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Holiday Baking Ideas for the Kids
December 03, 2016

Holiday baking ideas for the kids.

Here are some holiday treat ideas from T’s Learning Center! 

Finally, that most wonderful time of the year has come! We’re finishing off the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers, the Halloween candy is finally dwindling and we’re lugging our holiday decorations out of the garage. One way to brighten up the magic of the season for your kids and fill the home with warm, sweet smelling memories is to bake with them! Baking is a delightful, hands on way to bond and let your child happily contribute to the holiday cheer.

Below are four simple, yet quite festive baking ideas. To the kitchen, Chefs!

Christmas Tree Brownie Pops 

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite brownie recipe 
  • Your favorite cream cheese icing recipe 
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles and assorted mini candies
  • Mini candy canes with the straight “poles” all broken off

Directions:

  1. Prepare your favorite brownies according to your recipe
  2. While the brownies are cooling, prepare your cream cheese icing according to the recipe
  3. Tint your frosting green with the green food coloring (or other festive colors of your choosing!)
  4. When the brownies are finally cooled, cut them into Christmas tree shaped triangles
  5. Insert the straight piece of the candy cane into the base of the triangle to form the tree “trunk”
  6. Scoop the frosting into a gallon sized freezer bag (or a pastry bag if you have one!), pushing the frosting toward one corner. Slice off the tip of the corner of your freezer bag (or pastry bag) and decorate your tree by squeezing out the frosting in a zig-zag motion down the length of the brownie.
  7. Decorate your Christmas tree with assorted sprinkles, crushed candy or whatever your heart’s desire.
  8. Eat and enjoy :)

White Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
  • Crushed candy canes (or crushed oreos, pretzels, cereal or holiday M&M’s)

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside
  2. Microwave the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals (stirring in between) until fully melted. You can also meld the chocolate by making a double broiler on the stove and stirring until fully melted
  3. Once the chocolate is fully melted, let cool for a couple minutes
  4. Once cooled, stir in crushed candy canes (or whatever candy of your choice). Reserve some of the candy canes for the topping
  5. Pour the mixture onto the parchment paper spreading evenly until about ¼ inch thick- top with the remaining candy canes
  6. Refrigerate bark until it is firm and then break apart into pieces- enjoy!!

Marshmallow Dreidels

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite marshmallows (or try your hand at making your own!)
  • Nonpareils
  • Chocolate nonpareils
  • Wooden skewers

Directions:

  • Spray a pair of kitchen scissors with cooking spray and trim all sides of the marshmallows so they are square
  • Roll marshmallows in a bowl of nonpareils to coat
  • Skewer marshmallows and add chocolate nonpareil to tip (trim the remaining wooden skewer so that it is dreidel length)



Snowman Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite chocolate (or vanilla) cupcake recipe 
  • Your favorite vanilla frosting recipe
  • White crystallized decorating sugar (coconut flakes would work too)
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Prepare your cupcakes according to the recipe
  2. While your cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting according to your recipe
  3. After the cupcakes have cooled, spread a generous amount of the frosting on your cupcakes
  4. Roll the top of your cupcakes in a small bowl of the white decorating sugar (or coconut flakes) until the icing is completely cover
  5. Using the mini chocolate chips form the eyes and mouth of your snowman! Use one butterscotch chip for his nose. :) 
Hmm ... not only is T's Learning Center the best child daycare in Jacksonville, we're great at sharing holiday baking ideas with the kiddos too! Join in and share with us your best holiday baking ideas or traditions you do with your kids!