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bookgirl
« on: November 18, 2004 10:34:30 AM »

These look so easy!  I just bought snowflake cookie cutters, and I'm so excited to try these.

http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/feature/famf117ornaments/famf117ornaments4.html
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llhurley
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2004 10:58:14 AM »

Oh, how cool!
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SarahKate
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2004 11:15:00 AM »

Neat! I want to make those, but I would be so tempted to eat them and I'm having horrible visions of pretty looking candy ornaments covered with cat and dog hairs (which seems to invade every crack and crevice of my house)... eww.  I wonder if there is something you could use to seal them so they won't be sticky?
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2004 11:20:45 AM »

I would think if you polyurethane-d them afterwards, they would last pretty well. Until you get cat hair in the polyurethane, which has definitely happened to me. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2004 04:52:06 PM »

SarahKate

If you think you'd like to eat the candy snowflakes, you might want to try these Stained Glass cookies aka. Windowpane cookies.  They have been a hit when I made them and jolly ranchers would make them even yummier.

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/food/stainedglass.html

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lisaquilts
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2004 05:56:29 AM »

Hi There,
I'm very interested in these ornaments. Do you think you have to crush the candies first or will they just melt evenly without being broken up?
Thanks,
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2004 06:37:31 AM »

that would even be cute to actually do candies like this, little mini ones in christmas-y shapes, and package them really cutely! You could do yummy combinations..mmmmm jolly ranchers. And...the ornaments are a cute idea as well!
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2004 06:58:25 AM »

that would even be cute to actually do candies like this, little mini ones in christmas-y shapes, and package them really cutely! You could do yummy combinations..mmmmm jolly ranchers. And...the ornaments are a cute idea as well!

That's a great idea -- I'll have to eat a few after I make them to see if the flavor's affected by melting.  Small ones would be cute for decorating cookies or cupcakes, too.

Hi There,
I'm very interested in these ornaments. Do you think you have to crush the candies first or will they just melt evenly without being broken up?
Thanks,
lisaquilts

I have no idea since I haven't tried this yet.  But if I had to guess, I'd say if you break them up a bit first you're more likely to get an even result.  Particularly if the cookie cutters you're using have small details to fill in.  The cookies that Heatherb found call for crushing Life Savers, so it sure can't hurt.
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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2004 07:07:10 AM »

I am DEFINETLY making some of those.  Grin Thank you!
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2004 05:58:21 PM »

I love using jolly ranchers for holiday cookies and treats. We use them to make stained glass windows in our gingerbread creations too. Another way to use these is to put them in a pyrex measuring cup into the microwave for about 2 minutes, then stir, then put in for 10 or 15 seconds more if necessary, until they are very melty and pour it into the crevices/window spaces/etc... of whatever you have made. The tip about wrapping whatever it is in foil with cooking spray on is very smart, otherwise the candy just flows wherever it can.

Note: In my experience, there is no need to crush or cut up the candies beforehand- they seem to melt very well without doing that.

Here's a picture of the gingerbread votives they had in Sunset mag a few years back:



You can go to this page: to see the instructions, but you have to have a code from a current issue, or be a current subscriber, or sign up for their free trial.

http://www.sunset.com/sunset/Premium/Food/1999/12-Dec/KitchenGifts1299/Gifts5GingBread1299.html
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