With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking of activities to enjoy with your kids during their winter break. Cooking together is a great way to have fun while also passing on a valuable skill. Since Christmas is right around the corner, why not make a few Christmas-themed recipes for the holidays? Here are some snowman recipes your kids are sure to enjoy. Why not make one of them together and then cuddle up to watch a Christmas movie?
Cheeseball Snowman: If you want a simple appetizer or snack, make a cheeseball-shaped snowman with your kids! Combine 1 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese, 1 8-ounce package of shredded cheddar cheese, ¼ cup finely chopped chives, and ½ of a package of Ranch dressing mix. Refrigerate for one hour. Then divide the cheese mixture into three different sized balls (1 small, medium, and large.) Arrange in line on serving plate to resemble a snowman lying down. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese to represent snow. You can decorate it with Peppercorns for buttons and a baby carrot for a nose. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Serve it with crackers or vegetables for a tasty treat. For a sweet snack, try popcorn snowmen.
Mashed Potato Snowman: This recipe kills two birds with one stone: not only is it an adorable Christmas creation, but it will motivate your kids to finish all of those veggies! Wash, peel and boil 3 russet potatoes. Cook the potatoes until they are soft. Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Have your child mash them with a potato masher. Stir in ½ teaspoon salt and two tablespoons butter. Using an ice cream or melon scoop, help your child form three balls out of the potato mixture. Place the balls on a plate to resemble a snowman. Use baby carrots for noses, fresh peas for eyes, and raisins for buttons. Serve warm. The recipe makes 2-4 servings, depending on size.
Snowball Cookies: These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are a fun way to celebrate Christmas, even if you don’t get any snow where you live. Start by preheating the oven to 300°F. Mix 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1-1/2 cups finely chopped pecans, and 2 tablespoons white sugar in a bowl. Stir in ¼ pound softened butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Form the dough into small balls (about the size of a walnut) and place at least one inch apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Roll in powdered sugar while they are still warm. When they are completely cool, roll them in powdered sugar again. This is a fun way to create miniature “snowball” cookies. While these cookies are sure to please, don’t forget to try other great recipes!
Toasty Snowmen Marshmallows: Frosty himself would be proud of this simple yet tasty Christmas treat! Create a “snowman” by placing three marshmallows on a skewer. Then, roast until golden. Carefully press miniature M&Ms into the melted marshmallows for eyes, a nose, and buttons. (Note: if you don’t have a bonfire, you can just eat the decorated snowman without toasting them.) You can also make doughnut snowmen from powdered sugar donuts and holes!
About the Author:
Kendra Smith is a food blogger and loves treats that are made to look like snowmen too!