Baking and Crafting with Kids

Iced Rolled Gingerbread Cookies

It’s two weeks before Christmas, and you need to distract the kiddos while you finish some last minute wrapping (don’t forget our handy Printable Gift Tags!). Or, maybe you just want to see something in their hands other than a video game controller. Either way, Christmas break is the perfect time for kitchen and crafting adventures.

No longer tied to their school desks, children are turbo charged with good cheer while at home for the holidays. You can channel some of that excess energy and get the whole family in the holiday spirit with just a few easy craft and baking projects.

Felt Christmas Stockings

Fido and Tom Cat need stockings, too! Your kids can make and decorate personalized felt stockings for the four-legged members of your family. All you need are a few simple materials you can find at any drugstore.

Instructions:

1. Cut two pieces of felt into identical stocking shapes.
2. Staple the edges, then glue trim along to them cover up.
3. Add decorations, such as buttons, ribbon, felt, cotton balls… anything can be décor!

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

For the top of the tree or on the top of a gift, handmade ornaments can really amp up the holiday cheer. The best part is — the kids can do all the work! Sit them down at the table with cookie cutters, cardboard, glue, ribbon, markers and a hole punch. Don’t forget the toppings! Confetti, glitter and bits of wrapping paper make the perfect decorations.

Instructions:

1. Use the cookie cutters to trace shapes on the cardboard and cut out the shape.
2. Cover it with wrapping paper or white or brown butcher’s paper.
3. Decorate!
4. Punch a hole in the top and add ribbon for hanging.

Hot Cocoa Spoons

For quick gift (or an afternoon activity), whip up some easy hot cocoa spoons. Simply melt some chocolate (milk, dark or white…just be sure it’s sweet!) and coat the end of a plastic or wooden spoon, as if you were stirring the chocolate. Then it’s time to decorate! Sprinkle on festive jimmies, roll in crushed peppermint or add a few mini marshmallows. When you’re ready to drink, stir the spoon into a mug of warm hot cocoa for an extra chocolate kick!

Gingerbread Men

No holiday table is complete without happy holiday gingerbread men. The reward of warm gooey cookies is an easy way to get kids away from the TV and into the kitchen. From cracking eggs to decorating faces, gingerbread men are easy for kids to tackle from start to finish.

Ready to bake? Get the instructions here!

Festive Holiday Bars

All those piles of red and green candies are more than just snacks; they’re festive ingredients. You can mix them up in batter for brownies and cupcakes, or try out Clabber Girl’s amazing holiday bars. The taste of the crunchy edges and chewy center is only surpassed when the decadent chocolate morsels melt right in your mouth!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups colored chocolate candy pieces

Get the directions here!

Really want to go nuts? Try it with walnuts!

For more edible Christmas craft ideas – like Marshmallow Pops, Homemade Gumdrops and Reindeer Fudgefollow our Pinterest board!

DIY Mason Jar Baking Mixes

 

WebWhat could be more adorable than a sweet treat in a jar? Mason jar baking mixes are a fun, budget-friendly way to give the joy of baking as a holiday gift. The best part – it’s so easy to personalize. Get the kids involved for a fun afternoon project they can give their teachers or servicemen and women. Does your boss love chocolate chip cookies? Is your best friend a pumpkin bread fiend? These gifts show off your creativity, and your thoughtfulness. Download our mason jar gift idea graphic and full tag recipes.

Pecan Pancake Mason Jar Mix

With this recipe you’ll be dreaming about these fluffy pancakes long before you even wake up. Layer the dry ingredients in a jar, add a colorful ribbon and a thoughtful tag. Want to dress it up even more? Put wrapping paper on the removable metal disk on the lid to give the jar that extra dash of holiday spice.

Jar Ingredients:
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Don’t forget to write down additional ingredients and instructions on a creative label or tag:
1 egg
1-1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter on a hot, lightly greased griddle. Cook until tops of pancakes are covered with bubbles and edges appear slightly dry. Turn and continue cooking until bottom sides are browned. Yield: 12 (4-inch) pancakes.

Brownie Drop Cookies

Nothing says “I love you” like the sweet, savory explosion that comes from blending brownies and cookies. That’s right — brownies AND cookies. Just the name of this recipe is a gift in and of itself.

Jar Ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup semi sweet chocolate pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
One (4-ounce) bar white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Don’t forget to write down additional ingredients and instructions!

This mason jar baking mix makes a great centerpiece to a homemade gift basket – add it to a handmade kitchen towel, a pair of oven mitts and a batch of fresh baked brownie drop cookies.

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

Cranberry and orange give this quick bread  bright flavor. Decorate it by adding a paper poinsettia to the lid or wrapping a red and black Santa belt around the jar. Add a little green glitter to the lid or tag, and you have the perfect DIY holiday gift.

Jar Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Rumford Baking Soda
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Include additional ingredients and instructions with each jar.

Remember, what’s outside is almost as important as what’s inside. You can dress up your mason jar in a number of clever, colorful holiday themes. Let your love of baking be a gift that keeps on giving. Mason jar baking mixes make gifts that are both fun to make and fun to give.

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Bake, Freeze, Reheat, Repeat – Fix and Freeze Meals

 

Beef Casserole with Dumplings With our double-booked days and over packed calendars, it’s amazing we remember to breathe, let alone eat. If the time it takes to prepare the dinner menu is becoming a nightly dilemma, don’t let yourself resort to the drive-thru. There’s hope! Time to try your hand at fix and freeze meals.

Freeze and Bake Entrees

You can freeze a full meal, like this hearty Beef Casserole with Dumplings, the perfect warming dish to savor as you watch those final leaves fall. Any stew, chili, soup or casserole can be prepped on the weekend and popped in the oven later in the week. Ready to get started? Give it a go with this Italian Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. Freeze flat in a plastic bag, defrost when you’re ready to serve and reheat on the stove. One spoonful, and you’ll be sold.

Freeze and Bake Breads

Need a crowd-pleasing finger food for that office holiday party? Want to add a special treat to spaghetti night, but you’re short on time? Try this amazing Cranberry Orange Nut Bread.

Freeze and Bake Desserts

Looking to serve up heaven on a plate in a moment’s notice? It’s time to try out Clabber Girl’s insanely delicious, life-changing dessert in a pinch.

Freeze and Bake Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do: Take a few hours over the weekend to relax while prepping these comforting recipes.Cranberry Orange Nut Bread
  • Don’t: Invite freezer burn! Sure, freezing technically protects food indefinitely, but we often forget to close a bag correctly or seal a container tightly.
  • Do: Label your goods. Whether you use bags or bowls, plastic or aluminum, be sure to mark down the what and the when.
  • Don’t: Forget ingredients. Sure, you can freeze whole casseroles and desserts, but you can also freeze main ingredients like chicken breasts, browned hamburger, spaghetti sauce and much, much more.
  • Do: Thaw safely. In the fridge or in cold water is the safest way to thaw frozen food without losing any taste or texture.
  • Don’t: Freeze hot food. If you cook before you freeze, be sure to let the food cool before you get it ready for storage.

The stress of getting a healthy meal on the table shouldn’t overshadow the joy of sitting down with your family at the end of the day. Maybe you just need a few extra minutes for dinner, or maybe an unexpected potluck popped up. Either way, there are literally hundreds of delicious recipes you can prep, bake and freeze. Check out our Bake & Freeze Pinterest board for more inspiration!