Add a little magic to your food this holiday season with these easy Christmas recipes. These kid-friendly, festive recipes are incredibly simple to make and are sure to bring a smile to children, big and small!
As the holidays approach, I become giddy with excitement that I get to play with my food!
But as much as I love playing with my food, I do not do complicated! I just do not have the time or artistic skills for that!
That is why every Christmas-themed recipe I am sharing with you today, is easy and does not require any special tools, ingredients, or long amount of time. Let's be honest, even if you are crafty, the holidays are already busy enough!
Have a little fun with your family and your food this year! The memories will last for years!
These Santa pancakes are adorable and are a simple way to make pancakes of any kind and make them into a festive breakfast fit for the Christmas season.
To Make Santa Pancakes
- Start with your favorite pancake recipe. I typically start with my whole wheat pancakes, but Gluten Free Pancakes or Vegan Pancakes are both great choices as well.
- Slice up bananas and arrange them at the bottom of the pancakes in an upside-down triangle to represent Santa's beard.
- Slice fresh ripe strawberries and then arrange them in a triangle at the top of the pancakes for Santa's hat.
- Outline the strawberry hat with whipped cream to replicate the white tassel and white trim on Santa's hat.
- Use 2 chocolate chips as Santa's eyes.
- Use a round strawberry slice as Santa's nose.
- Add additional whipped cream for Santa's mustache.
- Deliver a smile for breakfast.
Christmas Tree Vegetable Tray
This Festive Veggie Tray is again simple and is a great way to encourage kids to eat their vegetables! Add a side of hummus, tzatziki or homemade ranch on the side for a healthy Christmas treat everyone will dig into.
To make Christmas Tree Veggie Platter
- Place cleaned and trimmed broccoli florets in a large triangle in the middle of a serving tray to resemble the tree itself.
- Add sliced red peppers as garland for the tree.
- Use the stem of red pepper for the trunk of the tree.
- Using a star cookie cutter, cut out a star from a large yellow pepper slice.
- Decorate with sliced olives as ornaments.
Peanut Butter Reindeer Treats
This little Rudolph Snack Cake is my kids' favorite after-school snack around Christmas and it only takes minutes to prepare. Meaning even after a busy day, you can look like you put effort into making snack time fun.
How to Make a Rudolph "Sandwich"
- Spread rice cake (or pancake or bread cut into a circle) with peanut butter, almond butter, or soy butter.
- Add 2 pretzels for antlers.
- Add maraschino cherry as Rudolph's nose (you can also use a red candy morsel for the reindeer's nose.)
- Give Rudolph eyes by placing two slices of bananas on the rice cake and then topping each slice of banana with a chocolate chip.
Candy Cane Pizza
We have pizza night weekly at our house and this is the PERFECT pizza for Fridays in December. You can get follow the full recipe for Candy Cane Pizza, or follow the step-by-step directions below.
To make a Candy Cane Pizza
- Shape your favorite pizza dough into a cane shape–a lot easier than rolling, I must say–the kids had it done in seconds flat.
- Spread the dough with pizza sauce.
- Add pepperoni slices for the candy cane stripes.
- Bake until cheese is melted and browned.
More Easy Christmas Recipes
- Reindeer Sugar Cookies: Gingerbread Men turn into the cutest Reindeer cookie with the creative use of icing.
- Christmas Tree Deviled Eggs: Pipe out a Christmas Tree design as the filling for Deviled Eggs for a festive spin on a classic recipe.
- 3D Christmas Tree Cookies: Bring your Christmas Tree Cookies to life with this guide to making 3D trees from A Spicy Perspective.
- Homemade Hot Chocolate: This isn't any old hot chocolate recipe, this recipe is topped up with melting peppermint cream--so fun!
- Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies: These are super easy to treat kids love to help make.
- Reindeer Pretzels: Chocolate-covered pretzels are turned into festive reindeer with a few extra ingredients.
I hope you enjoy some festive fun with these simple homemade treats!
these are great ideas! my kids are 31 and up and my youngest son and his wife are on keto. my son has been very successful on this diet, losing weight and keeping it off. but i'm the ultimate cookie baker and trying a new candy as a habit. not wanting to sabatoge their diet i've tried and sometimes failed with their diet versus my treat planning. my son grows a variety of peppers mostly hot. i must share the veggie christmas tree. looks delightful! throw in a side of ranch dressing! great ideas!
I am so glad these ideas inspired you! I hope you enjoy these healthier treats and stay on track--it is so hard during the holidays!
Absolutely delicious! My kids loved these holiday themed food ideas! 10/10 recommend.
Sophie this makes my heart so happy that you were able to make memories with your kids while enjoying these treats. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.
Such fun ideas! Can't wait to do some of these with my kids!
Kell @ All Mum Said
These look like so much fun! The kiddos will love them.
Thanks Kell--my kids LOVE them all!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
Kristen, these are so fun and creative! I love it! My kids are a little older but my daughter loves to do this kind of stuff with my niece and nephews! Thanks for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays! Pinning!
What do you mean your kids are too old? Oh, maybe that is why my pre-teen is starting to roll his eyes at me and asking me to stop packing him cookie cutter sandwiches:) HA! HA!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
13, 15, and 17...yes, they'd definitely roll their eyes at me if I made them a reindeer anything...haha. But I love these, and I wish I had been this creative when they were little! These ideas are adorable!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
I hope you had a wonderful holiday Kristen, and wishing you a fabulous 2015!
I don't have the patience that goes into the first couple pictures. However, I love doing gingerbread houses!
Well Natalie if you have children, you could get out the supplies and let them go to town themselves.
These are so cute and so much fun! Santa Pancakes is my favorite.
Thanks so much Lysha.