The holidays are a great time of year to show off your cooking skills, but they can also be a fun time to bond in the kitchen with your children. If you want to give your kids something to make for the holidays without an instant sugar rush, the recipes below will be the perfect fit. Here are some simple and healthy holiday treats that kids love to make – and eat!
Grinch kabobs are a holiday staple in my household, and they are so simple to put together. All you need is a set of toothpicks, some green grapes, a banana, and some mini marshmallows. Rinse off the fruit, slice the banana into small rounds, and chop off the top of the strawberries. Then assemble the ingredients in the following order on a toothpick: grape, banana slice, strawberry (flat side toward banana), and marshmallow. You should end up with a tiny Grinch face that tastes great too!
If your kids love string cheese, they are going to love putting these together. Just get a set of white string cheese in individual wrappers, making sure that the wrappers are clear and have no advertisements on them. Cut out small top hats from black construction paper or cardstock to put at the top of the cheese, and then use a ribbon to create a scarf about an inch below the hat. Use a black Sharpie to draw on the buttons and the face, and then use an orange Sharpie to create the nose. You should end up with a super cute treat that your kids will want to show off.
There are several ways to go about making these appetizers, and some are a little more complicated than others. For all of the recipes, you need a set of large strawberries, rinsed and sliced so that the pointed end forms a small “hat.” You can choose to hollow the strawberries with a paring knife if you want to fill them up, or you can leave them as they are.
You will need a white, whipped substance to go in between the body and the hat, forming the appearance of a beard. That could be low fat whipped cream, or it could be a beaten mixture of one 8 ox pack of softened cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. For canned whipped cream, you may squirt it directly on the strawberry. For the mixture or whipped cream in a tub, use a piping bag or a freezer bag with a hole in the corner to control the flow.
Squirt your cream into the strawberry so it fills the bottom and covers the top like a fluffy beard. Then put the “hat” on top and add a tiny dab of whipped cream to the tip. You may also add whipped cream buttons to the front of the belly and seeds or raisins for eyes.
Play around with these delicious holiday treats, and you’ll be bonding with the kids in no time!