little christmas puddings

I love Christmas and I just love Christmas recipes. I was saying on facebook yesterday how I buy almost every magazine in the lead up to Christmas so I don’t miss out on any recipe or present ideas. And I’m such a sucker for my old faithful recipes that I make without fail every year – rocky road, fruit mince pies, rum balls and Christmas cake. But every year I like to try a couple of new recipes and see if they go down well with the taste testers here. But I do get in trouble from retro daddy because I start making all the christmas goodies too early for him. I remind him that it’s not my fault if he keeps eating them!

I’ve always seen these little puddings in magazines and they look so cute and I decided it’s time to make my own. And they are so easy I’m wondering why I haven’t made them before. I’ll definitely be doing these every year. It’s up to you whether you want to cover them in dark chocolate. I like them either way and now have a huge batch in my fridge. They’d be so cute to giveaway too.

Give these a go and tell me what you think! Or maybe you already make these and have a few variations you’d love to show! Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

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little christmas puddings
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perfect to give away as a little present - if you can bear to part with them.
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 24
What you'll need
  • 1 Christmas pudding (about 700grams)
  • a good splosh of brandy/whisky (optional)
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted (optional)
  • 150g white chocolate, melted
  • small bag of glace cherries (red and green)
  1. Break up the fruit pudding in a large bowl and add a good splosh of brandy or a spirit. This is optional..
  2. With damp hands roll about a tablespoonful of mixture into a ball and place on a lined baking tray or large plate.
  3. Pop in freezer for about 30 minutes until firm.
  4. Meanwhile cut your cherries into small pieces and assemble them on a plate to look like holly.
  5. If you'd like your puddings covered in dark chocolate then melt in the microwave. I pop mine in a big glass bowl and put it on medium for 2½ minutes and stir it a few times inbetween.
  6. Dip each ball in chocolate and set back on tray/plate. Repeat with all the balls and place back in freezer for another 20 minutes or so.
  7. Melt white chocolate and drizzle a little bit over the top of each ball and top with a tiny bit of red cherry and 2 bits of green cherry.
  8. Refrigerate until needed.



  1. Kathryn Broomhall says:

    Hi, I love this recipe. Have you seen the cheat’s version?
    Using chocolate royale biscuit by arnotts, a drop of icing sugar and little bits of chopped green and red snake for the ivy. My children love to eat this one and compete with the Fabric Dude, (the daddy) to eat them. I mostly have to buy two or three packets of the royale’s and hide two so that there are actually some to decorate.
    i love your blogs. Thanks for the entertainment

    • A cheat’s version? Awesome! I don’t like Christmas pudding, so this little trick sounds like a winner, because they do look adorable…!

  2. These little puddings will be a winner every time you put them out … I have been doing them for years now and everyone loves them … a winner … my version .. uses a Coles fruit cake crumbled and a little fruit mince … but the finised little puddng i the same …
    Happy stitching, P

  3. Love these! I have made similar ones before but use Mallow puff biscuits for the base as they have that lovely rounded Christmas pudd shape. I’m a huge Christmas fan. Can’t wait to put up my tree and decorate the house. Merry Christmas!

  4. I love these! But version uses dark fruit cake crumbled and apple juice (but for adult version I use whisky) so good! They always go super fast!

  5. Oh these look gorgeous! And yummy too. Such an easy thing to prepare if you’ve got people popping round or you’ve got to “take a plate”! I think I’ll be putting them on the list.

  6. They look great! So christmas time!

  7. Hi Corrie, I make these every year, I use chopped up raspberries and mint leaves though (they taste better!) and mix a tip top christmas cake with a madiera cake, some melted butter & fruit mince (brandy too for the adults!) and then its a very similar process.
    You have me excited to make some christmas goodies… not long to go now!

  8. These are great arnt they. Great to whip up for a gift.
    We make them up with fruit juice instead of the brandy and red and green snakes chopped up for the holly on top.
    Nice and kid friendly, they are a winner at school Christmas parties!

  9. Hi, my mum always used chocolate cake, soaked the raisins or sultanas in alcohol for a couple of hours, chop red glace cherries, she used melted chocolate to the mix, after they are mixed and shaped into balls the white chocolate is dribbled over the top keeping a little back for the base which is then stuck to a white choc, button and the small pieces of red and cherrie are then added to the top

  10. These look so good! Have to add them to the list. Yummy

  11. These look so good! Have to add them to the list. Yummy, do I have to share?

  12. I’ve made these for the past few years – they are easy, look wonderful & everyone loves eating them. They’re on my list again for this year, along with rocky road, shortbread & fudge. Also going to try something new this year – crushing candy canes & mixing them through melted chocolate, spread out thin in a tray to set. Kids found the recipe & want to try it.

  13. Susan Leach says:

    I usually make these with Orange Juice if for children and Grand Marnier for adults, and love the spearmint leaves and raspberry lollies. They do keep for ages in the fridge if you use Grand Marnier, and perfect for filling up a christmas platter.

  14. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas :-) Perfect for teacher’s presents too! So cute, thanks Corrie!

  15. A friend introduced these to me. They are GOOD! I got too busy to chop up all those fiddly cherry things though. Now i just use red and green gel writers. Quick and mess-free.

  16. I made some of these a few years back as gifts, my friends loved them! You’ve inspired me to make some again this year :)

  17. Mama of 2 boys says:

    Oooo yummo Corrie! I would definitely smother mine in chocolate. Love me some Chrissy sweet treats. Thanks for sharing xo

  18. I made these for the first time last year to give to family and it was a huge hit! They look cute too.

  19. Yummy yum yum.Thanks for putting the recipe up. My mum travels over 80 kms to buy these every year, now I can surprise her and make a batch. Thanks

  20. Wondering about adding mini chocolate chips to the mix. Anyone tried it?

  21. If you don’t like fruit cake, or fruit mince, try making chocolate balls instead – they look similar and would probably be more popular in some quarters (thinking kids and those who dislike “dried flies” like my MIL). The simplest way to make them is to process a pack of chocolate cream biscuits (e.g. Oreos) as you then don’t need to add any ‘binding’ material. Roll into balls and coat in whatever combination of chocolate you like, then add jelly sweets to decorate. Easy and yum!

  22. I make these when I have to bring a plate too. I use weetbix, dates, sultanas, big spoon of cocoa, a few squeezes of orange and blend in food processor. Roll in coconut and top with chocolate and snakes. I like the gel pen idea though!

  23. Absolutely live these little puddings. Originally tasted at a dear girlfriends place many years ago now, and I have made them.ever since! They are always a real hit!
    Have often pondered how long we can make them in advance or if we can freeze them.

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