Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks – Cooking with Kids Recipe

We healthified this commonly deep fried appetizer into a kid (and parent) approved snack!  I know what you’re thinking… how does it taste, right?!  Surprisingly, it’s pretty darn delicious!

And these puppies are perfect for the big game, going great with wings! (someday I’ll share my amazing wing recipe too)

If you’re looking to save a little time, these mozzarella sticks are easy to prep and freeze.  Just keep ‘em in the freezer ‘til you’re ready. 🙂

OK, let’s tackle this. Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • Cutting board
  • Kid friendly knife
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk or fork
  • 3 bowls or shallow plates
  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper


Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks.

18 months – 3 years old:

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Add ingredients to bowls (except egg)
  • Stir breadcrumbs and seasoning together
  • Toss and coat cut cheese pieces into flour mixture, one at a time
  • Place frozen breaded cheese pieces onto lined baking sheet

3 – 5 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Measure and count ingredients
  • Cut string cheese into thirds
  • Crush crackers – recommend using a ziplock bag and rolling pin or meat tenderizer
  • Toss and coat cut cheese pieces into cracker mixture

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Crack egg into bowl
  • Beat egg with a whisk or fork
  • Toss and coat cut cheese pieces into egg mixture using fork

8 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

Mason opening cheese

Mason slicing cheese

Mason crushing crackers

Mason rolling cheese in flour

Adding the breadcrumbs


  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • Leave tasting until the end. Your child might not understand the difference between a ready-to-eat ingredient and a raw unsafe ingredient.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Finger Food Fun: Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time32 mins
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 44kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • 12 pieces string cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs or 5 whole grain crackers
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs Panko
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pizza sauce for dipping


  • Cut string cheese in half, to create 24 pieces of cheese.
  • Place cheese in freezer for 2-4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • You will need 3 bowls or shallow plates. In the first bowl, add flour. In the second bowl, add egg and beat. In third bowl, combine bread crumbs, panko crumbs and flour.
  • Now time to add the breading. Place frozen piece of cheese in flour mixture and coat. Next, take the floured cheese stick and dip in the egg mixture to evenly coat. Finally, take the egg and flour covered cheese stick and roll in the bread crumbs to create a nice bread coating. Repeat this step until all cheese sticks are coated. It’s important that the cheese is completely covered to prevent cheese melting out. Return cheese to freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  • Place cheese sticks on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 5-7 minutes. Serve immediately with your favorite pizza sauce.


Tip: If you need to stack cheese in a container for freezing, place parchment paper between the layer to prevent the cheese from sticking together.


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