We’re big fans of getting kids involved in the kitchen at an early age, and the holiday season is no exception. Kids who help cook not only learn useful skills, they’re often more willing to try new foods. And while the pressure of holiday planning may make you want to fly solo, following a few simple tips for including the kids in the kitchen can help make it a fun and memorable experience for everyone.
We’ve gathered nine simple holiday recipes that are perfect for when you have a little helper or two, from cookies they can decorate, to simple dishes they’ll take pride in preparing.
Holiday Sugar Cookie
This recipe makes baking during the holidays both easy and fun! And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a teaspoon of your favorite extract for some flavor variation.
This is the ideal icing for decorating holiday sugar cookies! Goes on easily and dries hard. For a thicker icing, simply add a bit more powdered sugar until desired consistency is achieved.
Your favorite flavor of jelly or frosting is the proverbial cherry on top of this well-known holiday cookie.
This is an easy cornbread recipe to make as a classic holiday side dish or to eat with chili at a tailgate.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
These fluffy biscuits make a wonderful side to any holiday feast–and are especially great when paired with honey butter. Be careful not to overwork the dough, though, else they’ll become dense. When patting, be as gentle as possible!.
Stress Free Turkey Gravy
With the help of your Vitamix, create a turkey gravy that’s so easy to make, you’ll have more time to enjoy your holiday meal.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
With pumpkin, vanilla yogurt, and pumpkin pie spice, this smoothie tastes like the real thing! Top with whipped cream and a dust of cinnamon for a festive presentation.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint sticks are chopped in the Vitamix machine and then added to a blend of steaming hot chocolate for the perfect fireside beverage.
Vegan Egg Nog
Even vegans can join in on an eggnog toast with this recipe.