Sunday, December 8, 2013

Nutter Butter Santa Cookies

In an unexpected turn of events, I got a call in the middle of the morning asking me to come up with some Christmas cookies that were super easy and good to do with the kiddos.  You should probably know that I was also in the middle of having a migraine and couldn't hardly see straight.  But I digress.  I came home, took some God awful medicine (I do not do meds well) and got to work thinking of what I would make.   These were the result...  It's a good thing I have Lovely Lily here to help me with these sorts of projects.  She makes an excellent "test group."


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Ingredients:  (makes about 2 1/2 dozen)
  • Nutter Butter (peanut butter sandwich) cookies
  • a 1 pound package of white chocolate flavored candy coating
  • red and blue icing "pouches"
  • mini chocolate chips
  • a variety of holiday sprinkles
  • clear sugar "glitter crystals" 
Step-by-Step:
Chop the candy coating into smaller pieces so it will melt faster.   Lily uses a knife on a very regular basis, but this may not be the case for all children.  Please know the abilities of your child before handing them a knife.
Create a double boiler by placing your bowl over a simmering pot of water.  The steam from the water will melt the chocolate candy without burning it.  Stir until smooth and melted.  Take care not to get ANY water in the chocolate.

Dip the cookies into the melted chocolate... halfway up to the middle for Santa's beard, and about a third of the way for his hat on the other end.  Leave the bowl over the hot water to keep the chocolate liquid for a longer period of time.  Remind children the the edge of the bowl may still be hot.

Place the cookies either on parchment paper, waxed paper, or a cooling rack set over a sheet pan.  While the chocolate coating is still "wet," you need to add the decorations.  They won't stick once it sets up.  First, we added glitter sugar along the bottom edge of Santa's hat.  ... because the sparkles look cute when dry.... that's why!
With the red icing, fill in the rest of Santa's hat, then make a red nose at the thinnest part of the cookie, and a jolly red mouth  inside of the beard.
Next, give Santa two blue eyes with the blue icing, and for the pupils, mini chocolate chips.
Lastly, we decorated Santa's hat with some little Christmas tree sprinkles (because they looked like holly).  You could also add a little red or white ball at the end of this hat.
And here we have them!  So much fun!!  A great holiday activity to do with your children or grandchildren.  Perfect for holiday parties at work, school, church, etc.... and of course - lunchboxes!
I fully realize that they all look a little different.  This will always be the case when you are having children help you.. and that's also part of the fun.

 I hope you enjoyed this fun little "recipe."  As I've always said, not everything has to be made from scratch.  Sometimes, it's just the time that you are spending with your kids that is the important thing.  But anyways, why don't you hop on over to my Recipe Index to find out what else I have cooking?!

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Written Method:    
Chop the candy coating into smaller pieces so it will melt faster.   My daughter uses a knife on a very regular basis, but this may not be the case for all children.  Please know the abilities of your child before handing them a knife.  Create a double boiler by placing your bowl over a simmering pot of water.  The steam from the water will melt the chocolate candy without burning it.  Stir until smooth and melted.  Take care not to get ANY water in the chocolate.

Dip the cookies into the melted chocolate... halfway up to the middle for Santa's beard, and about a third of the way for his hat on the other end.  Leave the bowl over the hot water to keep the chocolate liquid for a longer period of time.  Remind children the the edge of the bowl may still be hot.

Place the cookies either on parchment paper, waxed paper, or a cooling rack set over a sheet pan.  While the chocolate coating is still "wet," you need to add the decorations.  They won't stick once it sets up.  First, we added glitter sugar along the bottom edge of Santa's hat.  ... because the sparkles look cute when dry.... that's why!

With the red icing, fill in the rest of Santa's hat, then make a red nose at the thinnest part of the cookie, and a jolly red mouth  inside of the beard.  Next, give Santa two blue eyes with the blue icing, and for the pupils, mini chocolate chips.  Lastly, we decorated Santa's hat with some little Christmas tree sprinkles (because they looked like holly).  You could also add a little red or white ball at the end of this hat.

A great holiday activity to do with your children or grandchildren.  Perfect for holiday parties at work, school, church, etc.... and of course - lunchboxes!

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