Christmas Goodies

16 Dec

Every year I usually spend a day or two baking Christmas goodies with my mother, aunt, grandma and sisters. We would make everything from sugar cookies to caramels! This year was a little different since December has been busier than usual. With people moving, Family #2’s Christmas, etc… I didn’t make it home to bake. The past couple nights however, Kyle and I have been making some Christmas goodies of our own!

We made a fan favorite, Buckeyes, and also peppermint bark, which is new for me. It was Kyle’s idea to make it so I obliged and we made it! It was a lot easier than I expected it to be and turned out really good. I looked at a couple different recipes online just to see what they said but all included two main ingredients…white chocolate and peppermint pieces (go figure!). Those two are the only things we used too!

I purchased the vanilla flavored Almond Bark from Wal Mart(WM), it was significantly cheaper than buying Bakers Chocolate or Vanilla Chocolate Chips. I also bought the WM brand peppermint candies instead of buying candy canes. 1. Because I couldn’t find normal candy canes and 2. they were cheaper!

All you have to do to make the peppermint bark is melt the chocolate and add peppermint pieces. I used a double-boiler for this because I used the whole 1lb brick of Almond Bark. It also helps to cut your chocolate up into slivers so it melts easier. Sometimes I am impatient and have the tendency to burn chocolate in the microwave, so this way was much more effective.

I also melted half then added in the other half just so I didn’t crowd the bowl with a bunch of pieces. Once most of the chocolate is melted remove from the heat and keep stirring! Add in the crushed peppermint pieces, stir and spread on a metal baking sheet covered with wax paper.

I reserved some of the bigger pieces of crushed peppermint to put on top of the bark just to make it look a little fancier. Let it cool for a good half hour in the fridge or until completely hard. Then comes the fun part of breaking it all up. I kept mine in about 2 in x 2 in pieces. Some looked better than others, some are triangles, some are just weird shaped.

I had some left over chocolate from dipping buckeyes and some crushed peppermint so I made some milk chocolate peppermint bark. It wasn’t bad but I think I like it with white chocolate better.

This is the perfect gift to give friends, co-workers, hair dressers, mailman, the list goes on and on! You can put it in a decorative tin, pretty Christmas plate or just in a snack baggy with some ribbon.

Amy Marie

P.S. Coming soon…A present for the dog in your life!

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6 Responses to “Christmas Goodies”

  1. Rose Hartschuh December 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    The crockpot is also great for melting almond bark! Just be sure to put a little vegetable oil in with it, so it doesn’t stick to the sides. Stir often!

  2. Alisia Domer December 17, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I’m planning to make some this week! I had ordered some dove chocolate from a party and am planning to use that and their recipe. Which I think is a layer of dark chocolate and a layer of white chocolate with peppermints crushed up, or something like that! It’s my all time favorite but I’ve never made it!

  3. Alisia Domer December 20, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I need your recipe for those pretzel thingies…I love them! We LOVED your Christmas goodies! You are so kind!

    • Amy December 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Its sooo easy! I will post about it tomorrow during my lunch break…or just e-mail it to ya. Glad you enjoyed them!

  4. Ashley Abrams December 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I have enjoyed your 12 Crafts of Christmas so much!

    • Amy December 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

      Thanks Ashley! I’m glad people are actually reading it and its fun to document life in an interesting way!

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