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Holiday Baking with the Kids

 We love baking all year round, but something about baking at Christmas time is a bit special. The smells that fill the home from holiday baking are unmatched at any other time of year with scents of gingerbread, cinnamon, and freshly-baked sugar cookies. Instead of trying to shoo the kids away from the kitchen until the baked goodies have cooled, get them involved with these simple recipes that this family loves!

3-Ingredient Fudge

(Source: https://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/3-minute-fudge/)

A fudge that takes three minutes to make and only requires three ingredients? Count us in! This recipe from Chocolate, Chocolate,and More (who can’t love a recipe from such a place by the way!) isnear fool-proof, making it an easy one for kids to get involved with. All youneed is good quality chocolate, condensed milk, and some vanilla extract, oranother preferred flavor. Let the kids also stir in some nuts or colorfulcandies for something extra special! Best of all…they actually don’t’ requireany baking at all, but it was still a too-good an easy recipe to pass up on.

RudolphShortbread

(Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/rudolph-shortbread)

Shortbread is some of the easiest tasty treats to make. That buttery flavor just seems to let in your mouth is a Christmas staple for many. This twist on it makes them look like fun little Rudolphs, and they make a great gift too. Kids can decorate their reindeers with a red nose (m&m) and edible eyes before putting in a bag to be tied up with a brown pipe cleaner for ears.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

(Source: https://houseofnasheats.com/perfect-peanut-butter-blossoms/)

Mmm…peanut butter blossoms with Hershey’s Kisses (to make I decided to write this while hungry?!) These are some of my staple for at Christmas time. My kids like making them because they’re easy, plus I can get them to unwrap all the Kisses for me! Check out this recipe fromHouse of Nash Eats for an easy step-by-step guide on your own. You can also jazz it up with different flavors and use peppermint Kisses for an extra-Christmassy treat.

Candy CaneCookies

(Source: https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/christmas-candy-cane-cookies-2077?ref=collection_view%2Cchristmas-recipes-for-kids)

Have a look at these beauties! I’ll admit that I have made a few different types of these, and these are the easiest and keep their shape the best. There aren’t that many ingredients, but I do suggest having glove ready for the red food coloring when twisting the two doughs together (trust me on this one!)

Gingerbread Families

(Source: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/24409/simple-gingerbread-men.aspx)

What’s Christmas without gingerbread? They’re not difficult to make, and the house smells a-m-a-z-i-n-g when baking (as long as they’re not burning, which can happen easily too if not watched close enough!) Let the kids make the family into gingerbread people. Decorate with icing, m&ms, and other colorful candies. We made gingerbread versions of the grandparents one year to give to them. The kids loved making and giving them, and grandma and grandpa thought it was too cute.

Snowman Cake Pops

(Source: http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2011/12/27/snowmen-cake-pops/)

Last but certainly not least are these little cuties…snowman cake pops from 52 Kitchen Adventures! Simply use your favorite cake recipe or use the one provided by 52 Kitchen Adventures for a delicious vanilla cake. Put two cake pops on one stick, and when completely cool, dip them into melted white chocolate and decorate with pretzel sticks for arms and an edible black pen. We think these are too adorable (but not too adorable to eat!)

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