Create Holiday Treats and Memories with your Kids

Holidays are just the most perfect time to get your kids in the kitchen. Create yummy desserts and wonderful memories together with these simple, child friendly holiday treats recipes.

Golden Almonds Holiday Treats

This gorgeous recipe for golden chocolate covered almonds is a wonderful holiday gift for teachers or loved ones. But don't be surprised if you'll have a hard time parting with them. They are not only pretty to look at, but addictively delicious.

Golden Chocolate Covered Almonds

Recipe
1 tablet of good quality chocolate
2 cups of roasted almonds
1 teaspoon of food safe golden powder
Tray lined with parchment paper

  1. Place chocolate in a stainless steel bowl. Place it over a pot of boiling water. Slowly melt the chocolate by gently stirring it.
  2. Roast almonds for 5-10 minutes in a 350F oven. Watch them carefully so they don't burn.
  3. Now it's time to pass the apron over to your young sous chefs.
  4. Place the melted chocolate in one bowl and the roasted almonds in another. Instruct your child to dip each almond in the chocolate and then transfer the chocolate dripping almond to a tray lined with parchment paper.
  5. Take few photos, as there will most certainly be a chocolate mustache involved.
  6. After all the almonds are coated in chocolate and placed on the tray, place the tray in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  7. After the chocolate is set, prepare a little bowl with edible gold dust and a little brush. Ask your child to paint each almond with the golden dust.
  8. Place the golden almonds in a jar. Enjoy.
reindeer chocolates Holiday Treats.CR2

Show this recipe to your child and you'll be nagged for days to make these chocolate reindeers. It happened to me. But the hardest part about this recipe is to purchase the glazed cherries. Seriously.

Chocolate Reindeers

Recipe

Tablet of good quality chocolate
Mini pretzels
Several smarties or other candies for eyes
Glazed cherries cut in half
Tray lined with parchment paper

  1. Place chocolate in a stainless steel bowl. Place it over a pot of boiling water. Slowly melt the chocolate by gently stirring it.
  2. With a spoon make little circles. Tap the tray slightly after you're done to release any potential air bubbles.
  3. Now hand the chocolate circles to your child for decorating. All you need to do is show them a photo of this reindeer. They will figure it out on their own.
  4. Place the tray in the refrigerator for one hour. Enjoy!
Meringue Rings Holiday Treats.CR2

Edible holiday decorations. This is a very fun project to do with kids. The Meringue Garlands are easy to make and fun to use to decorate a Christmas tree.

Meringue Garlands

Recipe

3 egg whites
5 oz of sugar
Tray with parchment paper
Teaspoon of edible golden powder or edible golden spray

  1. Separate 3 egg whites. Beat them until they form stiff peaks.
  2. Slowly incorporate sugar, beating at the same time.
  3. Incorporate golden powder (optional).
  4. Turn the oven on to a very low heat 140C / 280F.
  5. Prepare a tray with parchment paper. Using a spoon or icing gun make mini meringues in a circle, so that they touch each other. This will create a garland.
  6. If you have a young child, it's fine for them to use a small spoon and make little spoon meringues.
  7. Place the meringues tray in the oven for about 40 minutes.
  8. Once they cool down, place a ribbon in the middle, tie it and hang the meringues ring on the tree. Or just eat it!
Mediantes Holiday Treats with Kids.CR2

One of the easiest and child friendly holiday treats recipe, is also one of the more fancy sounding ones. These nut and fruit studded chocolates are called Mendiants and they are a traditional French confection that dates way back to the Middle Ages. They are also part of one of the 13 desserts of a Provencal Christmas celebration...Enjoy.

Easy and Yummy Mendiants

Recipe

Tablet of good quality dark chocolate
A mix of nuts and dried fruit
Tray lined with parchment paper

  1. Place chocolate in a stainless steel bowl. Place it over a pot of boiling water. Slowly melt the chocolate by gently stirring it.
  2. With a spoon make little circles. Tap the tray slightly after you're done to release any potential air bubbles.
  3. Give your child a bowl of nuts and dried fruit and ask them to decorate each disk.
  4. Alternatively you can decorate the disks with fresh fruit, like pomegranate seeds, berries and coconut flakes.
  5. Place the tray in a refrigerator for up to an hour, so that they chocolate sets.
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