3 Holiday Desserts You Can Make with the Kids

Blog | December 20th, 2023

Once upon a time, in a bustling kitchen filled with the warmth of holiday cheer, delightful desserts, and special memories awaited the eager little hands of young wanna-be bakers and their grown-up elf-type helpers. This festive adventure is all about creating irresistibly adorable holiday desserts with the kids.

After all, Christmas festivities are meant for all and there’s no need to exclude anyone due to age. There are super easy options to bring the whole family together as you create magical moments and treats that would make Santa himself proud. So, get ready to embark on a journey where sugar, spice, and everything nice blend into three whimsically unique holiday treats that will enchant taste buds and hearts alike!

These incredible and tasty treats could very likely turn into lasting holiday traditions for generations to come. Plus, we’re including a bonus for kids to share with friends! 

Santa's Cheerful Pancake Pals

No one can get too much of Santa but it’s still best to add a little at a time…especially when he shows up in a pancake!


Pancake mix or homemade batter

Whipped cream

Strawberries, large, sliced in half

Chocolate chips

Maple syrup


-Prepare pancake batter and pour small, round shapes onto a griddle.

-When cooked, arrange on plates and top with a strawberry half for the hat.

-Next add a swirl of whipped cream for his beard and another for the pom pom on his hat.

-Add two chocolate chips to create Santa's eyes.

-Serve a side of maple syrup for dipping.

Rudolph Reindeer Sticks

With Santa on the scene, Rudolph must be nearby leading the way to tasty goodies!


Wooden roasting sticks

Miniature cake donuts

Maraschino cherries, drained well

Small pretzel twists, carefully sawed in half

Mini candy eyes

Small tube of white frosting or gel


-Place one cherry on each donut middle.

-Carefully insert the wooden stick through the bottom of each donut, making sure it goes through the center of the cherry to secure. 

-Attach eyes with frosting.

-Insert two pretzels on top for horns. 

-Using the sticks gives a lollipop twist but they can be served on a platter as a finger food/treat.

Chocolate Cherry Christmas Mice

Not a creature was stirring, except for a chocolate mouse…or a few dozen!


Maraschino cherries with stems, well-drained and dried

Milk chocolate wafers or candy bars

Milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses for the head

Almond slices 

Red sugar pearls 

Black decorative icing 


-Melt the chocolate in a microwave, slowly, stirring until smooth. 

-Carefully holding the stem (the tail) dip cherries one at a time into chocolate mixture. 

-Attach the Hershey Kiss to the body.

-Insert two almond slices in each for the ears.

-Add a small dot of black frosting for the eyes.

-Glue a red sugar pearl with frosting for the nose.

*Amounts will vary depending on how many mice you want for Christmas!

Christmas Train Treat

Kids love to share something they can be proud of. Adults, handle the glue gun as kids put together a sweet ride to present to classmates and other friends!

Ingredients per train

1 regular roll of Lifesavers

4 individually wrapped peppermints

1 Hershey’s miniature candy bar

1 Rolo

1 Hershey’s Kiss

Glue Gun and glue stick


-Glue peppermint circles to the lifesaver roll for wheels. 

-Turn one Hershey kiss upside down for the bell and glue to the front of the “train” body. 

-On the back, add the Rolo, topped with a miniature candy bar. 

-You are now on track to give this cool treat to the sweetest recipients on your list. 

Related: DIY: Crafty Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season