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Kids Snacks

Check out these healthy recipes for kids snacks, including popcorn, nachos, empanadas, chicken wings, fries, pretzels, trail mix, kabobs, elephant ears, pinwheels, flat bread, cheese puffs, fruit snacks, pizza pockets, apple dip and more.

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Classic empanadas from South America are stuffed pastries of beef or chicken, usually fried. That doesn't mean "classic" never changes. Chicken goes well with black beans, corn and jalapenos in this baked version with a Southwestern spin. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
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Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza Dip

You know those times when you want to use up a few ingredients and nothing comes to mind? Spaghetti sauce, assorted cheeses, pepperoni and a prebaked pizza crust go together well when you keep them separate. Warm up the crust, then cut it up for dipping in the pizza sauce. —Julie Puderbaugh, Berwick, Pennsylvania

Gingersnap Dip

Gingersnap Dip

Gingersnap Dip

I serve this dip in a clean plastic pumpkin at all of our fall church gatherings. It's a nice way to dress up packaged gingersnaps. —Tessie Hughes, Marion, Virginia

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

For a winning appetizer, serve crispy phyllo cups filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and zesty shredded cheese. The handheld munchies are sure to be named MVP of the menu.—Roseann Weston, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
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Dairy Delicious Dip

Dairy Delicious Dip

Dairy Delicious Dip

Munching on fruit becomes so much more fun when there's a sweet, creamy dip to dunk your slices in. After working up an appetite playing party games, the kids enjoyed this dip. I enjoyed its ease of preparation. —Karen Kenney, Harvard, Illinois

Bacon Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Bacon Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Bacon Cream Cheese Pinwheels

It's hard to resist a crescent roll, bacon and cream cheese in one bite! Kids, friends, everyone will scarf these down. Now I bake a double batch whenever we have a get-together. —Krista Munson, Sharpsburg, Kentucky

Rich Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Rich Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Rich Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Had a full day of sledding, shopping or decorating? Settle in for a family-pleasing meal of homemade pizza. With a prebaked crust and simple Alfredo sauce, it’s easy and delicious. —Tammy Hanks, Gainsville, Florida

Waffle Fry Nachos

Waffle Fry Nachos

Waffle Fry Nachos

"My husband and tow grown sons really enjoy these appetizers when we're camping," writes Debra Morgan of Idaho Falls, Idaho. "They can devour a platter of them in no time. They're also fun to fix when friends come over."

Chunky Herbed Pizza Dip

Chunky Herbed Pizza Dip

Chunky Herbed Pizza Dip

“Use your favorite dipper with this. I like to use multicolored bell pepper strips, celery, small breadsticks, mozzarella sticks and pepperoni slices.” -Clara Coulston of Washington Court House, Ohio

Starry Night Taco Cups

Starry Night Taco Cups

Starry Night Taco Cups

These Mexican-style snacks will surely add sparkle to a slumber party spread! To make them, our home economists lined muffin cups with tortilla shells, then filled each with a not-too-spicy beef mixture kids can garnish with cheese, lettuce and other toppings. For tasty dippers besides, you could serve the cutout stars with salsa.

Veggie Pinwheel Appetizers

Veggie Pinwheel Appetizers

Veggie Pinwheel Appetizers

My son, Tyler, loves these and even asked me to make them for his school party instead of cupcakes! Now his classmates love them, too, and I make them for every party. To keep it easy, I usually get the veggies from the grocery store's salad bar. —Beverly M. Jones, Cambridge, Maryland

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

In Alum Creek, West Virginia, Vicky Priestley recommends whipping up these barbecue Hawaiian pizzas as a quick after-school snack. Prepared on English muffins, the cheesy pizzas are something that kids of all ages enjoy.
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