Making some easy Christmas treats with your kids is an excellent way to get them to participate and contribute towards the preparations for the Holiday season. Cookies ( in particular) are an important part of most families’ Christmas traditions. For treats that require baking, it is not a problem if your kids cannot bake yet, they can help with the decorating.
I’ve rounded up a few holiday treats that are easy to make, and which kids will love.
Quick and Easy Christmas Treats the Kids Will Love
Without wasting much time, I’ve found some basic holiday treats to get you and kids started on the fun!
Christmas rice krispie treats
Rice Krispies with marshmallows are one of the popular, and basic Christmas treats for kids. You will find varying recipes of these, but Irina from I Love My Kids Blog has one of the most simplified rice krispies treats that you may want to try.
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Rice Krispie treats are mostly no-bake snacks that can be ready in a matter of minutes. You can find the recipe on the side of any rice cereal box. For a basic recipe, you need a box of rice crispy cereal, a bag of marshmallows and butter. Once the treats are made, you can use cookie cutters to shape them into holiday decorations (see Mel’s recipe here).
Another easy shape for younger children is to cut the treats into circles and decorate them to resemble tree ornaments. You can use basic colored gel frosting found at the supermarket, or make your own butter cream frosting and color it with food coloring to match your desired decorating style. Let your little ones express their creativity by decorating the treats.
Your kids may be young to pull off some of the presentations in these sugar cookie decorations, but it is not necessary that they be perfect. It’s all about family time and memories.
Play with your cookie cutters and coloring to make these easy Christmas treats. Round sugar cookies can be made and decorated like holiday ornaments. You can roll them out and use various holiday cookie cutter shapes to get more creative. This is particularly fun for older children who may enjoy more complicated decorating tasks. Additionally, older children can bake the cookies.
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Peanut butter balls (with sprinkles)
Peanut butter balls come in a variety of recipes, and are quite versatile. Sprinkling them with the red-green-white variety will give the Christmas theme that you are going for. The recipe is easy-peasy……..
Basically, you blend peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar into a gooey mess. You then roll the peanut butter mix into melted chocolate, let cool and enjoy. Here’s a quick and easy recipe.
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a waxed, paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill for thirty minutes in your freezer. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in your microwave. Stir frequently until smooth. Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top. Place back on wax paper and store in refrigerator.
If you have family recipes, invite your children to help bake. Getting your children involved in making these easy Christmas treats accomplishes many beneficial things. It helps them feel valuable. They learn new skills. Additionally, it helps them stay busy during time off of school. They’ll be able to grow up and share their joy of holiday baking with their own family.