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Our Favorite Holiday Treats (Easy Recipes for Kids)

The best thing about the holidays is the food. Hands down. 

There are so many yummy holiday treats & Christmas eats to make…

If you know other great holiday recipes, drop them in the comments at the bottom. 

Also try the Christmas morning breakfast idea!

 

Holiday Treats for Parties or Home:

These holiday party food ideas are perfect for your next holiday party. Or, just eat them at home!

Peppermint Bark

Easy to prepare, no bake time and only three ingredients! The kids will enjoy crushing the candy canes in a gallon size baggie.  We love making this with any remaining candy canes from our tree before we take it down!  We get the traditional peppermint candy canes…but this might be good with other flavors as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
  • 6 candy canes (slightly crushed)

Instructions:

Microwave the chocolate chips in a glass bowl until just about melted (about 1 ½ minutes) stir with spoon until silky.  Add crushed candy cane and peppermint extract! Spread on cookie sheet lined with wax paper and let harden (about 15 minutes in freezer)  then break apart and eat.  These freeze well.


Rolo Pretzel Delights!

These are easy and always a hit with both big and little kids! if you like the turtle chocolates, you will love these! There are only three ingredients, and the kids will love putting the pecan on top!

 Ingredients:

  • Rolo candies
  • Small pretzels
  • Pecans

Instructions:

Lay the pretzels out on a cookie sheet and top each with a Rolo candy.  Put in oven for 3 to 5 minutes.  Take out and lay a pecan on top of Rolo and press down.  That’s it!


Donut Snowmen

These guys are extra cute and extra easy!  No cook time and three ingredients!  Let the kiddos help out with this one, they will be so proud of their finished snowman!  Great treats to take to the school holiday party! Found this on Sandy Duffy’s Pinterest site under Holiday foods!  There is also a reindeer version using chocolate donuts, gumdrops and pretzels!

 

Ingredients:

  • Mini Powdered donuts
  • Candy corns
  • Mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

Simply lay donuts on serving platter and place the candy corn bottom side down into the hole then make eyes and mouth with chocolate chips by pressing slightly into donut!


Easy Cheese Stick Snowmen

Snowman String Cheese

You don’t have to be an artist for these snowmen to turn out perfect!  What a great winter treat that can easily be made ahead time for any classroom snack or lunchbox!    http://www.nobiggie.net/string-cheese-snowmen/

Ingredients:

  • Mozzarella String Cheese
  • Orange and Black Sharpie Marker
  • Ribbon for scarf
  • Black Card Stock
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

Simply dot eyes, nose, mouth and buttons with marker. Tie a scarf around neck and glue on hat!


Grinch Fruit Kabobs

Grinch Fruit Kabobs

These are not only adorable and easy but super healthy as well.  The kids can help put these fruit kabobs together and they will look perfect!

Ingredients:

  • Green grapes
  • Banana’s sliced and tossed in lemon juice
  • Strawberry with tip and hull sliced off
  • Mini Marshmallow
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

Thread the toothpick with the grape at the bottom, a banana slice, strawberry and mini marshmallow on top.  Too cute and too easy!


Cheese and Grape Tomato Christmas Tree

Cheese and Tomato Christmas Tree

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Make your next cheese platter festive and fun for the holidays! 

This is a yummy idea for any Christmas gathering this year or any year!  Another idea would be to substitute the tomatoes for grapes and make it a cheese and fruit platter!  

Ingredients:

Varieties of cheese cubes or a all of a favorite!!

  • Grape Tomato
  • One mushroom on top
  • Rosemary or Thyme sprigs

Instructions:

Make a triangular Christmas tree shape on a serving platter and then alternate rows of cheese and grape tomatoes adding a line of green sprigs after each for a beautiful and tasty Christmas tree display!

Begin and end with the cheese cubes.  Adorable and artistic and anyone can do it!


Christmas Morning Breakfast: Cranberry Orange Scones

These scrumptious scones are ready in just a quick 30 minutes!  Make them in addition to your Christmas brunch recipes or healthy brunch recipes all year long.

Easy Christmas morning breakfast scones

Ingredients: Makes 8 scones

  • 1 ½ cups (180g) white whole wheat flour or gluten-free* flour (measured like this)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp (7g) orange zest (about 1 large orange)
  • 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • ½ cup (120g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp (45mL) honey
  • 3 tbsp (45mL) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (82g) fresh cranberries, diced
  • 2 tsp nonfat milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F, and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in the orange zest. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or the back of a fork until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the Greek yogurt, honey, orange juice, and vanilla. Fold in the diced cranberries with a spatula.
  3. Using a spatula, shape the dough into a ¾” tall circle on the prepared baking sheet, and brush with the milk. Slice the circle into 8 triangular segments with a sharp knife. Bake at 425°F for 18-21 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes.

Notes: Whole wheat pastry flour, regular whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour may be substituted for the white whole wheat flour.

For a gluten-free version: 1 cup (120g) millet flour, ¼ cup (30g) tapioca flour, ¼ cup (30g) brown rice flour, and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. Most store-bought gluten-free flour blends will work as well, if they’re measured like this. And any milk will work in place of the nonfat milk.  Pure maple syrup or agave may be substituted in place of the honey.

Coconut oil may be substituted for the butter, but the texture of the scones may be affected. Cold butter is required to achieve the tender texture, and since coconut oil melts at a much lower temperature, the results will not be the same.

It’s important to dice the cranberries finely or use frozen and thawed cranberries to ensure that the scones bake evenly. You are sure to be left with a scrumptious breakfast treat to share with your friends and family for your Christmas morning breakfast!

 

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