If you’re like me, the thing that probably tops your wish list every holiday season is more time. That’s why these ear-resistible Santa hats are on my Christmas dessert menu. Made with store-bought vanilla wafer cookies, fresh fruit, and chocolate, there’s no mixing, chilling, or baking involved — and that’s a time saver. Season’s Greetings from Saint Nick and the Mouse!
Mickey’s Strawberry Santa Hats
- Large fresh strawberries
- White chocolate
- Vanilla wafer cookies
- Small chocolate disks or chocolate mints
Wash the strawberries with cool water, and carefully remove the hulls. Pat the fruit dry with a paper towel.
Melt some white chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop, following the directions on the package.
Working with one wafer cookie at a time, dip the surface in the melted candy so that it is generously coated. If needed, dip it twice.
Place the dipped cookie on wax paper (coated side up), and immediately set a strawberry (hulled side down) on top. Quickly, but gently, push two small chocolate disks against the base of the berry for ears, holding them in place for a few seconds to make sure they stick. If they don’t hold, use a little more melted candy to attach them.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make as many more hats as you want, reserving some of the melted white chocolate for the pom-pom tops. When you’re ready to add the pom-poms, let the melted white chocolate cool slightly so that it will thicken a bit. Then spoon a small blob onto each strawberry tip.
Finally, add a little texture to the hat trim, if you like, by using a fork to gently “scramble” what’s left of the partially cooled white chocolate (it should resemble flaked coconut). Gently press some of the white chocolate flakes onto the candy hat brims while they are still warm so they will stick in place. Once the candy is completely set, arrange the finished hats on a plate to serve.