With Christmas bearing down on us hard, we got into the spirit at the Beach House this weekend past. The Beach House kiddo cook and I put together these oh so easy reindeer biscuits, that are sure to impress the rug rats at your next Christmas do.
These ones ended up being donated to the yacht club canteen and sold out pretty darn quick. There was no way they were staying at the Beach House. One, because my kiddos bounce off the walls enough in this place and second, my diet is still underway and I have limited will power . On that note, I can report another 2 kilos have been shed in the interests of living long enough to see the Beach House Brats come of age, not to mention the hope of annoying Mr Beach House into his dotage. There's no way he's gunna out live me!!!!!!
Anyway, these babies are so easy to put together. Infact, once you have mastered the art of moulding the biscuits into a basket shape and loading up the chocolate filling, you can decorate them anyway you like. Each one looks a little different and I think has a personality all of its own. Not sure which one is Rudolph, but I guess he'll be the one with the shiniest nose.
One tip, don't refrigerate the reindeer with their red noses attached, as they go dull. I guess in the colder climes there may be no need to refrigerate at all, but as we swelter at Christmas time, that is not the case Down Under.
Also make sure you have a practise before you begin the assembly process and remember.....this is one case at Christmas time where less is more!!!!!
And most of all have lots of fun cause if you eat too many of these....life really will be short!!!!!
Post script: My big Beach House Brat took the last one to school in his lunch box. He reports that "all the kids were gathering around me mum and they were saying 'wow that's awesome'"..... So I've promised him a plate of these for the Christmas class picnic. And if you too want to create the illusion of Domestic Goddess in your sphere, I encourage you dear reader, to make these and enjoy the ride.
1 packet Arnotts Butternut Snap Cookies
1/3 cup pouring cream
200g (1 block) milk or dark cooking chocolate
pretzels cut in half for antlers
jaffas for the nose and some frosting to attach them. I made one with butter, icing sugar and water, so it would set and stick well. But the recipe says to buy it.
White marshmallows cut in half for the snout
mini marshmellows for the eyes
Black icing for the eye centres
Pre heat oven to 180 C or 350 F. Place cookies on a shallow cup cake pan and heat for 3 minutes. Remove from oven and gently press down on the biscuits to form baskets. Repeat with remaining biscuits. Cool on wire racks.
Melt butter, chocolate and cream on the stove over a low heat, stirring constantly until combined and completely melted ( about 7) minutes. Cool in the fridge for 20 minutes, but don't allow to set completely.
Spoon one heaped tspn of chocolate mixture into the biscuit cases. Refrigerate for a further 10-20 minutes so chocolate can firm up a little more. Decorate as per my pictures above.
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