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December 20, 2013

Rudolph with his nose so bright, won't you take a bite tonight?

Children can help makes these reindeer cake pops

Here is another innovative Christmas cookie or homemade food gift idea.

Since the holidays should be fun for kids (or the kid in all of us), the Mystery Chef’s kitchen offers none other than Rudolph and his pop pals.

These chocolate caribou cuties will be an instant hit at your party with their curly pretzel antlers and M&M button noses. Not only cute, these pops are made from our favorite combination of dessert favorites: chocolate, pretzels, M&Ms and nuts.

Making these adorable antlered treats is fun, also, and your kids will enjoy helping to build the herd.

Just make your cake pops in a cake pop pan, dip them in your favorite chocolate, and add noses, eyes and ears. Be creative in bringing your reindeer to life!

Reindeer pops

Ingredients

For the cake pops:

3.5 ounces dark chocolate (such as Lindt’s 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate)

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 eggs

3/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

24 lollipop sticks

48 small rounded pretzels

24 chocolate covered plain M&M’s (brown and red only)

1/4 cup of pecan or walnut crumbs

For the chocolate coating:

3.5 ounces dark chocolate (such as Lindt’s 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate)

Instructions

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Grease a cake-pop pan with butter and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the 3/4-cup chocolate and butter, and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.

Add sugar and cocoa, then stir. Add eggs one at a time and stir.

Add the salt and flour. Stir until thoroughly blended.

Spoon the batter into the cake-pop side without holes. Filling it so it mounds a little over the top half of the cake-pop pan. Place the top half of the pan and lock it with the special built in keys.

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