If you are looking for the best cooking gifts for kids, you are in the right place!

For as long as I can remember, my daughter has been in the kitchen with me – observing, asking questions, and taking the whisk right out of my hand. But within the past year, her love of baking has really come alive. She is always asking, “Mom, can I make something?,” and by ‘make’, I know she means ‘bake‘.

Baking is her preferred activity every day of the week (unless Cupcake Wars is on t.v.). So as we near Christmas, and I scour the internet for gifts for tween girls, it’s no surprise I’ve leaned toward her love of baking.

I have some of the same memories with my mom. I loved being in the kitchen – watching, smelling, tasting. The house would be filled with the sweet and savory aroma of blackberry cobbler, and I couldn’t wait for that oven timer to go off! I would be almost as anxious as I was waiting on Christmas morning. But, no matter how impatient I would get, Mom would never run me out of the kitchen.

Whether or not you have memories of being in the kitchen at a young age, it’s definitely not too late to have them with your own children. I’ve decided that I want to make the most out of our time in the kitchen, and I want Elaina to explore her love of baking as far as she wants to take it. I figure there’s no better way to get her started than with these awesome cooking gifts for kids.

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Does your daughter love being in the kitchen? If so, there's no better way to inspire her love of baking than with these gifts for young girls who love to bake. Your aspiring pastry chef will love these.


The Best Cooking Gifts for Kids


12-Piece Silicone Bakeware Set

This silicone bakeware set is the perfect starter kit. The easy clean-up alone is enough to make me choose this set over many others. The flexibility of the silicone makes it easy to manipulate and get all those leftover crumbs, and just look at those cute hand mitts!


73 Piece Cake Decorating Kit

This 73-pc decorating kit will keep her discovering new designs for months. It’s got everything a beginning baker needs to make her dish a masterpiece. No matter what dish, (cakes, cupcakes, donuts or cookies) this set has got you covered.


21 Piece Cooking Quality Real Baking Set

I love this set, because it comes with an assortment of shapes and sizes. It also comes with spatulas, measuring spoons and cups. And my favorite part – it’s all dishwasher safe!


Baking – An American Girl Cookbook

This cookbook has so many rave reviews. American Girl teamed up with William-Sonoma on this cookbook for young bakers, and its easy-to-follow recipes have even the adults loving it.



Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers

Another great cookbook for young bakers, Kid Chef Bakes teaches novice bakers the basics of pastries. Not only does it have great recipes, it offers tips and suggestions for the beginning baker, such as recommended cooking utensils and recipe staples.



Personalized Cooking Apron

Every aspiring chef needs her own apron, and a personalized cooking apron is sure to make her feel like a pro. It will also help save her clothes from becoming soiled with egg whites, so it’s a win-win kinda gift. Purchase this white set and have it monogrammed!



Baking Class

gifts for 12-yr-old girls, baking, cupcakes, muffins, cooking classThis is probably my favorite idea of the gifts for young girls ‘aspiring to become the next Food Network star.’ In order to find classes or baking camps in your area, check with your local schools or colleges. We live near a university that offers summer camp. If you can’t find anything local (or just don’t have the time), you should try a virtual cooking class.

Yes, they really do exist!

I have heard nothing but great things about Katie Kimbrell’s Kids Cook Real Food virtual classes. She has created a comprehensive course that teaches kids of all ages, and it comes with 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. It’s all kid-friendly – the food and the courses, and you can work through the video lessons at your own pace. You can get her free eBook “10 Healthy Snacks Kids Can Make” HERE, or sample the course for free HERE.


DIY Baking Essentials Basket

gifts for 12-yr-old girls, baking essentials, diy baking essentials basket, diy baking basketThis DIY baking essentials basket from is the cutest! This is a gift any baker would love to receive. Include staples, such as flour, sugar, salt, flavorings, and some fun add-ins like sprinkles, chocolate chips and food coloring. This one is sure to keep you on budget.



I hope you enjoyed the list of cooking gifts for kids that love to bake and found something that will put the biggest smile on your little child’s face!


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Does your daughter love being in the kitchen? If so, there's no better way to inspire her love of baking than with these gifts for 12-yr-old girls who love to bake. Your aspiring pastry chef will love these.

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