Many of us consider the holidays a great time to indulge in tasty treats we don’t get any other time of the year – and it IS a great time for making holiday recipes! Sometimes, creating those tasty treats can get too complicated for the little ones. Here, we’ve collected a few kid-tested holiday recipes your children are certain to enjoy putting together. Make sure you have an apron for them or the fun might not end up on the parchment paper!
As it turns out, the age-old tradition of making snowflakes out of folded paper carries over to tortillas as well. In this recipe, kids will have fun making edible snowflakes and sprinkling “snow” on them. Fold a flour tortilla in half (careful not to crease it too hard or it’ll break) and fold in half again. Continue folding in half until you have a relatively thick tortilla that seems strong enough for your child’s scissors. With supervision, show your child how to cut various small shapes out of both sides of your “triangle” tortilla shell. Once she’s finished, unfold the whole thing and lay flat on a cookie sheet until you’re ready for the next step. After she’s cut out all snowflakes, an adult can dip them into a small amount of oil in a frying pan, turning when the bottom gets golden brown. Flip and repeat for the other side. Immediately remove from the frying pan and pat with a paper towel, then sprinkle powdered sugar (“snow”) onto the snowflake.
The Dreidel game is a fun game by itself but it’s even more fun (and tasty) when your dreidel is covered with sugary gems! (Note: you can’t really play the Dreidel game with these.) Simply cut some skewers to the desired length (about 6” long) and spray kitchen scissors with nonstick cooking spray. Push a jumbo marshmallow onto the skewer and trim the sides to create a square shape. Dip your marshmallows into a shallow dish of nonpareils until they’re coated and add a nonpareil chocolate for the tip. That’s it! You’re ready to present your tasty Dreidels at your holiday party!
Rice Krispies Christmas Tree
This decorative spin on an all-time favorite treat is perfect for your next holiday gathering! Make rice krispie treats as usual (instructions are on the side of the box), adding green food coloring to the step where you melt marshmallows. Once your pan of rice krispie treats has cooled, cut into 20 bars. For the base, lay 8 bars in a square shape on parchment paper or wax paper. Next, layer 4 bars in a square shape for the next layer. For your next layer, add 3-4 bars (depending on the shape that seems to be forming). Add 3 more for the next layer and 1 bar at the top. Of course, your tree wouldn’t be finished without some decorations! Use M&M candies as “ornaments” by pressing them into the tree to get them to stick. If you want, you can mold a yellow Starburst into a star and add it to the top of the tree.
Tootsie Roll Menorah
For this easy menorah, unroll 9 Tootsie rolls and roll between your hands to create a cylindrical shape. Unwrap a chocolate bar and use chocolate icing to “glue” each Tootsie roll into place making the center one stand up slightly higher than the rest ( roll it in your hands a little longer to make it longer). Once you have all your “candles” attached to the chocolate bar, add yellow jelly beans to the other end of the Tootsie rolls to create your “fire.” For added security, you can attach these with chocolate icing as well if you’d like. When you’re finished, you’ll have a tasty menorah you can either eat or give away as a gift!
If you choose to use it for your own family, you can have each family member make one and then for the nights of Chanukah, each family member can add a jelly bean to each Tootsie roll. Once Chanukah is over, everyone can indulge in his or her own menorah.
Santa Cookies in a Jar: Holiday Recipe to Go!
With Santa receiving so many cookies in one night, he’s likely to be full by the time he gets to your house – or, at least, that’s the story you can tell when you make this fun treat! These are your typical “cookies in a jar,” except you’re leaving them for Santa. To make them, you’ll need a 1-quart mason jar. In a medium bowl, mix together 1-⅓ C all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, and ¼ tsp salt. Once thoroughly mixed, pour into the mason jar, shaking it gently onto your surface to make it flat. For the next layer, pour 1 C rolled oats into the jar. The next layer is made of ¾ C M&Ms. Add ½ C packed brown sugar for your next layer and ½ C white sugar (or raw organic granulated sugar) for your final layer. Screw the lid on tight and decorate however you’d like.
Since this is a recipe, you’ll want to include the directions which you can find as a free printable at Cul-de-sac-Cool (see references below). You’ll be able to print labels for the jars as well as directions for the recipient.