The holidays are a great time to do special things with your kids and to start traditions that you will love together for years to come. Your kids will love learning how to make new family dishes, and you'll both love the time you get to spend together.
While your children may not be ready to help you make the turkey or ham for your Christmas feast, they can help you make other delicious treats that your whole family will love. Here are a few recipes from around the web that we've found that you can use to spend quality time with your kids in the kitchen:
Chocolate Pudding Cake
This decadent cake from Allrecipes.com is easy and quick to make. Mix up some pudding, bits of Angel food cake, whipped cream, and chocolate and you're done. Put it in the fridge to chill, and it will be ready for you and your family to enjoy in about an hour. Even younger kids can get in on the action to help make this treat, and kids of all ages will love eating it.
No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (Source: http://www.momswhothink.com/kids-recipe/kids-recipes-n.html)
These were a favorite in my house at the holidays, but you can really enjoy them all year round. This recipe comes from Moms Who Think, and it's an easy one for kids to make. You'll have to help with melting the ingredients on the stove (or supervise for older kids), but the recipe is very simple. The best part is that they are ready to eat in no time -- though you may end up eating them in shorter time than it took you to make them.
Homemade Hot Chocolate
Here's another one from Martha Stewart -- another classic holiday drink. You and your kids will love making cups of this rich hot chocolate to go with your favorite holiday cookies. The simple recipe is suitable for all ages to make (though you will have to supervise the younger ones), and it is ready to enjoy in minutes.
Sugar cookies are a holiday classic, and this recipe from Betty Crocker is an easy one for you to make with kids. Of course, the real fun comes when the cookies are finished baking and you can decorate them. You can hang them on your tree, wrap them up and give them as gifts, or just enjoy them with some milk and cookies.
What are some of your favorite holiday recipes to make with your kids? Share your tips or links to your favorite recipes in the comments!
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance writer and researcher for Culinaryschools.org, where recently she’s been researching the culinary academy of austin. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.