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Kid-friendly holiday treats

Posted by Stephanie Bromander, cake decorator at Byerly’s St. Louis Park
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The holidays are here! Snow is on the ground, lights are on the houses and most importantly, your kids are finally on winter break. Time for some quality family time. They can’t play outside all day though – brrr! I have a few recipes (more of assembly activities actually) that are a blast to make with the little ones on a winter’s day. Enjoy!

Christmas Strawberry Lights

Ingredients

  • 1 package white chocolate/almond bark
  • 1 carton strawberries with stems, washed and dried
  • Colored sugars
  • 1 jar canned frosting
  • 1 bag green gumdrops
  • 1 bag rope candy (such as Twizzlers)

Directions
Melt chocolate/bark slowly on low power in microwave or double boiler. Hold strawberries by the stem/leaves and dip into chocolate/bark, let excess chocolate drip off.
Wait 10-15 seconds for chocolate to slightly set, then spoon sugar over strawberry, or roll strawberry in sugar. Place strawberry on parchment paper. After chocolate has completely set, pull off leaves/stem. With frosting attach gum drop, and link “lights” together with rope candy by attaching rope candy with additional icing.

No-Bake Holiday Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 package dark or white chocolate
  • 1 bag lollypop sticks (available at crafts stores)
  • 1 package donut holes or cookies, such as Oreos or Nutter Butters
  • Assorted candies, such as, candy canes, M&M’s, gum drops
  • 1 jar canned frosting or Cake Mate tube Icing
  • 1 bag pretzels (for making reindeer with Nutter Butter cookie)

Directions
Melt chocolate slowly on low power in microwave or double boiler. Dip end of lollypop stick in melted chocolate and push into donut hole or sandwich between cookie layers; allow chocolate to set. (This will help stabilize donut hole/cookies when they are being dipped.)
Dip pops in remaining melted chocolate; allow excess chocolate to drip off by tapping stick on side of bowl and gently spinning pop while chocolate is dripping off to ensure even coating. While chocolate is still sticky, decorate pops with candies, sprinkles, and frosting to make everything from a snowman with earmuffs to reindeer with antlers.

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