December 22, 2021Review Recipe
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These strawberry Christmas trees will make you think of snowy winter days. Juicy strawberries are covered with a sweet candy coating for these adorable treats that are perfect for gifting and serving to friends and family this holiday season.
STRAWBERRY CHRISTMAS TREES INGREDIENTS
- 2 (12-ounce) packages of dark green candy melts
- 2 pounds of fresh strawberries (18 large strawberries plus extra just in case)
- 1 package of frosted oatmeal cookies (need 18 cookies)
- ¼ cup of multi-colored nonpareils
- 18 yellow star candies
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
COOKIES: Any cookie would work for the base of these adorable little Christmas trees. Pick gingersnaps, Oreo cookies, or any other cookie that you enjoy.
CANDY MELTS: Of course, green is the traditional color for these “trees” but there is no reason to limit yourself. Get wild and crazy and use your imagination to pick any color you’d like for the candy melts.
HOW TO MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY CHRISTMAS TREES RECIPE
STEP ONE: Rinse the strawberries and gently pat them dry. Make a clean slice from the base of each strawberry to remove the stem and create a base for the bottom of the tree.
STEP TWO: Place the candy melts in the top pan of a double boiler. Heat over simmering water, stirring frequently, until the candy melts are smooth. Remove from over the simmering water. Dry the bottom of the pan with a dishtowel.
Candy melts can be heated in the microwave as well. Heat in a microwave-safe bowl in 15 to 30 second intervals, stirring well between. Do not overheat, or they will seize up.
You can add a few drops of vegetable oil to the candy melts to help thin them out to the desired consistency.
It is critical that no water gets into the candy melts – they will seize up, and you will have to start over with a new package of candy melts.
STEP THREE: Use a toothpick or fork to dip the strawberry into the candy melt mixture. Tap off the excess candy from the strawberry.
STEP FOUR: Use a second fork to lift the strawberry from the dipping tool and onto the center of a cookie. You can also place a small amount of the melted candy onto the center of the cookie before setting the cut side of the strawberry down.
We found it easiest to use a fork for dipping and transferring to the cookie base. The strawberries slipped off the toothpick too easily.
STEP FIVE: Sprinkle nonpareils over the dipped strawberry tree and place a candy star on top of the tree before the candy hardens. Place the completed Christmas trees on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper while they harden.
Candy melts firm up quickly after coating the strawberries (especially if the strawberries are cold). Add the candy sprinkles and tree topper fast.
STEP SIX: Reheat the candy melts as needed to keep the mixture dippable.
HOW TO SERVE
Serve these cute strawberry Christmas trees at any winter party or just with your friends. They taste amazing whenever and wherever you eat them. These would be a great activity to make with the kids during the day on Christmas Eve, ready to gobble up while they hang their stockings or leave for Santa as a treat. However you serve them, add extra magic by placing them on a platter with powdered sugar for a snowy effect.
Strawberry trees should be eaten the same day for best results, preferably within a few hours. Dipped strawberries do not keep well. If the strawberries are not fully coated in candy, the strawberry juice will eventually seep down into the cookie, making it soggy.
Our strawberry Christmas trees will be sure to make your festivities brighter and more magical. Fresh strawberries wrapped in a smooth candy coating, covered with color sprinkles and little stars and placed on top of a cookie make these treats full of holiday fun.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Most round cookies would be an excellent choice for the base of these festive little Christmas trees.
It is a good idea to eat these strawberry Christmas trees right away. The strawberries will eventually make the cookie base soggy.
You can reheat the melted candy melts as needed while you are working, so it is liquid enough to dip your strawberries.
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Strawberry Christmas Trees
- 24 ounces dark green candy melts (two 12-ounce packages)
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries 18 large strawberries plus extra just in case
- 1 frosted oatmeal cookies need 18 cookies
- ¼ cup multi-colored nonpareils
- 18 yellow star candies
- Rinse the strawberries and gently pat them dry. Make a clean slice from the base of each strawberry to remove the stem and create a base for the bottom of the strawberry “tree.”
- Place candy melts in the top pan of a double boiler. Heat over simmering water, stirring frequently, until the candy melts are smooth. Remove from over the simmering water. Dry the bottom of the pan with a dishtowel.
- Use a toothpick or fork to dip the strawberry into the candy melt mixture. Tap off the excess candy from the strawberry.
- Use a second fork to lift the strawberry from the dipping tool and onto the center of a cookie. You can also place a small dollop of the melted candy onto the center of the cookie before setting the strawberry down.
- Sprinkle nonpareils over the dipped strawberry and place a star on top before the candy hardens.
- Reheat candy melts as needed to keep the mixture dippable.