I have officially reached the part of the holiday season where I panic.
I’ve got a huge list of things we need to do such as go look at Christmas lights, snuggle, drink hot cocoa, watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Grinch, and Jack Frost aaaaaannnd take Jon David to see Santa…and I haven’t done any of it.
And what makes matters worse is that my husband totally doesn’t get it. As long as the presents are bought and wrapped by about midnight on Christmas Eve, he considers the holiday season a complete success.
Which is obviously totally wrong.
Last week I made tacos for dinner and announced that we were going to have a special night and eat dinner in the living room and watch Charlie Brown Christmas. Because duh, one of the rules of Christmas is “Watch Charlie Brown Christmas”. I’m pretty sure if you don’t, all your candy canes turn to dust or something.
My husband was all “but we were wanting to watch American Chopper Sr. VS Jr., so can we do that?”
American Chopper. At holiday time? No. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
So we ate our tacos and the boys pretended to be interested in Charlie although if we’re being honest I could tell they were really thinking about American Chopper the whole time. Motorcycle thoughts were literally radiating from their pores.
(which can I just add as a side note that maybe the Charlie Brown cartoons need to be adapted to reflect the anti bullying laws of the present? Because that boy is one missed football kick away from permanent emotional scars)
But what the boys don’t realize is that without all of this forced holiday bonding, their hearts would turn black and they would live gloomy unfulfilled lives.
So what I’m trying to say is that light displays and cookies and Christmas shows have the power to save souls from doom and despair. It’s a true thing that men will never ever understand.
On the off chance that like me, you’re lagging behind on the spreading of holiday cheer, I put together a super easy and fun treat. Great for class parties or neighbors or husbands that want to watch American Chopper.
These wreaths simple–just bake your cake batter in a mini donut pan instead of a cupcake pan!! You could just as easily use premade mini donuts, but I went with what I had on hand.
Green candy melts
Airheads or Laffy Taffy or some type of pliable candy
Preheat oven to 350. Spray mini donut tins with Bakers Spray (I tried normal nonstick spray but it didn’t work as well as I’d like…you really need the kind with flour in it).
Fill tins about 1/2 with batter and bake for about 8-10 minutes, until cake springs back when lightly touched. Let cakes cool in pans for a few minutes, then remove to a cooling rack until completely cool.
Melt Candy Melts according to package directions. Attach lollipop sticks the the back of the donuts and let set. To speed up setting time, I placed mine in the freezer for about five minutes.
While the candy is setting up, make your bows:
Cut the candy into strips (I used Airheads) and cut those strips into about 1 1/2 inch pieces. Pull the ends of the piece into the center to form a bow shape. Attach another small strip over where the ends meet in the center. You’ve got a bow!! If your candy isn’t pliable enough and cracks a lot, place it in the microwave for a few seconds.
Once the sticks are firmly attached to the donuts, dip the front of the wreaths in the green candy. Immediately sprinkle with sanding sugar, green nonpareils, etc and attach a bow. Place back in the freezer for a few minutes to set.
You can even add a wrapper and bow for handing them out.
If you’re using cake mix and a donut pan, one box of cake mix will make about 50 – 60 wreaths. For that many, you’ll need 2 bags of candy melts and probably a dozen Airheads.
You can buy mini donut pans HERE
You can buy green candy melts HERE
You can buy lollipop sticks (with wrappers and twist ties) HERE
Totally cute and easy, and if you go the cake mix/donut pan route, you can get a TON from one mix. I hope you enjoy!!
Have a happy Wednesday!!