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17 Tasty Recipes to Get Your Kids Comfortable In the Kitchen

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Growing up, I had a limited role in the kitchen: stir muffin batter. It’s not that my mom and dad weren’t great cooks (they are!), it’s that they didn’t trust me around sharp knives, hot ovens, or simmering pots. I can appreciate their abundance of caution—it’s important to teach kids kitchen safety—but I can’t help but wish they would have let me in on the cooking sooner. Maybe then I would have learned to scramble eggs before college.

There’s no exact science of when kids can start cooking, but the earlier the better. Not only does mixing and stirring and baking and boiling teach valuable skills, it also gives a boost of confidence they can carry outside of the kitchen. Don't worry about sending them off to whip up dinner. Begin with projects where they can pitch in—even little hands can help shape meatballs or mash bananas. For some inspiration, here are 17 recipes kids can help cook.

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Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
How to Make Any Cereal Treats Without a Recipe

How to Make Any Cereal Treats Without a Recipe by Amanda Shulman

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King Arthur Flour's Never-Fail Biscuits

King Arthur Flour's Never-Fail Biscuits by Genius Recipes

Mom's Blueberry-Coconut Muffins

Mom's Blueberry-Coconut Muffins by Rhonda35

Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad

Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad by Kendra Vaculin

How to Make Snack Mix Without a Recipe, Savory or Sweet
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How to Make Snack Mix Without a Recipe, Savory or Sweet

Mash & Smash

Shauna Sever's Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle
Shauna Sever's Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle
Banana Bread
Banana Bread
Cookies and Cream Bars

Cookies and Cream Bars by Sarah Jampel

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes

How to Make Any Nut Butter Without a Recipe
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How to Make Any Nut Butter Without a Recipe

Press & Shape

World's Easiest Falafel and Tzatziki
World's Easiest Falafel and Tzatziki
Pretzels

Pretzels by Erin McDowell

Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pie

Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pie by Genius Recipes

Hand-Formed Parmesan Tater Tots
Hand-Formed Parmesan Tater Tots
Great Graham Crackers
Great Graham Crackers
How to Make Meatballs Every Which Way (& Without a Recipe)
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How to Make Meatballs Every Which Way (& Without a Recipe)

What are recipes you or your kids learned to cook with? Anyone too ambitious?

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
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