When I was a child, I loved learning how to make kids Christmas recipes; back then there were not many compared to today. Even when my children were little, there were so many more ideas that I did with my children. Today there are even more creative little projects to do with your children making the holiday season extra special.
Some of my very special memories of my mother are with her in the kitchen teaching me how to make kids Christmas recipes. After all these years the thoughts are still embedded in my mind of Mom teaching me how to cook and bake. Back when I was young we did not have a lot of Christmas tree decorations. I remember having some of those old old bubble lights; sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn’t. I spent hours watching them trying to figure out why they all did not bubble alike.
Before Mom started teaching me the kids Christmas recipes she always helped me string cranberries and popcorn to decorate the tree. Sometimes we did not have the cranberries but we always could pop corn. Mom would get the needle and spool of thread out and thread the thread through the eye of the needle. She would tell me to be careful with the needle so I didn’t stick myself. She also told me not to drop it or we would never find it! Mom then began to show me how to stick the needle in one piece of popped corn or one cranberry at a time on the long string. When the string was full, Mom would tie a knot at the end so they couldn’t slide back off. I was so proud of my accomplishment!
Most of the kids Christmas recipes will need at least some adult supervision; this is how memories are made. Some projects like decorating cookies, once the cookies have been baked will not need much supervision to frost. NOTE: If there is any cooking, baking, cutting, etc. please use caution with children.
There are some of the kids Christmas recipes which children also love to receive. When my children were little, one of their favorite gifts came from their aunt and uncle. They received by mail a cookie village and everything in it was made with cookies and candy. They were so elated to receive it! Similar things can be made at home and guaranteed to please any child.
Some of the kids Christmas recipes are nice for children to make and give as gifts. Many of these are “gifts that keep on giving” throughout the years. One of these is a cookie cutter wreath and favorite of mine. It is so easy a child can make it. It makes a perfect gift for a favorite school teacher, aunt, neighbor or anyone they love who likes to bake.
Instructions: Decorate wreath with ribbon. Tie cookie cutters to wreath with ribbons. Poke hole in recipe card with instructions and run a ribbon through hole to attach to wreath.
COOKIE MIX (Mix and place mix in plastic freezer bag or container and attach to wreath)
Measure flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter with pastry cutter until crumbly.
NOTE: Store in refrigerator until ready to give wreath.
CUT OUT COOKIES RECIPE (Copy on card and tie to wreath)
I only include 4 cups of mix with each wreath; that is what the recipe uses.
NOTE: Mix needs to be refrigerated until using; can keep up to 4 weeks.
Measure mix in cup and level off; add remaining ingredients except icing.
Mix on low speed until blended and soft dough forms.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour for easier handling.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Roll 1/3 of dough at a time to 1/8 inch thickness; keep remaining dough refrigerated.
Cut with cookie cutters; place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 13 minutes or until set; cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet.
Frost and decorate.
This kids Christmas recipe is one that they love to receive. They also like to help with the decorating but the shaping must be done by an adult. The syrup is very hot!
Place popped corn in large open roasting pan and set in oven at 225F degrees to keep warm.
Heat sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt and water in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until boiling.
Stir constantly until sugar dissolves; set candy thermometer in place.
Cook without stirring until it mixture reaches 250F degrees on thermometer or hardball stage.
Remove pan from heat and quickly stir in vanilla; pour hot mixture over popcorn tossing to coat
WEAR HEAVY RUBBER GLOVES FOR HANDLING HOT MIXTURE.
Set aside 2 cups of popcorn mixture for snowman’s hat.
Shape mixture into 2 balls; one large and one slightly smaller.
On a platter arrange the smaller ball of popcorn on top of the larger ball to form body.
Shape reserved popcorn mixture into a cone shaped hat and place on snowman’s head.
In small bowl mix powdered sugar with 1 ¼ teaspoons water to form a thick paste frosting.
Use paste to attach gumdrops and cut roll ups for face; attach scarf.
Christmas recipes for children must include snacks for Santa. Santa will love this combination and the children will love mixing his snack together. There will be enough for gifts and for the kids to eat!
Combine and mix all ingredients; divide into airtight containers.
Cover and decorate for Christmas.
Serve Santa’s with a hot cup of the following spice tea recipe.
This is one of the good Christmas recipes for children to leave for Santa. Mom or Dad can warm it late for Santa!
Combine and heat all ingredients to boiling; reduce heat.
Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes; remove cinnamon sticks and serve warm.
Combine and mix all ingredients in a small saucepan EXCEPT COLORING.
Cook over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until mixture is smooth and thick.
Stir with a wooden spoon while it cooks.
Divide mixture into different containers and color as desired; store in airtight containers.
NOTE: This is one of the fun kids Christmas recipes; they love to make this for themselves or to give to their playmates. Decorate in pretty containers.
This kids Christmas recipe is also great to give as kids gifts or to make with your kids as a special activity.
Combine and mix shortening and cornstarch until creamy; mix in detergent.
NOTE: Detergent keeps the coloring from staining the skin and clothes.
Add food coloring and mix until blended.
To Make Colors:
Army green: 1 drop red and 3 drops green
Orange: 1 drop red and 3 drops yellow
Purple: 3 drops red and 1 drop blue
Gray: 3 drops blue and 2 drops red
This kids Christmas recipe is easy to put together and the kids love it.
Pour chocolate chips in a 2 cup glass measuring cup; microwave 2 to 4 minutes until barely melted.
Stir mixture to make sure it is all melted and smooth.
Pour chocolate out on wax paper into a puddle; spread to ¼ inch thickness.
While still hot sprinkle Jelly bellies over chocolate; press jelly beans lightly into the chocolate.
Allow to cool completely.
I like to include kids Christmas recipes to make for their favorite teacher or Sunday school teacher; this topiary is perfect for that.
Press topiary base securely in flower pot (glue if necessary); fill pot with rocks 2/3 full.
Insert toothpicks into topiary ball; push truffles on toothpicks.
Line top of rocks with plastic wrap or foil; cover with nuts.
Decorate topiary with Christmas ribbon.
This kids Christmas recipe is easy to put together; the kids can help shape the balls.
Melt chocolate chips in double boiler over hot water (not boiling); stir until smooth.
Stir in condensed milk and flavoring; shape in 1 inch balls.
Roll in chocolate sprinkles, finely chopped nuts or dipp in melted chocolate.
This is a Christmas kids recipe that I made often with my children. I started out using it to make ornaments for the tree but found them to be a little too heavy; I switched to the bread dough ornaments.
Mix in saucepan over low heat; stir constantly until thickened (like clay)
Spoon mixture out on plate to cool; cover with damp cloth.
Roll clay out about 1/8 to ¼ inch on cornstarch dusted area; cut with cookie cutters.
Make a hole in top with straw to put a ribbon through to hang on tree.
Place on dusted trays to harden for a couple of days; paint when hard.
Combine and mix all ingredients until clay like.
Roll on floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
Make a hold in the tops for ribbon to hang on tree.
Prick remaining area with a toothpick and place on foil lined baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven at 275F degrees for about 1 hour or until light brown.
When cooled and hard paint or spray with a clear varnish.
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