Tonight is our first family Christmas party of the season. Yea! I love a Christmas party and any reason to make food, especially sweets.
I had big plans for my first creation. I found the idea on this blog I love and figured it sounded pretty easy. But don’t worry, I managed to make it a lot more difficult than it should have been.
Ellie helped me get the supplies ready and I imagined we’d decorate the cookies together and make sprinkle magic all morning. Again, that did not happen.
First mistake: I bought Double Stuf Oreos because I thought that sounded better than the original and there’d be more room to hold the stick. Apparently, they become too heavy with Double Stuf and the white chocolate so next time I’ll be buying the original. Also, if you look closely at the MaryJanes and Galoshes website, I’m pretty sure she used off-brand Oreos. Which, if I was not my father’s daughter, would be okay, but it’s against the Ritter family’s religion to eat off-brand Oreos. But I will stick to original next time.
Round #1: They started falling apart the instant I put them in the melted white chocolate. And there are multiple reasons this happened: 1. the package of cookies were pretty beat up when I opened them. Half of them were already broken and I tried to smash them back together or I broke them while putting the sucker stick in. Either way, I should not have tried to dip them once they were damaged. 2. I got the white chocolate waaaay too hot and it started melting the filling and making it hard for the stick to stay put. Again, if you look at the directions on the MaryJanes and Galoshes website, it says don’t let the water in your double broiler boil (I did) and don’t let it get too hot (I did). I should have studied the directions more carefully (or at all, really) before starting this endeavor. I just saw the pretty pictures, got excited, and started making stuff. Big mistake.
Round #2: They came out better than the first batch, but only because I was getting the hang of it, I’d turned down the heat to low, and I only covered the tops with white chocolate (bummer).
So they look nothing like my inspiration’s pictures. They probably won’t taste that great since I scorched the white chocolate in the process. Elliott didn’t get to participate at all and got bored rather quickly (the only thing that made her last through the whole ordeal was I let her play with all the sprinkle jars and she started building towers). And they’re currently in the basement trying to harden. I plan on trying this again with all my new found knowledge, but I’m sure I’ll find another way to screw them up.
Creation #2 turned out better. I made Christmas wreaths using corn flakes and marshmallows (just like Rice Crispie treats but with corn flakes). I used green food coloring to make them green and put red hots on for the holly. Chris says they look like snot, so maybe I should have put more food coloring in to make them more green. And I didn’t have enough red hots to put as many on each as I would have liked, but each wreath got at least one.
I’ve tried one that was cooled and they are pretty good. I have enough cereal left so I’ll probably make another batch of these also and put more food coloring in next time. I got the recipe here and if you make them I found the easiest way to form the wreaths was spraying my hands with non-stick cooking spray and then working with them. You have to reapply the spray after four or so wreaths, but it keeps them from sticking to your hands for the most part.
Now to the Christmas party!