Inside: 21 of the best holiday treats to bake with your little ones. Tutorials and recipes for Christmas baking with kids that’s fun and easy.
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One of the best parts of Christmas is baking treats with your family in the kitchen. And yet…having little ones underfoot while baking sweet treats can also be a recipe for frustration! Here are some ways to create baking memories that adults and kids will both love.
Keep it simple!
Most kids have a pretty short attention span and won’t want to make elaborate things from scratch. So I find that’s the best to either start with something store bought and decorate it, or you can make it part-way and invite the kids to come help you with the fun part. Older kids may want to help with the more elaborate baking tasks, and that’s great! But be realistic about what each age can handle, and remember that this is supposed to be fun.
Focus on the decorating!
We all know that’s the fun part. So stock up on fun decorating items like:
- Sweetened shredded coconut
- Edible gold stars
- Red, green, and white sprinkles
- Christmas M&M’s
- Royal icing wreaths for gingerbread houses
- Mini candy canes
- And even (the horror) pre-made squeeze bottles of icing.
Okay! Here are baking recipes that would be great to make with kids. Any of these would make a great Christmas project to keep at home and eat, or give as Christmas gifts to family and friends.
1. Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses
Expecting kids to assemble real gingerbread houses is way too much pressure and I can guarantee you’ll be hysterical over it because just baking the walls took you forever and now everyone is ruining them. (Can you tell I’ve tried it?)
It’s time to realize there is a time for graham cracker houses, and this is it.
2. Drop Sugar Cookies
And don’t forget to pick up lots of options for decorating your festive treats!
3. Christmas Rice Cereal Treats
If you want an even easier way to make a treat out of these, you can get a prepacked kit. This is usually not my thing, but with little ones who really want a christmas baking project of their own, its a solid choice.
4. Christmas Light Cupcakes
You can make them or you can buy them, but the important part is the decorating!
5. Molasses cookies
Having a cookie scoop is so helpful for these, especially with little kids. It makes sure the cookies are all the same size and keeps them from mashing down the dough too much.
6. Dipped pretzel rods
Okay so this isn’t even a baking project. Oh well! Don’t be afraid to do something super, super easy, like pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with Christmas decorations. They are super simple if you have the right supplies. All you need to do it melt, dip, ands sprinkle.
7. Gluten free sugar cookies
If you have have little ones with food allergies, these sugar cookies are vegan and sugar free! Fun to decorate in any color!
8. Rolled Snowball Cookies
Everyone loves to roll cookie dough and toss them in powdered sugar! These are fun and easy to make with kids!
9. Christmas Butter Cookies
Make this dough for the kids, let them have fun fun piping it out into simple swirls and then let them dip and sprinkle the baked cookies. As an important bonus, these cookies are absolutely delicious too!
10. Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Of course the most fun part of this easy Christmas cookie is making the indentation and filling them. And why not?!
10. Santa Cupcakes
Adorable! Everyone knows a kids favorite part of baking is decorating, and these Santa cupcakes are ALL about the decorations. Easy to do and so rewarding!
11. Stained Glass Window Cookies
Jolly Ranchers are melted into sugar cookies to create a beautiful stained glass effect. Kids might need a little bit of of adult help with this recipe but the end result is so beautiful.
Get the full stained glass cookie tutorial from the Holy Mess.
12. Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies
Here’s another super fun decorating project that the kids will love. Let the older ones do the Christmas tree design and the littles do the sprinkles and the star decoration. Impressive and elegant looking, but very easy to do!
13. Jam Filled Christmas Cookies
This is another recipe that will require adult help, but little ones will love punching out cute little trees and stars to make these deliciously festive treats.
14. Krispy Treat Christmas Trees
Rice Krispy treats shaped into Christmas trees! These are easy to make and have decorated M&M “ornaments”. These would make great homemade gifts from the little ones!
15. Hot Chocolate Muffins
Sugar, cocoa, and marshmallows all wrapped up into one delicious muffin! Kids will definitely be able to mix these up and will love adding the marshmallows on top.
16. Cornflake Christmas Wreath
These cornflakes wreaths are so cute and festive. Super easy for even the littlest ones to make with a little help getting set up! When you want a project that be done start to finish quickly, this is the one you need!
17. Hershey Kiss Garland
This candy garland would be the perfect gift made by the kids. Simple and easy to make with Hershey Kisses and Rolos, this garland will be welcomed by anyone.
18. Pretzel Christmas Treats
These pretzel chocolate trees are cute and simple and make a nice special snack. Simple enough that even the preschoolers could help to make them!
19. Easy Pistachio Cookies
Drop cookies are the easiest to make since there’s no rolling and no cutting! And these pistachio cookies are green and Christmasey, and so easy to make!
I hope you enjoy baking with your family this year. If you don’t have kids, consider inviting some over for an afternoon of baking. I think most moms would love to drop their kids to visit and bake with a family friend.