Christmas time is where a lot of our fondest memories are formed at home; cold weather outside, classic movies, and most importantly, festive foods. Here we have compiled a list of some of our favourite recipes that you and your children can get stuck into! Depending on your child’s age, they will be able to help in varying amounts, but all the recipes allow for some involvement no matter their age. We hope you enjoy!
1. Gingerbread people
These gingerbread people cookies are so good, that even if they try to run away, they’ll be worth chasing!
- 175g dark brown sugar
- 85g golden syrup
- 100g butter
- 350g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 egg
1. Melt the sugar, butter, and golden syrup in a saucepan, and bubble for 2 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
2. Mix the sugar, flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
3. Add the warm syrup mixture and the egg (beaten) and stir everything together.
4. Gently knead the dough in the bowl until smooth, Wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
5. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6 and line two baking trays with baking paper. Remove dough from fridge and allow to come to room temperature and soften.
6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to the thickness of a £1 coin and cut out gingerbread people using a shape cutter. Reroll out the excess dough and repeat.
7. Transfer to the baking sheets and bake for 12 minutes, swapping the baking sheets halfway through. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
8. Decorate the gingerbread people in whatever way you desire using either store-bought icing or homemade.
2. Pancake Snowmen:
We all wish for a snowy winter to make our very own snowmen. Even if we can’t build one out of snow, we can make a delicious version with our children at home!
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 5 teaspoons baking soda
- 5 teaspoons salt
- 5 cups of milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1. In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients together.
2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk slowly, mixing it in with the flour.
3. Add the two eggs and the vegetable oil, bringing everything together until mixed but still lumpy.
4. Heat a frying pan with a bit of butter, and pour in some pancake mix once heated up (the first usually does not turn out great).
5. Once browned on one side, flip and brown the other side and then remove from the pan.
6. Now add a quarter cup of the pancake mic to your pan and move the pan around so that the mixture is spread evenly.
7. Once browned on one side, flip the pancake and brown the other side, then remove and repeat.
8. You can then either use slightly more or less pancake mix to make smaller or larger pancakes to form the other parts of the snowman’s body.
9. Once you have enough of each sized pancake, you can begin to lay them on plates with the largest at the bottom of the plate, and the smallest at the top.
10. Decorate as you wish with fruit, chocolate, or syrup to turn your pancakes into delicious snowmen.
3. Kid-friendly eggnog
All our favourite Christmas movies have common themes: happiness, snow, and eggnog. Whilst not as common in the UK, it is a Christmas-time staple in the USA, so we found a quick and easy way to make it at home!
- 3 tablespoons caster sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 5 cups full-fat milk
- 5 cups cream
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1. Place the eggs, caster sugar, and vanilla into a medium bowl and whisk together well.
2. Add the milk and cream to the same bowl and whisk together until fully combined.
3. Pour the mixture into 2 microwave-safe mugs (depending on the size of your mugs you may be able to fill more mugs).
4. Place one mug at a time into a microwave on full power and heat for 4-6 minutes in 30 second bursts.
5. After each 30 second burst, mix the eggnog to keep it smooth.
6. Repeat until the eggnog is hot but not boiling.
7. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and enjoy!
4. Christmas tree waffles
This recipe really is one for the creatives in the household, making an edible Christmas tree that tastes as good as it looks!
- Two cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- Two large eggs
- 5 cups milk
- One cup butter melted
- One teaspoon vanilla extract
- Concentrated green food colouring
- Red and green sprinkles
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
2. Separate the yolks and whites of the eggs.
3. In a bowl, lightly beat the yolks and then add the milk, butter, and vanilla to the yolks.
4. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix.
5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
6. Add the egg whites to the batter, and fold to combine.
7. Add your food colouring to the mix, starting with a few drops and mixing, then adding more if and as needed.
8. Set your waffle maker to the lowest setting and add in the batter as recommended by the waffle maker instructions.
9. Cook the waffle, checking often to prevent overcooking and making the waffles brown.
10. When done, break up the waffle into triangles and layer with the longest side on the bottom to form the Christmas tree.
11. Decorate as desired with fruits, nuts, and syrups to finish your very own Christmas tree waffle.
5. Christmas Cornflake Wreaths:
This no-bake recipe is perfect to get your child involved in the kitchen as they can play a part from start to finish. Be warned, it will get sticky!
- 12 grams butter
- 45 grams mini marshmallows
- 45 grams cornflakes
- Concentrated green food colouring
- Red sweets (Skittles work great)
- 10 grams white chocolate, melted
1. Ask your child to line a baking sheet with baking paper to have a place to form the wreaths. This is a great way for them to practice using scissors too.
2. Pour the butter and marshmallows into a microwaveable mixing bowl and place into a microwave on high power.
3. Stir in 15 second intervals until fully melted and mixed.
4. Add the cornflakes into the mixture and combine well.
5. Pour a few drops of green food colouring into the mixture until the desired colour is achieved (try to not get it on your clothes or furniture!).
6. Allow the mixture to cool for a minute and then use a tablespoon to place some of the mixture onto the baking sheet.
7. Your child can then use their fingers to form the mixture into wreaths.
8. Add the red sweets on top to decorate along with the white chocolate (which can be used as a “glue” to help the sweets stick).
9. Allow the wreaths to set for an hour and then enjoy!