Ah, there’s nothing like the holiday season! Giving gifts, sledding in the snow, singing Christmas carols — what’s not to love? But the best part truly is being able gather with family, share a meal, and make memories together.
And while enjoying a delicious family meal is a wonderful experience, your minions will have so much more fun if you get them cooking and baking by your side.
These Christmas recipes for kids are a great way to spend quality time in the kitchen — and they’re delicious too!
Christmas Recipes for Kids
We’ve got recipes for every craving, including snack mixes, drinks, candies, cookies, and much more.
Let’s dive in.
1. Fluffy Hot Chocolate
Let’s start with a warm morning drink. Your kids will love this fluffy hot chocolate.
It has a touch of vanilla, which makes all the difference.
- 4 teaspoons baking cocoa
- 8 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups milk
- 11/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- Combine the four ingredients in a saucepan
- Cook and stir the mixture on medium heat until all the marshmallows melt.
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla
- Pour in cups and wait for the tea to cool down.
2. White Chocolate Party Mix
This is a quick snack that even young children will enjoy preparing, and the ingredients give this party mix a fantastic flavor.
- 5 cups corn Chex
- 5 cups cheerios
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 pound chocolate M&Ms (red and green m&ms are more festive)
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 10 ounces mini pretzels
- 12 ounces white baking chips
- Heat chips and oil in a microwave bowl for 5 minutes and stir until you get a smooth mixture.
- Mix the cereals and all other ingredients in another bowl, and pour them into your chips mixture.
- Spread the mixture on a baking sheet. Allow them to cool down and store in an airtight container.
3. Turtle Candies
You only need three ingredients to make these candies, and they’re incredible.
- 8 ounces of chocolate
- 6 ounces pecan halves (toasted)
- 12 ounces soft caramel
- Arrange the pecans in clusters of four in your baking sheet to create the four limbs of a turtle.
- Microwave the caramels for 30 seconds and add water to soften them.
- Once the caramel cools, spread them on the pecan clusters.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and spread them over the caramel
- Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, and serve the cookies at room temperature.
4. Stacked Christmas Tree Cookies
These cookies will be the highlight of your kid’s festive treats. They’re a little labor-intensive compared to our previous suggestions, but they’re well worth the effort.
- Yellow food coloring
- Smart candies
- Red nonpareils and green colored sugar
- Necco wafer candies
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 16 ounces vanilla frosting
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 161/2 ounces refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- Heat the oven to 350° F.
- Place your cookie dough in a bowl and give it 10 minutes to rest. Add vanilla and flour and stir until you get a uniform mixture.
- Roll the dough in three categories – ¼ inch, ½ inch, and 1inch thickness for the Christmas tree.
- Add a piped frosting on every Christmas tree, and put the Necco wafer between the cookies.
- For the stars, color some yellow food coloring and pipe on the cookies and attach them to the tree using additional frosting.
- Thin the remaining frosting with water and decorate with nonpareils.
5. Easy Christmas Truffles
This is an easy Christmas recipe that will only take a few minutes to whip up.
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups chocolate chips
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- Assorted jimmies or finely chopped nuts
- Microwave chips and milk for 3 minutes (stir the mixture halfway through).
- Add the vanilla and stir it in.
- Refrigerate and cover the mixture for 3 hours.
- Shape the mixture into one-inch balls and add some jimmies or nuts.
- Refrigerate the balls for another hour and serve at room temperature.
6. Frosty Peppermint Popcorn
This is a perfect snack to enjoy while watching your favorite Christmas movie, and it’s a cinch to make!
- 1/3 peppermint candies
- 8 ounces white candy coating (melted)
- 3 1/2 quarts popped popcorns
- Drizzle the candy coating on popcorn and sprinkle it with candies.
- Spread the mixture on waxed paper and let it rest for a while.
- Break your frosty peppermint popcorn and enjoy it.
7. Chocolate Milkshake
This milkshake goes very well with fries and burgers, and it’s also easy to fix.
- Shaved, chocolate garnish
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- Whipped cream, garnish
- ¼ cup chocolate syrup
- ½ cup whole milk, cold
- ¼ chocolate chips
- Put milk, ice cream, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips in a blender. Ensure your ice cream is hard to ensure it doesn’t liquefy, and make the milkshake too thin.
- Blend the ingredients until you achieve a smooth mixture.
- Pour the milkshake into glasses and top it with shaved chocolate and white cream.
8. Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Chocolate chip pancakes are another great Christmas breakfast idea. Chocolate chips make all the difference!
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoon melted butter
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Heat your frying pan
- Mix cinnamon, flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder.
- Mix all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and combine the mixture with the powdered mixture.
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Pour butter into the pan and add the mixture.
- Flip when the top starts to bubble.
9. Veggie Christmas Tree
The veggie Christmas trees are brilliant, and it’s something that kids can do by themselves.
They’re also a healthy snack as they wait for food to get ready.
- 2 peeled carrots
- 1 Lebanese cucumber – peeled into 8 ribbons
- Cut your carrots into 8-1.5 cm pieces and insert a toothpick on each slice.
- Weave a cucumber ribbon onto each toothpick to make your tree.
- Use a star-shaped cut to make star-shaped carrots and put them on top of the tree.
- Also, cut one cylindrical carrot to put at the bottom of the Christmas tree.
10. Snowflake Meringue Biscuits
This is another great snack to keep the kids busy when you sip on your mojito.
- 300 grams pavlova and meringue
- Icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 100°C
- Line 2 baking trays with baking sheets
- Prepare the pavlova and meringue following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Transfer the mixture into a fluted nozzle and pipe.
- Pipe the mixture onto the baking sheet to make snowflakes.
- Decorate with sprinkles and bake for one hour.
- Turn off the oven and leave the meringues in the oven to cool off.
- Dust your snowflakes with dusty icing sugar.
11. Cranberry Shortbread Stars
If your kids love cranberries and shortbread, Christmas is the right time to give them both in one package.
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 1 cup of softened butter
- ¾ cup of confectioners’ sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chopped dried cranberries
- In a large bowl, beat butter and add salt, sugar, vanilla, flour, and cranberries. Stir them until you get a smooth mixture.
- Shape your dough in a disk and wrap it in plastic.
- Refrigerate your shaped disk until they’re firm (it should take 30 minutes).
- Preheat your oven to 325°.
- Roll your dough, cut it into a star-shaped cookie cutter, and place it on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes (or until the edges turn brown).
- Allow them to cool before serving
12. Eggs in a Hole
This is another special way to include your kids in Christmas breakfast preparations.
- 2 eggs
- 3 teaspoons butter
- Kosher salt
- 2 slices of whole bread
- Grounded pepper
- Use a cutter to cut out a shape in the middle of the bread.
- Butter each piece of bread (including the cut-out pieces) on one side.
- Heat a frying pan and add one spoon of butter.
- Place the bread on the pan and carefully put the egg inside the hole you made in the bread.
- Cook until the egg browns.
- Sprinkle bread with salt and pepper and serve!
13. Christmas Rice Krispies Treats
This is another Christmas treat that your kids will love. You can do it together, and it won’t take much time at all!
- 14 candy canes
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- M&Ms for decorating
- Red and green icing
- 4 cups miniature marshmallows, and 10 ounces marshmallows
- Colored sugar for decorating
- Melt the marshmallows and butter in a pan over medium heat.
- Add the crispy rice and continue stirring.
- Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and cut them into large triangles.
- Break out the candy and insert a candy cane at the bottom of every triangle.
- Once they cool, decorate with icing, colored sugar, and candy.
14. Easy Elephant Ears
Nothing screams Christmas holidays louder than these cinnamon treats, and your kids will be happy to help.
- 17.3 ounces frozen puff pastry
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Mix cinnamon and sugar as you preheat your oven to 375°
- Roll a pastry sheet into a triangle and sprinkle ¼ cup of cinnamon sugar.
- Working from short sides, roll the sheet towards the center, jelly-roll style, and freeze it (wrapped in plastic) for 10 minutes.
- Unwrap the dough, cut it into 1/2inch slices, and place them into baking sheets.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until they’re brown or crispy.
15. Santa Finger Biscuits
These chocolatey biscuits are absolutely adorable, and they’re sure to be big hit.
- Milk chocolate melts
- 3 KitKat milk chocolate bars
- Black, red and white icing to decorate
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Separate the KitKat bars into individual fingers.
- Place them on the lined tray and freeze them for 30 minutes.
- Dip each finger in milk chocolate and shake to remove the excess milk.
- Place the fingers on the lined tray and decorate with icing.
16. Koala Santa Pancakes
These festive pancakes are great, and the kids will enjoy decorating them.
- Thick vanilla yogurt
- Butter, melted, to brush
- Sliced strawberries
- 350g pkt original pancake mix
- Choc buttons
- Prepare pancake mix by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Heat your pan and apply butter using a brush.
- Pour the mix and cook for two minutes or until you see bubbles on the top part.
- Turn and let the pancake cook for two minutes.
- Put the pancakes on a plate and top them with choc buttons, strawberry, and thick yogurt to make Santa’s hat and face.
17. Polar Bear Peppermint Creams
Christmas can’t be complete without the polar bear peppermint creams, so I thought I’d save them to end my list on a high note.
- 250g icing sugar
- Few drops of peppermint essence
- 15 chocolate sweets
- 1 egg white, beaten
- Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and mix with the egg white as you stir to achieve a smooth mixture.
- Add the peppermint essence to taste.
- Roll half of the mixture into balls and then flatten them to make the bear heads.
- Use the remaining mixture to make blueberry-shaped balls and flatten them to make snouts and heads. Add chocolate sweets for noses.
- Use more of the mix to form the ears and eyes.
- Leave the polar bears to set for 4 hours.
Christmas Recipe for Kids (Wrapping Up)
Delicious food and holiday celebrations certainly go hand in hand. We hope you and the kids enjoy rolling up your sleeves and cooking up these festive recipes as you make memories to last a lifetime.
Having little helpers in the kitchen is also a great way to beat those winter blues! Many of these recipes make lovely gifts for friends and family.
It’s important to remember that cooking with your kiddos might not always go to plan, and sometimes things might get a little messy — but it’s also totally worth it.
What’s your favorite Christmas recipe for kids?