Easy Christmas Treats the Kids Can Make

Looking for fun easy ideas holiday treats that your kids can make on their own with minimal supervision?

These are two of our own kids’ favorites to make as gifts for their friends every Christmas season. We pick one weekend each December to convert our house into a candy shop. The kids spread waxed paper all over the kitchen table and counters and whip up batches of sugary sweets and savories to package into Christmas gift bags and deliver to their friends at school.

Butterscotch Haystacks

So easy! Just butterscotch morsels and fried chowmein noodles.

Butterscotch Haystacks

No open flame means that our 12yo son can make these on his own.

Butterscotch Haystacks

Microwave for 30 seconds, and then in 15 second intervals until melted.

Butterscotch Haystacks

I could simply eat just this!

Butterscotch Haystacks

Fold in the chowmein noodles in batches.

Butterscotch Haystacks

Shape and drop on to wax paper by spoonfuls to cool.

Butterscotch Haystacks
 
These is one of those “recipes” that my mom taught as as kids, and from what I can gather from friends and family, so did just about every other 1970s era mom. Our kids usually make a double batch. I know some people who substitute chocolate and some who substitute peanut butter, but butterscotch continues to be my favorite.
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: Varies
Ingredients
  • 1 bag of butterscotch morsels
  • 1 bag of fried chowmein noodles
Instructions
  1. Microwave morsels in a medium size microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat at 15 second intervals until melted and smooth.
  2. Gradually fold in chowmein noodles in batches, making sure the noodles are evenly coated by butterscotch.
  3. Using two spoons, shape together haystacks and drop on wax paper to dry. Our son actually opted to use his (clean and washed) hands to mold the haystacks this year.

 

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Another simple treat. Just chocolate and pretzels.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Microwave chocolate until smooth and melted, then use tongs to dip each pretzel.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Place pretzels on to wax paper until the chocolate is cool and has solidified.

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
 
We didn’t make these as kids, but I adore both chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate-covered potato chips — just the right combination of sweet and savory. And our kids seem to agree! Last year, they went with white chocolate; this year, they went with milk chocolate.
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Recipe type: Sweets
Ingredients
  • 2 bags (12 oz.) of chocolate morels (either white chocolate or milk chocolate)
  • 1 bag (1 pound) of mini pretzels
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Microwave 1 bag of morsels in a medium size microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat at 15 second intervals until melted and smooth.
  2. Using tongs, dip each pretzel and coat with chocolate. Lay on wax paper to harden and dry. Decorate with sprinkles immediately (optional), before the chocolate starts to dry.
Notes
Only work with 1 bag of morsels at a time, due to how fast the chocolate stiffens up and dries.

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