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30+ Christmas Treats to Make With Your Kids

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Source: Two Peas & Their Pod
Source: Two Peas & Their Pod

One of my favorite holiday memories is going to my grandmother’s house to bake pies and other Christmas treats when I was a child. I can still vividly remember the feeling of sitting in her small kitchen with its 1970s appliances and rolling out dough on her circular kitchen table.

Looking back, I have to give her credit for including me in such an ambitious baking feat every year. Granted, she is an excellent baker, but still, doing anything with kids makes it 1000 times more complicated. Maybe someday my kids and I will bake pies together too, but for now, I’m sticking with something a little easier and more kid-friendly for the tiniest of hands to help. Read on for 30+ fun (and easy!) Christmas treats to tackle with your little one(s) this year.

1. Melted Snowman Cookies

These melted snowmen are too cute to pass up. Your little ones will love this creative tasty treat. 

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Source: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

2. Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

There are a lot of adorable Christmas treats to choose from, but we think these reindeer might just be the cutest of the bunch! With chocolate covered pretzels, candy eyes and M&Ms, you can transform tasty Rice Krispies treats into these merry reindeer—with at least one Rudolph, of course.

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Source: Just a Taste

3. Milky Way Teddy Sleds

What’s fantastic about this recipe is that while it requires minimal ingredients, time, and effort, you’re still presenting little ones with such a cute, tasty, and holiday-inspired spin on candy canes and candy bars. If you want to put a smile on family and friends’ faces, these teddy sleds also make perfect little sweet treats to share!

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Source: Gluesticks Blog

4. Christmas Tree Brownies

We certainly have plenty of Christmas Tree-shaped treat recipes to offer, but if your kids can’t get enough chocolate, then try these soft fudgy brownies for a satisfying dose of chocolate delight.

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Source: Dinner at the Zoo

5. Homemade Peppermint Oreos

The only thing better than a festive sleeve of Oreos is making them yourself—and these chocolate cookies made of crushed Oreos, filled with a creamy Oreo and peppermint filling, and coated with crushed peppermint candy will not disappoint.

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Source: Two Peas & Their Pod

6. Grinch Thumbprint Cookies

A charming-looking cookie to make with your little sweetheart who wishes they could soften the Grinch’s grouchy Christmas spirit with something sugary and sweet. They’ll especially appreciate the honor of placing each little red candy heart on top for the finishing touch.

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7. Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats have always been a favorite in my household, but making them into cute and festive Christmas trees makes them even better.

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8. Santa Hat Cupcakes

In just a few simple steps, you can take your plain (but still delicious) cupcakes and turn them into a festive treat! 

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Source: Frugal Momeh

9. Vanilla Snowman Cupcakes

For little ones who love a happy snowman and prefer vanilla to chocolate, this is the perfect cupcake recipe for a winter afternoon. They’ll love being able to decorate the snowmen’s faces with marshmallows, sprinkles, and candy—and they might even have some creative ideas of their own for what kinds of faces to make.

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Source: Skinny Taste

10. Chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I don’t know about you, but gooey, chocolatey goodness always has a place on my Christmas wishlist. Not only are these crinkle cookies delicious, but they also freeze well so there’s no reason not to make an extra batch (we won’t tell if they don’t actually make it to the freezer)! 

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Source: Savory Nothings

11. Candy Cane Cookies

If your favorite seasonal flavor is peppermint, you’re not going to want to pass up these candy cane cookies! They’re the perfect combination of sweet vanilla and bold peppermint. Plus, they’re adorable. 

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12. Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

If decorating Christmas cookies has always been one of your traditions, or if it’s one you’re wanting to start, this sugar cookie recipe is just what you need for a perfect baking day. 

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Source: Chungah Rhee

13. Christmas Bark

Warning: You’ll find yourself coming back for “just one more piece” of this Christmas bark more often than you’d like to admit. But, spoiler alert: It’s worth it. 

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Source: Celebrating Sweets

14. Christmas Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars

For anyone trying to take pre-made slice and bake cookies up a notch without too much extra kitchen work, it’s worth baking them into these homemade gooey chocolate chip cookie bars. You’re getting the best of both cookie worlds, really—festive sugar cookies balanced out by yummy chocolate chip ones. 

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15. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

No Christmas cookie collection is complete without pinwheel cookies, and of the many recipes out there, we think this one with radiant green and red swirls and sprinkle coating will be especially captivating for little ones’ eyes—and mouths!

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Source: Just a Taste

16. Easy Gingerbread Cookies

The holidays simply wouldn’t be the same without gingerbread cookies. This is the perfect recipe to make them soft and chewy.

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Source: Savory Nothings

17. Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

When it comes to cookies, the only combination better than chocolate and peppermint is soft and crunchy. Lucky for us, this recipe provides all of that in one.

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Source: Two Peas & Their Pod 

18. Christmas Butter Cookies

One of my favorite traditions as a kid was leaving out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. If your little ones love doing that too, try making these butter cookies this year—they happen to be Santa’s favorite (we’re sure of it).

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Source: Brown Sugar 

19. Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Stars

I’m a fan of just about anything dipped in chocolate, but I don’t think it gets much better than these cute shortbread stars. 

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Source: Gimme Delicious

20. Reindeer Cupcakes

If you want to put a smile on your little one’s face for the whole day, try making these reindeer cupcakes together. 

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Source: Half Baked Harvest

21. Easy Snow Ice Cream

If you’re in a place that receives snowfall this holiday season, you can invite a snowy treat into your kiddo’s hands with this cute ice cream recipe whose base is—you guessed it—fresh snow! Swap in green and red sprinkles on top for extra Christmas spirit.

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22. Cookie Cutter Peppermint Bark

These cutout peppermint bark treats are not only going to be a family favorite, but they also make for a great holiday gift! 

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Source: Peas and Crayons

23. Christmas M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you want to celebrate the holidays but don’t want to give up your favorite cookie, all you have to do is add a festive touch! 

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Source: Brown Sugar

24. Grain-Free Santa Hat Brownie Cookie Cups

These brownie cookie cups are adorable, but we also love that they’re grain- and gluten-free. This is the perfect recipe for everyone. 

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Source: Ambitious Kitchen

25. Homemade Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes

This recipe may be the only present we need this year. Treat everyone in your house to their favorite Little Debbie cakes that taste even better than store bought. 

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Source: Grandbaby Cakes

26. Christmas Poke Cake

Sometimes it’s just more fun to make a whole cake together, and this is a super easy one that combines the fun of Jell-O with your favorite white cake mix. The resulting fluffy cake with its fruity filling and creamy whipped topping makes for a dreamy winter treat that your whole family can enjoy.

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Source: Julie’s Eats and Treats

27. Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths

If your little one would love the idea of creating something gooey and green, then these marshmallow wreaths will be a hit. Whether you decide to melt the marshmallows with cornflakes or another favorite cereal, this is a simple recipe that littles can lend a helping hand to.

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Source: Just a Taste

28. Andes Mint Cookies

This is a recipe I couldn’t wait to try! It’s a tradition in my family for my mom (I mean, Santa) to put a package of Andes mints in everyone’s stockings, and this recipe was a perfect use for them. 

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Source: Two Peas & Their Pod

29. Peanut Butter Blossoms

My family knows by now that if these cookies aren’t on the roster for our annual baking day, there’s a good chance I won’t show up. They’re a timeless treat that deserve to be appreciated year after year. 

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Source: Sugar Spun Run

30. Christmas Chex Mix

We can’t think of a better way to spend an evening this holiday season than whipping up a batch of this Chex Mix before cuddling up on the couch and watching a holiday movie together. 

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Source: The Salty Marshmallow

31. Easy Oreo Gluten-Free Snowman Cookies

These cookies are simple to make, adorable, and will make everyone in your house sing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” Do with that what you will. 

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Source: Rachl Mansfield

32. Stained Glass Window Cookies

Without a doubt, this is the prettiest recipe on our list. Your little ones will feel like they’re working on an art project when making these cookies. 

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Source: Sally’s Baking Recipes

33. Stacked Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees

After working hard decorating the Christmas tree, reward yourself and your little ones by heading to the kitchen to whip up a batch of edible (and ultra-cute) cookie trees.

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Source: Life, Love and Sugar

34. Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Lemony cream cheese makes these gingerbread whoopee pies extra special. Kids will love putting them together, too!

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Source: Chungah Rhee | Damn Delicious

35. Nutter Butter Snowmen

These nutter butter snowmen couldn’t be cuter—or more delicious. Whip up some of these with your little ones after working hard playing in the snow. 

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36. Double-Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

The only thing better than chocolate is double-chocolate. Combine that with crunchy peppermint and frosting, and you’ve got a cookie everyone will love. 

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37. Christmas Mint Oreo Fudge

If it’s the vibrant colors that pull your kiddo toward their dessert of choice, then this bright green decadent fudge laced with mint Oreos, white chocolate chips, and Christmas M&Ms is definitely a winning choice to create together.

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