There’s nothing like a homemade treat to share the joy of the season. These kid-tested gifts are simple enough for busy parents to make and sweet enough for any child to enjoy.

Plus, you’re not only giving a thoughtful gift of something you and your family created with your hands; you’re also giving your kids the gift of special time spent together. Cooking with your child is a Montessori-approved way for your little one to learn!

Spread holiday cheer with these 8 holiday food gifts you can make with your child

1. No-bake peanut butter dream bars

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Who doesn’t love peanut butter smothered in a thick layer of chocolate? These are the faster version of peanut butter balls, and guess what? You don’t have to bake them at all.

2. Slow cooker apple butter with no added sugar

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Rich with cinnamon flavor, there’s no butter here at all. Just a tangy, sweet spread that’s perfect on toast, pancakes and more. Bonus: No need to peel the apples!

3. DIY taco seasoning

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So much more flavorful than the store-bought stuff. Make your own blend—as spicy or mild as you like—and your loved ones will think of you next Taco Tuesday.

4. Homemade bread

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Don’t let homemade bread intimidate you. This recipe is not only super simple but it’s also great for little hands to join in.

5. Hot fudge sauce

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With only four ingredients, you can make a big batch of the smoothest, creamiest hot fudge you’ve ever tasted.

6. Homemade marshmallows

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If you’ve never had real, homemade marshmallows, this is your chance. Plus, this simplified technique doesn’t require a candy thermometer.

7. Lemon blueberry loaf with glaze

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One of the best gifts to get during the holidays is anything that doubles as breakfast for a busy family. This is one of the most loved flavor combinations of all time.

8. Chocolate granola bars

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Nothing says Happy Holidays like a sweet snack that’s also filling enough to keep kids going until dinner.

A version of this post was published October 28, 2021. It has been updated.