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The Best-Kid Friendly Christmas Desert Recipes

Updated: Dec 5, 2018

Christmas is one of the best times of the year. I imagine curling up on the couch with my family, blankets and hot chocolate, and watching Christmas movies.

It is also the time to enjoy some of the many delicious treats for the holiday season! It is so much fun to let the children join in on making these fun treats! Keep reading to find a list of some of my favorite kid-approved Christmas dessert recipes to make some fun memories with less fuss.

Santa Hat Cupcakes

This recipe is one of the simpler ones, but it is no less fun! These would be great to make to take to your child’s school in a big batch, or just to enjoy with the family. You could dress it up with some Christmas cupcake liners if you want to be a little bit fancier.


Serves 12

· 1 Disposable frosting bag

1 Frosting, red12 Cupcakes1 Marshmallows, miniFrosting decorating tip


Attach your decorating tip and fill your frosting bag with red frosting. You can use a pre-filled, pre-tipped can of red frosting from the grocery store to make this recipe even easier! Make a circle base of frosting around the ring of your cupcake. Add the marshmallows around the ring, then build the base up for the Santa hat using your frosting. Cut a marshmallow in half and use as the ball of the hat. You can eat them now, or you can set them in the fridge for a few minutes to set. Enjoy!

I found this delicious recipe on Frugal Momeh!

Her link to the recipe is http://www.frugalmomeh.com/2014/12/santa-hat-cupcakes.html

Rudolph Brownies

These are too cute! Sure to be a kid favorite, these are almost too adorable to eat! Almost…


· 1 Box Brownie Mix

· Ingredients on back of Brownie mix (usually oil, eggs and water)

· Pretzels

· Holiday Mint M&M's (they come with red, white and green)

· About ½ cup of melted chocolate


Prepare the brownies per instructions on the box. Let them cool. Cut them into rectangle shapes. Using the melted chocolate, stick the pretzels on top to make antlers. Then, use the melted chocolate to place the eyes and reindeer nose. Use white M&M’s for the eyes, and red for the nose. Feel free to eat the green ones as you make these as an extra treat! Use the melted chocolate to place small dots on the “eyes”, and you’re done!

Your Cup of Cake shares the cute recipe on her page at


Reindeer Rice Krispies

These are a classic, but better! No matter the age, these are sure to be a hit! You are never too old for Rice Krispie Treats, especially at Christmas.


· 6 c. Rice Krispies Cereal

· (1) 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows

· 6 c. butter

· Premade Rice Krispies Treats (or look below for the recipe)

· Candy Eyeballs

· Red M&M’s or other red candy

· Dark Cocoa Candy Melts

· Craft Spoons – or just regular popsicle sticks


Melt butter in a large pot and add marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted, then take off of heat and add Rice Krispies cereal. Spoon into a buttered 9x13 pan. Let harden and cut into rectangles for reindeer. Carefully push your craft spoons into the treats. Melt the chocolate following the instructions on the package and then spoon into a plastic baggie. Cut a small hole in the corner of bag and use to make antlers. Use a small dot of chocolate under the candy eyes and M&M nose to attach them to the Rice Krispies Treat. Use the melted chocolate to add dots to the eyes and voila!

This yummy, sticky recipe came from Thirty Handmade Days website at


Marshmallow Snowman- Hot Cocoa Buddy

One of my favorites! I love a good cup of hot chocolate! These will make your kids giggle with delight! If you’re anything like me, you will have some extra candy corn leftover from Halloween.


· Marshmallows

· Pretzel sticks

· Candy corn

· Mini Chocolate Chips

· Extra-long toothpicks (4 inches)


The pretzel sticks are a little too long for the proportion of the snowman, so bite off the ends, leaving them about 3/4 as long as they were to begin with. Just experiment and see what look you like. Also, they go in a little easier if you twist them as you’re pushing them into the marshmallow. Normal sized toothpicks won’t work; you need the 4 inch variety, which is pretty easy to find at most grocery stores. Slide three marshmallows on the toothpick to create a snowman, then use scissors to clip off the pointy end of the toothpick. Use the toothpick to poke holes for the arms, legs, and nose, and then push pretzels and a candy corn in the snowman. Then poke small holes for the buttons and push mini chocolate chips into the holes. Place some mini chocolate chips in a sandwich baggie and melt in the microwave (30 seconds at a time until melted). Snip off a tiny corner of the baggie and “pipe” the chocolate out to draw eyes and a mouth on the snowman.

Make sure to let small kids know that there is a toothpick inside the snowman before they start eating it. Place on top of a cup of cocoa and enjoy!

This cool recipe idea is from It’s Always Autumn, and her recipe link is


Grinch Green Hot Chocolate

This would be a great recipe to create, then watch “Grinch” with the family! This will get everyone feeling silly, happy and warm inside!


· 4 cups milk

· 1 cup white chocolate chips

· 1/2 cup green candy melts

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

· 5-6 drops green food coloring (optional)

· whipped cream (optional)

· assorted green, black and red sprinkles


Add milk to a medium sauce pan and heat thoroughly. Do not boil. Lower heat and add white chocolate chips and green candy melts and stir until they dissolve. Add vanilla extract and 5-6 drops of green food coloring. Pour green hot chocolate in a cup. Top with whipped cream and assorted colored sprinkles. Enjoy your Grinchy-Hot Chocolate!

This fun-looking recipe was taken from Gibbles, Gobbles, and Gulps, and the recipe link is


Plan a day with your kids, or a few days spread out leading up to Christmas, and make these recipes. It is a great tradition to start with your children and will bring so many happy memories for the future! Don’t worry about the mess, and just focus on your children’s smiles and laughs as you make delicious, yummy treats together!


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