Last night I went over to my parent’s house to do some good old fashioned holiday crafting with my mom. We sipped cocktails, ate take-out Italian, listened to Bing Crosby, and really got in the spirit of things! I had my heart set on making a peppermint serving tray, so while my mom perfected her party mix recipe, I got to unwrapping about a thousand peppermint candies. Okay, not a thousand. Maybe seventy-five.
After all the peppermints were unfurled from their individual wrapping, I set out to create a gorgeous pattern of candies on the baking sheet. The fantastic pattern I had in my mind, however, ended up looking a little like the continental United States (unintentionally). But never mind – into the oven it went! The little candies sloooooowly melted like wicked witches of the west, and in ten minutes out came a candy tray! Flat and shiny though it was, the shape of it was still looking a little funny, so I carefully rounded off a particular ugly corner with a hot knife.
Now, resembling something closer to a lovely oval shape, my pretty little tray can play host to a handful of fudgy treats and cookies! Or, wouldn’t it look especially festive under a few glasses of holiday bubbly? I think so!
– Cheap peppermint candies
– Parchment paper
– Cookie sheet
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the candies in whichever pattern and shape that you choose. Keep the candies separated just a wee bit, about a quarter of an inch, as shown. Once the oven is heated and ready, carefully place the baking sheet in the oven and set a timer for 7-10 minutes. Once the 7 minute mark has passed, keep a very close eye on the candies. Once you feel that they have melted together evenly and formed one solid sheet, pull them from the oven. Set the tray on a wire cooling rack. After about 5 or so minutes, very carefully peel the parchment paper off the candy tray. Don’t be upset if not all the parchment comes off – no one will see it anyway! Now, let the candy tray itself cool on the wire rack for the next couple of hours. At the end it should be hard and shiny and smooth, not sticky.
Five more days! What sort of holiday projects and treats have you had your hands in lately? xo