Easy holiday recipes to make with your grandkids

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Baking is a holiday tradition for many families. This year, bring your grandkids into the kitchen and create lasting memories with easy recipes that let little ones play a central role in the creation.

Peppermint Icebox Cake 
This no-bake dessert gives ample opportunity for creative collaboration between grandparents and grandkids. Start by having your grandkids measure and pour 4 cups heavy cream and 1 cup powdered sugar into a large bowl. Stir in 1 teaspoon mint extract and several drops green food coloring, if desired. Use a hand-held mixture to whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Have the kids use a spatula to spread a layer of whipped cream on the bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish and top it with an even layer of chocolate graham crackers. Instruct them to continue alternating layers of whipped cream and graham crackers until all of the whipped cream is used. Crush candy canes or peppermint candies in a food processor and let the kids decorate the top with the crumbles. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours or overnight before slicing to serve.

Cookie Butter 
This wildly popular condiment is easy to create at home. With the grandkids in tow, make a visit to the grocery store to have them choose their favorite cookies with just one rule to follow—the crumblier, the better. Think gingersnaps, shortbread, or sugar cookies. Put 8 ounces of cookiesin a large zip-top bag and seal. Hand the kids a rolling pin and let them pound away to turn those cookies into crumbs. Then place the crumbs into a food processor and blend into a flourlike consistency. Let your grandchildren measure out the remaining ingredients: ½ cup vegetable oil¼ cup water, and ½ cup powdered sugar. Gradually pour the oil and water through the feeder tube of the running food processor so a paste forms. Slowly add the sugar a few tablespoons at a time; check the consistency, adding a little more water until the cookie butter is spreadable. Transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Let the kids write the label and attach a tag with a list of all the ways to use the cookie butter—dolloped onto ice cream, swirled into pancake batter, or simply eaten straight out of the jar.

Two-Ingredient Biscuits 
Warm, flaky biscuits are a tasty way to start any holiday meal. And these are so simple that kids will have plenty of fun making them. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Let the kids add 2 cups self-rising flour and 1 cup heavy whipping cream to a medium bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined. Cover part of the counter with wax paper and let them spread out a few tablespoons of self-rising flour over it. Transfer the dough onto the wax paper and take turns kneading the dough (about 10 times total between you). Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to ½-inch thickness. Then let your grandchildren cut out the biscuits, using a 2-inch biscuit cutter or a rimmed drinking glass of a similar size. Have them grease a baking sheet with softened butter and arrange the biscuits onto the sheet close to one another. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Serve with butter while warm.

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