12.15.2010

{ the last minute teacher/neighbor gift - peppermint theme }

Peppermint or Wintergreen? I usually pick Wintergreen, but when it's Christmas, there's nothing like good, old-fashioned, Peppermint.

Here's a few ideas for the last minute shoot-I-forgot-the-so-and-so's, brought to you by the Classic Christmas Flavor: Peppermint.

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Large Marshmallows
Hard Peppermint Candies
Powder Sugar
Milk
Hot Cocoa

Crush peppermint candies. Mix powder sugar and milk together until slightly runny. Dip half of the marshmallow in the 'frosting' then roll in crushed candies. Place on cookie sheet until dry.

Here's where you can get creative:

Place some hot cocoa powder in a Mason jar, then fill the remaining jar with Peppermint Mallows. {This would also be cute if you had the patience to dip mini marshmallows}

Place toothpicks inside the non-candied end of the marshmallow, then place in cellophane bags with individual packets of hot cocoa.

Or if you run out of cellophane bags halfway through, use a quart sized Ziploc, then place your Christmas card in an envelope and staple or tape it to the top to cover up the glorious blue zipper seal. You could also print and fold this over the top:
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And here's another recipe for all you peppermint lovers out there:

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1 16.5 oz package ready to bake sugar cookie dough
{or make your own}
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup crushed hard peppermint candies

1: Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x9" baking pan with tin foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. 2: Press dough evenly into bottom of pan. 3: Bake 18-20 min. and remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Bake 3-4 min. longer, or until marshmallows are puffed. Sprinkle with crushed candy and cool completely {about 1 hr} 4: To serve, lift foil with uncut bars from pan. Place on cutting board. Dip knife in hot water and cut into 9 large squares.


And there you go! Just a couple simple ideas for the Holidays. Do you have a favorite peppermint recipe? I'd love to hear about it! And let me know of all the other cute ways you come up with to present these delicious treats!

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Here's to eating junk, but having great smelling breath!
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xoxo
jordan

PS: Yes, I too, have gained 12.5 pounds just by reading this. 'Tis the season, right? ;)

5 post a comment :

Kelly said...

So we just had a cookie exchange out here and I made white cake mix cookies, mixing crushed candy cane into the batter. Not as intricate as the bars, but still really marvelous. Though those bars have caused a bit of salivation.

Joni said...

these are perfect. i am definitely going to try the mallows! thanks for these great ideas.

Misty said...

Oh, how I wish one of these said Peppermint Powder! That is what we are giving to our neighbors.. for them to add in to their cocoa or on top of their cookies.

Very cute labels!

iamwoman said...

Good Lordy, I love these labels. We always make peppermint Marshmallows..but yours are darling!

Misty said...

I absolutely love the tag you made for me! Thanks again, it looks darling!!

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