Keep the kids, Santa, Rudolph and the elves happy this Christmas Eve by whipping up some festive magic in the kitchen...
There are only so many mince pies a man can eat. Yes, they're delicious but Santa is sure to be even more generous if you opt for one of our original offerings. Rumour has it that Rudolph has fallen off the carrot wagon so we've thrown in a few tasty treats to keep him happy too...
The word from the grotto is that Santa's elves are starting to feel a little left out of the action come Christmas Eve. The last thing we want is an elf revolt so we’ve put extra effort into creating magical mini doughnuts. Children will love decorating these tiny treats and leaving them by their stocking but be warned, we’ve heard elves leave a trail of crumbs in their wake!
Kids running riot on Christmas Eve? Help them leave Rudolph a carrot he won't forget with these beautiful chocolate carrot loaf cakes. They're so good you might need to leave an extra one out to avoid a jealous Santa.
What self-respecting reindeer wouldn’t want a biscuit decorated in his own image? These beautifully crumbly shortbread biscuits are the perfect treat to make with children on Christmas Eve and you’ll have plenty left over for a last-minute gift too.
Sugar dusted mince pie parcels
If Christmas Eve is pretty hectic at your house and you don't want to start baking mince pies from scratch, these cinnamon dusted parcels cause minimum mess and are ready in no time - just make sure Santa doesn't eat them all in one go.
Help the kids make a little festive magic of their own this Christmas, with these fluffy snowball carrot muffins, which should be just up Rudolph's street. Although it's probably best for the whole family to give them a little taste test just to make sure they are up to scratch for that very fussy reindeer.
These moist oaty bakes are brilliant for making with kids, the recipe is so simple and there is lots of stirring fun to be had. They are packed full of oats, fruit, spices and seeds so Rudolph will be whizzing around the houses in record time. They can be a bit messy to eat though so expect some crumbs on the floor come Christmas morning...
If you think Santa isn't a mince pie fan, then help the kids whip up these irresistible double ginger gingerbread men, which even the smallest hands can get involved with. A stressed-out Santa is sure to enjoy one of these with a calming cup of tea before bed.
If you are a bit worried about Santa drinking on the job, then leave him out a glass of this festive mulled apple juice, which makes a great alternative to wine. He does have a sleigh to ride after all.
No one will be able to resist these snowcapped fairy cakes, let alone a hungry Santa Claus. The kids will have loads of fun icing and decorating their creations and Santa is sure to be super-impressed. We think they are best served with a warming glass of appleberry mulled wine.
Ok, so this might not be strictly sticking with tradition, but we think Santa might need to kick back and relax after all that frantic present delivery. If this gives Santa the taste for a cocktail or two, we can also recommend this creamy white Christmas cocktail or a festive snowball.
What do you leave out for Santa Claus in your house?