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Though our family doesn’t have a specific holiday tradition every year (besides decorating the tree while listening to Christmas music, of course), we do always make some sort of holiday themed food creation to decorate (and EAT) every year. Sometimes it’s gingerbread, Christmas tree, or wreath cookies that we decorate with lots of frosting and sprinkles, or sometimes we make gingerbread houses or candy houses and decorate with lots of goodies, but no matter what we do we always have fun. I mean, what’s more fun than spending time with family creating and eating?!

When we had this opportunity to use Hostess snacks to create something we were super excited. Not only do we LOVE Hostess snacks (I grew up on Ding Dongs and Cupcakes were one of my pregnancy-and beyond- cravings), but we knew this would be another fun way to create an edible holiday decoration and maybe a yummy dessert too.

Ideas were swirling through my head (the possibilities are endless, really) but I finally settled on a few things and headed to Target to pick up all of my supplies- I love that Target is a one-stop-shop for everything I need. First, something fun for the kids and I to create and decorate: Ho-Ho Reindeer!

Ho Ho Reindeer Edible Holiday DecorationHere’s what you need:

  • 1 box of Ho Hos
  • pretzel sticks
  • mini pretzel twists
  • red and brown mini M&Ms
  • white Good & Plenty
  • black gel frosting
  • Sno Balls
  • Powdered sugar

Here’s how to make them:

How To Make Ho Ho Reindeer

  1. Unwrap the Ho Ho and, using a sharp knife, slice
  2. Break pretzel sticks in half and carefully poke into the bottom of the large Ho Ho for legs- making sure to not go through the top.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut the Good & Plenty in half. Gently press into the ‘face’ of the small Ho Ho near the top for eyes.
  4. Gently press either a red or brown mini M&M into the center of the “face’ of the small Ho Ho for eyes.
  5. Break apart the pretzel twist and- using the outside loops of the pretzel- gently place them on the top of the small Ho Ho for antlers.
  6. Dust powdered sugar onto serving plate and place Sno Balls where desired.
  7. Place reindeer bodies in desired spots on Sno Balls.
  8. Gently rest the small Ho Ho atop of the large Ho Ho.
  9. Squeeze a drop of the black gel frosting onto the white candy eye.

*Tip: if you’re having trouble penetrating the chocolate shell of the Ho Ho, use a toothpick to poke a few small holes, then insert your pretzels

Ho Ho Reindeer Family ActivityWe also love to bake, and I look forward to making a new, delicious dessert for our huge family Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Sweet Potatoes are my favorite and I make them for both holidays, so I wanted to come up with a yummy dessert using sweet potatoes and Hostess Snacks. I give you… Twinkie Sweet Potato Pie Bars with Pecan Crumble Topping!

Twinkie Sweet Potato Pie Bars with Pecan Crumble Topping

Twinkie Sweet Potato Pie Bars with Pecan Crumble Topping
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Crust
  1. 1 3/4 cups flour
  2. 3/4 cup butter, softened
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 1/3 cup pecans, chopped fine
Filling
  1. 3 sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs), cooked and peeled
  2. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 3 eggs
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  9. 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  10. 5-10 Twinkies, cut into bite sized pieces (more if you want more Twinkie bites)
Topping
  1. 1/3 cup flour
  2. 1 cup pecans, chopped
  3. 1/3 cup butter, melted
  4. 1 cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  2. To make the crust, combine flour, butter and sugar in bowl.
  3. By hand, cut in the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  4. Fold in pecans.
  5. Press crust mixture evenly onto bottom of ungreased 13″x9″ baking pan.
  6. Bake 15-18 minutes at 350°or until edges are a light golden brown (partially baked).
  7. While the crust is baking, mix sweet potatoes and butter in large bowl and mix with mixer until smooth. Add brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and mix until smooth. Gently fold in Twinkie pieces. Pour evenly over the hot, partially baked crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. While it is baking, make the topping. Combine the flour, pecans, butter and brown sugar in a small bowl. When the casserole is done baking remove from oven and sprinkle topping over the top. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  9. Let it sit for about 30 minutes before serving. Cover and refrigerate any remaining dessert.
Notes
  1. I cook my potatoes in the microwave. Pierce with a fork on both sides, cook for 6 minutes, flip (careful, they're hot!) and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Potatoes should be soft. Allow to cool a bit before removing the skins.
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Comments

  1. Casey Everidge says:

    these recipes look delicious!!

  2. Kate Malone says:

    Love the reindeer, what fun!

  3. I love Twinkies, all great memories around Hostess cakes!

  4. Great ideas!

  5. Those reindeer are adorable!! Such fun ideas. I will have to save these for later.

  6. I would love to try and make the Ho Ho Reindeer! This is such a cute and delicious treat!

  7. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    WOW, I totally need to try those Twinkie Sweet Potato Pie Bars!! They sound amazing.

  8. Sweet potato pie combined with a Twinkie??? What sort of madness is this??? Oh dear. I am afraid I am going to obsess over these for the remainder of the day…or longer. Pinned!

  9. Melissa M says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Love the ideas.

  10. The reindeer look so fun! I’d love to try the Twinkie Sweet Potato Pie Bars though too…they just sound interesting! 🙂

  11. I would love to make the reindeer.

  12. Catherine S says:

    I am a sucker for Twinkies I could eat an entire box by myself. The Sweet Potato Pie Bars sound good.

  13. Uh huh. Uh huh. I’m loving it. Hostess is delicious!

  14. Wow these look so good. Love hostess these would be a great treat!

  15. Mary Somerville says:

    Nice recipes! My kids would have fun making (and eating) the Ho Ho Reindeer. The Sno Balls make a perfect setting for them.

  16. Those reindeer on the Ho Hos are too cute! I love that they add to the treat. And I’m really wanting those Twinkies right now!

  17. Oh my gosh. Just LOVE the Reindeer. That is cute.

  18. Those Ho ho reindeer are the best. I love their little faces.

  19. I love the Ho Ho Reindeer! They turned out so cute and festive.

  20. HOLY MOLY! Those Twinkie sweet potato pie bars looks amazing!!! I could soooo go for a couple of those right now! My son, however, would be ALL over those Ho Ho Reindeer.

  21. These are so cute. I know my son would love to make these.

  22. Gina M (Wild Orchid) says:

    Those reindeer are so cute!!!

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    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  23. I didn’t know you could make Hostess products any better. The reindeer are adorable and this is so creative! Great job.

  24. Lisa Bristol says:

    These are such cute treats to make. I will have to add them to my bake list for the holidays.

  25. That is SO fun to use Ho Hos! Looks like a fun activity to do!

  26. These look so cute, especially the reindeer. If I won this gift card, I’d make sure that I picked up a Twinke in honor of Hostess as a sponsor.

  27. What a great way to revamp a boring treat! The reindeer are adorable!

  28. Soha MOlina says:

    These look s ooooo good.

  29. Pauline C. says:

    I love making themed food creations in all occasions! I think I should try to do something with Twinkie pie bars.

  30. Those Ho Ho Reindeer are so cute! That may be a project for our little Elf on the Shelf to whip up and leave for the kids one night! Fun!

  31. Omigosh, those reindeer are almost too cute to eat! What a fun idea!

  32. Andrea Williams says:

    I really love making fun and creative recipes for the kids, especially around the holidays. Thanks for some neat ones!

  33. The little reindeer are cute. I know these would be a hit at a holiday party. 🙂

  34. e michelle says:

    What a neat idea about the reindeer but they look a little sad would have to put maybe a licorace smile or something on them!

  35. Now I’m craving a HoHo! And even more intrigued by Twinkie Sweet Potato Bars!

  36. These BOTH look so delicious! I want those Twinkie bars first!

  37. christina aliperti says:

    Those look so delicious, I’m drooling! And since it’s made with sweet potato they count as a vegetable, right? lol

  38. Jessica To says:

    I would love to try the Ho Ho Reindeer!

  39. Awwww such cute holiday ideas! Kids love making fun foodie crafts in the kitchen. I’ll have to pin these! Ho ho ho!

  40. Mmmmmmm, what yummy treats. I’ll be making gingerbread with my kids this week.

  41. What fun holiday treats! My kids would LOVE to make these!

  42. I think I really like them all.Looks a lot easier
    than rolling out cookies..The reindeer look to be
    my favorite.I think if I could find the coconut snow balls,
    I would be making some of the others.

  43. These are so wonderful, I love the idea of making these with my kiddos. I bet they would have a blast making them. I am so not creative in this area with baking…

  44. These reindeer are sooooooooo cute!!
    And the Twinkies are mouth-watering 🙂 Definitely my kind of heavenly treat

  45. Linda Bradshaw says:

    This sounds interesting. I would be willing to give it a try.

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