Easy Winter Recipes to Make with Kids

Just about everyone gets excited about food . But when it’s cold outside, kids look forward to your home-cooked meals even more than usual. Luckily, traditional family recipes can be fun to make with little helpers, and cooking with your kids gives you the opportunity to spend time talking and laughing with them. You’ll make lots of precious memories, and they’ll love being your junior sous chef for a day. Plus, you can enjoy a delicious treat together afterwards, so it’s a win-win for every one! At Pottery Barn Kids, we want you to enjoy every possible moment together, so we’ve rounded up a few winter cooking activities for kids and parents to share. Remember to bring your camera!

Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since dessert is a crowd favorite, it’s a natural place to start. Plus, if your youngsters love hosting tea parties, imagine their surprise when they get to snack on real cookies. Chocolate chip cookie dough is easy to make and just requires simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand like flour, baking soda, salt, butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and – of course – chocolate chips. What can kids do? Well, that depends on their age. Younger children can mix the dry ingredients together, while older children can break the eggs into a small, separate bowl and mix up the other wet ingredients.

Once the dough is ready, have children shape it into balls and space them evenly on a baking sheet. They should be about 2 Tablespoons in size. Bake your cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, and then let them cool until they’re safe to eat. Make it more fun and stay in your pajamas while you bake to keep toasty and comfortable.

Iced Sugar Cookies

These cookies will encourage your little one’s creativity in the kitchen. Before you start, make sure your kitchen is stocked with a variety of options for icing and decorating—the more colors, sprinkles, candies and flavors you have, the better! You’ll also want to have some fun cookie cutters on hand. Cars, balloons, stars and animals are popular picks.

First, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make the dough. After letting it chill in the refrigerator or freezer for a couple of hours, you can roll it out—just make sure to flour your work surface to prevent sticking! Next, let your little ones cut the cookies out using cutters. Place them on your cooking sheet and bake them for 13 to 16 minutes until they’re slightly golden on the bottom. Once they’ve cooled, they’re ready for decorating! Store them in sealable bags or Tupperware—the cookies should last up to a week if they’ve been properly stored in a cool, dry area.

Homemade Hot Cocoa

For this warming, cold-weather treat, you ‘ll need 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened cocoa, 1 1/4 cups of sugar and 6 ounces of semisweet chocolate. School-age children can help you measure the ingredients. Blend ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender to create your very own hot cocoa powder. The next time they come in chilly and thirsty from playing out in the snow, it will be super easy to make a hand-crafted cup of hot chocolate! Just grab 3 tablespoons of the mixture and add 1 cup of milk. Mix them together and pop the mug into the microwave for a minute or so. Add whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon or marshmallows for an extra special treat. You can also create warmer adventures inside the house with a playroom tent or teepee.

Grilled Panini Sandwiches

The next time you’re at your local grocery store, pick up a variety of sliced deli meats and a couple different kinds of cheeses. Ham, turkey and chicken are popular with kids, and so is cheddar cheese, mozzarella and Swiss. Slice a loaf of fresh, Italian bread in half and let children spread butter, herbs and olive oil inside and on top. For safety reasons, it’s best if you place the sandwiches in the panini press, but they can help keep an eye on the timer. Eat your sandwiches together, wrap your little one up in a fuzzy blanket and turn on some cartoons for an extra-special afternoon.