21 Easy Snacks to Make With Kids to Celebrate the New Year


I usually love the concept of sharing a kitchen with my kids much more than the reality. The fact is, cooking together can be amazing family time and provide lots of bonding and fun, but only if the recipes are easy enough to divide tasks.

Too often I have asked my kids to help in the kitchen only to turn around and take control as things get overwhelming for us all, despite them wanting to help. 

During the holiday season it feels even more meaningful to have the kids join you in preparing food for the family or when entertaining friends.

With these simple, delicious snack recipes, children of all ages can be part of the fun of creating new foods – and maybe you even make a new tradition of cooking together to welcome the New Year each year.

  1. Avocado Reuben Bites Recipe
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    • These layered treats are like mini open-faced sandwiches, combining corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, creamy avocado, and Thousand Island dressing on top of a waffle fry. Easy to make, more fun to eat, these avocado reuben bites will be a guaranteed hit whether you’re entertaining or just enjoying a cozy evening at home this holiday season.
  2. Rosemary Cashews Recipe
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    • I always love including nuts as an easy, tasty snack among a spread of other snacks and appetizers during the holidays. These rosemary cashews are an easy snack loaded with savory and sweet flavor. You can even use your toaster oven to make this small batch recipe, making it a perfect recipe for kids of all ages to help with snack preparation.
  3. Buckeye Bars Recipe
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    • Our buckeye bars recipe simplifies delicious, traditional buckeyes by turning them into bars in this super easy and tasty recipe that calls for just a few simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand. This is such a great recipe for kids to help with since the process of mixing and making the bars could not be easier. There’s on baking, no fussy steps and the results are divine.
  4. Toaster Oven Chex Mix Recipe
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    • Good ol’ Chex mix is a mainstay at parties and holiday celebrations – and I love it! Chex mix makes a great snack or party food, and it can be customized by adding more or fewer ingredients and toppings for the flavor you prefer. I personally always add a little bit more simply because more is more with Chex mix if you ask me. Because this version is made in the toaster oven it makes it a cinch for the kids to make.
  5. Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
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    • Rice Krispie Treats are so easy to make that they’re a total no brainer when it comes to jumping in the kitchen with the kids – especially with this festive recipe that fashions Rice Krispie Treats into adorable little trees that kids and adults alike will find totally charming! There’s no baking required making this recipe easy for little hands to stay safe.
  6. Harissa Goat Cheese Deviled Eggs Recipe
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    • Put a new twist on deviled eggs with this harissa goat cheese deviled eggs recipe that will have kids and adults alike trying something new together! They’re perfect to serve alongside your other favorite snacks and appetizers during the holiday season, leveling up the typical deviled egg game with a burst of extra flavor and spice.
  7. Gluten Free Eggnog Bread Recipe
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    • My kids love eggnog and they would take so much pride in serving this rich, delicious dessert to friends and relatives that come over to visit during the holiday season. Our eggnog bread recipe is like a taste of the holidays all by itself, boasting a moist quick bread smothered in a sweet eggnog icing that is utterly delicious.
  8. Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Salted Caramel Bark Recipe
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    • Rich in colors and flavors, this chocolate bark is packed with flavor and crunch making one seriously delicious, sweet treat! Simple, beautiful, and with a sophisticated taste, this cranberry pumpkin seed salted caramel bark recipe will please all ages at your holiday gatherings. I love that bark recipes are so easy, great for kids to help make and feel festive no matter how you switch up the flavors.
  9. Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe
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    • An easy dish for a simple, quick dinner or a mid afternoon snack that will hold you over for a late supper, these teriyaki meatballs are simply amazing. Of course, you can easily use these meatballs as the basis for a full dinner, but they’re also really fun to serve alongside other snacks and appetizers at a holiday gathering. Meatballs are very straightforward to make, too, making them a great choice when the kids are helping out.
  10. Sandwich de Mezcla Recipe
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    • The ultimate finger food with a tangy filling made of ham, cheese, and pimento, these mini sandwiches make the perfect snack food for parties. Everyone loves small and unexpected sandwich combos to pair with fruit, salty snacks, and sweets making this sandwich de mezcla recipe a perfect fit for a casual celebration of the new year. So simple older kids don’t need an adult’s help!
  11. Fried Cheese Balls Recipe
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    • Cheese is my ultimate weakness. There’s nothing that isn’t made better by the addition of cheese, this recipe for our fan favorite fried cheese balls is no exception. With only a handful of simple ingredients, this recipe is fool proof and simple. There are only three ingredients in this easy, cheesy appetizer that’s crunchy on the outside while boasting melted and gooey cheese on the inside.
  12. Oatmeal Raisin Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
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    • I love oatmeal raisin cookies! My daughter used to randomly make them and I think what stopped her is realizing I’d come home from work and eat the biggest one. This oatmeal raisin Rice Treats recipe is easy, amazing and so tasty – what more can someone want? They’re just like classic Rice Krispie Treats, gooey and sweet, full of marshmallow goodness and butter, but crossed with the flavors of oatmeal cookies.
  13. Mini Beef and Cheese Tacos Recipe
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    • These little tacos are so simple and filling! They make a great lunch or dinner, a fun and filling snack, or a great party food. Pair our mini beef and cheese tacos recipe with dipping options like sour cream, queso dip, guacamole, and salsa for a completely customizable appetizer that your friends and family will love – the kids included.
  14. No Bake Crispy Almond Butter Chocolate Bites Recipe
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    • Another easy no-bake recipe, these crispy almond butter chocolate bites contain five simple ingredients and are both fun to make and rewarding to eat. I love to pair these sweet treats with a bowl of buttery, salty popcorn for a fun movie night at home with the kids.
  15. Twix Brownies Recipe
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    • Just when you’re certain that brownies cannot get any better, along comes our Twix brownies recipe to prove you wrong. I love the caramel and cookie additions to my classic favorite brownie. Now for the important question – corner, edge, or middle?! The kids will love helping making this simple yet decadent brownie recipe. They’re perfect for a festive little at-home celebration this New Year.
  16. Mexican Arancini with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce
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    • Delicious, crispy and loaded with flavor, our Mexican arancini recipe are delicious paired with this simple homemade creamy avocado cilantro dipping sauce. The spiciness of the fried balls of cheesy rice are cooled off with the creamy avocado cilantro dipping sauce it’s served with. Top it all off with some crumbled queso fresco and fresh cilantro, you’re in carb-loaded heaven.
  17. Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos Recipe
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    • A great way to use up leftover chicken or bring new life and flavor to rotisserie chicken, these sheet pan chicken nachos are simple, delicious, and customizable. I love the versatility and how I can create a snack fit for anyone in my household with limited effort, which also makes this recipe a perfect one for the kids to help make on a cozy winter night’s or for an easy lunch.
  18. BBQ Jalapeño Popper Dip Recipe
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    • My kids and I love jalapeño poppers to no end so this BBQ jalapeño popper dip recipe is an awesome way to indulge in on old favorite while exploring new options. Great on veggies, chips, or bread, this dip is spicy, tangy and delicious. Skip the bacon to appease the vegetarians in your life and get the kids to roll up their sleeves and help with the prep.
  19. Pretzel Dogs Recipe
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    • An all-in-one hot dog and bun is a guaranteed hit on your snack tray alongside a spread of favorite appetizers. Our pretzel dogs recipe is a longtime favorite for good reason. Provide spicy mustard, melted cheese, or your standard ketchup to please all guests. Cut them in thirds and skewer with toothpicks for snack-sized bites or serve them whole and fill up tummies around your table!

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