My turn! I can’t say I’m really a very good cook. However, I am a decent baker. This time of year is really when I want to make and bake. This little project involves both! I started making Peppermint Bark last year. I saw it in the stores, knew I could do it myself for a lot less $$. As it turns out, I was right! It’s easy and delicious, but I just never liked how it wasn’t pretty. I get it, it’s bark and you just break it off…but I like things nice and tidy…and pretty. This year I’m making Pretty Peppermint Bark for Day 3 of the 12 Days Blog Hop and it’s also my December feature for Woodlands Family Magazine!
What you’ll need…
Chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips)
White candy chips, white chocolate chips, or almond bark
Cover the cookie sheet with wax paper. Lay the cookie cutters on the wax paper.
Melt the chocolate chips according to the directions. On a side note, I melt my chocolate chips in a disposable candy making bag (similar to a decorating bag) that I picked up at the craft store. I put the chips in the bag, twist the top, and melt the chips on half power in the microwave. After the chips are melted, I snip the end to squeeze out the chocolate. I filled each cookie cutter with a layer of chocolate, making sure to fill in all of the nooks and the keep the cookie cutter from moving around on the wax paper. Don’t worry about making the layer pretty, it will be covered up with the next layer. Pop the entire cookie sheet in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
The next layer is white…candy chips, chocolate chips, or almond bark work. I used candy chips and I melted them the same way I did the chocolate chips. Then I filled each cookie cutter individually, making sure to sprinkle crushed peppermint immediately after filling the layer. Press slightly on the crushed peppermint to settle. Pop the cookie sheet in the freezer again for about 10 minutes. The peppermint bark will slip out of the cookie cutters with a gentle push.
Included in the 12 Days Grab Bag is this quick and easy printable for packaging your Pretty Peppermint Bark.