Holiday Recipes for Kids: 3 Ingredient Dessert Recipes

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Some of my fondest childhood holiday memories revolve around the time I spent "helping" my mom prepare for big family get-togethers in the kitchen.

I'm a big believer in teaching children the basics of how to prepare food from an early age for a number of reasons.

One of the best ways for parents and older siblings to bond with young children is to spend time together engaged in enjoyable and educational tasks such as preparing holiday meals.

This year, when getting ready to prepare your family's holiday meal, try to incorporate the little ones in your household into your plans. It's a great holiday tradition that your kids are likely to remember throughout their lives.

Here are some fun and easy Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes for kids that are as easy as 1-2-3 (ingredients, that is):

2 Kid Friendly Holiday Dessert Recipes

1. Fruit Dump Cake

This is an easy dessert for kids that doesn't require complicated measurements. Mom or dad will need to deal with the oven, and may need to help out with melting the butter for preschool age children, but otherwise, the youngsters can probably handle able to handle everything else about this simple, delicious holiday dessert recipe.


  1. 2 20-ounce cans of your favorite fruit pie filling flavor, such as cherry, apple, peach
  2. 1 standard yellow cake mix
  3. 1 stick of butter

Cooking Instructions:

Dump the cans of pie filling into a 10 X 13 baking pan. Sprinkle the dry cake mix on top of the fruit. Melt the butter, and pour on top of the cake. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Tastes great hot or cold, and is awesome with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

2. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Assuming peanut allergies aren't an issue in your home, these simple peanut butter cookies, sans flour, will delight the youngsters in your home.

This recipe requires simple measurements, and is a great way to teach kids how to use measuring cups. A grown-up will need to handle breaking the eggs and dealing with the oven, but kids will be able to handle the rest.


  1. 2 cups crunchy peanut butter
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 large eggs

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Simply combine all three ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix until ingredients are completely blended. Drop spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet and press them down with a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes, and enjoy!

Children and grownups alike will enjoy making and eating these super-easy dessert recipes for Thanksgiving or Christmas! The kids will be so proud to show off their own homemade recipes to the rest of the family on Thanksgiving or Christmas. What better way to start a new family tradition than with kids holiday recipes?

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shayna 9 years ago

hi i will try these recipes this week. i need help my sis-in law is making a cake with a piped turkey out of icing and cookies and such. i need to blow here socks off with a recipe, in a themed thanksgiving day style. please repond a.s.a.p to

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mgwhite 9 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Shayna - There are a lot of great Thanksgiving themed recipes here on Hub Pages. I'm sure you'll find something that will really impress your family!

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Princessa 9 years ago from France

I will try the recipes. My children are difficult eaters but they usually eat everything if they have help in the preparation. The problem is to find easy enough things to cook!

mj 8 years ago

i love to cook i mean who does not like to cook.

soy 7 years ago

i love it

Lana 7 years ago

The dump cake looks simple and quick but what degree do you let it cook?

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mgwhite 7 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

350 degrees. Thanks for noticing that! ~Mary

Melanie 6 years ago

the Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies seen really easy and simple to make with the most common ingredients ever!

Blanca 6 years ago

Can it be creamy peanut butter?

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mgwhite 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Blanca - I don't know if you can use creamy peanut butter in this recipe or not. I have never tried. Does anyone know?

Elvis 5 years ago

These recipes are good, but I am looking fr something I can do alone with my friends - you know, like something were my mom doesn't have to hover over my every moment in the kitchen I am eleven years own and I want a recipe in which I can be completely independent. For example: a recipe that doesn't involve an oven would be very nice. Thank you!! :)

Jor2cule 5 years ago

How many Cookies Does it make

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mgwhite 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

It depends on how large you make the cookies. You can probably get about 10 medium-sized cookies from it.

emilie 5 years ago

hi i love the cookies but love flour to can i add some flour????!!!!!!??????

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