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edible silver balls - we used the soft kind
red and black food colouring
NB: There are no amounts, because I just add a bit of everything until I've got the right consistency. This is a no-bake recipe.
Crumb biscuits. I wrap them up in a tea towel and bash them but you can use a food processor.
Add biscuit crumb and dessicated coconut to a bowl and mix. Add coconut cream a bit at a time until you have a stiff dough that you can roll into balls in your hands.
Roll mixture into equal amounts of small and large balls and then stick the small balls on top of the large balls to make your snowmen.
Take toothpicks and dip the tips into some red food colouring. This will be your snowman nose. When securing the head to the body angle the toothpick so you also get a good snowman nose.
Roll the snowman in coconut, if the mixture is a little dry you can roll the snowman in your hands and pat the coconut down into the mixture.
Add silver balls down the front of the snowman for his buttons.
Use another toothpick dipped in black food colouring to make the snowman eyes, or if you have currents or more edible balls in another colour you can use those instead.
Lightly toast some dessicated coconut as 'sand' and put it in the bottom of each cup-cake cup and stand your snowman up. Dress him up with some added accessories.
Hats & Scarfs
To make the hats and scarf's you would traditionally use fondant icing. As I didn't have any icing I made a mixture with coconut cream white sugar, dessicated coconut, oat flower. By using oat flower I did not have to cook the flour. Icing mixture is the easiest option here or crumble up some extra biscuits.
I added red food colouring and tried to make some scarfs. My mixture wouldn't hold so I whipped up some egg white as a binding agent, added a bit more of the dry ingredients until it was all the right consistency and it worked just wonderfully.
Tips:If it's a warm day try leaving the mixture in the fridge for a while to firm up before working it into shapes.
To save your hands from getting dyed red wear disposable gloves.
Hubby was keen to taste the snowmen and pronounced them edible but in need of Rum or some other flavour addition such as cinnamon, ginger or dried apricot pieces. The biscuits you choose to use will effect the flavour so be sure to taste and adjust as necessary.
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