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Year of the Horse Cookies

Year of the Horse Cookies Activity

See more activities in: Third Grade, Chinese New Year

The Chinese zodiac is made up of 12 different animals. Each year is ruled by an animal, and 2014 happens to be the year of the horse. It is believed that individuals born under the horse sign are likely to be popular and energetic, but they can also be very stubbon. Help your child create some delicious horse cookies to celebrate everyone born in the year of the horse!

What You Need:

  • Nutter Butter cookies
  • Small, round cookies (we used Nilla Waffers)
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Slivered almonds
  • Red licorice
  • Bowls
  • Microwave
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Plastic baggies
  • Wax paper 
  • Toothpick

What You Do:

  1. Pour milk chocolate chips into the bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave for 20 second intervals, mixing in between, until melted.
  2. Help your child to use the spoon to dip the nutter butter cookies in the melted milk chocolate, making sure to coat each cookie completely. Set them on the wax paper.
  3. For each horse cookie: Cut a slivered almond in half to make ears for the horses. Let your child stick the ears in the chocolate on the top of the horses' heads. Let dry.
  4. Melt the white chocolate chips the same way you did the milk chocolate chips. Once melted, pour the white chocolate into the plastic bag, snipping a tiny bit of the corner off to create a piping bag.
  5. With the piping bag, help your child to design the horse's eyes. Use the remaining melted milk chocolate and a toothpick to add pupils.
  6. Use the white chocolate piping bag to add hair to the top of the horse’s head.
  7. Using the melted white chocolate as glue, affix the mini Nilla cookie on the bottom half of the nutter butter to create the horse’s nose. Add nostrils with melted milk chocolate if desired.
  8. Cut the red licorice to an appropriate length to create the horse’s bridle. Help your child attach it with melted chocolate.
  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 until all of the cookies are complete.
  10. Allow the cookies to dry on the wax paper.

Share these yummy equines with friends and family and wish them a prosperous year!

Updated on Aug 29, 2014
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