3 Easy kid-friendly Christmas recipes

Dec 13, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. ET

These super-cute and very easy festive holiday recipes are perfect for the kids since they all include options for decorating. Get the little ones in the kitchen and start making memories.

Christmas is the time for family, and we have just the recipes to help you get the whole clan cooking together. From Christmas tree stacked pancakes to adorable snowman truffles and Santa hat brownie bites, these will make your holidays even sweeter!

Christmas tree pancake stack

3 easy festive Christmas recipes

Yields 2 Christmas tree pancake stacks


For the pancakes

  • 4 cups Bisquick
  • 2 cups fat-free milk (can substitute dairy-free milk if desired)
  • Green food coloring
  • Cooking spray

For the (optional) toppings

  • Powdered sugar
  • Holiday sprinkles
  • Fresh fruit
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the Bisquick, milk and and several drops of green food coloring to achieve the shade you want. Using a hand mixer, mix the ingredients until the batter is thick and smooth.
  2. Heat a large pan or griddle over medium heat. Spray the pan with cooking spray and begin to make 2  large pancakes. Make a total of 6-8 pancakes per stack, keeping each pancake smaller in size than the last.
  3. Once all of the pancakes are cooked, arrange them on a plate biggest to smallest. Top with powdered sugar, whipped cream or any toppings desired and serve immediately.

Oreo snowman truffles recipe

3 easy festive Christmas recipes

Adapted from Pinterest

Yields about 20 snowmen, depending on size


  • 1 package Oreo cookies
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 (16 ounce) package vanilla candy melts
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Mini orange-colored candies
  • Black frosting pen or food marker


  1. In a food processor, add the package of Oreo cookies. Process the cookies until they are ground to a fine texture. Add in the cream cheese and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. Wrap the mixture in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Begin to form the truffles by rolling 2 different-size balls out of the cookie mixture. (A larger ball for the base of the snowman and a smaller ball for the head.) Gently press the two truffles together so they stick, being careful not to mash them. Repeat with all of the truffles and place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Chill the truffles for 30 minutes to help them firm back up.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the candy melts and the vegetable oil. Microwave on high several minutes, stirring frequently or until the candy melts have completely melted.
  4. Using a fork to hold the snowmen, gently dip into the melted candy coating and placing back on the wax paper. Quickly place one orange candy on each snowman’s face to create the nose and allow the candy coating to harden. Once candy coating has hardened, draw eyes and mouth on each truffle. Serve or store in an airtight container.


If you can't find tiny orange candies for the nose, try using Fruity Pebbles cereal! They work great and that is what we used in our photo.

Santa hat brownie bites recipe

3 easy festive Christmas recipes

Adapted from mommysavers.com

Yields about 24 bites


  • 1 boxed brownie mix
  • 24 strawberries, washed, dried and tops removed
  • Whipped cream


  1. Prepare the brownie mix as directed on the package. Bake the brownies and allow to cool completely.
  2. Using a mini biscuit cutter or a small round cooker cutter, begin cutting out circles from the brownie. Place all of the brownie bites on a serving platter.
  3. Place a dollop of whipped cream on each of the brownie bites and add one strawberry. Top each of the strawberries with a little drop of whipped cream so that it resembles a Santa hat. Serve immediately.


If you are not serving these right away, we recommend you wait until you are ready to serve to assemble the Santa hat portion of this recipe as the whipped cream melts easily.

More fun Christmas-inspired recipes

Snowman pizza
Rudolph pancakes
Veggies and cheese Christmas tree