Dec 212011
 

It doesn’t necessarily feel like it’s time for Christmas/Hannukah yet. I just finished my finals, it’s 55 degrees with no snow in sight, and the only sign of Christmas in my apartment is the worlds tiniest fake christmas tree in the windowsill (but I must add that it sits there all year round). But, shopping for gifts has gotten me in the christmas spirit, so when I got home from my last exam today, I decided to whip up something easy and festive.


I’m not going to say these are “healthy” per-say…but you can do a lot worse when it comes to holiday treats. These also happened to be one of the easiest things EVER to make. No baking, only 3 ingredients. I just melted some dark chocolate (hey that’s healthy, right?), and decorated with pomegranate seeds (antioxidants, yay!) and green frosting to make little wreaths and holly. I also added pretzel antlers to some and made little reindeer.  That evil looking one in the middle below is definitely the one that was mean to poor rudolph…


And if you want another awesome simple idea, check out my santa hat brownies from last year :)



Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Holly, Wreaths, and Reindeer
(aka, the easiest recipe ever)

Ingredient:
  • 1/2 lb dark chocolate (bars or chips are fine)
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • store bought green icing
  • (and broken pretzels if you want to make reindeer)
Instructions:
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave (but be careful it doesn’t burn this way).  Meanwhile, pop the seeds out of your pomegranate and set aside.  Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and get ready to make your shapes.  For wreaths, use a spoon to drop a circle of melted chocolate.  Then place pomegranate seeds around the edge with space left between.  For the holly, put 3 seeds together in the center.  For reindeer, make  triangle shaped chocolate and press in two broken pretzels for the antlers.  I put a little more chocolate over the tip of the antler so it would stay attached.  Place a pomegranate nose on and whatever you can find for eyes (I used slivered almonds which is why mine look so evil).  You could also try other shapes like snowflakes or snowmen covered in coconut or anything else you can think of! 

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