Bundled Up Nutterbutter Penguins
Are you thawed out from last week’s deep, deep, freeze? We are and I have to say that I’m liking the forecast for this week much more. Temps in the 20’s is just fine with me.
Even though penguins are supposed to be able to withstand cold weather, I think they would have needed to bundle up last week too. I saw these penguins over at Hungry Happenings and just fell in love with them but knew they needed to be dressed a little bit warmer for this Wisconsin winter we’ve been experiencing. So I put some ear muffs and scarves on them. Now they are ready to go outside to play in the snow. Of course there is always one in the group that says they can handle the cold without the warm clothing. No different in this group.
Yes, these guys are cute but I’ll be honest, they take A LOT of prep work. I like fast and easy things and this isn’t difficult, just time consuming. So be prepared to spend some time getting the body parts cut up before you start dipping the cookies.
What you’ll need –
- 1 container of Nutterbutter Cookies
- 1 pound milk chocolate candy coating – melted according to directions
- Tootsie Rolls
- Circus Peanuts
- Large Marshmallows
- Candy Eyes
- Colored Licorice
- Decorating Gel
- Popsicle Sticks – optional
Prepping the candy –
- For the “arms”, warm up the Tootsie Rolls in the microwave for a few seconds. Flatten. Use a small leaf fondant cutter or a knife to cut out the “arms”. You should be able to get 4 – 6 “arms” out of each small Tootsie Roll.
- For the “beak” and “feet”, cut the Circus Peanut width wise into 6 – 8 pieces. Mold immediately into “feet” shape. They may be a little long so take a little bit off each end and roll into the “beak”. The peanuts will dry out quickly so mold them right after cutting.
- For the white “tummy”, cut a large marshmallow into 6 circular pieces. You may need to reshape them a bit after cutting.
To assemble your penguin –
1. Dip your cookie into your melted candy coating. Lay on a nonstick mat, parchment, or wax paper. While the chocolate is still wet, place on the eyes, the beak, the tummy, the arms, and the feet. Let set.
2. Once your penguin is dry, attach the M&Ms with some candy coating for the ear muffs and draw on a band with the decorating gel. For a scarf, cut your colored licorice in half lengthwise. Take one half and wrap around your penguin’s neck to keep him warm.
3. If you want to put them on popsicle sticks to display them, dip your stick into the melted candy coating and place onto the back of the finished penguin. Let set with the penguin face down.
Your bundled up penguins should be ready to go out to play and it only took you as long to make as it takes to get a toddler dressed to go outside. Oh how I do not miss those days when it took longer to get the kids dressed than they stayed outside.
To see a How to Video with WKBT News 8 This Morning, click here.
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