Preschool Kitchen: 4 Holiday Recipes to Make With Your Little Chef

As the holidays approach, many families find themselves in the kitchen more often than at any other time of the year. Whether your family prefers sweet or savory holiday recipes, one thing’s for sure, if you’ve got a preschooler, they want to HELP.

Even if your little one struggles to stir, has a hard time keeping the mix in the bowl, and is years away from being able to measure accurately, there are all sorts of holiday recipes that welcome your preschooler to roll up their sleeves, put on their apron, and get cooking! Check out the selection of holiday recipes below to find one you’ll love eating as much as your preschooler loves preparing!

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Buttercream cookie frosting

Half the fun of baking holiday cookies is frosting them. Making homemade frosting might seem intimidating to those who’ve never done it before but, with just 4 ingredients, it’s a perfectly simple recipe for a preschooler. All you’ll have to do to make buttercream frosting is let your little one stir or push the mixture into the beaters of the mixer as you slowly add powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk.

Red and green holiday pancakes

There’s no shame in starting with a boxed mix when you’re cooking with a preschooler. To make this recipe,  start by mixing together the ingredients on the box (usually the powdered mix plus some combination of oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla.) Once your batter is ready, divide it into two bowls and mix a few drops of food dye (red in one and green in the other) into the mix before pouring the batter into the pan!

No-bake peanut butter drops

When you don’t have to worry about getting the timing or temperature wrong on the stove or oven, cooking with a preschool can feel even more relaxed. No bake peanut butter drops include four delicious ingredients; peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. After mixing your ingredients, rolling them into balls and putting them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, you can up the fun by melting some chocolate and letting your preschooler use a toothpick to dip each little treat before putting them back in the freezer for just a few minutes. Warning: these peanut butter drops are absolutely delicious so you should plan on making more than you think!

Popcorn on a string

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While you won’t be eating this treat, we think it counts as a preschool recipe since you’ll be working with food in the kitchen. To create the classic popcorn-on-a-string holiday decorations simply pop up some microwave or stovetop popcorn, thread a larger needle for your little one, and show them how to push the popped popcorn down the string as they work. This activity is especially fun since your kiddo will be able to display their hard work all season long!

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Preschool Kitchen: 4 Holiday Recipes to Make With Your Little Chef

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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