Because I love cooking and kids have fun playing around working in the kitchen, we’re going to try to incorporate kid-friendly recipes on the blog each week. This week, we have a recipe that has the possibility of getting REALLY messy! We’re going to make some chocolate marshmallow bats, with cupcake liner wings.
First, grab some marshmallows, 1/4 cup butter, 1 square of Baker’s chocolate, 1 chocolate licorice stick (ears), two cupcake liners (wings), toothpicks (to hold the marshmallow body together), and some small candies (eyes).
Put the butter and chocolate into a bowl (don’t use a plastic bowl – take my word for it, it comes out VERY BADLY) and have an adult put it in the microwave for 1 minute.
While the butter & chocolate are melting, fold the cupcake liners in half.
Have your grownup take out the bowl – careful, it may be hot! Look, all the butter has melted perfectly. It doesn’t look like the chocolate did much, but just wait! Once you take a spoon and start the mixing process, you’ll see that it really is very soft and mixes easily.
Doesn’t that look yummy? I could (and have) eaten it straight out of the bowl. Divine!
Pile the marshmallows on top of one another like blocks.
Really, is there anything prettier than chocolate drizzling down the creamy white marshmallows? Not tonight, there’s not!
My mouth is watering already!
Take a knife and carefully cut two small pieces from the chocolate licorice stick. You can also just pinch a small piece off if you’re feeling particularly pinchy. Just remember to keep it small – it has to fit on top of the marshmallows!
Put your chocolate licorice ears on top of your chocolate covered bats. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate – my mind is singing a happy song!
Use two small candies for the eyes – you’re going to have to hold onto the back of the bat and press hard to make sure they stick properly. Are you prepared to get chocolate all over your fingers? Because if you’re not up to the task, just let me know and I’ll come over and do it for you. I can’t get enough of this stuff, and I’m not above licking my fingers in front of strangers. Okay, enough about my bad habits – back to the bats. Put a little bit of the chocolate on the cupcake liner wings to act as the glue. Press it into the back of the bat and hold for a second or two, to give it time to stick.
And voila! Bats so easy a child could make them! And mine look like a child did make them but I’m okay with that because, like a child, I ate all the evidence:)