Winter Recipes For Kids

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Do you have an aspiring Food Network star in your household? If so, why not make some winter-themed snacks together in the next couple of months? Whether you live in a winter wonderland or the middle of the desert, these snacks are a fun way to bring a bit of holiday spirit to your household. Here are a few winter-inspired recipes that kids are guaranteed to love:
Tortilla Snowflakes: Celebrate the year’s first snow with these crispy, sugary treats! Give your kids a pair of scissors and let them cut snowflake designs out of tortillas, just like they would in order make paper snowflakes. Then, heat oil in a skillet. Fry the tortillas until brown on each side, drain them on paper towels, and dust them with powdered sugar to complete the snowflake look. (For something less Christmassy but equally delicious, you can sprinkle the tortillas with a cinnamon/sugar mixture.) Your kids will have a blast creating these delicious and simple treats.

Homemade marshmallows: Want something extra special to go along with mugs of homemade hot chocolate? Why not make your own marshmallows! These simple, sugary confections will delight kids of all ages—and they’re incredibly simple to make. To start, line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with butter. Then set the pan aside. In a large metal bowl, sprinkle 3 packets unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup water; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar, 1 cup light corn syrup, a pinch of salt, and 1/2 a cup of ice cold water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat and gradually add to gelatin. Beat on high speed until mixture is thick and the volume is doubled, about 15 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread into prepared pan. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 6 hours or overnight. Using foil, lift marshmallows out of pan. With a knife or pizza cutter coated with cooking spray, cut into 1-in. squares. Dip or drizzle marshmallows with toppings if desired; coat with garnishes as desired. (You can top with melted chocolate or caramel ice cream topping if desired, or garnish with crushed candies, sprinkles, colored sugars, or chopped nuts. Store in an airtight container. The recipe makes about 9 dozen.
Reindeer Cookies: Christmas may be over, but it’s never too early to begin perfecting the cookie selection for next year. These peanut buttery cookies are sure to delight both Santa and your kids! Preheat oven to 375°F. You can make homemade peanut butter cookies or buy a tube of peanut butter cookie dough at the store. Form the dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, and then flatten with your hand. Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes (until they are beginning to brown). Remove from the oven and immediately press two miniature chocolate pretzels into the tops of the cookies for antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose.  Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely. For more simple and delicious recipes your kids are sure to love, check out Real Simple. Bon appetit!
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Winter Recipes For Kids

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