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12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, Week #12 – Potato Chips Christmas Tree

It’s official. This is the last week of 12 WOCC, and i can’t tell you enough how much i loved and thoroughly enjoyed each of the 12 weeks.. I’ve gotten to know so many talented and creative bloggers out there, and seen so many of their inspiring cookies. I do sincerely hope that this event will continue next year, and i do hope that i am still actively baking and blogging then. :) Once again, my thanks go to Abby for organizing the lovely event!

Anyways, for my final week, i made another Christmas tree. This time, with potato chips, and it looks something like this.

I was eating a bag of chips when i noticed how each chip is shaped like a leaf. I have also observed an on going trend of potato chips dipped in chocolate. And combining two and two, this tree idea got stuck to my head.

The idea is really simple. First thing first, i baked a blondie batter in a cone shaped vessel.

Why blondie batter ?

Cause i wanted something sturdy, which is able to stand up on its own and hold the weight of the potato chip “leaves”. I didn’t want any of that rising butter cakes and sponge cakes get. I also didnt want a brownie batter*, as a brownie batter, with its high chocolate content might be too fudgy and wet  for this structure.

*Believe me or not, blondies are actually brownies, without chocolate. LOL.

Do take note though, the batter will probably take more time to bake cause of the shape of the vessel which  has lesser surface area and thus less heat contact. Also, be sure to have something sturdy to prop the vessel while baking ( I used a square loaf tin)

Next, we slather buttercream onto the tree core.

Be generous with the buttercream. It will act as a “glue” for the leaves.

Then we stick on the “leaves”.

Wait, WHAT leaves?

White chocolate dipped leaves of course. White chocolate because i wanted a white Christmas tree. I couldn’t imagine a brown Christmas tree using milk or dark chocolate.

It’s really easy these leaves, just drop the potato chips into the melted white chocolate, fish it out and let it dry. I microwaved my white chocolate with a little bit of shortening, to thin it down a bit. I didn’t want the white chocolate coating to get too thick and weigh down the leaves.

Once we the tree is in full bloom, we go on to decorations, for what is a Christmas tree without the decorations?I decided that since the leaves are already so elaborate, decorations should be kept at a minimum. I didnt want the decorations to diminish that full bloom, leafy effect. It was just a matter of sticking a few mini M&M’s strategically. My leaves were only semi dry by then, my M&M’s readily stuck to each leaf. However, if ur leaves were already dried up, u might need to dip the underside of the M&Ms in more white chocolate to get it to stick.

And there you have it, My Potato Chips Christmas Tree. Place these tree on the dining table during Christmas dinner and watch spring turn to fall as guests help themselves to the leaves. Do make extra leaves and replenish the bald patches as the evening go by, and come dessert time, slice up the tree core of a blondie and distribute them around! Merry Christmas!
Blondie Recipe

8 TBS unsalted butter, melted ( 1 stick)
1/2 C packed light brown sugar
1/3 C granulated sugar
1 large egg
1tsp pure vanilla extract
1 C AP flour
1 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush an cone shaped baking pan with butter. Line pan with a piece of parchment paper, leaving a 2 inch overhang on two sides. Grease paper

2. In a large bowl, whisk butter and sugars until smooth. Whisk in egg and vanilla. Add flour and salt, mix until just moistened ( do not overmix ).  Transfer batter to prepared pan, smooth the top with a spatula.

3. Bake 40- 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Set pan on wire rack and let cool completely. Using parchment overhang, lift the brownies from the pan and transfer to a cutting board.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream From Martha Stewart

* Note i scaled down the recipe to using 2 egg whites.

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 10 large egg whites
  • 4 cups (8 sticks or 2 pounds) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Place sugar and egg whites in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, and whisk until sugar has dissolved and egg whites are hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers; it should feel completely smooth.
  2. Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until mixture has cooled completely and formed stiff and glossy peaks, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition. Don’t worry if the buttercream appears curdled after all the butter has been added; it will become smooth again with continued beating. Add vanilla, and beat just until combined.
  4. Switch to the paddle attachment, and beat on the lowest speed to eliminate any air pockets, about 5 minutes. If using buttercream within several hours, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature in a cool environment. Or transfer to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator, up to 3 days. Before using, bring buttercream to room temperature, and beat on the lowest speed with the paddle attachment until smooth, about 5 minutes.
Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips
A bag of Potato Chips
200 grams white chocolate, chopped
50 grams shortening, chopped
1.  In a sauce pan, double boil white chocolate and shortening till both are melted and combined.
2. Coat the potato chips with the white chocolate mixture and leave it to set at room temperature.
Assembling the Potato Chips Christmas Tree
1. Coat the cone shaped blondie with a generous amount of buttercream
2. Stick the chocolate dipped leaves over the Buttercream
3. Decorate as desired.
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  1. December 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    wow how great is this? It’s very chic and perfect for the holidays. I am definitely going to have to make this.

    xo

  2. December 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

    You are so creative Crustabakes! I heart your Xmas tree! Hey, you can submit your post to ‘Aspiring Bakers #2′ *^_^*

  3. DG
    December 17, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I have nothing to say, except being say you are very talented in doing all these Xmas cookies! Cutest White X’mas tree I’ve ever seen!

  4. December 17, 2010 at 7:23 am

    That looks fantastic. So pretty and I’m sure delicious. Potato chips/chocolate–you can’t go wrong there. Great idea.

  5. December 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Something as beautiful as this could only come from you. It is a work of art, as always. I don’t know how you come up with such fabulous ideas, but keep them coming.

  6. December 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    What a creative idea! This would be a great centrepiece for the Christmas table!

  7. December 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    This has got to be the cutest thing!! Thank you for baking along this year!! Merry Christmas!

  8. Pam
    December 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    You have amazed me with all of your creations for the last 12 weeks, and this week is no exception – just beautiful!

  9. December 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    This is so awesome! How fun and festive (and oh, so clever!!!) Love it!!!

  10. December 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    This is awesome! I love it! So so cute!

  11. Sue
    December 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    What a CREATIVE idea! Your tree looks SO pretty! I bet the sweet and salty is delicious! Have a Merry Christmas!

  12. December 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    You make the cutest cookies ever!!

  13. December 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    How gorgeous! Very clever.

  14. mickey
    December 18, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I love that tree, it is beautiful. Loved visiting you these past 12 weeks, enjoyed all of your goodies.
    mickey

  15. December 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    THAT is the coolest thing I have seen all week!

  16. December 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    This looks soooo fun! Chips and chocolate are an awesome idea!!! I love the idea of having something so original and unexpected for a party!

  17. December 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    And how we’ve enjoyed following along with all your amazing treats! This is so cute and creative, a perfect ending :).

  18. December 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

    What a creation! Beautiful…from idea to realization!

  19. December 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    You are amazing. this is so unique and festive. It would be a fun dessert to take to a party and hear all the OHHH’s and AHHH’s. :)

  20. December 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    What a clever idea, this would make a delicious centerpiece on a holiday table. :-)

  21. December 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    So brilliant! Amanda (up there) forwarded to me and I posted a link on EdibleCrafts.CraftGossip.com :)

  22. December 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    This is SUCH a clever idea! Very creative, festive, and pretty :)

  23. December 23, 2010 at 1:22 am

    These are beautiful and clever – Thanks for linking to my cookie exchange!

    Susan,
    http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/
    Party and Entertaining Inspiration

  24. August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Just added this to my 12 Days of Christmas Goodies for this year! I am so excited to make this! Thanks for sharing!

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