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If your kids are anything like ours, they're already excited for Santa -- but we're betting that whipping up some of this holiday-themed food for kids will get you in the spirit of the season, too. These 10 ideas are cute, clever, even healthy -- and will excite your kids almost as much as those presents under the tree.
Chocolate Marshmallow Reindeer
Adventures of a Betty Crocker WannabeJust a few ingredients transform this campfire staple into a ready-to-eat reindeer. Chocolate candy melts (available at baking and craft stores) give the smoothest texture, so they're worth seeking out for your marshmallow dipping. And those pretzel antlers and pearl-sprinkle eyes? Genius!
Get the recipe: Chocolate Marshmallow Reindeer
Christmas Tree Brownies
Make Life DeliciousTurning a batch of brownies into adorable Christmas trees so easy, even your little elf can do it. Use your favorite from-scratch brownie recipe (or, um, just grab a boxed mix like the rest of us), cut into triangle "trees" and decorate with frosting, sprinkles, M&M's and candy canes. Cute. Easy. Win-win.
Get the recipe: Christmas Tree Brownies
Leanne BakesHere’s an adorable way to work a little fruit into an already sugar-packed season. Whipped cream is the ‘beard’ for these tiny Santas (you could substitute whipped cream cheese instead) and chocolate sprinkles are the eyes. Choose berries on the larger side -- they’ll be easier to cut and stuff, and give you enough room for Santa's cute cap.
Get the recipe: Santa Strawberries
Christmas Reindeer Mini Donuts
Love from the OvenAdd pretzel antlers, sprinkle eyes and an M&M nose to store-bought chocolate covered mini donuts (or bake your own!) to make these sweet reindeer. Dasher and Dancer -- done!
Get the recipe: Christmas Reindeer Mini Donuts
Healthy Christmas Tree
Meet the DubiensWho says holiday-themed food for kids can't be healthy? Arrange sugar snap peas to make the branches and then add pomegranate seeds (blueberries would work, too) for the ornaments. Crown with a cheddar cheese or pineapple star and add a pretzel stick trunk, and you’ve got one festive appetizer.
Get the recipe: Healthy Christmas Tree
Get the recipe: Snowmen Cupcakes
Candy Cane Lollipops
Artful ParentThese genius pops make sweet DIY holiday gift -- just tie up a few with a pretty ribbon. Let your kids unwrap the candy canes and place them on a tray while you melt and pour the chocolate. Then decorate with multicolored sprinkles, nonpareils and silver dragees. Just don't forget to add the stick before the chocolate sets -- and save a few extras for Valentine's Day, too!
Get the recipe: Candy Cane Lollipops
Cute Food for KidsYou’ll never look at a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese again without thinking of these cute-as-a-button reindeer snacks made with pretzel antlers and a red pepper nose. Add tiny bits of black olive for the eyes and you're done.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Reindeer
Santa & Snowman Sandwiches
Little Food JunctionPack these St. Nick and snowman sammies in your kid's lunch, and we're pretty sure they won't come back! Use a large drinking glass to stamp out circles in the bread. For Santa, cut up pieces of white cheese for the beard and other details, add black olive or blueberry eyes and a ribbon of tomato sauce for the hat. (A strip of fruit leather would work, too.)
For the snowman, use blueberries or black olives for the eyes and that sweet smile, and, of course, a carrot nose.
Get the recipe: Santa & Snowman Sandwiches
Pinteresting LifeShort on time? Then grab black and orange edible markers and dab on snowman faces for a super-quick marshmallow treat. Float them in hot chocolate or pile them on a platter alongside Christmas cookies.
Get the recipe: Snowman Marshmallows