Friday, December 16, 2011

Chocolate Peppermint Snowflakes

It's snowing a sweet storm of chocolates in my corner of the world! I've been enjoying this holiday season by squeezing in some kitchen time and I recently made these Chocolate Peppermint Snowflakes for coworkers. (They're getting quite spoiled by me these past few weeks!) It's all about the presentation since the ever popular holiday treat, peppermint bark gets a creative look. When you bite into these snowflakes, you'll get a layer of rich chocolate topped with white chocolate with bits of crushed candy canes floating about. I seriously need to make more because they're super addicting, aside from being super cute...

While many folks go nuts over Black Friday shopping deals, I'm all about shopping the day after Christmas to snatch up things I can use for the next year. That's when I purchased a whole bunch of snowflake cookie cutters on clearance. I knew eventually I'd use them somehow. When I dug up our holiday stuff, I remembered all about my snowflake cookie cutters along with a printed recipe for peppermint bark tucked in the same bag. Then it call came back to me. Last year I came across the idea of making peppermint bark in cookies cutters to give as gifts. I thought it was such a great idea that I knew I had to make it for this year. Rather than buying the pre-packaged set, I decided to get some cookie cutters, peppermint bark ingredients and package them up myself!

This recipe is very easy and is great to make with the kids. They can help crushing candy canes and even filling the cookie cutters with the layers of chocolate... not to mention help with wrapping them up! Note - these work best using metal cookie cutters. The plastic ones just don't work as nicely.


Chocolate Peppermint Snowflakes
recipe from Wilton

2 (14oz) bag dark cocoa candy melts
2 (14oz) bag white candy melts
3-4 regular sized candy canes, crushed up fine
12 small metal snowflake cookie cutters
2 disposable quart sized plastic storage (Ziploc) bags

Place cookie cutters on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Melt the dark cocoa candy melts in per package directions. Transfer melted candy into a quart sized storage bag. Using the filled bag as a pastry or decorating bag, snip a small corner to allow chocolate to come out of. Carefully squeeze out the chocolate into the bottom of each cookie cutter, dividing the chocolate equally. Allow to set.

Meanwhile, melt the white candy melts in per package directions. Stir in the crushed candy canes and then transfer melted candy into a quart sized storage bag. Using the filled bag as a pastry or decorating bag, snip a small corner to allow peppermint candy melts to come out of. Carefully squeeze out the peppermint candy melts on top of the chocolate layer inside each of the snowflakes, dividing the peppermint candy melts equally. Allow to set.

Once the candy has firmed up, carefully twist the cookie cutters to remove them from the baking sheet. They will come off easy once they have been set completely.

Package the chocolate filled cookie cutter as desired. To eat, pop out the chocolate from the cookie cutter and dig in! (They will come out easily with very little resistance).

Chocolate Peppermint Snowflakes