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Thursday, December 15, 2011

More Christmas Treats!

Very simple treats for Christmas! Oreos with white candy coating piped on top. stick mini chocolate chips in for the eyes and mouth. I used orange starburst for the "carrot" nose.
Santa's are nutter butters  with white candy coating piped on the top and bottom. dip one end into red sprinkles but not the whole way in. used red star burst for the nose and mini choc chips for the eyes. they are attached using white candy coating as well.
the snowmen idea I got out of a magazine and they were supposed to be on a lollipop stick but the stick I bought were to thick (walmart was out of stock of the thinner sticks) and the oreos were too thin so sticking the stick in only caused the oreo to break or open up too far. There were also supposed to have hats. Half an oreo place on top, glued on using white candy coating. then a large Marshmallow dipped in chocolate candy coating place on top of half of the oreo. however, the way I did it, i think it is still cute and it didn't take as long to make.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cute Christmas Treats

Tomorrow Gary's class is going to decorate the classroom christmas tree so I decided it was a good opportunity to make some cookies! :)

The reindeer is a peanut butter cookie. Roll dough into balls and flatten on pan. Place pretzels in place for ears. Bake as long as recipe recommends. Place chocolate chips for eyes and red M&M for nose (or whichever color you want) while the cookie is still warm so that they stick.
the cookies with the M&Ms in them are easy. I bought refrigerated cookie dough that is already cut into pieces. Place pieces in mini muffin pan. Press down to make a well making sure dough doesn't go above the edge. Bake for 10-11 min. Place M&Ms in hole while cookie is still hot. Mine don't look all that full because I didn't have enough M&Ms to fill them up but you can put however many you want in them. You can also use any flavor chip you want instead of M&Ms.
The Last one is a little more complicated.
Buy refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Crush pretzels to make about one cup and mix into the sugar cookie dough. form dough into balls and place into mini muffin pan, pressing down to make a well but make sure the sides don't go above the edge. Place in oven for 5 min. Remove and place chocolate chips and caramel bites in the hole. Place back in oven for another 5-6 min. remove from oven to a wire rack. let cool for 10 min before removing from the pan. They should come right out. I used toothpicks to help pull out, but a knife will probably work also. Then place 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips and 1 TB shortening in microwave and heat for 30 seconds, stir and heat again in 15 sec interval (stirring after each) until chocolate is melted. Dip the tops of the cookies into the chocolate or take a spoon and pure chocolate over the top. Place sprinkles on top of chocolate.
Here are pictures of the cookies before the chocolate and sprinkles were added on top...
You can see the chocolate chips and kind of see the caramel bites inside.
Here is a picture after I placed the chocolate on top with sprinkles...
In the future instead of placing both caramel bites and chocolate chips in the center while still cooking I think I will just place extra caramel..with the chocolate in the center and on top it gets to be too much unless you like that much chocolate.
Also in the future with the M&M cups I am going to try putting the M&Ms in the center after 5 min of baking and then push the top of the cookie inwards to hide the M&Ms and then place back in oven for the rest of the 5 mins. Then it will look like a cookie ball with the M&M surprise on the inside. we will see if that works out or not. I am sure I will take pictures if it does work out! I tried pressing the top inwards after it was done baking but the cookie just broke, so i am hoping it work out the other way.
I have more cookies I will be making for the christmas party his class will be having later this month so stay tuned for those! There will be santas, snowmen, wreaths, and maybe one or two more treats.