9 festive Christmas snacks

Make this a Christmas when you eat the table decorations! Our blogger can’t wait to copy some of these clever yet simple Pinterest ideas during the festive season.

Xmas combo

I love the way Pinterest provides a window into a wide world of creativity. And nowhere is it more evident than in the bright ideas people share on this online pinboard for celebrating Christmas.

Here are nine really simple ideas that will add a fabulous touch to your festivities.

Edible wreath

Picture pinned from 4.bp.blogspot.com

Picture pinned from 4.bp.blogspot.com

What a lovely idea for serving pre-dinner snacks or a salad. Baby Italian tomatoes, bocconcini (little mozarella cheese balls) and green and black olives nestle on a bed of rosemary sprigs. Remember to supply cocktail sticks if this is a snack plate. For a salad you could use wild rocket instead of the rosemary. And if you’re serving this on a buffet or at the table you could add a sturdy red or gold candle in the middle.

Cheese trees

Pictures pinned from Mariana Ochoa (left) and Sarah Wolfe

Pictures pinned from Mariana Ochoa (left) and Sarah Wolfe

Two yuletide takes on a cheese board – one with grapes, the other with baby Italian tomatoes. Thyme is used to garnish both, but rosemary sprigs would also add to the Christmas tree image.

Star of Bethlehem

Picture pinned from Melissa Martin

Picture pinned from Melissa Martin

Kids will love these watermelon star lollies and might even enjoy making the fruity treats. Thinly slice watermelon (the seedless variety would work well if you don’t mind the cost), then use large cookie cutters to cut out the stars. The blueberries threaded on the lolly sticks (thin bamboo skewers) are optional as not all kids like the sour taste.

Melon trees

Picture pinned from Lolly Christmas

Picture pinned from Lolly Christmas

Similar to the stars but with a little rind left on to make them sturdy and provide a “handle”. These ones are cut by hand rather than with a cookie cutter – start with triangles, then trim bits away to create the tree shapes.

Oh, my hat!

Picture pinned from 25.media.tumblr.com

Picture pinned from 25.media.tumblr.com

This idea is so cute it keeps popping up on Pinterest in various guises. The base is cut from a baked sheet of brownies with a round cookie cutter then topped with a slick of melted chocolate. Next comes a blob of icing (find a recipe here), followed by a strawberry and a tiny piped-on blob of icing for the pompom. Cute and a delicious taste combination.

Two-ingredient pasTREES

Picture pinned from deliciousmagazine.co.uk

Picture pinned from deliciousmagazine.co.uk

These edible decorations devised by British magazine Delicious have just two ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is a roll of readymade puff pastry and a few tablespoons of granulated sugar. Unroll the pastry, brush with water and sprinkle with the sugar. Use a cookie cutter to cut out festive shapes and arrange fairly far apart on a baking sheet. Bake at 220 °C for 10-12 minutes or until golden and done. Sprinkle with extra sugar and serve with whipped cream and jam or berry coulis.

Don’t make these too far in advance as they should be eaten within two days.

Frosted trees

Picture pinned from Jamie Sandifer

Picture pinned from Jamie Sandifer

These are my favourites! Make flat chocolate brownie cupcakes and a batch of butter icing coloured green with food colouring. Cut the tops off strawberries in a straight line. Stick the strawberries to the top of the cupcakes with a slick of icing then pipe green rosettes all over the strawberries and decorate with fondant icing stars and red and white sweets. If you don’t have time to make stars, sprinkle edible glitter all over the icing.

Cone firs

Picture pinned from Alicia Emert

Picture pinned from Alicia Emert

More edible decorations for your Christmas table. The pictures are pretty self-explanatory: cupcakes are topped with white butter icing to anchor the sugar cones which are piped with green butter icing and sprinkled with cake decorations.

Enjoy!

– Alfie Steyn 

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