My momma made these for the first time a few years ago. I remember squealing with delight when I first saw them. I believe my squeal went something like this, “Ohhhhhh myyyyyyyyy gosssshhhhhhhhh! Those are soooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuttttttteeeeeeeeeeee! Gimme one! Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” (It’s amazing how instantly we revert back to our childish ways when we want something really, really, really badly. I also immediately knew that my mother did not think these up all by herself. She is a good cook and a good baker but she’s not the most creative. Basically what I mean is she can re-create anything but create nothing. After my insta-squeal I demanded, “Where did you find these?!?!?” and she admitted she found them in a Taste of Home magazine she had. I stole the recipe from her and now I’m sharing it with you. Enjoy!
- 24 double-stuffed Oreo cookies
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tsp shortening
- 24 red maraschino cherries with stems, well-drained
- 24 chocolate Hershey Kisses
- 48 sliced almonds
- 1 small tube of each – red and green decorating gel
- Carefully twist apart the cookies; set aside the cream coated side. Store the plain halves for another project or eat them. I usually eat at least a few of them. 🙂
- In a microwave, melt the chocolate chips and shortening. Stir until smooth. Holding each cherry by the stem, dip it in to the melted chocolate and then press on to the bottom flat side of a Hershey Kiss. Place it on the cream side of the cookie with the cherry stem sticking out and off the cookie edge.
- Place the slivered almonds standing up between the Hershey Kiss and the cherry so that they look like ears. Refrigerate until the chocolate sets. Once set, use the green and red gel to pipe on eyes, a nose and holly leaves on the cookie.
You can then store these in the refrigerator in an airtight container, or if you are like my family, you can grab a platter of them and head in to the living room for a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Remember, “not a creature was stirring…not even a mouse.”