5 Easy Holiday Desserts Your Teen Will Want to Make (and Eat!)

The holiday season is fast approaching!  Your family’s schedule is filling up fast with extra activities and it probably feels like there isn’t enough time in each day to get everything done.

If you need to make a dessert to take to a family gathering or get-together with friends, why not delegate the task to your teen. The holidays are the perfect time to get your teens in the kitchen and let them put their creativity to work!

5 Easy Holiday Desserts for Teens to Make (and EAT!) - Education Possible If you need to make a dessert to take to a family gathering or get-together with friends, why not delegate the task to your teen. The holidays are the perfect time to get your teens in the kitchen and let them put their creativity to work! Easy recipe idea and perfect for holiday gifts that your older kids can create and give to their friends.

Over the past few years we have been encouraging our teens to get more involved in making family meals and learning to cook.  The holidays are a special time for kids to get busy in the kitchen.  They can learn to make recipes that have been handed down through generations and they can also use their creativity to make fun and easy holiday desserts the entire family will enjoy.

Here are 5 of my teens’ favorite easy holiday desserts to make and EAT!

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

This recipe has been one of my kids’ favorites for years.  It’s so nice that they can make it for our family parties now!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - Education Possible 5 Easy Holiday Desserts for Teens to Make (and EAT!) - Education Possible If you need to make a dessert to take to a family gathering or get-together with friends, why not delegate the task to your teen. The holidays are the perfect time to get your teens in the kitchen and let them put their creativity to work! Easy recipe idea and perfect for holiday gifts that your older kids can create and give to their friends.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 – 14 oz. can condensed milk
  • 1 – 12 oz. package chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. shortening

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Melt butter in 13×9 dish. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs in dish over melted butter. Pour milk over crumbs. Top with package of chips and peanut butter chips, then press chips into milk.

Bake 25-30 minutes

After cooled, melt 3/4 cup chips and shortening in a separate bowl, then drizzle over top.

2. Peppermint Bark

We LOVE any type of peppermint candy in our house!  This one is super simple to make and is pretty to give as a gift.

Peppermint Bark - Education Possible 5 Easy Holiday Desserts for Teens to Make (and EAT!) - Education Possible If you need to make a dessert to take to a family gathering or get-together with friends, why not delegate the task to your teen. The holidays are the perfect time to get your teens in the kitchen and let them put their creativity to work! Easy recipe idea and perfect for holiday gifts that your older kids can create and give to their friends.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 12 oz. package white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup candy canes, crushed

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place white chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.  Remove the bowl and stir the chips with a spatula. Place the bowl back in the microwave and continue to microwave in 30-second intervals/then stir, until chips are melted.

Pour melted chocolate on the parchment paper and smooth with the spatula. Sprinkle the crushed peppermint candies on top of the chocolate.

Let the bark harden for at least an hour at room temperature.  Break into pieces and serve.

3. Gingersnap Dip

This is a great dessert to take to parties.  It is easy to make and fun to eat.

Gingersnap Dip - Education Possible 5 Easy Holiday Desserts for Teens to Make (and EAT!) - Education Possible If you need to make a dessert to take to a family gathering or get-together with friends, why not delegate the task to your teen. The holidays are the perfect time to get your teens in the kitchen and let them put their creativity to work! Easy recipe idea and perfect for holiday gifts that your older kids can create and give to their friends.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Gingersnaps

In small mixing bowl gently beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.

Beat in whipped topping until blended.

Refrigerate until serving.

Serve with gingersnaps.

4. Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup

My kids have a blast making these cookies!  This would be a fun baking activity when you have a group of kids over for a holiday get-together.  Everyone could make their own and your house will smell delicious.

Cookie in a Cup - Education Possible 5 Easy Holiday Desserts for Teens to Make (and EAT!) - Education Possible If you need to make a dessert to take to a family gathering or get-together with friends, why not delegate the task to your teen. The holidays are the perfect time to get your teens in the kitchen and let them put their creativity to work! Easy recipe idea and perfect for holiday gifts that your older kids can create and give to their friends.

I shared all of the details for making these creative cookies recently at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers – – you can find the ingredient list and step-by-step instructions for How to Make a Cookie in a Cup.  Enjoy!

5. Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Kids can really use their creativity with this dessert!  Use different flavors of chocolate and a variety of candy toppings for one-of-a-kind creations.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels - Education Possible 5 Easy Holiday Desserts for Teens to Make (and EAT!) - Education Possible If you need to make a dessert to take to a family gathering or get-together with friends, why not delegate the task to your teen. The holidays are the perfect time to get your teens in the kitchen and let them put their creativity to work! Easy recipe idea and perfect for holiday gifts that your older kids can create and give to their friends.

Ingredients:

  • Bag of Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate chips (milk, dark, or white chocolate)
  • Candy and decorations – M&Ms, sprinkles, crushed peppermint, etc.

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.  Remove the bowl and stir the chips with a spatula. Place the bowl back in the microwave and continue to microwave in 30-second intervals/then stir, until chips are melted.

Dip pretzel rod into melted chocolate.

Place dipped pretzel on parchment paper and decorate with candy decorations.

Let sit at room temperature until hardened.

What is your teen’s favorite holiday dessert to make? 

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