Almost To The Finish Line

Last week, we (and I use that term VERY loosely since Megan did 99% of the baking and creating) got a majority of our Christmas goodies out to friends and neighbors.  It was so crazy that I didn’t even take pictures of most of it.  Let me say, my Megan is amazing!  Just look at these:

 

Yes…they are right next to our Christmas Story lamp! 

We did a lot of the same treats we did last year – chocolate marshmallow, oatmeal chocolate chip, sugar, pumpkin chocolate chip spice and peanut butter cookies; peanut butter krispie treats; dipped Oreos with Peppermint Kisses crumbs; gingerbread Mickey cookies; blondie brownies; dipped pretzels and snowmen.  People have come to expect and anticipate their favorites.  Last year we did the three-marshmallow snowmen.  This year, we discovered the joy of the smaller bites – and an ingredient that is well worth the extra bucks it costs..Guittard A’Peels.  They made the job of dipping easier, they dried/set up more quickly and they taste way better than others we had tried before.  The colors are intense and dry shiny.  Love these!  I know that you have nothing to do between now and Christmas, so you are going to want to make some of these…right?

First, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Stick a toothpick into the flat part of a large marshmallow.


Melt white A’Peels in a microwave safe container.  Start off with 60 seconds on high, then go for 20 – 30 seconds at a time until smooth when stirred.  Next, dip the marshmallow; set on the parchment paper and let set.


Once the white is totally set, you are ready to work on the top hat.  Load a small marshmallow on the other end of the tooth pick.  Melt some black A’Peels.  You will only need a little black.  Dip in the black and return the white dipped marshmallow to the parchment paper.


Once the tops are set, pull the toothpicks out of the heads and the black marshmallows off the other end.  The next step is separating the mini Oreos.


Use a little of the melted black to adhere the Oreo (inside side down) to the marshmallow.  Then put a dab of the black on top of the Oreo to adhere the black-dipped small marshmallows.  Let set.


You’re almost done!  Now use tubed frosting for the band around the hat.  Before it dries, tuck the holly leaves and berry into the wet frosting.


Some of our small marshmallows were a little wonky.  It was late and we didn’t want to go out again - they were fine!

The final step is the faces.  We used black confetti from a Halloween mix for the eyes, glued on with the white icing writer.  Use an orange fondant writer to do the carrot noses.


We made these for the whole Primary, to hand out after my Sister Friendly sharing time.

Super cute, down to the very last detail!  I know…you must think we’re crazy!  But who could resist these little cuties!

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