Santa’s Secret Helpers: The Christmas Cookie Crew!

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Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course, delicious treats! But baking cookies and cakes doesn’t have to be just for grown-ups. With a little help and supervision, kids can get in on the festive fun too. Here’s a guide to some easy and yummy Christmas baking recipes that are perfect for little hands to create.

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Christmas Recipes To Make With Kids  + Recipes - Bake Play Smile
Christmas Recipes To Make With Kids + Recipes – Bake Play Smile

Before we dive into the deliciousness, remember:

Adult supervision is essential in the kitchen, especially when using hot ovens and sharp tools.

  • Make sure little ones wash their hands thoroughly before handling ingredients.
  • Be patient! Baking can be messy, so have fun with it and don’t worry about perfection.

  • Now, let’s get baking!

    Easy Sugar Cookies

    These classic cookies are a blank canvas for creativity. Decorate them with frosting and sprinkles for a personalized touch.

    # Ingredients:

    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • # Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla extract.
    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
    4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place them on prepared baking sheets.
    5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely before decorating.

    # Decorating Ideas:

    Use store-bought frosting in different colors or make your own simple frosting: Mix powdered sugar with milk or cream cheese until desired consistency is reached.

  • Get creative with sprinkles, candies, and edible glitter!

  • Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

    These adorable treats are perfect for a festive snack or a fun Christmas party activity.

    # Ingredients:

    6 cups Rice Krispie cereal

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup red melting chocolate chips (optional)
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Candy eyes

  • # Directions:

    1. In a large pot, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until melted and smooth.
    2. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispie cereal.
    3. Let cool slightly, then spread into a greased baking dish.
    4. Once set, cut out reindeer shapes using cookie cutters.
    5. Melt red chocolate chips according to package instructions. Dip the bottom of pretzel sticks in chocolate and attach them to the front of the reindeer shapes for antlers. Add candy eyes for a finishing touch.

    Snowman Cupcakes

    These cute cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate winter.

    # Ingredients:

    Your favorite cupcake recipe or a box mix

  • White frosting
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pretzel sticks (broken into small pieces)
  • Candy corn (or orange slices)
  • Chocolate chips

  • # Directions:

    1. Bake cupcakes according to your chosen recipe or package instructions. Let cool completely.
    2. Frost the cupcakes with white frosting.
    3. Top each cupcake with a mini marshmallow for the snowman’s head.
    4. Add two pretzel stick pieces for arms and chocolate chips for eyes.
    5. Use a candy corn or orange slice for the nose.

    Tip: You can also use sliced almonds for the snowman’s smile!

    Nutrition Facts (for reference – may vary depending on specific ingredients used):

    Sugar cookies (per cookie): Calories: 140, Fat: 7g, Sodium: 50mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 1g

    Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats (per treat): Calories: 200, Fat: 7g, Sodium: 60mg, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 1g

    Snowman Cupcakes (per cupcake – may vary depending on frosting): Calories: 300, Fat: 12g, Sodium: 100mg, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 2g

    Conclusion

    These are just a few ideas to get you started on your Christmas baking adventures with your little ones. Let their creativity flow and most importantly, have fun making delicious memories together!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)