Holiday Baking and Fun for the Family | Kanakuk Kamps
Holiday Baking and Fun for the Family

Coffee Cake, Holiday Cookies, and Rudolph Bags–Oh My!

 

Nothing says "it's the holidays!" like special family time, time off from school, and baking (and sharing) delicious treats.

 

With the holiday season underway, baking is the perfect activity to get in the holiday spirit with friends and family. We love whipping up our favorite sweets that remind us of Kamp- like coffee cake and cookies!

 

Check out this step-by-step guide to make baking fun and enjoyable for everyone in the family:

 

1. Turn on some Christmas tunes that put you in the spirit of the season and have a sing along!

 

2. Decide on your favorite treat that you would like to bake. Want to make it feel like Kamp? Maybe choose our beloved coffee cake recipe, or homemade holiday cookies with your own little twist

 

3. Once you have chosen your recipe, split up the steps so that everyone can play a part in the baking activity. Every step is important, so make sure you follow the instructions!

 

4. After you have put your delicious treats in the oven, find a holiday game to play while the treats bake or go around and share your favorite family vacation or Christmas memory.

 

5. If you are baking for neighbors or friends, you can also use the baking time to decorate boxes or package the treats in a special way!

 

6. Once your sweets are ready to take out of the oven, wait until they cool before you eat them! ( The hardest part! )

 

7. Last but not least, ENJOY! Enjoy your treats with a family holiday movie or deliver some to your friends and neighbors together!

 

Below are some of our favorite recipes, gift box inspiration, and delicious ways to celebrate this joyful season!

 

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups milk
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix all the cake ingredients together until well combined.

  3. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.

  4. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined.

  5. Spread evenly on the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

  6. For the glaze, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until it is a consistency like pancake syrup.

  7. While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake and it will set into a harder glaze.

  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Holiday Cookies

Ingredients:

  • Fun holiday cookie cutters

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened

  • 1 whole egg

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon milk

  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste

  • extra all-purpose flour powdered sugar for rolling out dough

Instructions:

  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg, milk and vanilla extract or paste beat to combine.

  3. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until dough comes away from the side of the bowl.

  4. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  6. Sprinkle surface to roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/3-inch thick. Check frequently to make sure dough is not sticking!

  7. Cut into fun shapes, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are beginning to turn brown around the edges.

  8. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack.

  9. Serve plain or frost them with icing and colored sugar!

 

Rudolph Gift Boxes

These cute gift boxes are simple and perfect crafts for the whole family! Check out The Paper Caper blog post to see all the supplies you will need to perfectly package those baked goods for someone special!