Holiday Fun with Cheryl Najafi’s Recipes

I love having holiday cooking projects with my kids. It is a time for me to really get them involved in what we are eating, and I also find that it encourages them to taste new things. But mostly I love just spending that time in the kitchen with them.

We have worked with Cheryl Najafi from on a sister publication, all-american cooking’s Christmas at Home. She is a talented lady with tons of great ideas. So I decided I would try out a few of her recipes for the holidays with my daughter Maya and my niece Claire. The end result: tons of fun and some tasty treats to boot!



Maya and I made the Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes together. She surprised me by how much she loved the peppermint icing and has requested us to do this same design using sugar cookies. I love that she is already thinking about other ways to use the icing. Her loving cooking and baking makes this Mom really happy.

 mayarefinalcupcakesMaya decided that she wanted to use all of the colors of the Jordan Almonds so she could have some colorful reindeer. We also opted to use the icing to dot the eyes of  the reindeer instead of using a food-safe marker. 





Our next project was Cheryl’s Decorated Santa Cookies. I made these prior to decorating, but you could easily get your kids involved in cutting out the stars from the cookie dough. The girls had a blast decorating them. I set out three bowls with icing, mini marshmallows, and red hots. Then we used the red sprinkles in the container for easy application. Claire who is not even 2 yet was able to help. The girls loved turning their star cookies into Santa! So many wonderful memories were made that day. 


I hope you enjoy baking these with the children in your life. If you cook or bake with your kids this holiday season share some pictures with us by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram. The pictures may show up in our magazine in the next year.

Happy Baking!