Christmas baking ideas for children

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There’s so many different treats that you can make and bake with kids during the Christmas season.

These are a few of my favourites; they’re all fairly simple to make, but more than anything, they’re great fun.

Marshmallow snowmen

These are really easy and they don’t involve any cooking at all - just be careful using cocktail sticks with very small children.

What you need:

Marshmallows

Black icing pen

Orange icing pen (optional)

Strawberry laces

Large chocolate buttons

Chocolates or sweets (to form the top of the hat - round with a flat top, or domed shapes work well)

Cocktail sticks

Icing sugar (optional)

 

What to do:

  • Skewer three marshmallows onto a cocktail stick and chop off any extra bit of cocktail stick that might poke out of the end
  • Wrap and tie a strawberry lace around the neck of the snowman as a scarf
  • Use the black icing pen to draw on the eyes, mouth and buttons
  • Use the orange icing pen for the nose (or the black one)
  • Stick on the chocolate button with a bit of icing to form the rim of the hat
  • Stick on a chocolate or sweet to make the top of the hat
  • Repeat until you have enough snowmen
  • Dust with icing sugar (optional)

 

 

Stained glass window biscuits/ Christmas trees with baubles

These look amazing, and are really easy to make. If you want to hang them on your tree, then make a hole in them before baking (I use a straw to make the hole).

You can use most biscuit recipes, but I like to make gingerbread biscuits for this. If you don’t want to do the stained glass windows, just bake biscuits whole and then decorate with icing and sprinkles.

What you need:

350g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2tsp ground nutmeg

125g butter

175g light soft brown sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp golden syrup

Pinch of salt

Boiled sweets

Biscuit cutters

 

What to do:

The gingerbread mix

  • Use a food processor to mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg with the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs
  • Add the sugar and briefly mix
  • Put in the egg and golden syrup and mix until it mostly forms a ball
  • Take the mix out and knead it briefly until it all comes together properly
  • Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for 15 minutes

 

To make stained glass window biscuits:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Roll out the biscuit mix until it’s about 0.5cm thick
  • Cut out your biscuit shapes. If you’re making Christmas trees, cut out small circles to make baubles. If not, then use a smaller version of your cutter to cut out the middle of the biscuit. If you don’t have a smaller version, do it by hand, or cut out different shapes
  • Put the biscuits onto a baking tray
  • Separate the boiled sweets into their different colours. Put each colour in a bag and bash them with the rolling pin until they’re crushed up
  • Sprinkle the crushed up sweets into the holes in your biscuit, but not the hole for hanging them up!
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

 

Reindeer cupcakes

What you need:

150g self raising flour

50g cocoa powder

200g unsalted butter

200g caster sugar

4 eggs

Cupcake cases

Brown fondant icing

Red fondant icing

Black writing icing

Twigs / chocolate matchsticks / glittery pipe cleaners (to make the antlers)

 

What do to:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Mix the caster sugar with the butter until it starts to look white
  • Add in one egg at a time and mix
  • Sieve the flour and cocoa power in and mix to combine
  • Half fill cupcake cases with the mixture
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes
  • Leave to cool on a cooling rack
  • Roll out the brown icing and cut out circles big enough to cover the top of each cupcake
  • Use writing icing to stick them on
  • Cut out red circles of icing to make a nose and stick them on with writing icing
  • Cut out brown ears and stick them on with writing icing
  • Use the writing icing to draw two eyes
  • Stick on the antlers

 

Chocolate Marshmallows

These are fun, delicious and very simple to make.

What you need:

A bag of marshmallows

White chocolate

Milk chocolate

Festive sprinkles

Lollipop sticks

 

What to do:

  • Heat both types of chocolate in separate bowls (either on top of a pan of simmering water or in the microwave)
  • Push a lolly stick into each marshmallow
  • Dip the marshmallows into the white or milk chocolate, and then put your sprinkles on top. Alternatively, put your sprinkles on a plate and dip the marshmallow and chocolate into them
  • Place them in a tall glass until they’ve fully cooled and set

 

Jo Murricane has two young children and she loves food and drink. You can read all about her food and family investigations on her blog, jo-blogs.co.uk.

 

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