Spend a few fun minutes in the kitchen with your kids on Christmas morning. Prepare traditional breakfast dishes and allow your children to enhance the initial recipe with their tasty, sweet, colorful additions. Fruits work well as a healthy alternative to processed sugary toppings. Try raspberries, strawberries, honeydew melon, kiwis and cherries.
Chocolate Chip Santa Pancakes
Chocolate Chip Santa Pancakes are a twist on a fun breakfast food kids love to enjoy. Use a pre-boxed mix and add the chips, or make these pancakes from scratch. The recipe calls for butter, milk, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, and chocolate chips. This recipe takes approximately five minutes of preparation and 15 minutes to cook. Substitute a bag of chocolate chips with red, green and white coating in honor of the holiday. Allow kids to decorate the surface of their pancakes to look like St. Nick. A can of whipped cream makes the beard and hair. A tube of red icing or red string licorice makes a festive hat, and dark chocolate chips work as the eyes, nose and mouth.
Mini Bagel Wreaths
Make mini bagel wreaths with a few simple ingredients. Best of all, no baking is necessary. Just toast the bagels and add cream cheese. Keep in mind that cream cheese comes in different flavors and colors. Encourage children to decorate their own bagels. Provide them with several options--all green and red--in bowls, and allow them to use as many sweet treats as they see fit. Green and red M&M's, colored chocolate chips, cookie decorating candies, jelly beans, marshmallows and cherries all make appropriate toppings. For a healthier option, sprinkle with green, red and yellow peppers to give the dish a festive confetti.
Breakfast Christmas Tree
Breakfast Christmas Tree is easy enough to make that kids can help prepare it. It requires few ingredients--butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, red and green decorating sugar, regular granulated sugar, two packages of crescent rolls, orange zest and orange juice. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Open both containers of the rolls but do not unravel; slice into 11 equal pieces and flatten. Use 10 pieces to form an evergreen tree shape on the baking pan and the final piece for the trunk. Brush the 3 Tbsp. regular sugar, 2 Tbsp. melted butter and 1 tsp. orange zest on the dough and bake 20 minutes. Cream 2 oz. cream cheese in a mixer and blend in 2 Tbsp. orange juice and 1 cup powdered sugar. After baking is completed, add cream cheese mixture as a topping and sprinkle with red and green sugar.