Find the yummiest, easy desserts for kids for kids birthdays, holidays, class parties, playdates and more with this collection. You’ll find cookies, cupcakes, cakes, puddings, and frozen desserts in every delish flavor!

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Desserts for Kids

To make it even easier for you to find the best desserts for kids, this post is here to help. Included below are all of my top recipes across the whole dessert category so you can more easily find the one you want to make.

There are allergy-friendly cookies great for class parties. No-bake puddings and frozen yogurt recipes for when you want yummy in the moment. Plus cupcakes and cakes for birthdays and holidays, and so much more.

Use the TOC below or scroll down to find your next new favorite!

(You may also like Pancakes for Kids, Muffins for Kids, my top kid-friendly recipes, and Kids Birthday Cake recipes.)

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Vanilla Cupcakes

These cupcakes are light, fluffy, and moist. They’re also less sweet than most conventional cupcakes, both in the cake and in the pretty pink frosting, but they are still SO delicious as a dessert for kids.

Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes (So Easy!)
These Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes are light, fluffy, and moist. They’re also less sweet than most conventional cupcakes, both in the cake and in the pretty pink frosting, but they are still SO delicious! 
Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes (So Easy!)
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Three vegan chocolate cupcakes on counter.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Made in minutes with pantry staples and without eggs or dairy, these are literally the easiest cupcakes to stir together in one bowl without needing electric mixers or tools. They are the best regular AND vegan Chocolate Cupcakes I’ve ever had. Win, win!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
Made with pantry staples and without eggs or dairy, these are literally the easiest cupcakes—and the best vegan Chocolate Cupcakes I've ever had. Top with a frosting of your choosing.
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
Three vegan chocolate cupcakes on counter.
Cut vanilla cake with slices on plates.

Easy Vanilla Cake

With simple pantry staples, a no-fuss method, and the most tender texture, this just-sweet-enough cake is simply delicious. It’s perfect for egg-free and dairy-free baking, and for anyone just looking for a reliable, delicious Vanilla Cake. It pairs really well with my Strawberry Frosting.

Easy Vanilla Cake (Vegan)
This Easy Vanilla Cake is egg-free, dairy-free, and SO darn delicious. It's lower in sugar but delivers on classic vanilla cake flavor and texture you expect.
Easy Vanilla Cake (Vegan)
Cut vanilla cake with slices on plates.
healthy chocolate cake in slices on counter.

Easy Chocolate Cake

This super easy stir-together healthy Chocolate Cake is a cinch to make and it even has less sugar than traditional cakes. It’s so darn good and even is vegan so it can work for food allergy friends, too.

Healthy Chocolate Cake (Lower Sugar)
This Healthy Chocolate Cake is egg-free, dairy-free, and SO darn delicious. It's lower in sugar, but delivers on classic chocolate cake flavor you expect. (I use two 6-inch cake pans to make this cake, which is a perfect size for a small gathering or even to use as a smash cake. See the Notes for how to make this as a 9-inch cake and as cupcakes.)
Healthy Chocolate Cake (Lower Sugar)
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fresh strawberry sheet cake with berries on top.

Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake

This fresh Strawberry Cake is absolutely bursting with fresh berries. And the sheet cake is my go-to dessert for a potluck or picnic since you can make it up to one day ahead and serve it straight out of the fridge to a crowd. (Learn how to store strawberries to make sure yours stay fresh.)

Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake
The sheet cake is my go-to dessert for a potluck or picnic since you can make it up to one day ahead and serve it straight out of the fridge. The Strawberry Frosting seals the delicious deal.
Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake
fresh strawberry sheet cake with berries on top.
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Healthy Banana Cake

Mix up a simple batter bursting with banana, whole grains, and flavor for a healthy Banana Cake to celebrate a kids birthday or special event. 

Healthy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This lightly sweetened cake is perfect for a first or second birthday—or just any day where you’re craving some cake to share!
Healthy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Sweet Potato Cake

With an easy stir-together method and a naturally sweet flavor, this delicious Sweet Potato Cake is the perfect baby cake for a first birthday party idea, a festive holiday dessert, or a treat to share on a day that needs it! Imagine the flavor of Carrot Cake, only much better!

Sweet Potato Baby Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
With an easy stir-together method and a naturally sweet flavor, this delicious Sweet Potato Cake is the perfect baby cake for a first birthday, a festive holiday dessert, or a treat to share on a day that needs it! (Plan to make the cake at least 1 hour before you want to eat it so it has time to cool.)
Sweet Potato Baby Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Easy Sugar Cookies

With just a few simple ingredients and a super simple process, you can make my healthy and easy Sugar Cookies. They’re easy to adjust for allergies and are fun to frost, too.

Easy Sugar Cookies (Healthy and Delish!)
This makes a small batch of lightly sweet cookies. Double it to make more. If at any point the dough seems too sticky, pop it into the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up a bit. Or dust your parchment paper and cookie cutters with flour.
Easy Sugar Cookies (Healthy and Delish!)
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healthy oatmeal raisin cookies on wire rack.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The dough comes together in just a few minutes, and the result is a naturally sweet cookie everyone will enjoy. We love these for the holidays, or any day.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Try these Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies the next time you're looking for a classic cookie that's a little less sweet and still SO good. They're soft-baked, and so yummy.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
healthy oatmeal raisin cookies on wire rack.
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Favorite Applesauce Cookies

With whole grains and lower sugar, these Applesauce Cookies are bursting with fresh apple flavor…all with a one-bowl method!

Favorite Applesauce Cookies (with Oats and Cinnamon)
These cookies are a little crispy around the edges right out of the oven, but soften as they are stored.
Favorite Applesauce Cookies (with Oats and Cinnamon)
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banana cookies on wire rack

Healthy Banana Cookies

With simple ingredients including ripe bananas and rolled oats, fiber and natural sweetness, these Healthy Banana Cookies are a super yummy everyday treat to share with the family. Add chocolate chips or leave them plain—they’re yummy both ways as a dessert for kids.

Healthy Banana Cookies (to Share with the Kids)
These are an easy whole grain cookie to share with the kids—they're a great baby cookie! Try them for snack, dessert, or as a breakfast cookie
Healthy Banana Cookies (to Share with the Kids)
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healthy oatmeal cookies drizzled with icing

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Apples and Carrots

With natural sweetness from apple, carrots, and raisins, these Healthy Oatmeal Cookies are a yummy treat that you’ll love to share with the kids.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (with Apples and Carrots)
Make a batch of these healthy oatmeal cookies for dessert, snack time, or a special breakfast. You can make these half the size using 1-tablespoon batter for each cookie and reducing the baking time to about 16-18 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (with Apples and Carrots)
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make a batch of these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies—loaded with dried fruit, oats, chocolate, and coconut—to share with the family. They’re a perfect dessert or special snack that the kids and the adults in the family will dig into.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies have lower sugar but all the flavor and texture you crave. Choose your add-ins based on the kinds your family enjoys most.
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Chocolate mousse with spoon in glass jar with strawberries on side.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This might be my favorite fast dessert ever, especially because I can make it whenever the urge strikes and enjoy it minutes later. It’s so creamy and yum!

Vegan Chocolate Mousse
With just a few pantry staples, you can make the creamiest, most luxe vegan Chocolate Mousse to share with the kids …o r to just enjoy yourself. This takes minutes to make and is downright dreamy.
Vegan Chocolate Mousse
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Banana pudding in glass jar with whipped cream and spoon.

3 Ingredient Banana Pudding

It has a base of thick Greek yogurt and ripe bananas, so it’s super satisfying and tastes like real banana. It’s a delicious dessert to share or an easy snack.

3 Ingredient Banana Pudding
With just three simple ingredients and a quick stir-together method, this easy Banana Pudding hits the spot. There are even a few variations so you can customize the sweetness level as you prefer.
3 Ingredient Banana Pudding
Banana pudding in glass jar with whipped cream and spoon.
fudge pops with strawberries on pink plate.

Fudge Pops

Treat the kids to the creamiest homemade Fudge Pops that are one of the best frozen desserts for kids I’ve ever made. Seriously, these might be packed with nutritious ingredients, but the texture is identical to a classic pudding pop and they are SO darn good. 

So Good Fudge Pops (with Avocado!)
Plan to make these in the morning of the day you want to serve them or the day before so they have time to freeze. See Notes for allergy-friendly substitutions. The amount of popsicles the recipe makes will vary according to the size of your mold.
So Good Fudge Pops (with Avocado!)
fudge pops with strawberries on pink plate.
sliced yogurt bars on parchment paper.

Easy Yogurt Bars

These are basically a handheld frozen yogurt bar with fresh fruit flavor that makes for a delightful snack. Yum!

Easy Yogurt Bars
Transform yogurt and fruit into the yummiest Yogurt Bars with this simple method. It's a fun way to serve yogurt, it's a great snack for warm days, and it's a fun option for teething relief for littles. We like this with a base of granola, but you can skip that if you prefer.
Easy Yogurt Bars
sliced yogurt bars on parchment paper.
Yogurt bark with hand holding piece.

Favorite Yogurt Bark

We’ve been making frozen yogurt bark for a few years now as both a cool treat to share with the kids and an easy option when there’s a teething toddler in the house.

Favorite Yogurt Bark
Transform yogurt and fruit into the yummiest frozen Yogurt Bark with this simple method. It's a fun way to serve yogurt, it's great for warm days, and it's a fun option for teething relief for littles.
Favorite Yogurt Bark
Yogurt bark with hand holding piece.

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