Kids Friendly and Fun Desserts

May 5, 2022

Looking for some sweet recipes to make with your kids? Baking is wonderful for students to learn some chemistry and math skills without even realizing it! Try one of these recipes to encourage togetherness and have some sweet results!  

Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars 

Try to make sugar cookies in a new way by trying these soft and chewy sugar cookie bars. This recipe allows your kids to get creative with colors and tastes. The recipe is also a great way to make a large quantity of sweets in record time!  


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup Candy Melts Candy (any color or a combination of colors)



1.   Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 in. x 9 in. with cooking or baking spray.

2.   In a medium sized bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3.   In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.

4.   Add eggs to the butter and sugar, one at a time, whisking very well.

5.   Add vanilla to the butter, sugar, and eggs.

6.   Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine.

7.   Chop up Candy Melts and add 1/2 cup of them and sprinkles and put them in the cookie dough and mix.

8.   Put cookie bar dough into the baking pan and sprinkle remaining candy melts and sprinkles on top.

9.   Bake for 28-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out almost clean. Remove and cool on a cooling rack for at least one hour.  

Clusters Candy 

This recipe is a great way for kids to mix together their own trail mix and cover it in chocolate! This recipe serves as a great snack or dessert for your kids and is so easy to make!  


1-1/3 cups Your favorite cluster ingredients

1 package Dark Cocoa Candy Melts Candy, 12 oz.

1 package Light Cocoa Candy Melts Candy, 12 oz.

2 cups assorted nuts

1-1/2 cups Favorite Crisped Rice Cereal Treat Recipe

1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows

3 tablespoons Assorted sprinkles 


1.   Prepare at least two baking pans with parchment paper.

2.   Melt Candy melts using the instructions on the back of the package in a large bowl.

3.   Stir in chopped nuts, cereal, marshmallows, and 1 cup of dried fruit until all ingredients are completely covered in chocolate.

4.   Make each cluster by using a heaping tablespoon and placing them on the prepared baking pan.

5.   Put remaining dried fruit and sprinkles over each cluster.

6.   Refrigerate clusters until they are firm.  

Try any of these recipes to have a great memory to share with your family. If you are interested in your kids learning more about making food, check out Optimus Learning School’s summer program! Our summer program has cooking class every Thursday afternoon! 

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