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Holiday Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids

There’s nothing more fun to make—and more fun to eat!—than a holiday bark or brittle. These recipes are super-simple, and even the youngest kids can take part by breaking apart the hardened brittle. Plus, they all keep well, which means you can cook them in advance, making holiday preparation even easier.

Saltine Toffee Holiday Brittle

1/2 pound (two sticks) butter

1⁄2 cup sugar

Saltines

1 12-ounce bag good quality chocolate chips

  • Line a cookie sheet with foil or a silicone liner.
  • Bring the butter and sugar to a low boil in a medium saucepan. Pour the mixture over the saltines and gently spread evenly.
  • Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, until light golden.
  • Spread the chips over the top and return to the oven for 3-4 minutes.
  • Spread the melted chocolate over the saltines and put in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • Break into pieces.

Note: You can add all sorts of items to the chocolate after spreading. Try mini-marshmallows, pretzel pieces, butterscotch or peanut butter chips, candies, nuts, or dried fruit.

S’mores Holiday Brittle

1 pound milk chocolate, melted

1 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers

1 cup mini-marshmallows

  • Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and line with parchment.
  • Pour the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle graham crackers and marshmallows over the chocolate.
  • Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Peel off the parchment and break into pieces.

Holiday Peppermint Bark

2 pounds white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

12 large candy canes

1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In the top of a double boiler or heatproof bowl set over a pan, melt the white chocolate, stirring constantly.
  • Chop candy canes into 1/4-inch pieces.
  • Stir pieces of candy canes and peppermint oil into the melted chocolate. Remove from the heat, and pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; spread evenly.
  • Chill until firm, 25 to 30 minutes. Break into pieces.

Holiday Peanut Brittle

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

1 cup water

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1 cup water. Bring to a rapid simmer and cook until deep golden, about 20 minutes. Remove pan from the heat.
  • Stir in the butter, baking soda, and peanuts (mixture will foam).
  • Stir until the mixture is no longer bubbling and the caramel is smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Transfer to the baking sheet and spread with a lightly greased spatula.
  • Let cool until firm, about 15 minutes. Break into pieces.

Sweet ’N’ Salty Holiday Bark

1 pound bittersweet chocolate

3/4 cup mini-pretzels

1/2 cup salted shelled peanuts

1/3 cup raisins

  • Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and line with parchment.
  • Pour the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle pretzels, peanuts, and raisins over the chocolate.
  • Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Peel off the parchment, and break into pieces.

Cookies-and-Cream Holiday Brittle

1 pound white chocolate, chopped

1 1/3 cups coarsely chopped chocolate wafer cookies (about 15)

  • Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and line with parchment.
  • Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in the cookies. Pour the chocolate-cookie mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
  • Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Break into pieces.

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