Under The Covers’ Recipes of the Day – Perky Penguins & Melting Snowman Biscuits

These are today’s recipes of the day for Sunday 17th December 2017.

Perky Penguins

Prep 40mins

3 jumbo chocolate buttons
150g icing made from royal icing sugar
3 walnut whips
100g chocolate flavour ready-to-roll fondant icing
3 red fruit pastilles (we used Tesco as they look like wooly hats)
1 orange fruit pastille
black writing icing

Cut the jumbo chocolate buttons in half and place together in pairs, rounded sides touching, to make feet. Snap the walnut off the top of the walnut whip and discard. Put a little royal icing on each pair of feet and stick a walnut whip on top.

Divide the fondant icing in three. Take one piece and roll out into a sausage that is fat in the middle and thin at both ends. Flatten the ends to make flippers. Place the sausage on top of the walnut whip and shape the fat middle section into a head. Leave the flippers to hang free at the sides.

To decorate, put the remaining royal icing into a piping or plastic bag and snip a tiny bit off the end. Pipe a circle on the front of each penguin. Pipe two dots for eyes. Pipe a circle on top of each head and stick on a fruit pastille. Pipe a blob on top for a bobble. Carefully cut three triangular pieces from the orange fruit pastille and stick on the face. Using the black writing icing pipe black dots in the centre of each eye. Leave to set.

Melting Snowman Biscuits

Prep 30mins, Makes 6

200g fondant icing sugar
6 white marshmallows
6 large cookies
24 mini chocolate beans
6 pretzel sticks
tube black writing icing

Put the icing sugar into a bowl and add cold water a teaspoon at a time until the mixture is runny but thick enough to coat a spoon. Ask an adult to snip the marshmallows in half using wetted scissors.
Spoon a little icing onto each cookie and attach half a marshmallow. Using a little icing, stick the other half on top at an angle. Drizzle a little more icing onto the cookie to make melting snow.

Break the pretzel sticks in half and place on the cookie for arms. Stick orange chocolate beans on for the noses. Stick three chocolate beans on each cookie to represent buttons. Using the writing icing, pipe small blobs for the eyes and mouth. Leave to set.

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