Studio 5 Party, Holiday and Ideas Contributor Alisa Bangerter shares Creative Christmas Treat ideas.
Mini Christmas Stocking Cakes
Cut a Twinkie snack cake in half approximately 1/3 of the way up at a 45 degree angle. Cut another cake the same, cutting the angle down. (You will need to do this in pairs cutting one angle up and one down to have enough matching pieces.) Place the smaller cut piece of each Twinkie to the opposite cake pressing cut sides together. This will create a stocking shape. Frost entire cake. Frost the top edge of the stocking using a decorative icing cake decorating tip or use candy to decorate. Decorate stockings with tiny candies and sprinkles if desired. To use as a place card or favor, pipe the name of each guest at the top of the stockings.
Santa Face Cookies
For each cookie, dip one end of a Nutter Butter peanut shaped cookie almost halfway into melted white almond bark or candy coating to create the beard. Immediately sprinkle dipped end with shredded coconut and press gently into almond bark. Let set. Dip other end of cookie approximately ¼ of the way up in the white almond bark to create part of the hat and let set. Dip this hat end again into melted red candy melts leaving a small border of the white showing so it creates a red hat with white trim. Immediately press a miniature marshmallow to the right side of the cookie at the edge of the red to create the look of a ball at the end of the hat. Attach two mini chocolate chips with melted almond bark to middle of cookie to create eyes. Attach a small red hot cinnamon candy below eyes to form nose. (Tips: Roll mini marshmallow slightly to make more round and pliable before attaching to cookie. Also – if you do not want to use coconut on the beard white sprinkles can be used or simpy use a knife to swirl more almond bark on to make a textured and fluffy look.)
Rudolph the Reindeer Cupcakes
Bake chocolate cupcakes in plain or brown paper liners. Let cool. Melt chocolate almond bark and place in a pastry bag with a round decorating tip or in a heavy duty Zip-Loc bag and snip corner. Pipe almond bark to create antlers onto wax paper or a Silpat baking mat. Make antlers approximately three inches long with several branches making sure to make them thick so they will not be too fragile to handle. Let set completely. (These can be whimsical and each pair do not have to match exactly.) To assemble: Frost cupcakes with chocolate icing. Place a pair of antlers into top of cupcake by piercing hole with a skewer and gently inserting antlers. Place a red candy ball for the nose (red malt balls, Cadbury red candy balls, red sour ball candies, red foil-wrapped balls, red gumballs, or even a red gumdrop would work, etc.) Use tiny round candies, chocolate chips or use frosting for eyes. Add a holly leaf made from frosting or a pre-made accent at base of one antler if desired. Nestle cupcake in additional paper liner for nice presentation.
Frosty the Snowman Treats
(Recipe adapted from www.FamilyFun.com)
Use white or clear piping gel to attach a powdered sugar donut hole to a miniature powdered sugar donut. Unwrap a thin mint candy (such as a miniature York peppermint pattie) and attach to donut hole to become hat brim. Unwrap a miniature peanut butter cup candy or Rolo type candy and attach to top of mint to become the top of hat. Use icing to create a holly leaf and berries on hat brim if desired. Use black piping gel (or other colors) to add eyes, a mouth and buttons to the snowman. To make nose, slice a triangle shaped piece of orange gumdrop, roll slightly to shape and press in granulated sugar to cover any sticky side. Make a hole in donut hole face with a small wood skewer and insert nose. Serve on a plate sprinkled with shredded coconut or on white cotton candy sprinkled with edible glitter to resemble snow.
Pretty Fudge Packages
Make your favorite fudge recipe and cut into 2 inch squares. Wrap each piece of fudge with coordinating satin or decorative ribbon and tie a bow at top. Add tiny candy decorations or a tiny mint leaf at top to create the look of wrapped packages. This is very simple but is a darling presentation. Tiny tags could be attached to the top of each to make a favor or place card.
One of my favorite fudge recipes for Christmas is Candy Cane Fudge. It is easy and yummy and works great when making these fudge packages.
Candy Cane Fudge
2 (10 oz. each) packages vanilla baking chips
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 1/3 cups crushed peppermint candy canes
Red food coloring
Line an 8″ square pan with foil and grease foil well. Mix together the baking chips and sweetened condensed milk in a pan over medium heat. Continuously stir until melted and smooth. Stir in the extract, food coloring (add drops until desired color is reached), and crushed candy canes. Sprinkle with additional crushed candy canes if desired. Spread mixture in the pan, let cool completely and cut into squares.
Be creative when making these treats and change them and decorate them to your own liking. Merry Christmas!