Christmas cooking for kids that actually works

This article about Christmas cooking for kids was last updated in 2021.

Your kids want to do some Christmas cooking, so why the hell not?

Cue: Images of yourself and your beloved children laughing and bonding as you produce delicious, Pinterest-worthy treats.

Yet with so many online recipes at our fingertips, many of which are brought to us with the benefit of technology to make them look picture-perfect, the reality of your cooking session could be more Master Disaster than Master Chef.

It’s disappointing for the kids and it’s disappointing for you as wasted ingredients and unidentifiable objects line the work surface. Tempers may be frayed as your holiday activity is swiftly deemed a festive foodie flop.

Well not this year!

We’ve trawled the Internet and tested a number of seemingly super-simple Christmas recipes which don’t require a degree and three years’ experience in a pastry kitchen to create. These are recipes that actually work! And honestly, if we can do them … anyone can.

So read on and decide what gastronomical delights you’ll create this Christmas …

Christmas cooking for kids that actually works


If you don’t fancy bacon with your pancakes, which we didn’t, use a few pretzels instead (chocolate coated even – yum). Pretzels were made to improvise reindeer antlers.

Rudolph Pancakes | Beanstalk Mums

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No notes or substitutes for this no-bake, no-fuss recipe. It’s just sooooo easy. It travels well too, so great for classroom parties or ‘bring a plate’ functions.

Christmas Cooking for Kids | Christmas Tree Fairy Bread | Beanstalk Mums

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No kids cooking list is complete without this jokey treat. We used a normal caramel sauce and Woolly’s own chocolate chips.

Reindeer Poop Cookie Recipe | Beanstalk Mums

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Give them a go. I promise you they work. Just use a snap lock bag for the icing. We didn’t have green food colouring so used white icing and we used straws for the sticks. So cool.

Christmas tree pops | Beanstalk Single Mums

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Not strictly a kids recipe but definitely easy enough for this list. Lots of fun to be had sticking the biscuits together with the cream. And the end result is one they (and you) will be eternally proud of.

Choc Ripple Cake | Beanstalk Mums

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This is super easy and if you’re making a batch for a large group you could make another one with green jelly and serve them intermittent on a tray. A sure-fire way to impress the masses.

Christmas Cooking for Kids | Christmas Jelly Slice | Beanstalk Mums

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Ah the delight of no-cook recipes. We used normal Oreos but the ones on the picture have red in the middle. No worries ours were just as good. A little fiddly getting the bobble on the hat so make sure the strawberries are really dry for that bit.  And they need to be quite big strawberries too.

Oreo strawberry Santa hats | Beanstalk Single Mums

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Kids will love these cute and delicious snowman truffles that come together in a few minutes. You can make the truffles ahead of time and keep in the fridge until ready to use. Perfect on top of cakes and for entertaining.

Christmas Cooking for Kids | Chocolate Snowman Truffles | Beanstalk Mums

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Christmas cooking for kids that actually works (cont.)

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Christmas isn’t complete without hot cocoa. Make it extra special with added gingerbread spice. Feel free to use your favourite cocoa mix and vegan ingredients.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Man Image

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Frozen Popcorn Snowballs

These popcorn snowballs are perfect for Frozen-obsessed kids. They come together in less than an hour, but you can save time by using store-bought popcorn.

Christmas Cooking for Kids | Frozen Popcorn Snowballs | Beanstalk Mums

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Christmas Tree Fruit Platter

For an easy and healthy Christmas treat, this tree fruit platter is unbeatable. The recipe calls for grapes, raspberries and blackberries, but feel free to use your favourite fruits.

Christmas Tree Fruit Platter | Beanstalk Mums

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Christmas Truffles

Who doesn’t love truffles? They’re so yummy and festive. You can make these kid-friendly ones in just 30 minutes. Great for gifting or entertaining.

Christmas truffles | Beanstalk Single Mums

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Sweetie Bauble Decorations

We love edible decor for the holidays. These ones are easy to make and look amazing hanging on the tree. Use Jelly Tots, gum drops or sweets of your choice.

Sweetie Bauble Decor | Beanstalk Mums

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Gingerbread People

Gingerbread cookies are another holiday staple. Save on prep time by decorating the cookies with store-bought tubes of icing and sweets. Get the kids involved and make it a fun family activity on Christmas eve.

Christmas cooking for kids | Gingerbread People | Beanstalk Mums

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Please go forth and have lots of kitchen fun with your beautiful children.

Oh and don’t spend hours washing-up. Try these 10 easy tips to avoid washing up.

Happy Christmas cooking.

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