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Festive Christmas Baking With The Kids

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Stumped about what to gift extended family members this Christmas? Or, short on time and in dire need of extra hands in the kitchen to help you prepare the Christmas feast? Rope in the kids to help you bake up a storm! It may be messy and imperfect, but it’ll be tons of fun and a wonderful opportunity to create festive season memories. We’ve selected a few great recipes to try out these holidays.

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Baking Prep

Before we get baking, there are a few basics you will need to pick up. Luckily, we have scouted the best baking supply stores in Joburg to help you on your way to master baking with the little ones. Check out SA Baking Supplies in Meadowdale for all your basic ingredients – flour, eggs, cocoa, baking chocolate and butter. For all the extra bits like chewy candies, marshmallows and chocolate, visit Sunrise Sweet Market. Once you have stocked up on all the essentials, get the kids ready to bake these awesome Christmas treats.

Pinwheel Mince Pies

Kick off your festive Christmas baking with mince pie pinwheels. These Christmas must-haves come with a twist on the usual mince-filled pastry cups by making star-shaped pinwheel tartlets instead. They can be a little finicky to make, so perhaps enlist the help of older kids. Click the link below to access the baking method and ingredients list!

Source: Good Food Shared blog, Lorraine Pascale’s Last-Minute Christmas Mince Pies.

Sugar Cookie Advent Calendar

We don’t know about you, but we find that chocolate Advent calendars are outrageously expensive. Save some bucks by letting the kids make their own 25-day edible countdown chart out of simple sugar cookies. Package each cookie into a small paper bag and fasten with a coloured ribbon. Number each bag with a coloured pen or glitter stickers. Then hang the cookies on the Christmas tree as decoration. Click the link below to access the baking method and ingredients list!

Recipe adapted from Kitchen Counter Chronicles blog.

Nougat Gumdrop Candy Parcels

Sally Williams, anyone? We know how much South Africans love the sticky, sweet treats during the holiday season. Making your own nougat bars is surprisingly easy, and little helpers are sure to be enticed by the addition of festive coloured gumdrops. Package two or three bars into chiffon bags and hand them out as gifts to family and friends.  Click the link below to access the baking method and ingredients list!

Source: South African Recipes on Facebook.

Peppermint Crisp Flapjack Stack

The combination of two age-old dessert classics, flapjacks and peppermint crisp mousse, is the perfect way to end off a big Christmas meal. Impress your guests, and yourself, with this deceptively simple but delicious table centrepiece. Let the kiddies help you spread the filling onto the flapjacks or sprinkle over the peppermint crisp chocolate. Look the other way as they lick their sticky fingers! Click the link below to access the baking method and ingredients list!

Recipe adapted from South African Recipes on Food 24.

Reindeer Brownies

These aren’t your ordinary, everyday bake sale brownies. That’s right: Rudolph is officially in town. These Reindeer Brownies not only boast adorable looks, but they’re also delightfully simple to whip up, making them a perfect project for the kids to lend a hand in the kitchen. Click the link below to access the baking method and ingredients list!

Source: Southern Living.

Santa’s Kitchen-Sink Cookies

Engage the kids in a delightful activity with these enjoyable and simple-to-create cookies. Santa’s Kitchen Sink Cookies are loaded with treats—think red and green M&Ms, mini pretzel twists, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows. Just a heads-up: these cookies have a reputation for being utterly irresistible. Putting a holiday spin on our family-favorite Kitchen Sink Cookies, these seasonal treats feel like they were specially delivered from the North Pole to your doorstep. Santa’s Kitchen Sink Cookies are crafted to be a fantastic baking endeavor to share with your little ones. Happy baking! Click the link below to access the baking method and ingredients list!

Source: Southern Living.

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If you have any kiddie-friendly festive Christmas baking recipes, please share them with us in the comments section below. Happy baking! 

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