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Create your own Christmas characters

Create your own Christmas characters

Let’s have some festive fun in the kitchen this Christmas with our Santa Madeleines and our deer-lightful Reindeer Doughnuts! These cute as fruit mince pie characters are made using simple recipes and a little bit of creative Christmassy flair!

Santa Madeleines

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  • Using our Rose Gold Madeleine Tray and Rosewater Madeleine recipe, whip up a quick batch of madeleines and leave to cool. Note: You can leave out the rosewater if you prefer.
  • Make a batch of Royal Icing and divide into necessary quantities for the amount of colours you’d like to use (we used two colours – red and white). Add natural food colouring of your choice and stir well to combine.
  • Transfer your icing into separate piping bags with thin nozzles and decorate your madeleines as desired, using our picture as a guide.
  • Allow icing to set for around 20 minutes, before serving, or transfer into a sealable container to store until use.
  • Don’t forget to leave a few mini Santas out for the real Santa on Christmas Eve.

Reindeer Doughnuts

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  • Using our Rose Gold Doughnut Tray and Soft Cinnamon Doughnut recipe, make up a batch of basic doughnuts, skipping the cinnamon sugar steps.
  • Going gluten free? This recipe works great with our Gluten Free Flour Mix, or your favourite gluten free flour substitute.
  • Make your chocolate coating following the steps below from our recipe The Great Aussie ‘Bite’.
    • Place 350g chocolate, broken into pieces, into mixing bowl and grate 10 sec/speed 9.
    • Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula, then melt 3 min/50C/speed 3 or until chocolate is smooth. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
    • Add 30g vegetable oil and mix 10 sec/speed 4 or until combined. Transfer into a large bowl to cool (approx. 20 minutes).
  • Carefully dip each doughnut into chocolate, draining off any excess. Place onto a baking tray to set.
  • To decorate your reindeers, using our image as a guide:
    • Create antlers by breaking pretzels into halves and pushing each half into the top of the doughnuts.
    • Make Rudolph-inspired noses by first placing a dark coloured chocolate beanie in the centre of the doughnut and then place a red one on top.
    • Use candy eyes, or white lollies and black coloured icing, to give your reindeers doe eyes to see.

If you’re looking for more Christmas ideas, we had a jolly time creating these novelty snowmen doughnuts and sprinkle-dipped madeleines so you’ll be best in snow.

You can find all of the recipes we mentioned at Cookidoo.co.nz