Let the kids become your assistants and amaze your guests with these delicious (but oh-so-easy to make) homemade festive treats from Jolene Cox. At this busy time of year, they’ll wonder how you did it!

CLASSIC CHEESE STRAWS

Recipe serves: 20 persons
Cooking time: 10 min
Preparation time: 5 min

Do you want to know what’s great about my cheese straws? They taste so moreish and you get at least 20 out of this recipe. Delicious eaten hot or cold, plain or with a little salsa or relish.

Ingredients: 

1 pack of ready-rolled, puff pastry
1 large egg
1 tablespoon of milk
100g of Parmesan cheese, grated
100g of cheddar cheese
A pinch of sweet paprika

Method: 

  1. You will need two baking trays, some greaseproof paper and a bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.
  3. In a bowl, beat the egg and make an egg wash.
  4. Brush the top of the pastry with the egg wash, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and a little of the sweet paprika.
  5. Cut the pastry lengthwise into 1cm strips.
  6. Line the two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  7. Place the cheese sticks on the trays leaving a good inch between them.
  8. Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes until golden brown. 

PIZZA PINWHEELS

Recipe serves: 14 persons
Cooking time: 30 min
Preparation time: 15 min

The kids just adore helping to make these, and sample them when they are fresh out of the oven, so be warned! Or prefer a sweet treat? These can be made the same way using chocolate spread as the filling.This recipe makes approximately 14 pinwheels.

Ingredients: 

1 pack of ready-rolled puff pastry
200g of passata
100g of cheddar cheese, grated
100g of cooked bacon, diced
1 tbsp of oregano 

Method:  

  1. You will need a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.
  3. Take the ready-made pastry out of the box and lay it out on a floured surface.
  4. Spread the passata evenly over the entire dough surface.
  5. Sprinkle on the oregano.
  6. Scatter the bacon and cheese all over the tomato sauce.
  7. Next, roll up the pastry into a log, like a Swiss roll.
  8. Slice the log into 2cm pieces then place cut side up on the baking tray.
  9. Sprinkle with a little more cheese.
  10. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden.

NB – Both of these party favourites can be kept for three days in an airtight container.

As a childcare expert and former nanny, Jolene has been cooking for families for over 19 years. Since she started sharing her no-fuss, tasty, easy, budget-friendly recipes on her award-winning family food and parenting blog, ‘One Yummy Mummy’, she has enjoyed huge word-of-mouth success amongst parents. She is the winner of the Irish Quality food award ‘Blogger of the year 2017’ and two-time winner of maternity and infant ‘Best Parent Blog’. Find her on social media @oneyummymummy1.

One Yummy Mummy: Family Food Made Easy by Jolene Cox is published by Orpen Press.

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