Best Children's Cookbooks

A list of cookbooks for and with children. Cookbooks full of easy and healthy recipes to prepare for your children. Sometimes also cookbooks with recipes that you can prepare together with your children. Children's cookbooks with the best children's recipes collected in a handy list.

Top Ten Best Children's Cookbooks

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Better Homes and Gardens
September 18, 2018
Best Children's Cookbooks: Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book

This new and fully revised edition of the beloved New Junior Cookbook is the perfect way to introduce children ages 6 to 10 to the rules of the kitchen and successful cooking. The book begins with the framework needed for navigating the kitchen––safety is always first. Then recipe chapters that cover breakfast, brunch, supper, snacks, and desserts draw in children with their colorful and whimsical illustrations. All recipes in this edition are new, and are nutritious without sacrificing great taste. Throughout, kids learn the message that good food fuels the body, and the recipes, tips, and hints hone that message. Each recipe is easy to follow, with a simple-to-read ingredient list, a list of tools needed, and a step-by-step method. In addition, there are food swaps in recipes, turning kids from picky eaters into chefs who customize their food as they please. Full nutrition, including grams of sugar, is included in every recipe.

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Betty Crocker
August 22, 2003
Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls

Betty Crocker's classic cookbook for children is back-in an authentic reproduction of the original 1957 edition

A whole generation of Baby Boomers grew up with Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls, and they have helped to make it the one of the most requested titles in the Betty Crocker archives. Now back by popular demand, this timeless favorite stands ready to capture the hearts of a new generation of budding cooks. Packed with recipes that are just as popular with kids today as they were 45 years ago, it shows how to make everything from Ice Cream Cone Cakes and Pigs in Blankets to Cheese Dreams and Sloppy Joes. The small format, easy recipes, charming color illustrations and photographs, and even the cover, are all the same as they were in the 1957 edition-and just as delightful as ever. The only innovation is the concealed wire binding that lies flat for easy cooking while being sturdy enough to withstand energetic handling by kids in the kitchen. It's the ideal book to give or to keep, for retro appeal, and for getting today's kids started in the kitchen.

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Disney Book Group
October 1, 2013
The Disney Princess Cookbook

From Rapunzel's Frying Pan Eggs to Ariel's Sea Turtle Cupcakes, this beautiful cookbook is filled with delicious recipes inspired by the Princesses' many adventures. With simple step-by-step instructions, mouth-watering photos of each dish, and helpful tips from the Princesses themselves, this cookbook makes it easy to whip up some kitchen magic.

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Deanna F. Cook
March 10, 2015
Best Children's Cookbooks: Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)

57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)

The kids are taking over the kitchen! Deanna F. Cook presents more than 50 recipes designed for the cooking abilities and tastes of children ages 6 to 12. Basic cooking techniques are explained in kid-friendly language, and recipes include favorites like applesauce, French toast, popcorn chicken, pizza, and more. Full of fresh, healthy ingredients and featuring imaginative presentations like egg mice, fruit flowers, and mashed potato clouds, Cooking Class brings inspiration and confidence to the chefs of the future. 

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Better Homes and Gardens
October 5, 2004
New Junior Cookbook (Better Homes & Gardens Cooking)

All new recipes are age-appropriate, kid-tested and kid-tasted.

Recipes use short ingredient lists and easy step-by-step instructions.

Written and designed to appeal to 8- to 12-year-old children who are just beginning to cook on their own, as well as those who have some cooking experience.

Cooking Basics chapter covers all the things children need to know such as kitchen safety, menu-planning, basic nutrition information, and how to read food labels.

New illustrations and new features make this a must-have reference cookbook for kids and their parents to use together.

Simply delicious recipes kids will have fun preparing and the whole family will enjoy eating.

Yummy recipes include: Farmhouse Breakfast Pizza, Sun-Up Sandwiches, Fast Fixin Fajitas, Mighty Melts, Ooey Gooey Fudge Sauce, Raining Berries Turnovers.

Includes recipes for special celebrations and diabetic exchanges.

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Lisa Atwood
February 1, 2011
The Cookbook for Kids (Williams-Sonoma): Great Recipes for Kids Who Love to Cook

Great Recipes for Kids Who Love to Cook

Easy and compelling recipes for kids and parents to enjoy as they spend time together.

Packed with more than 60 yummy recipes for easy-to-make treats, from crepes and cookies to fish tacos and nachos, Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Kids makes cooking loads of fun! This book features gorgeous photography and colorful illustrations in a fun, uncomplicated book that kids and parents are sure to love. Kids will love dishes like cinnamon-swirl French toast for breakfast, or granola bars for after-school snacks. Lots of colorful illustrations and fun facts ensure they will have a blast whipping up their own creations in the kitchen. Delicious and simple, the recipes inspire creativity while teaching the basics of healthy eating and giving kids skills they can use throughout their lives.

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Sesame Workshop
May 12, 2015
Best Kids Cookbooks: Sesame Street Let's Cook!

A new collection of 50 healthful, fun recipes for parents and children ages 2 to 5 from "celebrity chefs" Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and the beloved Sesame Street gang

Sesame Street has been entertaining and educating young children and their parents for 45 years with its irresistible, brightly colored “monsters.” In recent years, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and the gang have appeared with chefs and on TV to teach kids about healthy eating. Studies have even shown that Elmo helps kids like broccoli. In April 2014, Michelle Obama announced a national “Eat Brighter” campaign that will feature Sesame Street characters on food labels.

Sesame Street Let's Cook! furthers this new effort in cookbook form. It features a visual “ABCs of Healthy Foods,” plus 50 simple, healthful recipes for breakfasts, main meals, and snacks. There’s a color photo for every recipe, Kids! steps, nutrition tips, and clever sidebars that teach young children ages 2 to 5 skills such as counting, matching, learning the alphabet, and more. This is a fun, practical book to help parents and their kids make simple meals, enjoy time together in the kitchen, and learn about healthy eating.

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Williams-Sonoma
March 22, 2016
American Girl Baking: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes & More

Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes & More

Bake Like You Mean it! Williams-Sonoma and American Girl have partnered to bring you American Girl Baking - the perfect book for the girl in your family. It's packed with 40+ delicious, easy-to-follow recipes fit for any occasion, or just because you wanted to bake something! 

It’s easy to understand why baking is so much fun. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as measuring and mixing ingredients, putting dough or batter into a hot oven, watching  - and smelling!- the transformation during baking, and finally removing delicious sweets from the oven. But the best part is sharing the treats you made with love with your friends and family. American Girl Baking provides delicious, easy to follow recipes that everyone will love.

Cookies: From cookie flower pops and cinnamon-sugar snickerdoodles to pinwheel icebox cookies to ice cream sandwiches - find something for every craving.
Cupcakes: With kid-favorites flavors like PB & J, s’mores and snowball, and more adult flavors like carrot cake, red velvet, and white chocolate and raspberry, there’s something for every family member. 
Madeleines: Honey or orange, chocolate or vanilla, no matter what flavor they are- madeleines are a delicious and dainty treat!
Baking: A wide range of sweets as diverse as chocolate truffles, rocky road fudge, fruity turnovers, caramel-glazed blondies, and everything in between. 

Whether you follow each recipe step-by-step or add your own unique twist, baking is a great opportunity to let your personality shine and to create mouthwatering goodies.

The American Girl Baking book goes with the exclusive line of bakeware products from Williams-Sonoma and American Girl, but these delicious recipes can be made with the utensils you already have in your home.

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Melina Hammer
April 5, 2016
Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Culinary Skills for the New Cook in the Kitchen

The Foodie Kids Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Culinary Skills for the New Cook in the Kitchen

Every parent knows that when it comes to cooking―practice really does make perfect. Unlike other kids cookbooks that dumb down recipes, Kid Chef gets kids cooking nutritious meals that engage their skills and instill confidence in the kitchen. Covering basic techniques and featuring tutorials for tasty recipes, this kids’ cookbook is sure to turn any child into a chef.

More than just a kids’ cookbook, Kid Chef is a learning tool that includes:

  • 75+ Healthy Recipes: easy-to-follow recipes for snacks and small bites, main dishes and desserts that parents will love
  • Kitchen 101: learn how to stock the pantry, create a grocery list, handle a knife, and use the stove
  • Facts and Tips: from variations on your favorite recipes to fun food facts this kids’ cookbook covers everything

A kids’ cookbook for grown-up tastes: recipes for Homemade Granola, Mini Quiches, Minty Lamb Burgers, Rosemary Shortbread Cookies, and so much more!

“This is an amazing cookbook for introducing children to the joys of cooking. I loved that instead of being just a collection of recipes oversimplified for children, it was a well-thought-out teaching tool.”―Heather Columbo, Mom to a kid chef

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Williams-Sonoma
October 4, 2016
American Girl Cooking: Recipes for Delicious Snacks, Meals & More

Recipes for Delicious Snacks, Meals & More

The second book from Williams-Sonoma and American Girl, American Girl Cooking, is packed with great recipes fit for any occasion! Learn how to whip up tasty treats for movie nights, picnics, fiestas, family dinners, and more! Filled with delicious snacks, soups and salads, main dishes, and side dishes, you’ll be on your way to becoming the best chef in town. 

Cook up some fun with American Girl Cooking—the perfect cookbook for the emerging chef (and American Girl fan) in your family. Packed with great, easy-to-follow recipes fit for any occasion, this new title will inspire young cooks to get in the kitchen and create delicious, wholesome dishes and give a great sense of accomplishment.

Being able to cook good food is a skill you’ll enjoy and benefit from your entire life. With this book as your very own cooking coach, learn how to make tasty and nutritious snacks, soups, salads, main dishes, and more to share with your friends and family.

Snacks: From caprese kebabs to lemony hummus to hot cheese dip, these recipes are perfect for sharing and satisfying between-meal cravings.

Soups & Salads: Featuring comforting favorites like chicken noodle soup and creamy tomato soup with cheese toasts and lighter fare like taco and BLT salads, there’s something here for everyone.

Main Dishes: A wide range of impressive-yet-easy dinners, such as rosemary roast chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and fish tacos with slaw, are both nourishing and delectable.

Side Dishes: Buttery peas with mint, creamiest mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, cheesy garlic bread, and more round out any meal.

American Girl Cooking goes with the exclusive line of cookware products from Williams-Sonoma and American Girl, but these delicious recipes can also be made with the utensils you already have in your home. This companion title to American Girl Baking will be a staple in the kitchen for your little chef. 

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Deanna F. Cook
September 5, 2017
Best Children's Cookbooks: Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!

50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!

Following the best-selling Cooking Class comes this delightful baking companion for kids ages 8–12, featuring 50 easy-to-follow recipes. Lively step-by-step photos teach bakers-in-training how to knead dough, make biscuits, decorate cookies, and produce a perfect pie, along with essential skills like following directions and accurately measuring ingredients. They’ll learn to make both sweet and savory treats and will use fresh fruits and vegetables in recipes such as Bursting with Blueberry Muffins, Zombie Zucchini Bread, and Peachy Keen Crumble. Bonus goodie bag stickers, pop-out gift tags, and bake sale signs encourage kids to share their homemade delights with pride.

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DK
May 5, 2015
Complete Children's Cookbook

Delicious dishes kids will really want to make.

More than 150 fabulous recipes, divided into nine themed chapters (Breakfast, Soups and Salads, Light Bites, and more) will have you and your child in the kitchen and cooking in no time. From French toast to rainbow salad, vegetable lasagna to tomato soup, and ice cream to mini muffins, Complete Children's Cookbook has a recipe for every occasion. And with beautiful full-color photography, simple instructions, and a focus on safety, each one makes an ideal cook-together project that will have children excited to try the new flavors in the dishes they helped make. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and feature a picture for every step, so children can see clearly just what to do as they build basic cooking skills, safe kitchen practices, and adventurous palates.

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Annabel Karmel
August 29, 2005
Mom and Me Cookbook

The perfect cookbook for teaching little ones the joy of preparing meals, with basic cooking techniques, tips, simple first recipes, and tasty, nutritious meal ideas. A family-oriented cookbook that helps children ages three and up work with their parents to prepare an assortment of yummy treats.

Karmel, the bestselling author of First Meals and Superfoods for Babies and Children, teaches kids the fun of cooking and encourages healthy eating habits. Includes delicious recipes, from cookies and cupcakes to pancakes and pizzas! With step-by-step instructions and gorgeous colorful photographs, both parents and children will become top chefs in no time! A fantastic addition to your kitchen.

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Katharine Ibbs
October 4, 2004
DK Children's Cookbook

This children’s cookbook will inspire new chefs with everything they need to know to cook delicious meals and sweet treats! Mix, blend, baste, roast, steam, and bake with this fantastic guide that includes easy-to-follow recipes. With a focus on beloved meals and snacks, the DK Children’s Cookbook is here for aspiring culinary kids who are excited to learn new skills in the kitchen. 

With an emphasis on safety and fun, this book is perfect for the whole family. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

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Lisa Huff
October 31, 2017
Best Children's Cookbooks: Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers

The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers

For fans of the widely popular kids cookbook Kid Chef comes Kid Chef Bakes―a cookbook that makes teaching kids to bake a piece of cake

When a child is ready to take the spatula into his or her hands, it can be difficult to find recipes suited to their level, ability, and tastes that also capture their interest. Catering to ambitious chefs ages 8–13, this kids cookbook and culinary crash course shows your chef-in-training what it takes to bake from start to finish. With tips for prepping and setting up the kitchen, tutorials fostering basic skills, and sweet recipes that parents will love, Kid Chef Bakes is a kids cookbook to inspire the aspiring chef.

More than just a kids cookbook, Kid Chef Bakes contains:

  • Tips for Prep and Set-up with the right tools, equipment, and pantry essentials, including essential safety tips on how to use the oven and stove
  • Hands-on Lessons with tutorials for developing basic cooking skills like measuring liquids vs. solids and separating eggs
  • Over 75 Recipes with guidance to hone skills while making delicious treats that the whole family will enjoy
  • More than 65 Photos with how-to shots for instruction makes this a go-to guide and kids cookbook

Recipes in this kids cookbook and learning tool include: Mini Triple Chocolate Muffins, Sprinkle Cake Pops, White Chocolate Blondies, Roasted Strawberry Shortcakes, Little Chicken and Mushroom Biscuit Pot Pies, and much more!

Learn how sweet it is to get your kids excited about baking with this kids cookbook and culinary class from mother of two and author behind the recipe blog Snappy Gourmet, Lisa Huff.

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Charity Mathews
March 19, 2019
Super Simple Baking for Kids: Learn to Bake with over 55 Easy Recipes for Cookies, Muffins, Cupcakes and More!

Learn to Bake with over 55 Easy Recipes for Cookies, Muffins, Cupcakes and More!

Easy-peasy recipes for first-time bakers

When it comes to baking, even the littlest hands are eager to start mixing up tasty treats. Super Simple Baking for Kids equips new bakers with the most fun and easiest-ever recipes to whip up. Cookies, muffins, and cakes galore are sure to leave even grown-ups asking for more.

Beginning with the basics, kids ages six to eight will learn key baking skills like how to separate eggs or knead dough. When these techniques are mastered, they can cook up over 55 super yummy recipes with confidence. (If only they were old enough to do the dishes!)

This kids baking cookbook includes:

  • Kids Baking tutorials―Kids learn all about equipment, safety, and skills they need to be successful in the kitchen.
  • Easy as 1,2,3―Recipes use 5-10 ingredients max, no fancy equipment, and are labeled in degree of easiness.
  • Fun foods―Making eating just as fun as baking with sweet and savory recipes like Rainbow Sprinkle Whoopie Pies, Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake, Soft Pretzels and more.

The sweetest treat you’ll find in this kids baking cookbook is even better than something you can eat―it’s the memories you’ll cook up.