It’s the most exciting time of the year, especially if you have little ones! Yes, you heard right. The year has flown and it’s almost time to celebrate Christmas. It also means school holidays but with this list of easy Christmas treats, you can turn boredom into something delicious that the whole family can enjoy!
Snacks for kids are a great way to keep little ones amused, especially if they can be involved in the making of them! Go through the list below and see which ones tickle your festive fancy. Don’t worry about the mess though; it’s all part of the fun!
- 12 strawberries
- 1 cup of whipped cream
- Chocolate sprinkles
Step 1: Using a knife, slice off the leafy end of each strawberry so they are able to stand up. Then slice the tip of the strawberry off to make a little hat. Set the strawberry hats to one side.
Step 2: Using a spoon or a piping bag, place a dollop of whipped cream on top of each strawberry base. Once all the strawberry bases have a dollop of whipped cream, place the strawberry hat on each one. Add a tiny dollop of whipped cream to the tip of the hat.
Step 3: To give your Santa a face, place two chocolate sprinkles for the eyes. Using a toothpick, place two very small blobs of whipped cream down the front of the strawberry to form buttons.
Remember Santa comes from the North Pole and prefers the cold so be sure to keep him in the fridge!
- 200g of butter/margarine
- 250g of plain flour and a little extra for dusting
- 5g of baking powder
- 100g of castor sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 2 large egg yolks
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 180°C. Grease a baking tray or line it with baking paper.
Step 2: Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl then add in the sugar, a pinch of salt, the egg yolks and softened butter/margarine. Mix it all together with a hand mixer or wooden spoon until it forms a stiff dough. Wrap the dough in clingwrap, place it in a bowl and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Wipe your counter clean, dust it with a little bit of flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is about 1 cm thick.
Step 4: This is one step the kids will love! Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place them on the baking tray.
Step 5: Before popping them into the oven, you can sprinkle a little bit of sugar on top. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until they are cooked and golden brown.
Step 6: Leave the cookies on the baking tray to cool and enjoy!
You can just roll the dough into balls and lightly press them down with a fork on the baking tray to make simple round cookies.
- 9 cups Rice Krispies
- 9 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 tablespoons butter
- Green food coloring
- Assorted sprinkles, melted chocolate or royal icing
Makes 12-16 “trees”
Step 2: Put the rice cereal in a large bowl.
Step 3: In another large bowl, add the marshmallows and butter. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until the mixture puffs up and the marshmallows are beginning to melt.
Step 4: Carefully remove from the microwave, and stir well. Add the green food coloring (we used a few drops).
Step 5: Quickly pour the green marshmallow “sauce” over the Rice Krispies and stir with a spatula that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Step 6: As soon as all the cereal is incorporated, divide the mixture between the two pans, and press into the pans until level and slightly compacted. Invite the little ones to press the mixture in, they will love it! (Just spray a little non-stick cooking spray on their hands first).
Step 7: Allow to cool for about 30 minutes. When cool and firm, flip the pans over onto a board and cut each circle into 6 slices like a pizza.
Step 8: Wrap or decorate your “trees” as desired. You can add sticks if you like before decorating.
- A packet or two of Marie Biscuits
- Basic royal icing of icing sugar and water
- Food colouring
- Disposable piping bags (sold by most baking supply stores)
Step 1: Divide the royal icing between bowls and colour each to the shade of your choosing.(Children love mixing the food colouring in!)
Step 2: Set the Marie Biscuits out on a placemat and spread each one with icing to the edges.
Step 3: Allow to set slightly before filling piping bags with icing and piping a letter on each.
- Baking chocolate (milk and white chocolate)
- Edible glitter (sold by most baking supply stores)
- Christmas chocolate moulds
- Cellophane bags
Step 1: Get your little helpers to dust some edible glitter into each hollow in the mould.
Step 2: Melt the chocolate and fill the moulds up, making half of the chocolates milk and the other half white.
Step 3: Allow to set at room temperature for several hours until completely hardened.
Step 4: Push out of moulds and package in cellophane bags with ribbons.
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