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5 After-school treats for cold winter days

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Fun after-school snacks

Do your kids rush to the kitchen as soon as they come home from school? Reward them after a day of hard work with these fun and inviting after-school snacks, which are perfect for cold winter days.

When your children come home from school, surprise them with these tasty treats.


Peanut butter, pretzel and brownie thumbprint cookies

Fun after-school snacks

This thumbprint cookie is no normal thumbprint cookie. This recipe combines cookie dough with pretzels and brownie batter, making it the ultimate combination cookie. Crunchy, salty and chewy — all in one warm and tasty cookie. Say no more!

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Churro chips

Fun after-school snacks

These little cinnamon-sugar-topped morsels are perfect for a sweet snack. Don't have a fryer? That's OK — all you need is a large skillet, some oil for frying, uncooked tortillas and a mixture of sugar and cinnamon to make these delicious treats that will have your kids begging for more.

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Buttery cinnamon sugar soft pretzels

Fun after-school snacks

The taste of cinnamon and the warmth of pretzel bread straight from the oven will have children excited the moment they walk through the door.

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Oven-baked zucchini chips

Fun after-school snacks

Kids love chips, so give them what they want — they don't have to know this version is so healthy. Rather than fried, these chips are baked, using zucchini as the main ingredient. They also make for a great way to use that zucchini that's sitting in your fridge right now.

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Healthy blueberry oatmeal mini muffins

Fun after-school snacks

While this makes a great breakfast, it can also make a perfect after-school snack on cold, wintry days. Because you can throw in whatever fruit you and your children enjoy (strawberries, apples, walnuts — the list is endless), you can easily modify this recipe. It's also more healthy than other traditional after-school snacks because it uses whole-wheat flour, oats, flaxseed, applesauce, Greek yogurt and fruit.

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