21 Holiday Desserts for Kids

Want to make this season extra-special for your crew? These fun ideas, including gingerbread men and yellow snowmen cookies(!), are sure to elicit oohs, ahhs and plenty of giggles.

Part of: Holiday Central: Baking

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Candy Christmas Train

We don't know any kid that wouldn't be thrilled to jump on board this Santa-themed candy train.

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Candy Cane Cookies

"I love this recipe. It's easy enough that the kids can make them by themselves, and they look so festive on the platters."

-Pajamama2

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

"So easy and so good!"

-jean

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Gingerbread Christmas Tree

"I love this gingerbread recipe, especially its use of cardamom. It gives the cookies a very special flavor."

-Thorsten

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Southern Snow Cream

"Making this snow cream is what I used as the incentive for my children to come in out of the snow. This dish is quick, easy and yummy!"

-Treva W

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

"These cookies have a very nice flavor, which is something you don't get very often from a regular sugar cookie. I used powdered sugar to roll them out."

-vinmatt64

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Frosted Reindeer Cookies

Packaged cookie dough makes these sweet and salty frosted reindeer a breeze to bake. Your little ones will have a blast decorating them with pretzels, chocolate chips and candy.

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Belly Buttons

"We make these every Christmas with red and green M&M's. They work best with square, grid-shaped pretzels."

-*Parsley*

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Mini Gingerbread House

"This was a really fun and adorable Christmas project. The directions were great and we enjoyed ourselves for the whole day."

-Lavender Lynn

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Chocolate Christmas Mice

"These little babies were a huge hit! I strained and dried the cherries and chilled them with the Hershey Kisses before dipping them into the chocolate."

-Ladymedic

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Strawberry Santas

"I saw these in a magazine years ago, and I finally made them this Christmas. They get a 10 on the cuteness scale! Make sure to use extra-long toothpicks — or you'll have trouble securing them all the way through to the cookie."

-*Kathy*

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Christmas Wreath Cookies

"Excellent recipe and so much fun for the little ones (and the big ones)."

-Biffy 62

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Christmas Snowman Cupcakes

Classic cupcakes are transformed into festive holiday goodies when you add marshmallows, chocolate sticks and buttercream icing.

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Sparkling Snowflakes

"This is the perfect Christmas cookie. It's pretty, deliciously buttery and very easy to make."

-Dreamer in Ontario

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Snowman Pops

These adorable marshmallow snowmen are the perfect holiday craft for kids, and they make fun gifts and clever party treats.

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Gingerbread Men

"Wow! This is the only gingerbread recipe you'll ever need. The dough is easy to work with and has a wonderful flavor and texture."

-crescendogal

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Candy Sleighs

"I made these candy sleighs for our Christmas get-together, and all the kids loved them. After all, you get three treats in one: candy bar, candy cane and gummy bears!"

-TasteTester

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Cinnamon Star Cookies (Zimtsterne)

"I loved these cookies. They had the perfect amount of spice, plus they are simple to make and came out nice and chewy."

-Chef Dame

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Meringue Snowflakes

"These are so pretty. It was easy to whip together, and I didn't worry about the piping not being perfect because they say no two snowflakes look the same, right?"

-LilPinkieJ

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Sugar Plums

Kids will love making these easy and colorful holiday Jell-O treats — just mix, shape and chill!

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(Don't Eat The) Yellow Snowmen Cookies

"Everyone knows you shouldn't eat yellow snow, but kids and grownups alike will get a kick out of making an exception in this case. The lemon cake mix guarantees a shortcut to tangy cookies that look as sweet as they taste."

-Barbara Steele

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