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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.

Carrot-Shaped Cheese Spread

Carrot-Shaped Cheese Spread

Carrot-Shaped Cheese Spread

Cultivate compliments with this quick cracker spread coated with crushed tortilla chips. Taco seasoning, green onions and ripe olives dress up the thick mixture of cream cheese and cheddar.

Cheese Worms with Grasshopper Dip

Cheese Worms with Grasshopper Dip

Cheese Worms with Grasshopper Dip

Turning string cheese snacks into wiggly warms was simply a matter of poking in whole cloves for the eyes. We remind the kids to be sure to remove these before eating the worms. For serving the dip, I halved and seeded a green pepper, then added olives for eyes and green onion "legs".—Lenore Walters, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sloppy Joe Nachos

Sloppy Joe Nachos

Sloppy Joe Nachos

When my kids were little they loved these snacks they could eat with their fingers. It makes a great quick meal, tailgate food or "pig out" dish. —Janet Rhoden, Hortonville, Wisconsin
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Honey Nut Spread

Honey Nut Spread

Honey Nut Spread

This simple cream cheese treat goes over big at all my ladies' luncheons and parties. No one guesses that the spread has just four ingredients.

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Hot appetizers don't come much easier than this recipe. It's so popular I usually double the recipe if I have a larger crock pot. You can vary the meats to suit your family's tastes, or increase the heat factor by using a spicier barbecue or spaghetti sauce. Serve with fancy party picks. —Andrea Chamberlain, Macedon, New York

Crescent Butterflies

Crescent Butterflies

Crescent Butterflies

Our Test Kitchen home economists created these savory snacks that kids will enjoy dipping in marinara sauce. A cookie cutter makes it easy to cut the butterfly shapes from crescent roll dough.

Reuben Appetizers

Reuben Appetizers

Reuben Appetizers

Each year, I collect appetizer recipes to make for the annual Christmas party we throw for friends and family. These tidbits are always a big hit. —Pat Bohn, Oregon City, Oregon

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!

Apple Snack Wedges

Apple Snack Wedges

Apple Snack Wedges

Kids of all ages will love these easy apple wedges at snack time. With protein from peanut butter and a hint of sweetness and crunch, the quick-to-fix bites make a fun and healthy treat. —Jacquie Berg, St. Cloud, Wisconsin

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Between working full-time, going to school and raising three children, finding time-saving recipes that my family likes is one of my biggest challenges. These quick pizzas pack a huge amount of flavor. —Amy Grim, Chillicothe, Ohio

Cheddar Bean Quesadillas

Cheddar Bean Quesadillas

Cheddar Bean Quesadillas

“These quesadillas are so tasty,” Grace Sandvigen raves from Rochester, New York. With beans, cheese and an assortment of toppings, they’re such a cinch to fix teenagers could whip them up themselves.
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