Cheerios Fluffy Sheep – I mean how cute are these?! A special Easter lunch box treat, made from Cheerios, marshmallow, grapes and raisins.
Now as the recipe says, you could make 6 little sheep, or if feeling really brave, you could make one large centre piece sheep. If you do go for the large centre piece sheep, I would advise that you may need to have the sheep lying down possibly! His tummy might fall down.
At a glance, these are the ingredients you need to make these cute cheerio fluffy sheep:
Hopefully you will have most of these items in your store cupboard but if not, do not worry. We can always substitute.
What do I do if I don’t have all the ingredients?
You could make these fluffy sheep with rice crispies and not cheerios. These can also be made without the dessicated coconut. The dessicated coconut is just to roll the sheep in to give them that all over white fluffiness.
The white chocolate chips I did not use as I had little tubes of icing pens to “glue” the eyes on and had readymade eyes. Most of the elements (head, ears, legs) can be secured together with the cocktail sticks.
Our top tips to make these super quick:
1 pop the moulded bodies in the fridge to chill quickly.
2 before assembly, pop the raisins on the cocktail sticks ready and snap down to the required length of leg. Then tease them into the body and space them out so the sheep can stand up on all fours.
3 for the eyes, if you don’t have the ones we used, then follow the recipe and melt the chocolate, but if you are short of time, we recommend you buy the edible eyes. The ones we found are made by Wiltons but I am sure other good cake making companies will do them. We then “glued” these on with the edible tubes of icing. Again if you are short of time, this is a really quick and easy solution to get your sheep all decorated and ready.
We baked these again at the weekend during lockdown to keep the kids entertained and amused. Unless I measured out the cheerios wrongly, the cheerio fluffy sheep recipe actually makes 12 sheep! (Each body part is moulded in the cup of your hand or between two desert spoons for a smoother finish).
The fiddly bit is the legs, so if you are doing this as an activity with the kids, they will need help at this point to get the sheep to stand up properly. Also be careful with the sharp cocktail sticks.
At the weekend, with the sheep with larger bodies, we left off the legs and pretended they were lying down in the field, having a rest! It did get a bit tense in our household!
Having a mix of standing and lying down sheep we feel made the look all the more authentic, adding more interest in the final display we created!
To finish off the setting, sprinkle the green coloured dessicated coconut on a plate or if you don’t have the green colouring, you could use a green plate or serviette.
It’s a bit of trial and error adding a few drops of green food colouring to make the grass.
If you really don’t have anything green for the grass, you could simply display on a platter, white, or cream or beige. Or even use a beige or brown cloth so it looks like a muddy field.
Then carefully place the sheep in the field you have created. And voila.
So to the recipe…
Cheerios Fluffy Sheep
- 40 g Butter
- 20 Large Marshmallows
- 160 g Cheerios
- 40 g Desiccated coconut
- 6 Black Grapes
- 50 g Raisins
- 24 Currants
- 50 g White Chocolate
- Place the butter and the marshmallows in a microwavable bowl, and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
- Stir in the Cheerios and until fully coated.
- Using the tablespoons tightly form mounds of the mixture to make the bodies of the sheep. Slide onto prepared sheet or board. Dredge with coconut. Leave until firm.
- To make the legs take half a cocktail stick and thread on raisins, repeat to make 24.
- To assemble, push 4 legs into each body shape, stand upright, push in a half cocktail stick for the head and attach a grape to make the head.
- Break the white chocolate into small pieces, and microwavable on medium in 20 seconds blasts, stirring every time, until melted, but not hot.
- Use the melted chocolate to make 2 dots on each head to make the eyes and push in a currant to form the pupils. Use a little melted chocolate to attach 2 currants to make the ears.
- Serve on a bed of green coloured coconut to create a grass effect
As we have made these fluffy sheep many a time, we experimented with other animals. So do check back for our Ratatouille movie inspired rats coming soon! We made Remy and Emile for fun!
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