Chocolate covered strawberries are turned into festive holiday treats with this fun twist - just some candy coating, sprinkles, and a store-bought cookie base and your strawberries are transformed into darling Christmas trees.
Rinse strawberries and gently pat them dry. Make a clean slice from the base of each strawberry to remove the stem and create a base for the bottom of the strawberry “tree.”
Place candy melts in the top pan of a double boiler. Heat over simmering water, stirring frequently, until candy melts are smooth. Remove from over the simmering water. Dry the bottom of the pan with a dishtowel.
Use a toothpick or fork to dip the strawberry into the candy melt mixture. Tap off the excess candy from the strawberry. Use a second fork to lift the strawberry from the dipping tool and onto the center of a cookie. You can also place a small dollop of the melted candy onto the center of the cookie before setting the cut side of the strawberry down.
Sprinkle nonpareils over the dipped strawberry and place a star on top before the candy hardens.
Reheat candy melts as needed to keep the mixture dippable.
Chocolate covered strawberry trees should be eaten the same day, preferably within a few hours. Dipped strawberries do not keep well. Also, if the strawberries are not fully coated in candy, the strawberry juice will eventually seep down into the cookie, making it soggy.