Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Chocolate Cups

I love these!! OH and I made some of these yesterday and I'm going to make some more later in the week for the Christmas Day lunch my work holds every year. They are so quick and easy and they just look adorable!!

All you will need for the tartlets is:

250g packet Arnott's Butternut Snap Cookies
1/3 cup cream
200g milk or dark chocolate melts
65g unsalted butter, chopped
(If you don't have unsalted butter, use the salted and add 1/2 cup caster sugar)

Pre-heat oven to 180C.
Place butter, cream and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on medium high in 40 second bursts, stirring inbetween until melted and smooth.

Pour into clean and dry bowl and refrigerate until cool but not set - approx 20 minutes.

Place 12 biscuits over each hole of a twelve hole patty pan tin.

Bake for 2-3 minutes or until soft.

Remove from oven then carefully press softened biscuits into tin with the back of a spoon to mould into a cup shape. Allow to cool. Remove from tin and transfer to serving plate. Repeat with remaining biscuits.

Fill biscuit cases with 1 heaped teaspoon of chocolate mixture then place in refrigerator for about 20mins or until set.

Now here is where it's good to get the kids...or OH involved! Line up your jaffas, marshmallows (big and small), spearmint leaves, star shaped pretzels (found in the bags of mini pretzels) and 1/2 cup chocolate frosting on the bench like so...

To make the little reindeers....
Cut a regular marshmallow in half and place cut side down for the snout.
Stick a jaffa to the marshmallow using some chocolate frosting.
Place two mini marshmallows onto the tart for the eyes. Add a small drop of black food writing gel or chocolate frosting to the eye whites.
Cut mini star shaped pretzels in half and gently push into chocolate filling to make ears.

To make the little holly leaves....
Place a jaffa in the middle of the tart.
Place two spear mint leaves on either side to make the leaves.

These really are very easy and something great to get the kids involved in this Christmas :) even if you don't have little kids, I recommend making these with a friend, is there anything better then sitting in your kitchen with someone you love creating something yummy and adorable!

Hope you all have a fantastic week :)

Em x
Em x

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