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Six of the Best Holiday Cookbooks for Kids

The holidays can be stressful enough without entrusting your excitable four-year-old with complicated instructions... much less, with knives. 

Luckily, cooking with your little one can be a fun and easy (and safe!) activity, and it's especially entertaining for kids when holiday sprinkles are involved, and they get to share their creations with all the family. 

For some kitchen quality time with your kid over Christmas and Hanukkah, here are six holly jolly cookbooks for children, with easy-to-follow recipes that won't end in disaster. Of course, these recipes are best paired with tall glasses of milk and festive music playing in the background to leave your child bright-eyed and filled with plenty of holiday cheer.

Sweet Christmas

Sweet Christmas puts the holidays back into the family kitchen with 100 recipes for holiday treats for parents and children to make together. The recipes are easy to make, don't require special equipment, and are accompanied by lush color photographs. From real homemade candy (peppermint fudge, pulled ribbon candy, sugared pecans) to edible decorations for the tree (stained glass cookies, Rice Krispie snowmen, chocolate Santa mice), this beautiful and inspiring book even has recipes for Christmas morning: buttery pull-apart bread in a caramel glaze, sticky buns, orange-butter pancakes, and hot maple doughnuts. A must-have for the perfect festive kitchen bonding time with your child.

Kids in the Holiday Kitchen

Kick off the holidays in the kitchen this year! Kids in the Holiday Kitchen has kid-friendly projects including easy entrees, sweet and savoury noshes for your Christmas table. For something more crafty, this book also includes guides for children to make ornaments, Santa soaps, or little gifts for friends and family. With these unique craft and snack ideas, your holidays will definitely be merry and bright.

Nadiya's Bake Me a Festive Story

Join Great British Bake Off sensation Nadiya Hussain for scrumptious stories and delicious bakes that the family can enjoy together at Christmas. This unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself, brings families into the kitchen to share this special time of year through cooking and stories. Go on an adventure to the Snow Queen's palace, then make her treacle ice cream. Make and decorate cheesy-feet biscuits, then read the story about where all the odd socks go at Christmas time. Meet some very confused elves in The Elves and the Chouxmaker, then bake your own lemon choux buns. Read Nadiya's version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, then cook a scrumptious nut roast. Combining playful photography of Nadiya and her children with vibrant illustrations by Clair Rossiter, this glorious celebration of the joy of sharing food and stories is the perfect Christmas gift.

Sammy Spider's First Taste of Hanukkah

This 15th book in the popular Sammy Spider series finds Sammy and his human friend Josh presenting a delightful cookbook of Hanukkah recipes and crafts. With four chapters of  snacks, meals, treats, and crafts, this book will be a nice addition to the Sammy Spider series and a fun and useful book for families looking to enhance their Hanukkah celebrations. 

Nonna Tell Me a Story

America's favourite Italian-American cook, Lidia Bastianich, shares the story of the Christmases she used to celebrate in Italy. 

When Lidia was a child, she spent Christmas with her grandparents, where she learned to cook alongside her Nonna Rosa in their smokehouse and kitchen.

Lidia and her brother would also find a big beautiful juniper bush to cut down for their holiday tree. And they made their own holiday decorations with nuts, berries, and herbs they collected for their meals. 

This delightful picture book is filled with the story of Lidia's Christmas traditions, delicious recipes, and decorating ideas all perfected over the years by Lidia and her family.

A World of Cookies for Santa

Head to the Philippines, where children leave out puto seko cookies and ginger tea for Santa, jet to Russia for a honey spice cookie, then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie! When you've returned home, the journey's still not over – M. E. Furman provides recipes for children to bake some of Santa's cookies for themselves. A World of Cookies for Santa is a multicultural celebration that families will return to year after year.


Egyptian-American food enthusiast born in Chicago, raised in Beirut, and living in Dublin. Multitasker at Bookwitty. Intimately familiar with the term "identity crisis".


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