Remember the cranberry, pecan, and olive oil quick bread I blogged about last week? Those beautiful little loaves of bread were a healthy homemade treat I made for my family for Christmas. I also made them some not-so-healthy treats too. Hey, everything in moderation, right? Moving on …
Since my brother and sister-in-law live in Kansas, our family Christmas celebration usually takes place a few days after the actual holiday. One benefit to this? Grabbing some extra gifts at post-Christmas prices. Case in point: these super cute Santa Claus trays from Michaels, which I filled with my homemade goodies and a few other assorted treats for a gift basket extraordinaire. Pretty adorable if I do say so myself!
One other steal? This equally adorable peppermint bark kit from Wilton, which immediately secured its place in my Christmas gift basket line-up. (Yep, this is where that not-so-healthy/everything in moderation part comes in.)
The Wilton kit contained everything I needed to make five peppermint bark snowflakes: snowflake cookie cutters, dark cocoa and peppermint candy melts, disposable decorating bags — even gift bags, tags, and ties to package each “snowflake” in.
In addition to being convenient, these peppermint bark snowflakes were incredibly easy — and quick — to make too … in about 30 minutes, I had delicious homemade treats for everyone in my family. I’d call that a Christmas win.
Don’t have a Wilton peppermint bark kit on hand? Don’t fret! You can easily make these peppermint bark snowflakes without one … and here’s how!
Peppermint Bark Snowflakes
Adapted from What’s Cookin’, Chicago
- 2 (12oz) bags Wilton dark cocoa candy melts
- 2 (12oz) bags Wilton white candy melts
- 25 peppermint candies, finely crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 10 small metal snowflake cookie cutters
- 2 16-inch disposable plastic decorating bags
1. Wash the cookie cutters with warm, soapy water; dry thoroughly.
2. Lightly spray the inside of the cookie cutters with a coat of baking spray. Place coated cookie cutters on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
3. Place the dark cocoa candy melts in a plastic decorating bag. Twist the top of bag closed, then place in the microwave. Warm the melts at 50% power in 30 second intervals, kneading the bag between intervals to distribute the heat and blend the melts together. Continue for a few intervals, until the melts have completely melted.
4. Remove the dark cocoa melts from the microwave, then snip off the tip of the decorating bag. Applying gentle pressure, squeeze the melts into the bottom of each cookie cutter, dividing equally and making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. Tap the cookie sheet gently on the counter to ensure the melts are spread out evenly. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.
5. Place the white candy melts in the remaining plastic decorating bag. Twist the top of bag closed, then place in the microwave. Warm the melts at 50% power in 30 second intervals, kneading the bag between intervals to distribute the heat and blend the melts together. Continue for a few intervals, until the melts have completely melted.
6. Remove the white melts from the microwave. Carefully open the bag, then add the crushed peppermint candies and the peppermint extract. Gently knead the bag to incorporate the peppermint throughout.
7. Snip off the tip of the decorating bag. Applying gentle pressure, squeeze the white melts into the cookie cutters, on top of the dark cocoa layer, again dividing equally and making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. Tap the cookie sheet gently on the counter once more to ensure the melts are spread out evenly. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to set.
8. Once the snowflakes are firm, gently remove the cookie cutters from the baking sheet. Package the peppermint bark-filled cookie cutter as desired. To eat, remove the peppermint bark from the cookie cutter by applying a small amount of pressure to the outermost points of the bark. Enjoy!
I love that the recipients of these peppermint bark snowflakes not only get a delicious treat, but they also get a cookie cutter as well. I think I’m going to mix it up a bit next year, using Christmas tree, gingerbread, and candy cane cookie cutters in place of the snowflakes. Who wouldn’t want to receive a trio of cookie cutters filled delicious peppermint bark? Good question … I know I would!
Speaking of good questions, why stop at Christmas? Grab yourself some football-shaped cookie cutters, fill them with layers of light cocoa and dark cocoa candy melts, then pipe on some white candy melt “laces” for a fabulous Superbowl treat!
Hmm, Valentine’s Day is coming up too … I wonder how many heart-shaped cookie cutters I can find?