It is no secret that I love keeping all our Christmas preparations as simple (and fun!) as possible. The minute I begin getting consumed in the chaos, the magic of Christmas begins to fade away.
If you want to get the kids in the kitchen having some fun this Christmas, then this post is for you!
Here are my five kid friendly recipes this Christmas:
Use your favourite cupcake and icing recipe (or buy a packet mix if that is easier), bake the cupcakes and then ice them. To make reindeer, get your little ones to put two pretzels (as antlers), two candy eyes (I purchased mine from Woolworths) and a red M&M or smartie on each cupcake. The reindeer always look so sweet and are great to make to take to Christmas functions that have kids at them. These are easy, super cute and a whole lot of fun to make no matter the age.
2. Grinch cookies
The recipe for these cookies comes from Katrina’s Kitchen (http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/grinch-cookies/).
This is the first year that we have made Grinch cookies and we really, really love them. The recipe can be made super quickly – it’s a matter of throwing a cake mix, some oil, eggs and a drop of green food colouring all together into your mixer and mixing it for 2 minutes or so. The kids will love how slimy the mixture feels when you roll it in the icing sugar (so definitely give that job to them).
A few notes about this recipe:
- I chilled the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes instead of in the fridge.
- I filled a bowl with icing sugar so that there was PLENTY of icing sugar to roll each tablespoon of mixture in.
- I couldn’t find red love hearts in Woolworths (and it was late at night) so I bought ready made red fondant and cut out the hearts myself – buying red love hearts will be much easier.
- I had to add an additional 4 minutes of cooking time for our oven.
- I would put an extra drop of food colouring into the mixture to make it more green (be careful not to put too much).
3. Sugar Cookies
Use your favourite sugar cookie recipe and get baking – we used this one (http://makebakecelebrate.com/lets-talk-about-rolled-sugar-cookies/).
To decorate give the kids a bowl of green icing and some sprinkles and set them loose. If you don’t want your kitchen to resemble a sprinkle factory, you may want to have them do this activity outside.
4. Puff Pastry stars
This is the easiest recipe to make in the history of oven friendly recipes! Tim’s mum introduced it to us and we are now obsessed. Cut your puff pastry into shapes (try stars or Christmas trees), spread melted butter onto each individual shape and then sprinkle raw sugar on top of them. Bake in a moderate oven until golden (approximately 10-15 minutes).
5. Bacon, Maple Syrup and Puff Pastry twists
If there is one recipe you HAVE to try – it is this one. All you need is 1 sheet of puff pastry, 70g of streaky bacon and 1 TBSP of maple syrup. Cut the pastry into 10 strips. Cut your bacon into 10 thin long strips. Put each piece of bacon on top of a piece of pastry. Twist each strip 5-6 times (pinch the ends to secure the bacon). Place on a rack and brush with maple syrup. Bake for 15 minutes at 220 degrees until golden and puffed. As they come out of the oven coat them in additional maple syrup. Voila! Done.
I hope these recipes are loved in your home as much as they are loved in mine. From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.
- Guest post by Leanne of Organising the 4 of us
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