'Twas the Night Before Christmas inspired Desserts
One of my favorite Christmas stories is "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". I loved the story so much growing up because I could picture each part of the story in my mind. When I first created the sleeping Christmas mouse, it got my creative snacky side going!
I'd like to thank my partner, the creamy, dreamy Lindt Chocolate USA for sending me boxes of uber chocolately goodness for my table. It was inspiration packed in a pretty foil-wrapped package! My favorite chocolate EVER! Seriously, those chocolatier dudes and dudettes know what they're doing.
A super sweet peppermint on top THANK YOU to my absolute favorite place to shop during Christmas - Wights Home & Garden. Generously providing the props for my table, they have the most UNBELIEVABLE Wonderland of Christmas display with every Christmas themed tree you could ever imagine. It is truly an experience. Check out their website and become their Facebook fan, you'll thank me - really. Doooo it!
For the storybook version (yes, I made one) of my desserts, click here.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
This little guy is dreaming of Christmas morning. AND he is so easy to make. For a full tutorial on how to make this sweet sleeping mouse, click here.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
A little graham cracker fireplace will keep you toasty on the inside! This one is made with 2 graham crackers and Nutella spread in the middle. I decorated it with a white Kit Kat mantel, Fruit roll up stockings and fire that I cut out using kitchen shears and a chocolate wafer for the opening. Then I added sprinkles using a toothpick and a little frosting. It was so fun to make!
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.
Sleeping like a baby. Marshmallow, Jordan Almond, Smarties, Fruit Roll Up and sprinkles in a walnut shell. Makes you want to say "Awwwww." This one really is too cute to eat.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, gave the luster of midday to objects below;
This little snowman, er um, snowmouse was made out of a Lindt white chocolate truffle and a Jordan almond. I sprayed pearl food coloring mist on the truffle to give it shine and then added the jordan almond, Smarties for ears, chinese noodles for arms and sprinkles all using melted white chocolate. You do have to hold the ears and arms and ears into place until the chocolate sets, so it does take a little patience. The trees are Jet-Puffed christmas marshmallows that I decorated with sprinkles. Frost the cupcakes using white buttercream and dip them into sugar sprinkles and add snowflake sprinkles and you have a yummy little winter wonderland!
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
These pudgy dumplings of reindeer are made from the chocolately goodness of Lindor truffles. I added an almond and drew eyes on it with an edible marker. A black confetti nose finished off the adorbs face. The antlers are chinese noodles and the legs and tail are chocolate jimmies these all require patience as you have to hold them into place until they dry. I attached everything with melted chocolate and placed it onto a white chocolate Oreo. Adding jumbo star sprinkles competed this cute Christmas cookie!
With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
Roly poly Santa mouse that is sweet and cute too! His belly is full of Lindt chocolate truffley goodness (like mine these days) and dipped into red candy melts then rolled in red sugar sprinkles. I attached a licorice lace with the candy melt and added a mini yellow Chiclet gum for a buckle. His little head is a Jordan almond and the ears are Smarties. His hat is the tip of a sugar cone dipped in red candy melt and then rolled in red sugar sprinkles. A white sugar pearl sits on top. To add the white nonpariels to the hat and body, use a toothpick dipped in white candy melts and sprinkle them.
Santa's sleigh never looked so cute! Just take 4 wafer cookies and attach with frosting. Add mini candy canes with frosting or melted white chocolate.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
BOING!!! Jack in the Box is popping out to say "Merry Christmas!" For a full step by step tutorial of how to make this cute little snack, click here.
Santa's got it in the bag! This one is made of a Rice Krispie treat rolled into a ball, then wrapped in a strawberry fruit roll up. Tied with a yellow licorice rope, it's topped off with a sprinkle decorated mini Lindt chocolate bear (the face was added with an edible black marker), a mini candy cane, a marshmallow drum (marshmallow wrapped in fruit roll ups and sprinkles) and a hard candy Christmas ball.
But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight - "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
"Gimme a break." Nope, not a cookie. It's a Kit Kat bar. A white chocolate one. I flipped it over and this is the back of the candy bar - I very lightly brushed blue food coloring on it with a paper towel and went to town with sprinkles and icing. The moon is a Necco wafer and I added Santa and his reindeer with an edible marker.