Snacks & Treats
Easy, Adorable Holiday Treat: Cheese Santas
By Megan McChesney and Kevin Naulls, CBC Staff
Dec 7, 2017
Cheese may not seem like a holiday food if it's not in the shape of a ball, but we're here to show you a new cheesy holiday tradition that your kids will love. For this adorable holiday snack, let your kids watch as you turn red wax-coated cheese rounds into tiny kris kringles. We suggest letting the little ones watch for most of this recipe, because you'll need to use some sharp tools to get it just right!
You Will Need:
- red wax-coated cheese rounds
- white adhesive labels
- black marker
- dark sprinkles
- x-acto knife
Start with your x-acto knife and cut a semi-circle (like an open mouth) at the top of your cheese round's wax covering. Make sure the wax tab is at the top, because that's where you're going to affix the pom you cut out of adhesive label (more on that in a second!).
Next, take your adhesive label and start cutting the shape of Santa's beard. Once you've got the shape you like, draw on a happy smile with a black marker and then peel off the back and stick it under the opening you've created. Like this:
Using the same label, cut out a little pompom for the top of Santa's hat. Like the beard, peel off the back and stick it on, only this time use the wax tab at the top of your cheese round as a guide for placement. Like so:
It's already coming together! Your kids are going to love watching this getting made, just as much as they'll love eating it. And the final step is something they can take part it, which we'll get to in a moment. But first, one last detail: the hat trim! Cut that out from the adhesive label and place it on the top of the semi-circle. It will look something like this:
Once you have the hat trim exactly where you want it, your cheese Santa is almost finished. Now's the time to add two sprinkle eyes, which your kids can do! Just set aside a little bowl of dark, tiny bead-shaped sprinkles for them to choose from, and get them to place them where they think the eyes should go.
Once everything is in place, it's ready for presentation (and eating).
But you're going to want to make sure you're around for this holiday treat! We don't want any tiny mouths chowing down on labels and wax. It's probably not going to happen, but it's better to be safe than sorry. And while the kids are eating these, maybe you are too. And then when they're done, maybe in the other room there's a cheese ball, and you eat some of that as well. Have a dairy Christmas.