Santa’s Candy Workshop

Our December Kids’ Cooking Class involved a lot of energy. Maybe it had something to do with the menu? Santa’s Candy Workshop was a hit.

The kids made Candy Cane Blossoms, Candy Cane Oreo Brownies, Santa Hat Chocolate Strawberries, Very Merry Sugar Cookies and Reindeer Sandwiches.

Here are a few recipes to recreate the fun in your home:

Reindeer Sandwiches


8 slices whole-wheat bread

1/2 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup strawberry jam

16 raisins

16 twisted pretzels

4 maraschino cherries



– Spread slices of bread with cream cheese and strawberry jam. Top each with another slice of bread to make a sandwich. Cut into four triangles.

– Set 4 triangles on each plate (the 4 triangles will make 4 reindeer, so they should have room between them). One corner of each triangle should point toward the side of the plate facing you.

– Stick 2 raisins near the top (wide) side to make eyes.

– Place 1/2 a cherry at the lower corner of the nose.

– Break twisted pretzels in half to make antlers at each of the top corners.

– Repeat for all triangles and serve.


Brownie Strawberry Santa Hats 


1 pan of brownies

Small strawberries

1/2 cup unsalted butter – softened

3 cups powdered sugar

3 TB half and half

1/2 t vanilla



– Cut the brownies using a one inch circle cutter. Push down on the cutter, twist it and lift up with a fork. Then push the brownie in on the top and bottom so that the circle is flat on top and bottom.

– For frosting, combine butter, powdered sugar, half and half, vanilla in large bowl. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes, or until fluffy.

– Next place frosting in a zip lock bag and snip off the corner. Then swirl a little frosting on top of the brownie.

– Put the strawberry on and add a little dot of frosting on top to complete the Santa hat.

The next kids’ cooking class at The Little Nell is January 20 at 3:45. Cost is $30 per class. Contact Nancy at 970-920-6319 to reserve a spot.