Introduction: Edible Christmas Coal

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Traditionally coal is given to kids on the "naughty list" at Christmas time instead of presents. Christmas coal can also be a great white elephant gift snuck into stockings and under the tree to bring a laugh to the holiday season. Often edible christmas coal comes in the form of licorice or has a licorice flavor--a flavor that is either loved or hated. Using Oreos instead, this Instructable is a new take on edible Christmas coal to share with everyone this holiday season at a holiday party or as a sneaky stocking surprise.

Step 1: Ingredients

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You'll Need the Following:

  • 1 Package of Regular Oreos
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter (1/2 stick)
  • 4 Cups Mini Marshmallows


  • Glass 8" Baking Square Dish
  • Stovetop Pan
  • Wax Paper (optional)
  • Wooden Spoon

Step 2: Grind Your Oreos

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Grind your Oreos in a food processor until they are finely and evenly ground. Depending on the size of your food processor you may have to work in batches. When your oreos are evenly ground, place them in a bowl and set aside.

If you do not have a food processor, you can place the Oreos in a large ziplock bag and smash them with a rolling pin.

Step 3: Prepare Your Pan

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Butter the inside of your glass pan in preparation for your coal making. You'll want to generously butter the pan as that will allow your coal to easily slide out once it's set.

Step 4: Melt Butter

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Place your half stick of butter in a pan on the stove over low to medium heat. Melt all of your butter. Stir occasionally to prevent the butter from burning.

Step 5: Marshmallows

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Once your butter has melted, add your marshmallows. Stir constantly to prevent burning as your marshmallows melt. Continue to heat and stir until your marshmallows have completely melted and the consistency is uniform and liquid. Once smooth and liquid, remove your marshmallow mixture from the heat.

Step 6: Combine

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Pour your melted marshmallows into your ground Oreos. Mix thoroughly. The mixture will become sticky and harder to mix, you only have to mix until evenly combined.

Step 7: Press

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Transfer your coal mixture to your greased pan. Press down into the pan until the surface is even. You can press down with your hands, the back of the spoon, or with a piece of wax paper.

Allow your coal to cool for 20 minutes at least at room temperature.

Step 8: Cut

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Once your coal has solidified and cooled you can cut it up. Using a butter knife, divide your coal into 1" (2.54 cm) cubes to make them realistic as coal pieces. If you really wanted to you could pinch the corners until you had a realistic coal briquet shape.

Step 9: Serve

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You're done. Serve your coal pieces at your next holiday party or package them up and place them in someone's stocking!



bigjohn1a made it! (author)2016-06-12

Almost everyone I gave coal to loved it. I found out that my first batch was the best because I accidentally used Double Stuffed.
It also helps if you don't accidentally add too many mallows. It comes out like a thick taffee. Still good though. Oh, yeah, generic cookies works too.

AbleApril (author)2015-12-20

I bet you could get them even darker if you use Nabisco's "Famous Chocolate Wafers". They are essentially the chocolate cookie part without filling!

ljhtg (author)2015-12-14

It says 1 Package of Regular Oreos but not the package size or roughly how many cookies to use. As our Oreo packaging does not look like that I would like to know how many cookies to use or if you could tell me how much the ground up end result will be, one cup, 2 cups??? Looking forward to giving this a try.

candypatt (author)ljhtg2015-12-14

Looks like 14.3 oz. on the package in the picture.

ljhtg (author)candypatt2015-12-17

Got it thank you. I don't buy oreos and didn't realize the package had changed. Apparently it is exactly as pictured. :-) I made them and they are delicious.

ljhtg made it! (author)2015-12-17

Such chewy deliciousness! I decided to take some other suggestions and instead of putting them in a pan molded these into chunks instead so they looked more like pieces of coal.

JasonJ53 (author)2015-12-15

I wish You'll a better tips and articles that can make another people live.. i like to read this' article and i think this is "good". thank you

TinyBotics (author)2015-12-14

Tagged "healthy"... I wish :).

Kreat0r (author)2015-12-14

very creative!

Tazz00 (author)2015-12-13

Something to try out

nanaverm (author)2015-12-13

This is like Rice Krispy Treats but with Oreos instead. Great idea, especially if it was shaped more rock-like.

KROKKENOSTER (author)2015-12-13

What an idea! This is just what we need for earned mischief!! Imagine hiding them among real coal!! You know the real and dare friends to eat coal!! You eat one before their very eyes

mrsnone (author)2015-12-13

I bet this would be even cooler instead of making squares.. to make uneven shaped balls and make them actually LOOK like lumps of coal! So I didn't see any steps for baking... the 'cool' time.. is that just because the marshmallow mixture is warm?

Gairuntee (author)mrsnone2015-12-13

Yes! There's an instructable around here somewhere about making silicone moulds. Make a mould of a lump of coal and use the mould it to shape your treats! Instant party hit.

dudes (author)2015-12-11

I've been looking for this recipe for so long! I made these a while ago, but couldn't remember how to do it. And they are amazing!

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