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10 Tasty Treats Kids Can Make for Mom on Mother's Day or Any Day

Mom's always doling out the snacks — time to pay her back with some sweet appreciation!

Erica Silverstein · about 1 month ago

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On Mother’s Day — or any day, really — spoil your favorite Mom with a tasty treat you made yourself. Kids don’t have to be MasterChef Junior contestants to deliver the baked goods. Try these easy and kid-friendly recipes to concoct tasty treats for Mom’s special day ... even if it’s just a random Tuesday.

1. Cake Mix Cookies

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Taste & Tell

This versatile, three-ingredient cookie recipe from Taste & Tell is an easy way for kids to whip up a batch of Mom’s favorite cookies. The secret? Using cake mix instead of measuring and mixing all the dry ingredients. Newbies can go super-simple with a yellow cake mix mixed with some chocolate chips. Daring junior chefs might want to experiment with a range of cake mix flavors and mix-ins, such as chocolate cake mix with chocolate-covered mints, lemon cake mix with white chocolate chips, or spice cake mix with pecans.

2. Cinnamon Roll Krispie Treats

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Lady Behind the Curtain

You can make Rice Krispie Treats a little fancier for Mom by adding a Cinnabon-style flair to your recipe. These cinnamon roll rice cereal treats from Lady Behind the Curtain spice up the gooey goodies with cinnamon and brown sugar, plus an optional — but encouraged! — swirl of white icing and sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar on top. They’re delicious for breakfast or snack time.

3. Fruit Smoothies

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Bless This Mess

If fruit is your mama’s jam, they'll be overjoyed when you blend up a fresh fruit smoothie. Smoothie novices should look online for inspiration; Bless This Mess offers ingredient suggestions for eight types of smoothies, from a creamy tropical fruit drink to a non-dairy green smoothie. But smoothie pros know it’s fun to go rogue and experiment with Mom’s favorite flavors to create a unique concoction.

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (AKA Buckeyes)

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Sugar Spun Run

You don’t have to live in Ohio to enjoy the chocolate-peanut butter delight of a buckeye (but you do get bonus points if Mom graduated from Ohio State). These chocolate-peanut butter balls are easy to make; according to Sugar Spun Run’s Buckeye recipe, you sugar up some peanut butter, roll the dough into a ball, then dip in melted chocolate. Fun fact: The difference between a buckeye and any ol’ chocolate-peanut butter ball is that a buckeye isn’t completely covered in chocolate, so the peanut butter can peek through.

5. Banana Nice Cream

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Healthy Little Foodies

Banana nice cream requires only one ingredient: frozen bananas. Kid chefs don’t need baking, stirring or knife skills to make Mom this treat, but they will need a healthy dollop of patience while they wait for the bananas and then the finished creamy dessert to chill. Advanced kitchenistas can add ingredients for a more sophisticated flavor; Healthy Little Foodies suggests cinnamon, peanut butter, or raspberries.

6. No-Bake Energy Bites

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Chef Savvy

Has Mom been extra tired lately? Put some pep in her step by presenting her with Chef Savvy’s homemade no-bake energy bites. Tiny chefs need only to mix, chill, and roll these five-ingredient balls, so this one’s preschooler-friendly (with some adult supervision, of course). Don’t let the name fool you; these protein-packed power treats sound too healthy to be tasty, but chocolate chips and honey make them a sweet snack rather than a chore.

7. Milkshakes

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Dessert for Two

Kids who can safely use a blender can follow Dessert For Two’s instructions on making two- or three-ingredient milkshakes all on their own. The creativity — and fun! — comes in the toppings. Let loose with that spray can of whipped topping and be generous with the sprinkles and maraschino cherries.

8. Brownies

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Peanut Blossom

Moms (and kids) know that brownies are the best dessert. They taste heavenly whether they're topped with ice cream, slathered in frosting, or juuuuuust a bit underdone. Use Peanut Blossom’s easy chocolate brownie recipe for kids to bake up a batch for Mom on her special day (or any day). But we’ll let you in on a secret: Brownie mixes make some of the best brownies, so it’s OK to cheat and take the easy road to chocolate decadence.

9. Blueberry Muffins

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Once Upon a Chef

Let Mom sleep in and surprise her with breakfast in bed. Pancakes can be tricky with the hot pans and all the flipping, but blueberry muffins are squarely in the wheelhouse of young kitchen wizards. Try Once Upon a Chef’s recipe for these berry-licious breakfast muffins. Serve them to Mom with some fruit, a pretty flower, and some coffee brewed by an adult, and we guarantee you’ll be getting extra hugs and kisses as thanks.

10. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip

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A Southern Soul

Cheesecake dip is a festive no-bake dessert that can be as healthy or as decadent as Mom likes. Whip cream cheese and sweeteners to make a softer version of cheesecake filling; chocolate chips are optional, but who could pass up an opportunity like that? Serve with Mom’s favorite dippers: fruit, graham crackers, pretzels, or even ice cream cone pieces. Bonus: If your family eats it all, you might be too full for dinner, giving Mom another excuse to relax on her special day.