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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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Crispy Onion Wings

Crispy Onion Wings

Crispy Onion Wings

My wife, daughters and I often enjoy these buttery wings while watching TV on Saturday nights. The crisp coating of french-fried potato chips is also great on the chicken tenders I make from cut-up boneless chicken breasts. -Jonathan Hershey, Akron, Ohio

Fruity Brownie Pizza

Fruity Brownie Pizza

Fruity Brownie Pizza

In Laverne, Oklahoma, Nancy Johnson starts with a basic brownie mix to create this luscious treat that's sure to impress company. "Sometimes I add mandarin oranges for even more color," Nancy notes.

Perky Olive Penguins

Perky Olive Penguins

Perky Olive Penguins

These tuxedo-clad tidbits are actually ripe olives stuffed with a subtly seasoned cream cheese filling. The adorable appetizers are dressed for success with pimiento and carrot accessories.
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Smoked Sausage Appetizers

Smoked Sausage Appetizers

Smoked Sausage Appetizers

A savory, sweet sauce with a touch of currant jelly glazes these yummy little sausages. They make a great appetizer, and both adults and kids seem to love these baby hot dogs. —Kathryn Bainbridge, PA Furnace, Pennsylvania

Yummy Mummy with Veggie Dip

Yummy Mummy with Veggie Dip

Yummy Mummy with Veggie Dip

“I came up with this idea for dressing up a veggie tray for our annual Halloween party, and everyone got really 'wrapped up' in it," says Heather Snow in Salt Lake City, Utah. "Frozen bread dough and dip mix make this a simple and easy appetizer that's as much fun to display as to eat!”

Pizza Cups

Pizza Cups

Pizza Cups

"My girls frequently have friends over at night," writes Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia. "And their big brother is always asking for something to eat! So I make these miniature pizzas often. They couldn't be quicker."

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

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Looking for an eye-catching appetizer to dress up a dinner party or fun fall gathering? They don't come much cuter than the fanciful hard-cooked egg "toadstools" pictured here. Capped with cherry tomatoes, these tasty morsels always delight family and friends, says creator Sue Cravatta of Elmwood Park, Illinois. "They couldn't be easier to make, and my kids get the biggest kick out of them. They gobble the toadstools up-and even eat the spinach 'grass' I display them on," she relates. You could also add a trail of whimsical raisin "ants" around the base for extra nutrition and fun!

Garlic-Cheese Flat Bread

Garlic-Cheese Flat Bread

Garlic-Cheese Flat Bread

Unless you plan to make two, don't count on leftovers. As an appetizer or side, this cheesy flat bread will be devoured in less time than it takes to bake. And that's not long! —Suzanne Zick, Maiden, North Carolina

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.

Bee My Honey Fruit Dip

Bee My Honey Fruit Dip

Bee My Honey Fruit Dip

Orange, cinnamon and nutmeg round out this creamy appetizer dip. Carol Gillespie of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania likes to serve her spiced spread with apples, pineapple and strawberries when in season.
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