December 12, 2012

Rudolph Holiday Party: Cute Food Ideas for Kids + FREEBIES!




I LOVE thinking of new, special ways to make food fun for my children. It makes the food taste better somehow. Yes, honestly! :)

Here are a few really fun, easy to make and super cute Rudolph Inspired Recipes that I came up with for this photo shoot styled HGTV.


Rudolph Gingerbread Cookies


Sadly my cookie vendor fell through at the last minute, and I couldn't get a replacement in time, so had to improvise! I used my usual gingerbread cookie recipe to match the brown color of Rudolph's fur. 

Had no reindeer cookie cutter either, so improvised again - I printed the rudolph designs onto white card-stock then onto a less sticky parchment paper, and used the tip of a sharp knife to cut out the cookies. They were large cookies, so it wasn't too fiddly. I neatened the edges with my fingers and baked as usual. 

Must say, I thought is was quite a new thing to use a card template to cut cookies, but later discovered good old Sugarbelle has been doing it for yonks! hehe




To inject some color into the cookies, I opted for using candy melts instead of the usual sugar cookie icing ('cause I can't decorate sugar cookies to save my life, and this was no time to learn a new skill from scratch!). 

This was also super fun as I got my little ones involved - We literally painting on the features with the candy melts and a little kitchen brush. To finish it off, we tied a ribbon 'scarf' to the neck and sprinkled with edible glitter. Oh, I also drew the eyes with edible ink pen.



Rudolph Cake Pops


Just LOVE cake pops. Great thing to do with cakes that haven't quite turned out how we hoped! ;)

Follow detailed direction on the recipe here.




DIY Rudolph Cupcakes


This one realy is one for the kids - You simply provide all the ingredients and let the little ones create their own party masterpieces! I made one as an example using glacĂ© cherries, Amaretti biscuits, mini marshmallows and pretzels.

Kids love playing with heir food, so they will be right at home! ;)
If you don't have fondue to hand, simply use Nutella instead as quick frosting!



Flying Reindeer Cupcakes



This ideas is so simple! To emulate the flying action of the little deer, simply elevate your cupcake toppers to new heights - literally! I used long lollipops sticks and covered them with the striped straws. Any chocolate frosting sprinkled with dry coconut flakes will make it look like it's been snowing! :)




What about you? Do you have any reindeer inspired party tricks up your sleeve?  Leave the link in the comment so we can see!! :) 




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