Animal Theme Recipes

Kids especially love animal-themed food. Maybe they're studying bugs at school, or they've fallen in love with turtles. Or, having them help make an apple into a frog will entice them to eat the apple.

Staff Picks

Worm Cake

Rating: 4.32 stars
A favorite of youngsters in our house. Grownups love them too!

Turkey Cheese Ball for Thanksgiving

Rating: 4.71 stars
Any cheese ball recipe can be turned into the shape of a turkey for a festive appetizer for your Thanksgiving dinner. All you need is some creativity!

Owl Veggie Tray

Rating: 5 stars
I made this fun veggie plate for my daughter's birthday, and kids ate it up in no time. I now sometimes make it for play dates, and you'd be surprised how quickly kids will eat their veggies!

Mini Panda Cupcakes

Rating: 5 stars
These chocolate mini cupcakes are decorated as little panda bears. The proportions work best for mini cupcakes.


Rating: 4.73 stars
These cute little guys will be a hit at any kids party, fun get-together, or in a child's lunchbox!

Chocolate Unicorn Cake

Rating: 5 stars
Because sometimes you want your unicorns to taste a little bit less like rainbows, and little bit more like chocolate cake.

Ladybug Crackers

Rating: 5 stars
These cute lady crackers were everybody's favorite at my daughter's birthday party - even the grown-ups liked them. Also a fun idea for a garden party.

Spooky Spider Halloween Hot Dogs

Rating: 5 stars
Use crescent rolls and hot dogs to make this Halloween version of pigs in a blanket. Kids love them, and they are an easy snack for a Halloween party.

Ants on a Log

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is a fun snack that kids can make. It consists of artfully arranged celery, peanut butter, and raisins.

Chocolate Mice

Rating: 4.66 stars
Kids will love these, they are whimsical and fun. Cute chocolate mice rolled in confectioners' sugar or chocolate cookie crumbs are very realistic.

Spider Cupcakes

Rating: 4.55 stars
These are a huge hit with kids!

Cream Cheese Penguins

Rating: 4.72 stars
Just imagine a cute display of penguins, made with black olives, carrots and cream cheese! You can add scarves and hats by using fresh red pepper strips, or canned pimentos cut into different shapes. Use frilly toothpicks if you can.

Inspiration and Ideas

Hedgehog Cookies
Rating: Unrated
"So adorable! Kids love these." – Cinebelle
Spider Deviled Eggs for Halloween
Rating: Unrated
"These were so much fun!" – barbara

Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies with Spiders

Rating: 5 stars

I love chocolate chip cookies, so when I was baking for Halloween I turned the chocolate chips into little spiders. I only drew 3 legs on each side, there wasn't room for 4, so my spiders were little 6-legged creatures.