The house is full and the kitchen is bustling: It must be the holidays. One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is, of course, the cooking. An impending holiday meal or a lazy afternoon spent decorating and wrapping presents provides the perfect opportunity to get everyone involved in a kitchen project. While some say that too many cooks in the kitchen can ruin a meal, we tend to think the opposite. We’re convinced that it’s the more the merrier when it comes to cooking together, which is why we gathered a few ideas to inspire your family’s shared culinary pursuits this season. How do you get the whole family cooking together during the holidays? Let’s see…
If there’s one surefire way to get everyone involved in the cooking (and batter snacking!) it’s by making cookies. Give anyone and everyone who passes through the kitchen a job. Turning on the mixer, pouring in the chocolate chips, flooding the icing, plating the batch—there’s a way for everyone to help with the baking when a favorite cookie recipe is on the agenda. Check out a few of our favorites for inspiration.
Make Gingerbread Houses
Everyone loves a gingerbread house. Whether it’s a contest between teams or one big house set up in the kitchen that everyone adds to as they drift in and out of the kitchen during the day’s festivities, there are few projects more fun than a DIY gingerbread house. Set up the ingredients: graham crackers, tubes of icing, bowls of gumdrops, sprinkles, and candies, and let everyone help decorate. You’ll have a masterpiece—and table centerpiece—by dinnertime.
Plan Projects for Little Hands
Easy recipes were made for the littlest kitchen helpers. If you have simple kitchen crafts, like stringing popcorn for garlands or piling cookies in tins, give the kids, grandkids, and cousins their jobs and let them help too. They’ll also love to try their hands at making Cornflake Wreath Christmas Cookies (watch the video below!).
Even if you think you can handle it all on your own, what’s the fun in that? If you’re cooking up a holiday lunch, enlist help. Everyone has their talents, and everyone can contribute, no matter the menu. Whipped cream? Give Uncle Mark the whisk. Tasting and seasoning? That’s for Grandma Jean. Get the adults chopping, the kids mixing, and for those not inclined to the culinary arts, assign the very special task of making sure the rolls don’t burn as they’re warming in the oven.
There are plenty of ways to get cooking in the kitchen together this holiday season. Get creative, and the whole family will be inspired to help out—and before you know it, they’ll have helped to produce a delicious dinner, cute craft, or gingerbread house masterpiece.