Five ways to make anything Christmassy

Discover five clever cheats for turning simple ingredients into spectacular Christmas gifts! Think melting snowman biscuits, hot chocolate jars and Rudolph shortbread…

If you want to do something fun and festive but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, our cheeky and sneaky recipes may be just the thing for you…

Perky penguins

Perky penguins

Thought walnut whips were a bit old school? Think again. We’ve rejuvenated this retro treat with a perky penguin makeover. No cooking is required and all you will need is some ready-to-roll fondant icing, a couple of chocolate buttons and a fruit pastille hat. These also make a great table activity for kids on Christmas day.  

Perky penguins

Chocolate pudding Rice Krispie cakes

Everyone loves a chocolate cereal cake, and the hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the mixture to cool. Once your chocolate balls are suitably chilled, simply top with melted white chocolate and a holly leaf decoration. Most supermarkets will stock ready-made holly leaves at this time of year, we got ours from Sainsbury’s.

Chocolate pudding Rice Krispie cakes

Snow globe hot chocolate

Transform marshmallows and strawberry laces into something magical with this cute hot chocolate kit. The whole project takes about 20 minutes which is the perfect amount of time to hold the kids’ attention. It makes a great gift and will keep in the jar for up to two weeks.

Snow globe hot chocolate

Rudolph shortbread

Rudolph shortbread

All you need to turn these shortbread triangles into Santa's most popular reindeer are some smarties, white chocolate buttons, pipe cleaners and a bit of cellophane. If you’re feeling more adventurous then simply follow the lovely recipe for making the shortbread yourself, but shop-bought varieties will work just as well.

Rudolph shortbread

Melting snowman biscuits

Melting snowman bisucits

Settle down for festive fun on a wintry afternoon with these (almost too cute to eat) melting snowman biscuits. Simply cover shop-bought biscuits with icing, marshmallows, pretzel sticks and chocolate beans for the ultimate Christmas biscuit. Little hands are sure to fall in love with this festive project…

Melting snowman biscuits

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