About this recipe:These treats will light up any everybody's eyes during Christmastime. Chocolate muffins are decorated to look like Rudolph the reindeer. Cute and delicious!
For the Muffins
200g dark cooking chocolate, chopped
250g unsalted butter, chopped
110g dark brown soft sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
225g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
170g plain chocolate
2 tablespoons cream
85g white chocolate chips, melted
85g plain chocolate chips, melted
9 red glace cherries
9 pretzels, halved
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:30min › Ready in:1hr
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease 9 holes of a muffin tin.
To make the muffins: Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl. Sit over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Cool for 5 minutes.
Stir in eggs and milk. Stir in combined sifted flour and powders. Divide batter among prepared pan holes. Cook in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until cooked when tested. Remove muffins and cool.
To make chocolate icing: Place chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl. Sit bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until smooth. Remove and cool to room temperature.
Place muffins upside down on a wire rack, sitting over a tray. Pour chocolate icing evenly over muffins. Spread to coat sides.
To make reindeer faces, trace nine ovals 3cm x 5cm onto a sheet of baking parchment. To make eyes, trace 18 ovals, 2cm x 3cm onto baking parchment. Turn paper over with trace-side facing down. Spread white chocolate inside traced shapes. Allow to set.
To assemble: Pipe mouth onto faces with plain chocolate. Use small dots of chocolate to stick on cherries for noses and sugar balls for pupils. Squeeze chocolate onto back of eyes and place on muffins. Repeat with faces. Insert pretzel halves in top of each muffin to represent antlers.