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Easy Christmas Baking With Young Kids

alec vanderboom

(Ideas from my six year old baker, Miss Mimi)

Peppermint Bark

Buy one bag of white chocolate chips and one box of mini candy canes. Hand out crab mallets to all the kids. Have the kids bang up the candy canes (still inside the plastic package) on the table into small bits. The goal is small chips rather than a complete candy smash. Clip the ends of the candy cane packages with scissors and dump candy cane chips into a small bowl.

Spread out wax paper or aluminum paper on the kitchen counter. Place candy cane bowl nearby.

Mom melts the white chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium heat. (It's easy to make your own double boiler if you don't have one). Pour melted chocolate on wax paper. Have young kid sprinkle a liberal topping of candy canes over the chocolate, i.e. "make candy cane snow." Place mixture in fridge for 10 to 15 minutes.

Candy Cane Cake

Buy one box of Famous Chocolate Wafer Cookies and one bowl of Cool Whip. Layer the chocolate cookies in a flower design--six "petal" cookies around one center cookie. Top with a layer of Cool Whip. Make cake into 6 to 8 layers. Ice the top with Cool Whip. Add Candy Canes for Decoration. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight. The Cool Whip softens the Chocolate Wafer cookies over time making this dish extra delicious.

Happy Baking!