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19 Fun and Festive Holiday Treats to Make with Kids

Updated on December 05, 2023

Whether you’re whipping up a sweet snack for your family movie night or baking a treat to leave for Santa, kids of all ages will be excited to make these desserts.

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The Best Holiday Treats to Make with Kids

If you’ve got little ones at home then you already know: There is nothing you can do to get your kiddos to sit still, use an "inside" voice or stop bouncing off every piece of springy furniture in the house during the holidays. The only solution? Channel all that holiday spirit into fun tasks that will keep them busy! We love crafty activities like DIY salt dough ornaments and purpose-driven projects like homemade edible gifts for everyone on your list, but there’s something extra special about baking together. The laughter, the memories, the sweet treats that become tradition: there’s nothing better than bringing everyone together in the kitchen during the holidays. That’s why we love these recipes. From cookies and cupcakesto easy candies and couldn't-be-simpler miniature yule logs, these are the family-friendly projects you’ll love to make (and share!) year after year. Looking for the perfect recipe to get you started? Try these sugar cookies. Each one depicts a miniature holiday scene: a bed of freshly fallen snow with a perfect Christmas tree in the middle. The best part of these impressive treats? They come together quickly and easily with store-bought candy, icing and cookies. All you need to do is let your inner artist shine.

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Gelt Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut butter blossoms take on a delicious holiday transformation that's perfect for celebrating Hanukkah. Each cookie is coated in festive sprinkles and pressed with a chocolate gelt coin (a traditional Hanukkah present) while still warm. Soft and chewy, with melted chocolate in the center, these cookies are sure to get you in the spirit!

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Holiday Monster Cookies

These giant, saucer-sized cookies are packed with festive candies, peppermint chunks, salty pretzels and white chocolate chips, so they really live up to their name. Serve them as part of a cookie swap, for dessert on Christmas Day or as the special treat left for Santa — with a really big glass of milk!

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Christmas Brownie Trees

A simple brownie recipe becomes extra special with the addition of green frosting and candy. We bake the brownies in round cake pans to make cutting triangle shapes easy, with no trimmings or waste.

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