How to make Christmas-themed treats
There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by creating some festive treats. If decorating sugar cookies feels a bit basic to you, try out these ideas for a truly unique dessert. Your friends and family will be thankful you did!
- Undecorated chocolate cupcakes
- White Candy Melts (sold at Michaels)
- Baking Sheets/Parchment Paper
- Ziploc bags
- Star shaped icing tip
- Food coloring
- Mint frosting (I used the recipe from bettycrocker.com)
1. Melt multiple handfuls of white candy melts in a Ziploc bag by microwaving them at 30 second intervals while stirring/kneading in between. Once this has been done, cut off a very small corner of the Ziploc bag so it can act as a piping bag.
2. On a medium piece of parchment paper, pipe out three intersecting lines, creating six spokes.
3. On each of the spokes, pipe out a “v” shape as shown below. This is your snowflake.
4. Continue to make snowflakes until you have one for each undecorated cupcakes.
5. In the space between the snowflakes or on more parchment paper, pipe out three shorter intersecting lines. This is a mini snowflake. Make a mini snowflake for each cupcake.
6. Let the candy melts settle and set aside.
7. Using green food coloring and a little bit of blue, dye the mint frosting green.
8. Place the star shaped icing tip into a Ziploc bag and cut a corner so that the tip is sticking out. Scoop the icing into the bag.
9. Starting at the center of a cupcake, pipe out the frosting in a spiral.
10. Gently peel the snowflakes off of the parchment paper. Take a snowflake and a mini snowflake and arrange them on a cupcake to your liking. Gently press them into the frosting to make sure they stick.
11. Enjoy your winter cupcake while staying out of the winter weather.
Reindeer Cake Pops
- Undecorated cake pops (I used German Chocolate flavored cake pops. The brown coloring makes it easier to coat it with candy melts, because you won’t have to worry as much about the cake’s color showing through.)
- Brown and white candy melts
- Cake Pop sticks
- Vegetable shortening
- Ziploc Bags
- Cake Pop bags (sold at Michaels)
- Brown pipe cleaners
1. Melt multiple handfuls of brown candy melts in a bowl by following the same instructions in the first step of the previous recipe.
2. Insert the end of one cake pop stick into an undecorated cake pop about mid-way through and then remove.
3. Dip one end of the cake pop stick into the melted candy in the bowl and reinsert into the cake pop. This will help prevent the cake pop from sliding off the stick.
Note: It helps to remove and reinsert the stick a couple of times while pushing the candy melt into the hole.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the rest of the cake pops. Set them aside until the candy melts have settled and the cake pops are firmly attached.
5. Add a spoonful of shortening to the melted brown candy and microwave it again for 30 seconds.
When you take it out, stir the mixture. If the shortening is not completely melted, microwave it again and stir. The candy melt should now have a pretty thin consistency, which will make coating the cake pops easier.
6. Once the cake pops have set, take one and dip it into the candy melt that you just thinned out. You can also use a spoon to pour the candy melt over the cake pop to help you coat the entire thing.
7. Hold the cake pop over the bowl and let excess candy melt drip off. Set it aside to dry (I suggest to place them in cups or to stick them into pieces of styrofoam so nothing will be touching the candy coating).
Repeat with the rest of the cake pops.
8. Smear some melted brown chocolate on the back of a red M&M and attach it to the middle of a cake pop. Repeat for the rest.
9. Melt a handful of white candy melts in a Ziploc bag according to the instructions in the previous recipe.
10. Using the white candy melts, pipe out two dots above the M&M (the cake pop stick should be pointing upwards) for each cake pop .
11. Dip the end of a toothpick into the melted brown candy melt, then touch it to the white dots you piped out, making a small dot at the center. These will be the eyes of the reindeer.
12. Once the candy melt has settled, place each cake pop into a cake pop bag.
13. Wrap a brown pipe cleaner around the top of the bag right above the cake pop. This will tie the bag together.
14. Fold and twist the leftover ends as shown below to make antlers.
15. Your reindeers are now complete! They make a great little holiday gift that will sweeten someone’s day.