5 easy children’s Christmas biscuits

These kids’ Xmas biscuit decorating ideas are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers

Written by Becky Lord

Craft and photos by Rowena Kinghorn

If you’re thinking, “Crumbs! I need some easy ideas to keep my kids busy while I sort my Christmas to do list…” Look no further.

These step-by-step Christmas biscuits just use icing pens and cake decorations, so they’re perfect for preschoolers and toddlers.

You can buy biscuits from the shops for all of these ideas, or scroll down for a festive gingerbread recipe if you’d rather make your own.

And the best part? You get to eat them all later. Naughty and nice!

1) Easy treesy: Christmas tree cookies

What you’ll need: triangle-shaped plain biscuits (e.g. shortbread), a green icing pen, colourful sprinkles, edible silver balls

What to do:

1. Give your child a green icing pen and have them scribble green onto the biscuit.
2. Now they sprinkle on hundreds and thousands. If you have them, add edible silver balls for little baubles. So simple!

2) Reindeer biscuits: with red Smarties noses!

What you’ll need: plain round biscuits (e.g. shortbread), brown icing pen, red Smarties

What to do:

1. First, your kid draws eyes and antlers in brown icing pen.
2. Then they add a red Smartie nose – use a blob of icing to stick it on!

Want to mix it up a bit? This post has more do-it-yourself festive treats, from cupcakes to pastry crackers!

3) Snow go: melted snowman cookie

What you’ll need: round biscuit, 125g icing sugar, 15ml warm water, white marshmallow, black and orange icing pens, Smarties

What to do:

1. Make a bowl of white icing. Your child can help you to combine the icing sugar and warm water ­– it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add more water/icing sugar, if you need to change the consistency.
2. Blob the icing onto each biscuit. Ask your child to add a marshmallow (head) and Smarties buttons to each one while the icing is still wet.
3. Then, they can draw on faces and arms with the icing pens.

4) Make a scene: snowglobe snacks

What you’ll need: round biscuits, 125g icing sugar, 15ml warm water, blue food colouring, icing pens, desiccated coconut

What to do:

1. First, make a bowl of pale blue icing.Your child can help you to combine the icing sugar and warm water ­– it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add more water/icing sugar, if you need to change the consistency. Add one drop of blue food colouring to make the icing pale blue.
2. Next, your child can dip the whole biscuit into the blue icing to cover it evenly. Sprinkle it with desiccated coconut and leave to dry.
3. Finally, they can use the icing pens to draw snowy pictures… e.g. a snowman, a penguin, Santa or a Christmas tree.

5) Santa snacks: ho ho ho, belly biscuits!

What you’ll need: round biscuits, red icing, black, yellow and white icing pens

What to do:

1. Ask your child to coat the biscuits in red icing.
2. When the biscuits are dry, your little one can use the icing pens to add black buttons, a black and yellow belt, and fluffy white fur trim!

If you want to bake your own festive biscuits, this Christmas gingerbread cookies recipe from BBC Good Food is simple and delicious.

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