Most mornings, our kiddos have a mediocre breakfasts because I am not a morning person. I’m pretty much a groggy bear until about 8 a.m. after the coffee has kicked in. My poor kids.
Sometimes I make big batches of pancakes and freeze them so I can easily heat up something for them and a lot of the time, Peyton has cereal with milk. Definitely nothing special. There are some days I wish I was better about getting up earlier than the kids and making them something hot and scrumptious, but when I’m cooking them multiple meals a day, it’s nice to have more of a relaxing morning with less dishes to clean. Dishes are my worst enemy!
I also think the boring breakfasts allow them to appreciate when my husband or I cook something fun in the morning like homemade biscuits or quiche. It makes those mornings special for all of us and my husband makes a mean breakfast!
We have a tradition of making homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning and it’s by far one of our favorite breakfasts of the year. I really enjoy making them and as each year passes, it seems to get easier and easier to make everything and have it hot and ready before the kids become super hangry! While I look forward to eating cinnamon rolls in less than a month (yes!), I’m also excited to enjoy a couple of other Christmas recipes with my family, like this snowman french toast I put together for Kids Night In – a subscription box filled with fun activities and a recommended menu created by yours truly.
I made these back in October and it got me so excited for Christmas. This is such a festive meal to put together for the kiddos in your life. They’ll have a ball helping you in the kitchen and eating this cute snowman up! If you end up making this, don’t forget to tag your photos with #marinamakeseats!
Frosty’s French Toast (makes two snowmen)
- 6 slices of thickly sliced brioche bread (preferably a couple of days old)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of half and half
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 2 oz of mascarpone cheese
- 1/8 cup of powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
- Sliver of an orange peel
- Pretzel sticks
- Maple syrup
Using a hand or standing mixer, mix the mascarpone, powdered sugar and extract until combined. Set aside.
Using a biscuit cutter, or varying sized glasses/bowls, start building Frosty! Have your child help you cut the bread into circles to resemble a snowman (three circles for each snowman).
In a medium bowl, have your child help you whisk together the eggs, half and half, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Set aside and heat a frying pan over medium heat and melt butter. Once the pan is warm, have your little one(s) soak each piece of bread in the egg mixture on both sides and place in the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and flip with a spatula after a couple of minutes, or until browned. Flip and repeat with the other side. Repeat with the other slices, soaking and then cooking. Set each piece aside once it’s done cooking.
Top each piece of French toast with a tablespoon of snowball frosting. Have your little helper place chocolate chips on the face to make eyes, a smile and buttons along the body. Using a knife, cut a piece of orange peel to resemble a nose. Use pretzel sticks for arms and top with syrup if desired.