I like doing these Santa Faces. It just another variation of the little Mini Santas and a few less steps.
What you’ll need:
- Nutter Butter Cookies
- White melting chocolates
- Black melting chocolates
- Red melting chocolates
- Small nonpareils pearls (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 of 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 pour 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. 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.
Prepare another bowl with white melting chocolates like you did before but without taking any out or tinting pink.. Holding your cookie on the side where you have already dip it in red dip the bottom part of the cookie in your white melting chocolate. 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 bag shouldn’t be too hot so you may need to knead more and microwave less. 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 your hand to give a curly effect. Do that around the pink area of the face and all down the front to make the beard. Set aside and continue to do your other cookies. Let those set and harden.
Melt your black chocolate in an 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 there are no solid pieces. Snip off one of the corners and make the dots in the eyes. Take your pink chocolate (I usually add a little more red at this point to make the nosea little darker pink than the face) and remelt in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Add 15 seconds until you get the chocolate melted. I like to take this and put in a Ziplock bag when I’m making a lot of cookies to dot on a nose for Santa but you can also dip a toothpick into the pink chocolate and dot it onto the face if you’d like. Let the chocolate set.
Now to add the finishing touches. Take your bag of white chocolate and reheat for 30 seconds or so then pinching the hole when you knead the bag 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 sprinkles in a small cup then hold the cookie over the cup and spoon the sprinkles onto the cookie. Makes less of a mess and less wasteful. Place on wax paper but do not try to shake off the extra sprinkles. If you don’t have the little sprinkle balls just add the white chocolate band and ball to the hat and it still comes out cute!!
When your chocolate is set, take a little brush or the corner of a paper towel and brush off any excess sprinkles. You are now ready to serve or individually wrap or just eat and enjoy!!