Sixteen days, 15 more sleeps and five more daycare/work days until Christmas. Not that we’re counting. Much. Christmas anticipation is in full force at our house and we’re getting pretty excited about turning the kitchen upside-down with some festive foodie creations. Here are some of the things we’ll be making for our friends and family this year (and some we might keep up our Santa suit sleeves for next year)…
Christmas fruit tree
Regular readers of Fun Food For Kids might recognise this one – we made it a few months ago but it was such a hit that we’ll be rolling it out again for Christmas. This kid-friendly tree is made with matchsticks rather than toothpicks. Great for breakfast, dessert or as a table centrepiece.
Mini chocolate ripple cakes
What could be better than a chocolate ripple cake? One you don’t have to share! Last year we made a Hungry Caterpillar-themed ripple cake but we can’t wait to give these festive mini ripple cakes a try!
Melting snowman cookies
There are a few versions of this floating around on the net (many using marshmallows for the heads) but we think these ones from Baking • Decorating are the most convincingly ‘melted’ snowmen we’ve seen. You could make your own biscuit bases or take a sneaky shortcut and use store-bought ones.
Watermelon christmas trees
These watermelon trees tick all our boxes – they’re cute, simple, tasty (who doesn’t love watermelon?) and good for you to boot. We’ll be whipping these up for sure!
These are guaranteed to be a talking point over the Christmas dinner table. You’ll have to draw straws to see who gets to eat Rudolph!
Biscuit christmas tree
I always like to give proper attribution where possible but I should point out that the instructions for this one (on the source site) are not in English. Looks pretty simple though. Pick your favourite biscuit recipe (gingerbread or chocolate would work well here) and some star/flower-shaped moulds of varying sizes and add white royal icing. Simple, yet impressive – we like this!
This one comes from a great little blog called Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons. Very cute and a good one for the kids to get really involved with.
Santa Koala pancakes
This is our ‘Aussie’ take on the Rudolph pancakes above. For those of you who don’t live Down Under, it’s a koala – one of our national furry treasures. This one was a big hit in our house!
I love these Strawberry Santas. We did our own version last year and I have to say, there’s a good reason we didn’t use the picture here! Let’s just say we probably should have whipped the cream till it was a bit firmer. If you Google “Strawberry Santas” and “nailed it!”, you’ll get a pretty good idea of how ours turned out! Even so, they were very popular (our family kindly overlooked the fact that they were slightly malformed)… What they lacked in grace, they made up for in taste. We may have another go at these again this year.
So that’s our Christmas food round-up for 2014. We hope you got some inspiration from it and have a great time messing up the kitchen! Ho ho ho, hehehe (says she who will be hand-balling the washing up to someone else)!