There are some really fun recipes you can make with your kids this Christmas. Nothing hard and overly fancy but simple and cute to boot! Enjoy making memories with your kids!

1) Santa Bananas: Easy and fun to do!126

For the Santa, cut a large marshmallow in half and put a banana slice between them. {If you are not going to be eating these right away, dip the banana in lemon or orange juice to avoid browning.} Top with a strawberry and small marshmallow. I used a couple of chocolate sprinkles for the eyes and an M&M for the nose. Skewer on a stick for a fun and healthy fruit pop!

2) Christmas Puppy Chow:6

Ingredients:

5 Cups of Rice Chex Cereal
10 Ounces of Melting White Chocolate or White Almond Bark
1 Cup of Crushed Candy Canes
1 Cup of Icing Sugar

Directions:

Pour the cereal into a large bowl. Melt white chocolate/almond bark according to the package directions. Pour melted chocolate over cereal, stirring and folding until the cereal is completely covered. Fold in the crushed candy canes.
Pour the confectioners’ sugar into a large container or zipped-top bag. Pour the chocolate covered cereal/candy canes in next. Seal the bag or container and shake until all the cereal is coated with the powdered mixture.
Discard excess powder. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks, if it lasts that long!

3) Crunchy Popcorn Pops:6

Ingredients:

12-14 cups popped, plain popcorn {keep warm}
1 lb marshmallows
1 stick butter plus more for your hands
food colouring {optional}
1 1/2 cups Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips, divided

Directions:

Melt the marshmallows and butter together, stirring frequently. Add in food colouring, a drop or two at a time until desired colour is achieved. Pour marshmallow mixture over warm popcorn. Sprinkle 1 cup of Andes chips over the top.
Butter your hands generously and dig in! {The butter protects your hands from the heat and keeps the marshmallow mixture from sticking to you. Reapply as necessary.} Mix everything together and start forming balls.

Stick the popsicle stick in the popcorn ball and roll in remaining Andes chips.
A lot of people think that popcorn balls are really sticky – but these aren’t! Once they have set up for about 20 minutes you can touch them and not get sticky at all.

4) Christmas Pretzel Buttons:6

Ingredients:

Small Pretzels
Hershey’s Kisses (unwrapped)
M&M candies

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 200ºF.
Lay out pretzels on a parchment-lined baking sheet, salty side down if you’re extra picky like my husband, and top each one with a Hershey’s Kiss.
Bake for about 10 minutes, until the Hershey’s Kisses are just shiny (watch the first batch fairly closely and time the rest by that!).
Remove the tray from the oven and immediately press an M&M candy into the top of each kiss.
Let cool completely. (If you don’t eat them all immediately, that is!)

5) Christmas Pretzel Rods:6

Ingredients:

1 (10 oz.) bag pretzel rods
1 (24 oz.) package white chocolate bark coating or 1 (1 lb.) bag white candy melts (you’ll only use about 10 or 12 oz.)
1 to 2 T. shortening
Assorted sprinkles

Directions:

In a tall skinny container (such as a pottery cup or perhaps even a small glass vase), melt bark coating or candy melts and shortening together in the microwave per package directions (typically in 30 second intervals, stirring in between).
Dip each pretzel rod in the candy coating, letting excess coating drip off back into the container. Sprinkle with sprinkles, as desired.
Place on waxed paper and let stand for coating to set up.
I pour the leftover white chocolate coating into a plastic storage container and save it for another use later. All you have to do is heat it back up in the microwave, omitting the shortening (since it’s already in there).

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.