Cold hands and warm snacks – that’s my motto this winter. But as any Arkansan knows, winter is not a guarantee, at least for very long, so snacks need to be versatile for all seasons. A perk of easy and delicious snacks is that they can all be great activities for the kids as well.
Time off, cold weather and high levels of energy need some food in the mix. A lot of people depend on Pinterest for cute little snack ideas, and here are a few favorites to spice things up and bring some smiles to rosy cheeks.
Sugar Cookies: A classic that you can make your own in each batch. These vanilla sugar cookies can be tweaked with cinnamon, ginger, orange zest etc. The best part is decorating. Cut the cookies in any shapes you and your kids like and go crazy with the icing. There are no rules when it comes to decorating your cookies, so mix up colors, draw and really let your artists get creative. Find the cookie recipe and icing mixture here.
No-bake Chewy Oreo Bars: You’ve heard of Oreo balls, now get ready for Oreo bars. These brownie-like treats are gooey and filling. Your children will love them, and you will, too. Who knows, these could be the next holiday party staple – so practice them now! Find the recipe here.
Banana Sushi: The name might be off-putting, but these adorable banana snacks are the perfect eye-catching bites for your little tykes. If you have cereal lying around, peanut butter that’s been sitting in the cabinet a while or any other spread and topping your children can’t get enough of, use it for banana sushi! And while you’re at it, create a restaurant experience with a full food-critic tasting of the combinations you come up with. Find the recipe here.
Movie Theatre Pretzel Rods: A warm staple, you no longer need to leave the house for salty, chewy pretzel rods. Super easy to make and super tasty, these snacks will be your family’s favorite movie night treat. Find the recipe here.
Homemade Honey Bread: Bread making was all the craze during the start of the pandemic resulting in star bakers and bakers that maybe should never wear the title of baker at all. However, this recipe for honey bread is something anyone can do, even your rambunctious munchkin!
- 1 package of active dry yeast
- 1 ¼ cup of warm milk
- ¼ cup of honey
- ⅛ cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3 cups of all purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Dissolve package of yeast in mixing bowl of warm milk
- Add in honey, melted butter and salt. Mix to combine.
- Add 3 cups of flour and mix with hands until a dough forms. Use more flour as needed for dusting.
- Place dough on floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
- Place dough in greased bowl. Cover and place in a warm spot for about an hour or until dough has doubled in size.
- Punch dough down and place in a greased loaf pan. Cover and place in a warm spot for another 30 minutes.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees. Add foil to the top if it starts to brown quickly.
- Remove from pan, allow to cool, and then enjoy!