Last minute Christmas baking

Here it is, the day before Christmas eve….Christmas eve eve as our daughter calls it.

If you are looking for a cool last minute thing that you can bring to a Christmas meal, here it is.

I don’t know what it’s called…..

Got it from my favorite chef of all time – Jamie Oliver, and I’m certain that he has a name for it. For now lets call it fancy chocolate.

Take a bowl of demerara sugar, and stir in a few drops of your favorite flavoring extract. So far our favorite is coconut extract for this recipe. I think orange would be very good also.

Demerara sugar and extracts for flavoring.  Use only one extract per batch.

Demerara sugar and extracts for flavoring. Use only one extract per batch.

Spread this out thinly into a line on waxed paper.

Melt chocolate wafers in the microwave. If you have no chocolate melting wafers, and you don’t feel like braving the chaos that would be a grocery store on Christmas eve day, use chocolate chips.

Melting chocolate wafers

Melting chocolate wafers

Drizzle the melted chocolate over the demerara sugar. Keep drizzling until it is fairly well covered, but still looks drizzly.

Drizzle the chocolate over the demerara sugar.  Try not to blob it as much as I did.

Drizzle the chocolate over the demerara sugar. Try not to blob it as much as I did.


Let this sit until it hardens up. At room temp this would take a few hours. If you want to hurry up the process, move your waxed paper outside for a few minutes and it will be ready to break into pieces. Don’t try this outside thing if you have a dog.

One very sad day last week, I had set 10 beautifully decorated and wrapped chocolate cupcakes on our deck to cool. They were for our daughter’s teacher. I was convinced that the dogs wouldn’t sniff them out because they were wrapped in Christmas paper….because I’m sure dogs can’t smell through that…

If that was true, the drug dealers would have no problem getting their goods past border patrols with just a little festive wrapping and some ribbon.

This didn’t fool ‘Buck’ the German Shepherd with the bionic nose. When I went to get the cupcakes to send to school, there he was, looking up at me with love in his eyes and 10 cupcakes in his belly. Asking if there were any more. So glad he enjoyed them.

The moral of that story is only cool your chocolate outside if there are no pets around. By the way chocolate is very bad for dogs. Apparently Buck didn’t know that and he sailed through with no ill effects. I’m pretty sure he jeans are a little tighter now though, and he’ll probably break out in zits by Christmas morning.

Back to your Christmas chocolate –
When it has hardened, break it into fun chunky pieces and eat it as is, or pop it into a blob of icecream or pudding to fancy it up a bit.

Pretty.  Can be eaten as is or put into a dessert as decoration.

Pretty. Can be eaten as is or put into a dessert as decoration.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have the opportunity to share some laughs and good times with your friends and family. Relax, try not to achieve perfection. It just makes everyone else feel nervous and uncomfortable. Have some fun and make some memories!

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