Thursday, 22 December 2011

Last Minute Christmas Baking Ideas: Chocolate & Hazelnut Snowballs Recipe


Can you believe it is 2 days, 4 hours 3 minutes and 15 seconds until Christmas!

Every year no matter how early I try to prepare or how soon I get my Christmas shopping done, the big day always seems to sneak up on me.


I have been baking non stop this December, at the bakery, at home, you name it I've made it.  I have also made about 70% of my gifts this year so have had a lot to do but I really have enjoyed every second of it and will definitely be making presents next year too.

Today I thought I would post a seriously delicious, super easy, last minute Christmas recipe.  Not the mini Bûche de Noël obviously, I thought I'd just post those for fun and you can find that recipe here.



I made the Bûche de Noël in exactly the same way as before, only cutting the chocolate sponge into three after trimming.  I rolled starting from the shorter edge rather than the longest side of each third as before, in order to create small fat little logs.


I decided to decorate them all differently, the first I simply decorated with sugar Holly and Berries, the one above I scattered with chopped hazelnuts and decorated with little toadstools.  Below is probably my favourite little log, I added a branch to the top of the log rather than the side and sat an adorable little snow man on top.


That's enough about my Mini Yule Logs though, lets talk Chocolate & Hazelnut Snowballs.

These delicious little rice krispie treats could not be easier to make and I guarantee they will go down a storm with adults and children alike.


Chocolate & Hazelnut Snowballs

(Recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine)

1/2 cup icing sugar
3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread


Sift the icing sugar onto a plate and set aside.

Mix together all the remaining ingredients by hand until well combined. 

Shape the mixture into balls.

 Do not try and squish or roll the mixture into balls, this will not work and makes a terrible mess, rather, gently pat the mixture into a roughly spherical shape.

 Transfer to the prepared plate of icing sugar.  Gently roll the ball in the icing sugar to coat and set aside on a sheet of greaseproof paper to set.

There you have it delicious chocolatey, nutty snowballs.


I probably won't be posting again until after Christmas so a huge Merry Christmas to you all.  I hope you all have a wonderful time with your friends and family. 

 Enjoy it and try not to stress out!


Merry Christmas!

Lots of Love

Astral

x x x



7 comments:

The Countess Of Brighton and Hackney said...

I am just about to eat this log and the snowbals....all to myself

The Countess Of Brighton and Hackney said...

yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neesie Natters said...

Try not to stress....argh...but you've just given me the count-down so I know exactly how much I've got to do in so little time.
I'd love to make these gorgeous logs but fear I've ran out of time.
But I'm compiling a list for next year...and they're on it!
Have a wonderful time.
Thanks for the inspiration your posts bring. ;D

Zoe said...

I can't believe too its just 2 days to Christmas!!!

Your last min ideas are great!

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Not forgetting happy 2012! Best wishes, Zoe

Jennifer said...

What a great idea and the logs are perfect.

Bailey Ana said...

You've got to love a yule log! The snowballs are great :)

Nicole Gamble said...

So simple and so perfect!