids love to eat with their hands and taste as they go. Have the kids help make healthy foods that you won’t mind ruining their appetite on.  Have them drain and rinse a can of beans.  My daughter likes to help me peel the chickpea skins for Hummus, usually more make it in her mouth than the bowl, but I don’t mind if she fills up on chickpeas.

Kids like to cut and rip.  Let them tear the lettuce.  If you have a plastic lettuce knife they can even help cut the lettuce up.  Either way they have fun and you can get cut lettuce that won’t brown easily.

Clean the mushrooms.  The chefs say not to clean your mushrooms with water, rather wipe them with a damp cloth.  This is a perfect task to delegate to a little one, they are good at wiping off all the dirt.

Get a small serrated knife with a plastic handle.  Kids can easily cut small vegetables with this knife that is not too sharp and creates a wavy chip look for any vegetable.  I like it for cucumbers.

Mashed Potatoes.  Which ever recipe you choose, get the kids to help with the heavy lifting.  They love to mash.

For more articles on cooking with kids check out

Get Cooking with Your Kids

Spin the Globe Dinner with Your Kids

Fun Ethnic Recipes to Make with Your Children



Posted in

About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




25 Responses to Kids Recipes – Cooking with Kids

  1. avatar says: Amy

    A fond memory I have of cooking as a child is baking with my mother. She taught me fractions before I ever saw them in school. She would ask casually, as we were measuring ingredients, “how many half cups make a whole cup?” “how many quarter cups are there in a cup?” etc. I am now an actuary!

  2. avatar says: Leens

    My fondest memory of cooking as a child is making apple pie with my grandma. We would make the dough, layer the apples really thick, and top it with meringue! It was so delicious and I was so fascinated by how she could create something so wonderful out of such strange raw materials.

  3. avatar says: Ohanna

    My favorite memories in the kitchen when I was a child would be baking bread with my mom! I had a miniture iron stove with little iron pots and she would give me a small knot of dough to roll with my little wood rolling pin (which my little girls now use). I would roll and braid and roll and braid. I love to cook because my mother always welcomed me into the kitchen and now my 9 and 11 year olds love the kitchen too and my little 4 year old is my newest helper in the same kitchen I learned to cook in! We love to make fun food and think the smiley pancake pan looks amazing!!

  4. avatar says: snocone34

    I remember making pesach pancakes, called bubula, with my grandmother every year. We still love them even more than regular pancakes!

  5. Great article! Thank you!

    Purim baking was always fun-before the theme craze started we’d make layered Neapolitan cookies every year. And we always got to cut out the hamentaschen circles with the plastic orange cup. One year we did “take out” theme with burger chocolates patties, green coconut lettuce, bun cookies. When we made the french fry cookies I got to stay up super late and eat all the broken ones. :)

    Non-purim…I went through a phase where I ruined everything. And i mean everything. I did the baking soda/powder switch, the salt/sugar, accidentally dumped in wrong ingredients…you name it! Yet I was still allowed to keep trying week after week. I have the best Mommy!

    Wow…you have me wwwwaaaayyy down memory lane! :)

  6. avatar says: chana s

    a fond memory i have of cooking as a child was with my nana. she used to come to visit for extended periods of time during the year and we would always look forward to her borekas! when i was old enough she let me roll out the dough,and grate the cheese with the cheese grater! i felt so grown up and ecstatic that everyone loved “my” borekas!

  7. I remember making matza balls for shabbos every week as my contribution to Mom’s chicken soup!

  8. avatar says: mommyray

    I LOVED making peanut butter cookies with my mom and my sister. We always loved making the criss cross indentations with the tines of forks on the top. YUM!!!

  9. I have so many many fond memories of cooking with my mom in the kitchen.
    Making potato kugel-as a little girl and as a teenager I would rush home from school on Friday and peel the potatoes for my mother while she hand grated them into a large pot. It always came out tasting amazing!!
    Cookies-Every holiday, Jewish or secular my mom would make shape cookies-torah scrolls, groggers, shofars, driedels, squirrels, pilgrims, etc. and hand them out to family and neighbors. I would carefully measure the ingredients for the dough and out into the mixer, help roll out the dough and use the cookie cutters to make shape cookies. The best part is watching my mother make shape cookies now with my three year old daughter the same way I did. By the way, not one cookie was ever left over!!

  10. I remember when I was young and helping MyParents in the kitchen. They asked me to hand them the “flour,” so I kept looking for it. It was only after they wondered what was taking so long that they clarified and told me the “decorative flower” for the plate’s display. We all had a laugh about that :)

  11. avatar says: BELLArt

    I remember my mother buying us a children’s cookbook. We were so excited, and wanted to try out every recipe in there(which we eventually did). My favorite by far was making and eating the napoleon ice cream cake.

  12. avatar says: tovi

    I remember when my Grandmother would roll up her sleeves and make the famed “fankes”, or chanukah donuts that my family looked forward to every year. Every inch of the counters would be covered with donuts. My sisters and I would help my Grandmother, especially when it came to eating!
    My Grandmother also made the best Challah in the world. Growing up, I would savor every bite- the crunchy outside and soft, warm inside. It was just perfect! I remember one night when my sisters and I asked my Grandmother to teach us how to make a six braided challah. It was too late to start making a dough, so we took out playdough and eah of us, following her instructions, made playdough challahs! We took pictures and had a great time.
    My Grandmother put love into everything she made. These are memories I will cherish forever…

  13. avatar says: rifky

    I remember rolling out challah dough with my grandmother. She used to use the leftover dough to make kindel with fruit and raisins and cinnamon buns. I used to hope she had a lot of leftover dough so I could make these delicious pastries. I try to sometimes do this with my kids also as is so fun to play with challah dough and be creative.

  14. avatar says: elk99

    My mother and I didn’t often cook or bake together. But the one time a year we would, was for Purim. My mother and I would bake banana cake and chocolate cakes in loaf pans and later distribute it for Mishloach Manos.

  15. avatar says: dkny

    My mother would let me experiment in the kitchen as long as I cleaned up after. I started making chocolate chip cookies at a young age even though my mother never really made them.

  16. avatar says: Ava

    I have always loved cooking and baking, and its probably due to the fact that my mother always let me help, I was her sous chef so to say! Sunday mornings would be fun, when I would make homemade pancakes, or french toast from leftover challah from Shabbos.
    My Grandmother loved teaching us her age old recipes. Including kreplach, stuffed cabbage, challah and cakes.
    Because of this, now that Im older, I feel experienced in the kitchen, and enjoy it so much more.

  17. avatar says: Jo

    Growing up, my mom tried to get me to help out in the kitchen, but despite her best efforts, I’d finish the job she gave me and I’d disappear to read. I remember what a treat it was the few times she made cinnamon buns.
    I was in university already when I’d visit my grandmother once a week, and sometimes we’d bake. I wrote down with speed everything she put in the mixer. Blueberry pie, nothings, komishbroit.

  18. My mother taught me how to make chocolate cake when I was 8, and I then made it every week for Shabbos. Sometimes I would make it when the babysitter was there, and I’d pretend that I was preparing it on my own cooking show ;) .

  19. avatar says: Leez

    I have such fond memories of coming home every friday from school and there would be a big bowl of dough rising and waiting for me. Waiting for me to say the beautiful bracha and braiding them as well. This would be a traditional friday task for me in the kitchen. My mom would pt up the dough before she went to work and i would braid them when i came home from school.

  20. avatar says: twins2mom

    I remember waking up on Sunday mornings to make homemade tofu pancakes with my dad. I would help put the ingredients in the blender and he would fry them up. He always made the last one big and flipped it in the air.We also made a fruit sauce in the blender to pour on top of the pancakes. It was such special father daughter time that i let up on the complaining about how healthy the food he made was!

  21. Everytime we had a snow day from school, my mother would take us into the kitchen after hours of playing in the snow and we would bake chocolate chip rice krispy cookies. It was such a wonderful tradition that I have continued this tradition with my children!

  22. avatar says: naomirich

    I remember every year making cookies for purim with my mother and siblings in lots of different fun shapes! They were always so much fun!

  23. avatar says: Kat

    When I think about food and my childhood I remember the times where I had to peel, what felt like, enough potatoes to feed a football unit, and setting the table dishes for and doing the dishes of an army. Okay so the truth was far less dramatic, there being only 6 of us. It was also not so Cinderella, for I enjoyed coming up with the dessert. When ever we had a family night and I was in charge of the dessert I was the happiest. I would plan for days.. struggling to think of something AMAZING. How could I make something new out of what we have had for weeks or months before…. Maybe it wasn’t a new recipe, but it was defiantly not going to look like the same old bowl of ice cream… I smile as I remember how happy I was. A happiness not brought on by the dessert itself, but however by how my family warmly embraced what ever strange thing I brought to the table…. even if it didn’t always come out quite how I wanted it to.

Leave a Reply

Log in or Join For Free or leave a reply as a guest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  Notify me of follow-up comments by email