Christmas – Nutter Butter Mini Santas

I started making these little guys shortly after I did the snowmen.  I like covering my cookie completely with chocolate.  Not only do they look (and taste) better but the chocolate keeps the cookie from getting stale.  This has a few more steps but comes out really cute.

What you’ll need:

  • Nutter Butter Cookies
  • White melting chocolates
  • Black melting chocolates
  • Yellow melting chocolates
  • Milk chocolate melting chocolates
  • White sugar sprinkles (optional)
  • Yellow sugar sprinkles (optional)

Take a bag of the white melting chocolates and put in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.  Stir and microwave for another 15-30 seconds.  Usually white chocolate has a good liquid consistency but you can always add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to your melted chocolate to make it more liquidity.  Take some the melted white chocolate and put in a Ziplock bag.  You’ll need that for later.  Take a red melting chocolate and break in half.  Add to the remainder of your white chocolate.  This will tint that chocolate pink to make the face. Dust off any loose crumbs from your Nutter Butter cookies.  This helps keep your chocolate clean.  Using a spoon take some of the pink chocolate and across  the upper middle of the cookie and put on your wax paper.  Continue to do that with the rest of your cookies and let those set.

Take a bag of the red melting chocolates and put in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.  Stir and microwave for another 15-30 seconds.  Some chocolates, especially the ones that have color, melt a little thicker.  If you feel your chocolate is too thick you can always add a teaspoon or 2 of vegetable oil to your melted chocolate to make it more liquidity.   Be sure to mix completely!  Holding your cookie at the bottom dip the top part into the red and shake lightly downwards to remove any excess chocolate.  Place onto the wax paper and continue to do this with your other cookies.  Let the chocolate harden on the cookies.

Holding your cookie on the side where you have already dip it in red dip the bottom part of the cookie in your red melting chocolate.  You may have to microwave your bowl of red for 15-30 seconds if it’s gotten hard.  Shake lightly downwards to remove any excess chocolate.  Place on your wax paper and let the chocolate set.

Now, take your bag of white chocolate you set aside and microwave for 30 seconds.  Take out and knead the bag then microwave for another 15-30 seconds kneading to make sure there are no solid pieces.  Be careful that the bag isn’t too hot to handle.  If so set aside for a few minutes till it’s comfortable to handle.  You chocolate should never be too hot.  If it is then you need to knead more and microwave less.  You bag could melt if you have hot spots.  Snip the tip off one of the corners of your bag.  Start with a small cut and pipe onto your wax paper to see how much chocolate is coming out.  You can always cut a bit more if needed.  You want to have control of the amount coming out without it pouring out.  Now, holding the bag about an inch away from the cookie began to squeeze while slightly rotating you hand to give a curly effect.  Do that around the pink area and a little long in the front to make the beard.  Set aside and continue to do your other cookies

Melt your black chocolate in a unsealed Ziplock bag for 1 minute.  Take out and knead then back in the microwave for another 15-30 seconds.  Seal the bag and continue to knead until the are no solid pieces.  Snip off one of the corners and make the dots in the eyes.  If you wish to use the black chocolate instead of the milk chocolate for the belt you can do that now.  If you are using the milk chocolate then prepare your chocolate the same way and squeeze a line across the front.  Let the chocolate set.

Now to add the finishing touches.  Take your white chocolate and reheat the bag 30 seconds or so and pinching the hole when you knead to prevent chocolate from squeezing all over the place.  Squeeze a line across the top of the hair and a dot at the top of the hat.  I put my sugars in a small cup then hold the cookie over the cup and spoon the sugar onto the cookie.  Makes less of a mess and less wasteful.  Place on wax paper but do not try to pour off the extra sugar just yet.  You’ll do that after it sets so your chocolate doesn’t smear.  Once that is set then take your yellow chocolates and melt and snip off one corner then squeeze a little square onto the “belt”.  Sprinkle your yellow sugar onto the “buckle” and set on your wax paper.  Once your chocolate is set take a small brush or corner of a paper towel and brush off any excess sugar.  I have paint brush I got at the dollar store a while back I use just for brushing off sprinkles.  If you don’t want to add the sprinkles they still look great with just the chocolate.

How, your done…whew!!  These guys look so cute on a tray or wrap and added to a gift basket.  If I don’t go too crazy adding more chocolate to the beard and make the cookie too big I can slide them in a candy bag used choclate dipped pretzel rods.  I usually have to go to a bigger candy bag or wrap in clear wrap.  Gather the wrap at the top, tie on a little bow, cut off excess clear wrap and tie to a present or around a bottle of wine.  I have piped on the name of the person I was giving the gift to on the hat and used it as a name tag.  Of course, I’m lucky if I can get these in the door at the office!!