Christmas recipes for the kids
Get the kids to help out in the kitchen this Christmas with these fun, festive recipes that all the family can make – it might be messy, but it will be fun and yum!
1. Mars Bars Christmas Crackles
Kids love helping to make these Mars Bars Christmas crackles and pressing the red Smarties into the white chocolate. If you want to make them a little more Christmas-y, just add 2/3 cups of either mixed fruit, chopped cherries and currants (if you are not partial to mixed peel in the mixed fruit) or apricots and slivered almonds.
- 200g Mars Bars, chopped
- 2 tbsp of pouring (thin) cream
- 2 tsp cocoa powder, sifted
- 3 cups Rice Bubbles
- 100g white chocolate
- Canola spray
- 24 red Smarties (or M&Ms)
- Spray a little canola spray into 2 x 12 cup mini-muffin trays.
- Melt the Mars Bars, cream and cocoa in a glass bowl over simmering water. The bowl should not touch water. Stir the mixture until smooth.
- Put the Rice Bubbles in a separate large bowl, pour in the chocolate mixture and stir until well mixed.
- Spoon the mixture into the muffins tray and press down gently.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours and turn out onto a tray to decorate.
- Melt the white chocolate in the microwave checking and stirring it at 30 second intervals. Pour it into a piping bag while warm and snip the tip off.
- Turn the crackles upside down and pipe the chocolate on. Finish with a red chocolate button on top of each one.
Serves 24 | Prep time 20 mins + 2 hours refrigeration2. Christmas tree brownies
This is a traditional brownie recipe with a Christmas spin! These Christmas tree brownies
are great to take to a Christmas party on a platter - or to give as gifts. The kids will LOVE being in charge of the decorations - just try to teach them that 'less is more' when it comes to Smarties!
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup self-raising flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 tub Betty Crocker Vanilla icing
- 1 pkt rice crackers
- Coated choc chips
- Smarties (or M&Ms)
3. Cupcake Christmas tree
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a round cake tin with baking paper and set aside.
- In a bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together and light and fluffy.
- Beat in the flour, melted butter, cocoa and vanilla until well combined.
- Pour into cake tin and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Leave to cool and slice into 8 wedges.
- Place the vanilla icing in a ziplock bag and snip the corner off. Pipe the icing onto the wedges to cover the whole brownie.
- Place a rice cracker into the bottom to create a tree stump.
- Decorate with various decorations to your liking.
This cute cupcake Christmas tree
is great to make with the kids and they will love decorating it too!
- 1 x batch quick chocolate cupcakes
- 1 x batch buttercream icing
- Green food colouring
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Smarties (to decorate)
- Make cupcakes and icing and keep about 3 tbsp of the buttercream separate and colour the remaining icing green.
- Ice 10 cupcakes with the green buttercream then decorate nine of these with smarties, keeping one green cupcake aside.
- Mix a little cocoa powder into the remaining buttercream or until desired chocolate colour is achieved then ice the remaining two cupcakes before decorating with brown Smarties.
- For the star on top; you can either ice a star-shape onto your remaining green cupcake, or top with a star-shaped cookie. Top this with a little green icing and one pretty red Smartie.
- Arrange the cupcakes into a tree shape then finish with the two brown cupcakes and you're done!
Serves 12 | Prep 20 mins | Cook 20 mins
Recipes were sourced from www.kidspot.com.au.