I think I (finally) hit my stride. I unpacked most of my Christmas bins last night and have been stringing, fluffing, decorating, glueing and glittering ever since. I had to take a few hours off to work, but am back at it tonight. I’m pretty sure I will be done by the end of the year…..
In the meantime, I wanted to share a perfectly lovely little recipe with you.
These little pretzel reindeer take no time at all to make and they just look so darned cute. I found the recipe in “Taste of Home Cookies and More”. I guess these are “more”.
Little people will love sticking the antlers, eyes and nose on Rudolph (and a few noses in their mouth) and can easily make an entire herd.
You don’t need a lot of ingredients, but be sure to use the fun-pack size of Almond Joy.
You can see that the big Almond Joy will not work very well. Unless you want a two nosed reindeer.
- 12 Miniature Pretzels
- 12 Fun-size Almond Joy candy bars
- 12 Miniature marshmallows
- 12 Red M & M's mini baking bits
- 12 Light brown cocoa Candy Melts (I use Wilton)
- Black decorating gel
- Melt the candy melts according to directions. You can put the melted candy in a zip lock bag with a hole snipped in it, use a decorating bag or just spread the chocolate with a knife.
- Break the pretzel in half to form a pair of antlers.
- Apply the melted candy on the top of the back of the Almond Joy.
- In the original instructions, you are told to insert the pretzel right into the candy bar. This works, but it breaks up the candy bar a bit and doesn't look as tidy. I use Candy Melts. They are the glue gun of the candy world.
- Press the Almond Joy on to the antlers.
- Apply a dot of melted candy on to the nose of the Almond Joy and two dots of melted candy where you will place the eyes.
- Put one of the red mini-M & Ms on to the nose of the Reindeer.
- Cut one of the mini-marshmallows in half, and then re-shape each half into a circle with your fingers.
- Dot each eye with the decorating gel.
- Once the chocolate has set, put your herd in an airtight container.
- I have to make a confession. I am not very good at breaking the pretzels. This is the pile that was left when I was done.