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Learn to Cook From These Top Cooking YouTube Channels for Kids

Whether they're a beginner baker or a junior chef in training, these YouTubers have got the special sauce.

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

YouTube can be a great resource for kids to teach them about cooking and getting crafty in the kitchen. The only problem? It can be a little overwhelming to narrow down which videos to watch. That’s why we’ve cooked up this list full of cooking channels that are great for kids. This list has something for every budding chef no matter if they are interested in sweet, savory, or something in between. 

Charli’s Crafty Kitchen

Have the kids grab their sprinkles and get ready to get creative in the kitchen with Charli! Charli's Crafty Kitchen is all about showing them how to make easy sweets and tasty creations. Charli, who is often joined by her younger sister Ashlee, sticks with simple concepts and lots of premade mixes, so it's easy to jump in and follow along with her tutorials. If they’re not sure where to start, definitely check out the playlists where they’ll find Frozen-themed dessert and rainbow party ideas all in one easy space. 

Cook With Amber

Do they want to learn how to make wings? What about campfire stuffed mochi? Cook With Amber has got them covered. The teenage chef cooks the basics but doesn't shy away from bold flavors, so your kid should get ready to try something new. Her calming demeanor makes her videos extra easy to follow, so they can comfortably cook side-by-side with the videos. Her website also features all of her recipes just in case they miss a step or simply want a hard copy of a recipe.

Babish Culinary Universe

Do they want to learn how to recreate iconic foods from popular television shows and movies? Then they’re going to want to check out Binging with Babish on the Babish Culinary Universe YouTube channel. Your future chef can follow along as Babish recreates famous pop culture food moments, like the 1950s dinner from WandaVision, the blue macaroons from The Mandalorian, and the original Krabby Patty from Spongebob Squarepants. Not sure about a technique or ingredient he uses in one of the recreations? Have your kids spend some time watching Basics With Babish, the series about the fundamentals of cooking. The videos review how to make staples in the kitchen, including pizza, donuts, and tacos

Chelsweets

If they’ve moved beyond boxed cake mixes and premade cookie dough and want to find theirr next challenge in the kitchen, they should take their spatula and mixer over to the Chelsweets YouTube channel. The channel is definitely geared toward those who have some baking experience but want to learn how to make more elaborate cakes and experiment with bold flavors. The hardest part will be deciding where to start. Help them ease into the eye-catching designs and start with a rainbow cake. Once they've built up their skills, they can try to master the sprinkle geode cake. Just make sure to prep your sweet tooth.

So Yummy

No matter what they are looking to cook or bake, So Yummy will have it. Kids can learn how to make the most out of marshmallows, cook the perfect burger for game day, and how to hack the basic sheet cake into a crazy creation. The videos move a little fast on this channel, so it will probably be best to give them a quick watch before starting to cook. Once they’re familiar with the techniques and have all the ingredients ready to go, there'll be no stopping them from opening up a full-on restaurant in your very own house.

Wilton

If you're familiar with the name Wilton from seeing it on a baking sheet in your kitchen, you probably already know that this bakeware company means business when it comes to cakes, cookies, and other baked treats. What you might not know is that Wilton also has a YouTube channel covering everything from basics (like sugar cookie dough) to advanced techniques (like how to pipe flowers out of frosting). It's a valuable resource for aspiring bakers of every level and age. All of the videos include full recipes in the comments section and links to Wilton products — just in case you're looking to add more equipment and supplies to your kitchen! 

Emmymade

The Emmymade YouTube channel is all about taking classic foods to a new and funky level. Her videos showcase classic ingredients and treats, but with a major twist — so it’s great for that teen who wants to mix things up in the kitchen. If they’ve got some time on their hands, they might want to see if her 100-hour brownies live up to the hype. If not, they can pull a fast one over on their family with her edible dish sponge cake — an all-time favorite food prank.

Tasty

So they're not sure where to start on their cooking journey? Point them to the Tasty Recipes YouTube channel for some inspiration. The channel is loaded with comfort food classics, indulgent sweet treats, and recipes that revolve around a singular ingredient. Along with staple ingredients, it dives into international recipes as well, so they can easily explore Italian and Asian cuisines. As long as they have a wide pantry available and a willingness to try just about anything, Tasty is a good place to start. 

Joshua Weissman

So they want to learn how to make fast food at home, but even better and tastier (and healthier!) versions? Then they need to head on over to Joshua Weissman’s YouTube channel: In his popular series But Better, he walks through a step-by-step process on how to cook better versions of fast food favorites like Chipotle burritos and chicken fries from Burger King. Not into fast food? No problem. They'll also find a range of cooking tutorials where they can learn how to make their own sourdough starter or even go back to the basics and see how to make homemade ketchup.

Rosie's Dessert Spot

Does your kid love looking at super elaborate cakes on Instagram? Well, now they can learn to make their own thanks to Rosie’s Dessert Spot’s YouTube channel. Her channel dives deep into the world of baking to show them how to make sculpted cakes, piped frosting, and molded fondant. Once they've mastered a few of the techniques, they might even want to try this epic Fortnite-inspired cake.

Camp Kitchen

Hey, did you know your very favorite toy store and family experience website has its own cooking channel? We do! Look out for new family-friendly Camp Kitchen recipes every week on the Camp YouTube Channel (we also post ‘em on Instagram and Facebook for good measure). Not to brag, but the Cinnamon Roll Muffins are <chef’s kiss>.

Updated June 2022