Friday, December 24, 2010
Nutter Butter Santas
Happy Christmas Eve!
Need a semi-homemade treat for your Christmas celebration? Or something to keep the little ones busy on Christmas eve? These Nutter Butter Santas (no, they are not babies in diapers) are quick, easy and fun.
I got the idea and directions from this blog post. Hers are a bit cuter than mine, I think.
At any rate, here's how to make them:
Nutter Butter Santa Claus cookies.
1 package of Nutter Butter Cookies
About 3 cups of vanilla melting wafers (you could also use vanilla bark, or maybe white chocolate chips, but I can't get those to melt as well)
About 1/4 cup of red sugar
A handful of brown mini M&Ms (or mini chocolate chips)
A small handful of red mini M&Ms (or red hot candies)
Equipment: A plastic Baggie (or squeeze bottle or pastry bag with writing tip)
Parchment paper or silpat, to put the cookies on
Melt your white chocolate in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, until you have nice, smooth, creamy white chocolate. (Pour some into the tiny squeeze bottle if you have it and set aside, otherwise, leave it all in this measuring cup.)
Dip 1 Nutter Butter and dip it into the melted white chocolate about 1/3 of the way and pull straight back out. Shake off any excess. This is for the hat. If desired, do the same thing on the other side for his beard. (This wasn't on the original directions, but I thought he needed a beard. My younger son thought this looked like a diaper. I think I didn't dip them deep enough. At any rate, it's up to you as to whether you want to dip both ends.)
Dip one dipped end into the red sugar (for the red part Santa's hat), leaving some white showing, and lay it onto your parchment paper.
I put some of the melted stuff into a Baggie and snipped a corner ... but you could use a squeeze bottle or pastry bag with writing tip. Make three dots for his face (two for the eyes and one for the nose) and then one on the edge of the hat (for his tassle). Press the appropriate candies on the nose and mouth.
When you're done, put the tray in the fridge for about 15 minutes to harden and you're done!
Hope you have a Merry Christmas!