There is a saying that I love "Memories are made in the kitchen" and for me growing up they certainly were around Christmas Time. Part of the traditions that we enjoyed as a family when I was a child was baking along with my mother and grandmothers during the festive season. I remember making Christmas Cakes, Puddings, Biscuits/Cookies and Desserts that we would enjoy from Christmas Eve through to New Year's Day. Those Christmas Baking Recipes I've passed down to my children as well as introduced some more and now my kids look forward to Christmas and spending time in the kitchen with me as one of our Holiday Traditions during the Christmas break from school and work.
Kids Christmas Bakes
There is a variety of different ideas here as we have grown with the kids from 2011 through to now I have shared more and more complex recipes so some of these are great to bake with toddlers over Christmas and others we are making now that my kids are much older. Check the descriptions I have included with the recipes to find out the age that we would recommend making these cakes, cookies and desserts and try them out with your kids as well as you too make memories in the kitchen over Christmas with these Easy Kids Christmas Baking Ideas.
Christmas Cookies to Bake with Kids
Essential Christmas Cookie to make with kids our Kid Friendly Gingerbread Recipe is ideal to make with kids from preschool upwards. Just monitor the stove with them as it is "HOT".
Simple, easy and no fuss our Snowball Cookies have only 3 ingredients and are perfect to make with Toddlers and older kids. Using a Cake-Mix from a box you can make these no matter how good or bad a cook you are.
A tradition a friend introduced me to just last year was Elf on the Shelf and one of the suggestions she had was to get the Elf to bring the ingredients to make some cookies. We decided on these easy cookies and these are now our Christmas Eve Cookies to leave out for Santa. They are so simple toddler can make them and older kids would be able to make them independently once they can read.
Using no heat but lots of strength these Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies are great to make with preschoolers and older. If you have a stand mixer than they would be much easier to make and you could possibly have your toddlers help make them too.
Another simple favourite cookie to make that my daughter insists on baking every Christmas are our White Chocolate, Cranberry and Walnut Cookies which she bakes especially for her Pops my dad as he said they were his favourite.
If you are a fan of The Grinch and How the Grinch Stole Christmas then these Grinch Heart Cookies are perfect to cook with kids. I just love the green sprinkles on them although the one pictures above is the only one that doesn't have what seems like half a jar of Sprinkles on them.
Christmas Cakes and Pies to Bake with Kids
Making Mince Pies with toddlers and preschoolers should be a disaster. BUT... we have a No Roll Pastry recipe which is ideal to use to make Mince Pies with as it's supposed to be handled. So give it a try this tasty No Roll Pastry for Christmas Mince Pies is a tradition that my kids loved to make every year.
If you want to avoid making pastry all together these Mince Pies with Ready Rolled Shortcrust pastry as even easier to make.
With older kids, these Christmas Gingerbread Man Cupcakes are great to make. I do the swirl of icing and my kids make the gingerbread men and help make the cupcake batter.
One of the first recipes we ever shared here on Rainy Day Mum was a simple Reindeer Cupcake that toddlers and you can make together. J was only 2 when he did these with his Pops and Nana and T just a baby.
Christmas Treats and Snacks to Cook with Kids
Some of these treats and snacks are real bakes others are more fun Christmas food for kids to make in the kitchen.
Still, our favourite basic recipe for Christmas Treats to cook with Kids is our Slow Cooker Fudge. T was just 3 and a half when she made this all by her self as a present for her preschool teachers. Well since then we've made lots of different variations of fudge together you can find them ALL on our Delicious Chocolate Fudge Recipes Page here on Rainy Day Mum.
I love Peppermint Creams and inspired by a fun Christmas Book for Kids we decided to create some delicious Peppermint Cream Mice. Because of the egg white in them, I wouldn't recommend making these with very young children and both of my kids were at school when we tried this recipe for the first time.
This recipe though for a Reindeer Snack is IDEAL to make with toddlers just like our Reindeer Cupcakes above. Why not make them and then sit down and read Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Another fun snack for kids to "bake" is our Grinch Nutty Butters - the baking is more melting of the candy melts but the kids will love making them especially if like for our Grinch Heart Cookies they are a fan of the movie or book.
Another quick treat to "bake" with kids for Christmas these Oreo Rudolph and Reindeer Cookies are easy and you and the kids will love creating the antlers from chocolate.
Another simple Oreo treat or the kids to make are these simple Oreo Snowmen which are simple and easy to make just like the Rudolph ones above.
More Recipes to Bake with Kids
We love cooking and baking with the kids throughout the year and you can find even more recipe ideas here on Rainy Day Mum. Click on the links below to take you to more recipes ideal for Kids.
- Recipes to Cook with Toddlers - these are easy recipes that are ideal for cooking with the youngest members of your family from 2 to 3 although older kids will love to make some of them as well.
- Our A to Z of Recipes to cook with Kids - these are ALL of our recipes here on Rainy Day Mum for cooking with kids.