Make the cutest Reindeer Pops and Graham Cracker Houses for your Christmas celebration. Kids will have fun helping to craft these cute holiday desserts.
I had so much making these cute Christmas treats and I am very excited to share them with you.
The graham cracker house was super easy to make. I love making gingerbread houses but it takes hours or days. These little houses can be assembled and decorated quickly. It's a great project to do with kids.
The chocolate peanut butter reindeer lollipops look as sweet as they taste.
Each lollipop is made with an oval-shaped peanut butter-filled chocolate graham cracker sandwich. It's dipped in a chocolate peanut butter fudge coating and decorated with chocolate antlers, candy eyes, and a red jelly bean nose.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Lollipops
Graham Cracker Sandwiches-
8 chocolate graham crackers (plus a few extra in case of breakage)
⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
(natural or traditional)
½ cup light cocoa candy melts or candy antlers
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Coating-
1 cup white confectionery coating wafers
⅔ cup light cocoa confectionery coating wafers
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
8 red jelly beans
16 large (½ inch) candy eyes
8 red and green striped paper straws or craft sticks
2 ½ inch oval metal cookie cutter
parchment paper lined baking sheets that will fit in your freezer
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Make peanut butter chocolate graham cracker lollipops.
Flatten about 1 ½ inches on one end of your paper straws.
Break chocolate graham crackers in half along the perforation. Press an oval cookie cutter on top of the graham cracker and cut. Save the crumbs to make a crust or just enjoy a snack. Cut 16 ovals.
Spread about 1 teaspoon of Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter on each graham cracker oval. Set the flattened end of a straw on one cracker. Add another cracker, peanut butter side down, on top. Repeat.
Alternatively, you could make peanut butter crackers using oval-shaped crackers. Your treats will be sweet and salty.
Make chocolate antlers.
Heat the light cocoa candy melts in a small bowl in the microwave on high for 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Pour into a small zip-top bag or squeeze bottle and pipe antlers onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. I just drew a slightly curved line then added a few lines coming out of either side, kind of like a stick tree drawing. Be sure to draw some curves the opposite way.
Pop them in the freezer for about 3 minutes until they harden.
Ignore the hearts in the image. They are burned into my pan and I didn't realize they showed through so dramatically.
Make chocolate peanut butter fudge coating.
Pour the white and the light cocoa confectionery coating wafers into a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 25-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Stir in the ¼ cup peanut butter.
Dip a graham cracker sandwich into the fudge coating then remove it and set it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. After about 30-45 seconds, carefully lift it up (hold onto the paper and lift up) and move it to a clean spot on the parchment paper. This will remove any excess fudge coating.
I found this method easier than holding the lollipop upside down over the bowl waiting for the excess candy coating to drip off, as I usually do, because the peanut butter doesn't hold the sandwich together if it's held upside down for too long.
As soon as you move the pop, insert two antlers into the top of the sandwich, and add a jelly bean nose and two candy eyes.
After you've made two or three reindeer, pop them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes until the candy coating hardens. Continue to make more reindeer pops.
So cute, don't you think?
Making a Graham Cracker House
Ingredients (per house)
5 graham crackers
2 ounces chocolate peanut butter fudge coating (left over from the above recipe)**
2 ounces white candy melts
opalescent or white decorating sugar
candy decorations - I used one green Lifesaver, one red candy bow, and one black candy pearl to decorate my house.
** I had enough chocolate peanut butter fudge coating to make one graham cracker house. If you aren't making the reindeer, or need more, just use an additional 2 ounces of white confectionery coating per house instead.
Cut out the graham cracker house pieces.
Cut your graham crackers according to the picture above. I found sawing with a serrated knife to work the best.
Build the graham cracker house.
Cut a cake board to fit just inside the glass globe, if you are making a snow globe. Otherwise, just cut a small board.
Use either the chocolate peanut butter fudge or white confectionery coating as glue to assemble your house. Start by piping some onto the bottom of the front piece and placing it on your board. This will keep your house in place. Then attach the side pieces, then the back, and finally the roof pieces.
Spread some candy coating on the roof, and while it's still wet, sprinkle on the decorating sugar. Being the house is attached to the cardboard, you can lift it and turn it on its side in order to easily sprinkle on the sugar.
Decorate your house.
Attach the door and any candy you like.
Melt 2 ounces of white confectionery coating, and spread it on the cake board, and sprinkle on more sugar. If the candy coating and sugar, extend past the edge of the cardboard you'll need to scrape it off in order to fit the house under your glass globe. Just use a sharp knife to cut it off.
To turn your small graham cracker house into a snow globe, place it on a small pedestal and set the glass globe over top.
Create some sugar-coated snow using melted white candy melts. Pipe the melted white chocolate in mounds onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle white sanding sugar over top.
Chill it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes then remove and set the pieces around your house.
If you enjoy making this gingerbread-style house out of graham crackers, be sure to check out my tutorial to make a Graham Cracker Barn. It's so cute!