Baking With Kids: 5 Safety Tips For Holiday Baking with Kids

Baking With Kids: 5 Safety Tips For Holiday Baking with Kids

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Holiday Baking with Kids: Making it Fun and Safe for Everyone

Tips For Baking With KidsHere come the holidays! Reese and I love baking together any time of the year, but we especially love it around holiday time. It’s been our tradition since she was just 3 years old. Reese loves baking cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and pies too. She loves it so much that she started making baking kits for kids to help them get into baking safely with their parents too. It’s called the Itty Bitty Bake Shop. Take a look! Holiday Baking with Kids

For the holidays, Reese and I love hosting a holiday brunch at our house. Brunch consists of yogurt parfaits, pastries, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and all the hot cocoa Reese can drink. The recipe that we use for pastries is super easy, you can find it below. Holiday Baking with Kids

Tips For Baking With Kids

If you’re looking for an easy recipe to try out with your kids, give these a go. Baking with kids can be so much fun, plus it provides a fantastic educational activity for kids with learning to follow directions, measuring things, and working together. It’s also an important time to teach kitchen safety and make age-appropriate rules for cooking in the kitchen to avoid burns and scalds.

Reese might be an avid baker and know here way around a kitchen, but her safety is my priority in the kitchen. Lucky for me, I am a nurse who deals with burn patients often so I’ve picked up several tips over the years. If you plan on baking this Holiday season, or anytime, with your little one, keep these tips in mind:

Don’t leave kids unattended in the kitchen

You should always be there with your children when they’re in the kitchen. ALWAYS. This is especially true for the younger ones who don’t know what’s what. But even with Reese, I’m always there to keep her safe.

Put pots and pans on the backburner

Kids love to help and they also love to reach. While Reese is big enough to do more on her own, I always kept the stove going on the backburners only when she was first cooking and baking with me. It prevents burns from happening should something spill and keeps little hands from reaching up to touch hot burners and pull hot cookware off the stove.

Adults only when it comes to opening the oven

Ovens can cause serious burns to adults if they’re not careful opening it up. So when your child is baking cupcakes, like these ones Reese and I just made, keep your children out of the way when you open and close the oven, especially when it comes to taking food out of the oven.

Keep a lid or cookie sheet near buy

When you’re cooking, keep a lid or cookie sheet nearby to put out a potential fire. 47% of people skip this tip. Holiday Baking with Kids

Teach microwave safety

Microwaves can be dangerous too if your child doesn’t understand how steam can burn. Show them how to carefully use it. If yours is mounted to the underside of the cabinets, do not allow your child to use it until they can reach it safely. Holiday Baking with Kids

Show older kids how to use the kitchen responsibly

Make sure your big kids know how to use oven mitts and how to use the stove and oven safety. Don’t forget to teach them to never leave the kitchen while something is cooking either!

Following these tips will help prevent your child from suffering burns or scalds. The Shriners Hospitals for Children is currently bringing more awareness to this issue with its Be Burn Aware campaign.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children has been providing life-changing care for 95 years, helping over 1.3 million children. There are 22 locations in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada that provides special care for kids (orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate), regardless of the families’ ability to pay. And 4 hospital locations that specialize in burn care. 

  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California 

Reese and I hope you’ll join us in showing support to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Be Burn Aware campaign to help keep cooking fun and safe for every child! For more information and tips on how to keep kids safe in the kitchen, visit

You can also follow Shriners Hospitals for Children across the following social media platforms:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |#FireAndBurnPrevention

Berry Holiday Turn Overs Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 package of puff pastry, thawed
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of orange zest
  • ½ cup of triple berry preserves
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 3 tablespoons of coarse white sugar

Holiday Baking with Kids

Tips For Holiday Baking with Kids

Berry Holiday Turn Over Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Beat egg and water in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add in cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and orange zest. Whisk together until smooth. Set aside.
  4. On a floured surface, unfold one puff pastry and roll one baking sheet to create a 12 inch square. Cut into four even sections, repeat with the other pastry.
  5. Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly between the four puff pastries, top with 2 tablespoons of preserves. Brush the edges with egg mixture. Top with another puff pastry. Pinch the edges together and crimp ends with a fork.
  6. Brush the top of the pastry pies with egg mixture, cut three small slits on top of the pies. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place pies onto baking sheets. Bake 22-25 minutes, or until the pies are golden colored.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes.

Tips For Holiday Baking with Kids



  1. November 28, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Involving kids in the kitchen can be a great learning experience for them. However, it is equally important to follow these tips to ensure their safety. Great post and great recipe!

  2. November 28, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Oooh, these turnovers look absolutely delish! I love how easy they come together and how fruity the filling is. The perfect breakfast, brunch, or even snack 🙂

  3. November 29, 2017 / 5:48 am

    Baking with kids is certainly great fun. This way they get kitchen responsible too. But there may be some mishaps too sometime and you have given all the tips to taken care of.
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  4. Joanna
    November 29, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Baking with children can indeed be a lot of fun for them, besides a learning opportunity as well. This recipe is a great one to start with because it’s sweet and they can eat the results as soon as it comes out of the oven 🙂

  5. November 29, 2017 / 6:48 am

    This is something I would like to try myself, even without my kid around. 🙂

    He is not yet two, so baking together is very messy, but he already loves it.

  6. December 1, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Very important to make it safe for all – some parents forget this I think so good to remind people! Those berry turnovers look super festive and tasty!
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  7. Patricia
    December 1, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Great list! I am guilty of not having something close by to put out fires while cooking with my kids. Thank you for the reminder!

  8. Amy Poulton - Page Traveller
    December 1, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Yay! Holiday baking! This makes me feel so Christmassy! My famly always has a Christmas cooking competition, so I may have to try these recipes out over the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Shell
    December 1, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    These are fantastic and wonderful tips for baking with our kiddos! Holiday baking with my little boy is my favorite activity of the season!!

  10. December 1, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    That turnover recipe looks really yummy, I will have to try it. I also appreciate all the tips on cooking with kids in the kitchen. I am part of that 47% that doesn’t keep a little cookie sheet nearby but I will now. Thanks for all the great info.

  11. Heather
    December 1, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Such great tips! It is so much fun baking with little ones! I can’t wait to bake this weekend with them. 🙂

  12. December 1, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Loved the photo of that little baker. I cant wait to have my little baby grow into a child so she can help me with baking and I would definitely be happy to do it with here. This are great its worth to try!

  13. Kat Centeno
    December 1, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    I love how versatile it is to have a puff pastry in your pantry. Thanks for the baking tips. They are very helpful even for adults. I need to have that extra baking sheet to put out fire. I did not know that!

  14. December 2, 2017 / 6:19 am

    I don’t have kids yet, but this is a recipe I’d definitely try now 😀
    (Oh, and this article makes me want to have little kids to cook with haha)

  15. December 2, 2017 / 11:34 am

    The turn overs look so delicious. My niece loves to bake with me. I let help me when I create baked goods all the time, her favorite thing to help me with is baking cookies. She looks to help me roll the dough out and get to choose her cookie cutter.
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  16. Adepoju Grace
    December 2, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    That looks so professionally yummy. The safety tips were very helpful too

  17. December 2, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Love these tips – they are vital points of consciousness for safety. I never knew a cookie sheet will put out a fire, but a lid is always handy in our kitchen. Good to know. Thank you!
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  18. December 2, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    These are super important tips because accidents in the kitchen can happen at any time. I remember at age 19, I dropped the pot holder when putting cookies in the oven. It freaked me out bc it caught fire. I quickly shut the oven and turned off the oven. It was safe to do bc it wasn’t huge flames at that point. Then I grabbed the baking soda and tossed it on the burning pot holder. I called 911 just to be sure that the pot holder was out before I attempted to pull it out. Ever since that happened, I always used oven mitts.

    I also get my kids to help in the kitchen when I can. I’ll have them watch or hand me things. Or even stir ingredients like cookie dough.
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  19. December 3, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    I always loved when my parents first let me help in the kitchen!! We always made the same chocolate chip cookie recipe – these look delicious 😛

  20. December 3, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Berry holiday turnover.. wow, it looked so delicious. I have a 3yo son only but these tips are really so helpful when you introduce kids to kitchen and allow them to help / bake on themselves. It can be a happy affair with the safety guides.

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