Healthy Holiday Treats to Make with Kids

The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy good food with friends and family, but between the eggnog and Christmas cookies, sometimes we can feel a little overloaded with sugar. Pizza gets a bad reputation sometimes, but if you make it at home, it’s actually not as unhealthy as we might think!

These holiday pizzas are a savory twist on the traditional Christmas cookie and are super fun and versatile. Let the kids decorate away and serve as an appetizer, dinner, lunch, snack—or even breakfast!

What you’ll need:

  • Pizza dough (pre-made or make your own)
  • Pizza sauce – red sauce and/or pesto
  • Shredded cheese
  • Large cookie sheets
  • Fun shaped cookie cutters
  • Spray oil
  • Toppings:
    • Sliced peppers, olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, onions, basil, parsley, tomatoes etc.

Step 1:Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll or stretch the dough out in a long thing sheet. This is the toughest part because you want the dough to hold its shape when you cut it into a shape. Choose a large cookie cutter with fewer corners, such as a Christmas tree shape. Cut the dough into shapes and lay flat on a lightly oiled cookie sheet.

Step 2: Pre-bake the pizza shapes at 350 for about 8 minutes or so. The dough will start to puff up and gain some structure, but don’t burn or brown. Pre-baking the dough will help the shapes withstand all the decorating attention.

Step 3: Let the shapes cool, then call in the decorators! Kids love piling on all the toppings and playing with different shapes and colors. Bring the oven temp up to about 425 degrees.

Step 4:Bake the little pizzas for about 15 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like the cheese. After they cool for a couple minutes, dig in!