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Santa Buddies

File this one away in the never again for a crowd over 5 people.

But oh wow, how cute they look!

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These were very time intensive. I guess total time, including fast drying in the freezer, was about 1.5 hours. I did a whole package of 32 and they just took a lot of time to get the details. I made these for my kids at school and I would do these again for them, but count my blessings that Christmas is only once a year. And I know I will not be googling anything like this for Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, or Flag Day.

Nutter Butter Santa Buddies

  • 1 package of white chocolate chips or 1 bar of white baking chocolate
  • 1 package of Nutter Butter cookies
  • red sprinkles
  • Chocolate MINI chips

1. Melt chocolate using a double boiler type method. I used a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Once the pot starts boiling, turn the heat to LOW and put a bowl full of white chocolate chips on top. RESERVE A 1/4 CUP OF CHIPS for the white pom pom on his hat. Stir chips/bar until fully melted. Dip one end of the cookies in the chocolate and lay on a parchment paper lined pan. Sprinkle with red. Put one chip on the side of his hat and press down. (Picture does not show the hat part. Scroll down to see the pom pom)

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2. Let those dry. I put mine outside and they dried in about 15 minutes. Keep the chocolate melted or reheat if you need more time between dippings.

3. Dip the other end of the cookies in the chocolate. Lay these on same paper if you don’t care about sprinkles on the backs of them. I didn’t care and was almost out of parchment paper.

4. This next part is the most time consuming. You’re going to need to rinse out the bowl of white chocolate and melt 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips over the pan of simmering water. You will need to keep this bowl of “glue” warm so you can work quicker. There are two ways to do this.

  • if you do not have nails that prevent you from picking up tiny pieces, you can dip a mini chip into the bowl of melted chocolate “glue”, then place them on his face for eyes and nose.
  • If you have fat fingers or nails like as above, you’ll end up losing the chips under your nails. I used a fork to dip in the bowl and dab some glue on his face, then placed the whole chips on the glue. This worked much better. Not much faster..just better.
  • If I wasn’t the type of person who has grand ideas HOURS TOO LATE, I would have used a piping bag with a pin hole opening to pipe the chocolate on his face and let the chips be saved for devouring later. Maybe I’ll remember this next year.

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After they all dry (again…outside on the grill), they can be stored in a cool dry tin or jar for a few days. These are very sweet and rich, but sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Merry Christmas!

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