Introduction: Alligator Bread (aka Nomsters)

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Every party (Superbowl and otherwise) ought to have some kind of bread  - and it's a bonus if the bread looks particularly vicious. Using store-bought bread dough (or homemade if you prefer), you can quickly and easily make awesome bread shaped like alligators (or other delicious creatures like Turtle Biscuits).

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

  • Store-bought refrigerated French bread dough (or homemade dough if you prefer) - you'll need one tube of dough per every two alligators you'd like to make
  • Raisins or dried cranberries (one per every alligator)
  • Egg beaten with a little water (optional - for egg wash, if using)
  • Sheetpan
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife

Step 2: Pop and Form

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Pop open and unwrap dough
  3. Divide dough in half and cut two slices off of each half
  4. Form each of the halves of dough into a rope approximately 12 inches long. One end should be slightly blunt, the other should taper to a point
  5. Form each of the slices into a thin rope approximately 5 inches long

Step 3: Getting Scaley

  1. Place each of the longer "body" ropes on your baking sheet, curving the tapered end up slightly into a "J" shape
  2. Gently lift the body and place the legs underneath so that there are two legs on each side
  3. Using scissors, make small cuts all along the top of the body to form small points
  4. Cut a raisin or dried cranberry in half and press into the head portion to form eyes
  5. Bake approximately 22 minutes or until lightly browned (note: if you'd like, you can brush an egg beaten with a little water over your breads before baking to give them a nice shine)
  6. Enjoy!
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