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3 fabulous festive makes and bakes for kids

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get the kids in the kitchen to help you make some gorgeous festive bakes. From the cutest snowy polar bear paw print buns to the most adorable marshmallow snowmen that look almost too good to eat; we’ve picked out some brilliant recipes that are perfect for cooking with kids.

1. Christmas pudding choc chip buns 

Kids don’t often like the taste of Christmas pudding, so these make the perfect alternative Christmas dessert to appeal to the smaller guests round your Christmas dinner table.

What you need:
  • 130g caster sugar
  • 130g butter
  • 130g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Icing sugar
  • Chocolate chips
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Glace cherries
  • Bay leaves
How to make: 
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until you get a light fluffy mixture.
  • Beat the eggs and add in a little sifted flour and a little beaten egg at a time to your mixture, stirring well. Continue until you have added all the flour and egg, and stir until you have a light mixture. Add in the chocolate chips and stir well.
  • Line a bun case baking tray with cupcake liners. Spoon a little mixture into each bun case until they are about half full.
  • Bake your buns in the oven at 180 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.
  • Cool before decorating.
How to decorate: 

Make some icing by mixing icing sugar with water and then pour it over your buns, letting it drip down the sides. Add a glacé cherry on top and two leaves (bay leaves or leaves cut from the garden). Remind your children not to eat the leaves!

2. Snowy polar bear paw print buns 

How cute are these little buns? They are so simple to decorate and will look super cute on your Christmas table.

What you need: 
  • 130g butter
  • 130g caster sugar
  • 130g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Small biscuits
  • Black grapes
  • Icing sugar
How to make: 
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until you get a light fluffy mixture.
  • Beat the eggs and add in a little sifted flour and a little beaten egg at a time to your mixture, stirring well. Continue until you have added all the flour and egg, and stir until you have a light mixture.
  • Line a bun case baking tray with cupcake liners. Spoon a little mixture into each bun case until they are about half full.
  • Bake your buns in the oven at 180 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.
  • Cool before decorating.
How to decorate: 

Make some icing by mixing icing sugar with water and then cover your buns. Sprinkle desiccated coconut all over the icing. Place a chocolate covered biscuit on top and add cut grapes to finish the paw prints.

3. Marshmallow snowmen 

So easy to make but so gorgeous. The perfect thing to pair with a steaming mug of hot chocolate for a Christmas Eve treat.

What you need:
  • Marshmallows
  • Wooden skewers
  • Icing pens
  • Ribbon
How to make: 
  • Thread one tiny marshmallow and two large marshmallows onto a wooden skewer.
  • Use icing pens to add details, such as the eyes, mouth and the buttons.
  • Tie a ribbon around your snowman as a scarf.