Reindeer Kisses

For being home schoolers, my kids get a ton of socialization (actually most home schoolers do but that is another post…) Anyway, I like to have my kids make things for their friends for Christmas and one of our favorite things to make is “Reindeer Kisses”.  They are really easy and you can find them on the internet but here is our version.

Get 4 or 5 boys and put them at a table with Hershey’s Kisses, mini pretzels and M & M’s.  Threaten them with bodily harm if they eat ANYTHING except the broken pretzels and funny looking M & M’s.  Take the time to define “broken” pretzels – teeth breaking the pretzels doesn’t count.  Also define “funny looking M & M’s” – you might want to just find a few sacrificial ones…

OK, now you are ready for the production line.  Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.  Get out several cookie sheets and have one boy put down a layer of pretzels.  Have a couple of boys working on taking the foil off the kisses… this seems to take the longest time.  Be sure to not fall for the “this kiss is funny looking and needs to be eaten” line… they are going to be melted so they don’t need to be perfect.

Have one or two boys put the kisses on the pretzels.  They need to be at the bottom of the pretzel so that it looks like there are antlers… kind of.  Once each pretzel has a kiss on it, put the pan in the preheated oven and set the timer for 7 minutes.  All you want is for the kisses to get warm.  It doesn’t take long.  While the first pan is in the oven, get the boys to start on a second pan. You can really crank these out once they get going.

As soon as your timer goes off, pull a couple of boys off the pretzel/kiss production line and have them press M & M’s onto the top of each kiss. Have them kind of mush the M & M’s on, not just set them on top. These are supposed to be the reindeer noses. I always get Christmas M & M’s so that our reindeer have red, green and white noses. After all the noses are put on, put the cookie sheet in the fridge for about 20 minutes, or until the chocolate is set.  When you take it out, if they don’t want to come off the pan nicely, let them sit for a few minutes, or, if you are impatient, heat the bottom of the pan with a blow dryer.

We put these in little bags and the boys gave them out at our home school group’s Christmas party. They are a yummy combination of salty and sweet and everyone loves them.  ENJOY!

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