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The silver lining to the pandemic is that without traditional holiday gatherings, and parties, and kids learning from home, there’s plenty of time to get them in the kitchen to whip up your favorite dishes and desserts. Still, cooking and baking with your kids can get messy and takes a dose of patience. So when it comes to kid-friendly Christmas recipes that are quick, easy, and fool-proof, this list fits the bill. 

KID-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE 

From Christmas morning breakfast ideas to Christmas cookies and plenty of holiday treats, these recipes are quick and easy and easy to make and will help you create memories your kids will treasure for years to come.

1. CHRISTMAS TREE WAFFLES 

These Christmas Tree Waffles from Little Sunny Kitchen are a great breakfast option for Christmas morning or a treat anytime during the season. 

With basic waffle ingredients, and either green food coloring, matcha, or kale powder to give them their greenish hue, your kids will love decorating these delicious gems and adding their favorite toppings.

2. NO-BAKE CHRISTMAS MARSHMALLOW TREATS

When you’re looking for kid-friendly Christmas recipes, you need them to be easy and quick. And if you don’t have to turn on your oven—even better. 

With melted marshmallows, Oreos, white chocolate, and a touch of peppermint extract (or candy canes), these No-Bake Christmas Marshmallow Treats from Everyday Family Cooking fit the bill. 

Looking for a gluten-free option? Simply replace the Oreos with gluten-free sandwich cookies like those from Glutino or Goodie Girl.

3. EASY STUFFED SANTA STRAWBERRIES 

With only three ingredients and 10 minutes to pull together, these Easy Stuffed Santa Strawberries from Wow, It’s Veggie?! are a fun, lightened up, kid-friendly treat that’s also a nice alternative to Christmas cookies.

4. VEGAN CHRISTMAS TREE BROWNIES 

These Vegan Christmas Tree Brownies from By The Forkful couldn’t be more adorable or easy and are some of the best kid-friendly Christmas recipes around. 

Dairy-free, egg-free, and honey-free, these little treats are delicious and double as a fun Christmas activity to do with your kids in the kitchen. 

5. EASY OREO BALLS 

With 3 simple ingredients, these no-bake Easy Oreo Balls from To Simply Inspire are one of the best kid-friendly Christmas recipes that add something extra special to your dessert table. 

These truffles are not only perfectly portioned for little hands, but at just 85 calories and 5 grams of sugar each, they’re a guilt-free dessert. 

Related: 23 Easy Ways to Slash Sugar From Your Kid’s Diet

6. CHRISTMAS PRETZEL HUGS 

Kid-Friendly Christmas recipes

There’s nothing better than the combination of sweet and salty and these Christmas Pretzel Hugs from Crayons & Cravings are the perfect holiday recipe for kids. 

Made with square pretzels, M&Ms, and Hershey’s Hugs, these little nuggets of goodness take just 5 minutes to make and are easy enough that your kids can help— or depending on their ages—make on their own. 

7. CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT BARK 

Every Christmas, I make Sweet and Saltines (one plain batch and one with coconut), and everyone loves them. 

So when I saw this similar recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Bark from Chocolates and Chai, I knew I had to include it in my list of kid-friendly Christmas recipes. 

What I love about this particular bark recipe is that it uses both dark and white chocolate which gives it a beautiful marble look, and it has just the right amount of crushed candy canes for a perfectly festive look. 

The best part is that it takes only 20 minutes to pull together and your kids can help you whether they’re in pre-school or middle school. 

8. CHRISTMAS MARSHMALLOWS 

If you’re looking for kid-friendly Christmas recipes but don’t want to make another cookie, then definitely try these Christmas Marshmallows from Mama Loves To Cook

With a handful of easy ingredients, your kids will love making—and eating— these adorable chocolate reindeer and snowmen marshmallows.  

9. CLASSIC NO-BAKE CORN FLAKE WREATH COOKIES 

These Classic No-Bake Corn Flake Wreath Cookies from Cooking With Carlee are the ultimate kid-friendly Christmas recipe. 

They’re crunchy and chewy, bursting with color, and so festive. These little treats can be pulled together in minutes flat—and will probably be devoured in the same amount of time. 

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Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.

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