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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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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

Ranch Spread Snowman

Ranch Spread Snowman

Ranch Spread Snowman

Let your kids use their imagination and decorate their snowman with colorful vegetables and fruit. They may want to leave a few under the tree for Santa to nibble. —Sherry Al-Tamimi, Sugar Valley, Georgia

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

Nothing tastes better at this time of year than a sweet-to-eat caramel apple! For our harvest fest, subscriber Karen Ann Bland of Gove, Kansas happily agreed to share her favorite recipe, including instructions on making caramel sauce. "That rich homemade flavor just can't be beat," she says.—Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas
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Pizza Egg Rolls

Pizza Egg Rolls

Pizza Egg Rolls

My husband and kids love these very untraditional egg rolls. Their crisp wrappers and flavorful pizza filling make them taste so good!

Halloween Eyeball Appetizer

Halloween Eyeball Appetizer

Halloween Eyeball Appetizer

Keep your eyes peeled for fun with these deviled eggs full of flavor and crowd appeal. They make the perfect appetizer for a kids' party. Serve within two hours of making for the best "vein" effect. —Bernice Janowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Young relatives were coming for a Christmas party, so I wanted something fun for them to eat. Instead, the adults devoured my mini mac and cheese. —Kate Mainiero, Elizaville, New York

Mini Pizza Cups

Mini Pizza Cups

Mini Pizza Cups

Served hot or cold, these little pizzas are wonderful. Their small size makes them ideal for an after-school snack or kid-friendly party. Plus, they’re so easy to make, little ones can help you in the kitchen! —Jane Jones, Cedar, Minnesota

Pizza Roll-Ups

Pizza Roll-Ups

Pizza Roll-Ups

Since getting this recipe from our 4-H club, it's been a regular after-school snack. We like to dunk these bite-size pizza treats, made with refrigerated crescent rolls, in spaghetti sauce. —Donna Klettke, Wheatland, Missouri

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

Chicken Chili Nachos

Chicken Chili Nachos

Chicken Chili Nachos

This is a “dash in the pan” dish that’s always a hit. The spicy nachos have plenty of chicken and two kinds of beans, so they make a filling snack. —Karen Horning, Rockford, Illinois

Brownie Batter Dip

Brownie Batter Dip

Brownie Batter Dip

I’m all about the sweeter side of dips, and this brownie batter one pretty much fits in with my life’s philosophy: Chocolate makes anything better. Grab some fruit, cookies or salty snacks and start dunking. —Mel Gunnell, Boise, Idaho
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