4 Kid-Friendly Holiday Recipes

The holidays are almost here and it’s always an exciting time, especially for kids. Between the excitement of the holidays and being stuck inside more due to the pandemic, also there is a lot of extra energy from your child or grandchild. 

Looking for different ways to get that energy out and keep the kids occupied? A great way is to entertain them by making festive and fun holiday treats. 

  1. Snowman Cupcakes

Snowman Cupcakes

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Cake mix (also water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on the cake mix)
  • Frosting
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Fruit by the Foot
  • Assorted Candies (gumdrops, Reece’s minis, peppermint candies, chocolate chips, string licorice, sprinkles, etc).

Directions: Pre-heat oven and make, bake, and cool cake mix as directed on the given cupcake instructions. Set aside ¼ cup of frosting and use the remaining frosting to ice the cupcakes. Stack 2-3 marshmallows on each cupcake using frosting between each marshmallow to attach. For arms, break pretzels and press two into the marshmallows for every cupcake. Use some of the fruit by the foot for the scarf. Use the rest of your assorted candy to decorate the snowman to give him a face, buttons, hats, and any other creative ideas.  

Recipe by Betty Crocker: Snowman Cupcakes


  1. Krispie Treat Christmas Trees

Rice Krispies Christmas Trees

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Rice Krispies
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Yellow Gumdrops
  • Rolos

Directions: Melt butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies and 15 drops of green food coloring. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; grease hands with oil. Form 12 small cone shapes using about ½ cup of mixture for each. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Pipe frosting to create string lights, add M&M’s for bulbs. Use frosting to stick on the gum drops as a tree topper and Rolos for the tree stump.  

Recipe by MyRecipes: Krispie Treat Christmas Trees


  1. Pretzel Buttons

Pretzel Buttons

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Small Pretzels (works best with square pretzels)
  • Hershey’s Kisses (unwrapped)
  • M&M’s

Directions: Lay out pretzels on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a Hershey’s Kiss. Bake for about 10 minutes until the Hershey’s Kisses are shiny. Remove from the oven and immediate press an M&M into the top of each kiss. Let cool.

Recipe by Sweet Anna’s: Pretzel Buttons


  1. Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Melted Semisweet Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Thin Pretzel Sticks
  • Melted White Chocolate

Directions: Dip the bottom of a Hershey’s Kiss in the melted chocolate. Press onto marshmallow; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Cut a small slit in the bottom of each marshmallow; insert 1 pretzel. Dip dreidels in chocolate and refrigerate until set. Fill a re-sealable bag with melted white chocolate; cut a tiny opening in a corner and pipe the corresponding Hebrew letters on 3 sides of the dreidel.

Recipe by Martha Stewart: Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels 

Happy baking and happy holidays!

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