It is the season to be jolly and kids absolutely love it! As school comes to an end and Christmas preparations begin there are some fun ways to get the kids in the kitchen. Not all cooking needs to be done by us parents and with eager little ones running around your ankles it’s easier to include them rather than exclude. Why not try some of the following great recipes to keep your kids busy as well as get some of your own Christmas cooking out of the way early!
Chocolate Reindeer Bark
This delicious treat is a great gift and a super simple recipe that the kids can enjoy making as well. It takes only a few small ingredients and just a couple of steps. What you will need is either a block of good cooking chocolate or a packet of melting chocolates, plus any crushed up lollies your children want to use. The more colourful the better, so select items like crushed hard candies, chocolate freckles or other bright treats. To turn these ingredients into delicious reindeer bark follow these steps:
- Line a tray with baking paper
- Melt your chocolate in a microwave for approximately 1 minute. Stir and repeat until chocolate is silky smooth.
- Mix half of your crushed candy into the chocolate mix.
- Spread the mix onto the baking paper into a thin layer and then sprinkle the remaining lollies over the top.
- Now comes the hard part… place the tray in the refrigerator to set.
- Once set, remove from the fridge and break into pieces.
To set these up as little gifts get your children to place a few pieces onto some clear or coloured cellophane and help them wrap them up with ribbon. They can take these in to school as a great gift to their friends.
Another simple no-bake recipe for kids this Christmas is the classic marshmallow people. All you need is an assortment of marshmallows ranging from small cooking size to large and fluffy, a few toothpicks and wooden skewers as well as some writing icing/gels. The greatest part of this recipe is there is no recipe! Simply let your kids build the snowmen however they like! The gel/writing icing is ideal for them to draw on faces, clothes and messages.
You can always add more to the recipes to make them your own. Try dipping the marshmallows in chocolate to make little chocolate beanies for your snowmen! Even add nuts or candy cane pieces to the reindeer bark for an adult version of the treat. Keeping the kids entertained this Christmas will be a lot easier with a few recipes like these up your sleeve.