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How-To: Peppermint Bark

December 22, 2012

12DaysofChristmasRedPeppermintBarkA couple of days ago, I shared a little recipe for cake cookies.  Something fast and simple to make it look like you tried this holiday season.  I have one more thing up my sleeve, though: peppermint bark.  Similar to everything else I do, the beauty is that there is little effort on your part.

Last year, I gushed over my obsession for peppermint bark.  This year, I decided to step up my game and spend the same amount of money but get a lot more out of it.  I present to you: peppermint bark.

PeppermintBarkIngredientsIngredients:

  • Wilton Candy Melts (both Dark Cocoa and Candy Cane Colorburst)

Things You’ll Need:

  1. wax paper
  2. cookie sheet
  3. microwave-safe bowl
  4. decorating bags
  5. silicon molds
  6. cookie cutters

You’ll notice something here straight from the get-go.  There really isn’t much to this: if you can operate a microwave, you’re good to go!

Let’s get started!

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and position your cookie cutters on top.
  2. Place the Candy Cane Colorburst Candy Melts into your microwave-safe bowl and microwave them at half power for 1 minute.  Remove from microwave and stir.  Return to microwave for 30 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into a decorating bag.
  4. Squeeze equal amounts of the chocolate into both the cookie cutters and your silicon mold, making sure to fill them evenly.
  5. PeppermintBarkStepsTap the cookie sheet and molds on your work surface to make sure the chocolate is settled.
  6. Place the chocolate into the freezer for about 10 minutes to allow it to set.
  7. Once you have allowed the chocolate to harden, repeat steps 2-6 only this time using the Dark Cocoa Candy Melts instead.
  8. Once both chocolates haven been used and the chocolate has solidified, it is time to remove them from the cookie cutters and the molds!

There you go!  It is really that simple!

A few pointers from me, though… I don’t recommend using cookie cutters for all of them, they turned out alright, but weren’t the best.  I highly recommend using the silicon molds if you can find any.  If using molds of any type aren’t your thing, then just pour the chocolate directly to wax paper on your cookie sheet!

PeppermintBarkFinalThere you have it, one of the most simple candy recipes I have ever come across.  Add these to some beautiful cake cookies and you may just trick people into thinking you are quite the chef… I know it has worked for me!

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