Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Foods that Kids Can Prepare

Christmas is a holiday where the entire family tries to get together. Sweet smells waft from the kitchen as those with the talent prepare meal after meal to everyone’s delight. If you have kids, get them in on the Christmas cooking craze.

It is a common myth that kids don’t want anything to do with the kitchen. In fact, kids love to cook. How do you think we got so many wonderful chefs in the world? When you invite them in and give them something to do, kids will jump at the chance to cook in the kitchen.

No matter what you are cooking (or baking) in the kitchen, the key here is cleanliness. In preparation, buy your child their own apron. Aprons will protect their clothing, giving them a place to wipe their hands. Also, keep plenty of paper towels and hand soap available as they will be washing their hands quite a lot.

Baking is the easiest thing to start with. Let your kids cut their culinary teeth on breakfast. Cookies are a favorite place where they can learn and not get in trouble for making a mess. As you go from step to step, explain to your kids what you are about to do.

Baking involves most of the work to be done away from the stove. You can set up a work area on the kitchen table or the counter if your kids are tall enough. Let them create there while you prep the stove for the food.

For any recipe, begin by gathering your ingredients and utensils. It will feel like a kitchen show; your kids will love that. Show them how to do each step and then let them take over from there.

We mentioned cookies before. Anything that goes into the oven is a good start for kids:

  • Christmas cookies
  • Breakfast casserole
  • Cakes
  • Dinner 
  • Rolls

  • More holiday cooking activities:

    Learn How to Make Homemade Chocolates
    Homemade Fudge Recipes
    Christmas Candy Recipes
    Homemade Suckers
    Christmas Cookie Recipes
    Gingerbread House Recipes
    Food Gift Ideas
    Dough Ornament Recipes
    Happy New Year Recipes
    Snowman Theme Recipes

    What do you like cooking with your kids this time of year?
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    1. These are great, easy ideas!

    2. These are really interesting ideas. I think it is really good to envolve your kids in cooking activities. They learn how to cook, math skills, and have memories they will never forget.

    3. I love my kids baking with me. My 14 year old is very creative in baking too.

    4. These sound scrumptious! I am interested in making many of these!

      Thanks for the Post, Pictures, and the Links!

    5. This post brings back great memories.

    6. Love baking wtih my kids. Christmas is the best time to make all kinds of goodies with them. Some are for and some are gifts, great way to show how making something and giving to others is a wonderful thing to do.

    7. My kids are all grown up and my grand kids aren't old enough yet. We would make cookies and maybe cake pops when they get older.

    8. I always loved making those sugar cookies with my mom when I was little. I was also the pot stirrer when it came to the fudge and divinity. I do things a little bit simpler for my holiday baking, so when I see kid friendly, I'm on it! Thank you.

    9. I always loved making sugar cookies with my family during the holidays! :)

    10. How coincidental, my fiance and my 13 year-old son were baking cookies last night and today. I believe kids can learn to help cook or bake when they are really young as long as there is plenty of supervision and patience. I have had him help me from time to time since he was about 4 or so.

    11. i made these today with the little girls next door was alot of fun

    12. Our grandchildren LOVE to cook. They always help in the kitchen when they come to visit. In fact, it's usually one of the first things they ask when they arrive: "What are we going to cook today?"

    13. I love making cookies with my daughter.

    14. my oldest son likes to help with dinner. splash on spices. my younger one loves to stir whatever is in the pots and pans =]

    15. The kids love helping me bake and make all the treats, pies and cakes for the holidays we have a great time together every year