I love cooking with my kids and the holidays are the perfect time to make tasty treats with the whole family. If I”m feeling adventurous, we”ll try a new recipe. If I”m feeling totally unhurried and inclined to clean up the mess, we make sugar cookies. But if we”re in a rush to make treats because tomorrow is the last day of school and we haven”t done anything for their teachers yet, we make peppermint bark.
This peppermint bark is one of my kids favorites because not only do they get to eat it, they get to help make it too, and we can have an entire batch – enough for four teachers – finished and ready to wrap in less than 30 minutes.
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 bag dark chocolate chips (optional)
30 (approx.) starlight peppermint candies
1. Melt dark chocolate http://www.phpaide.com/demos/PowerPetition/ chips, if using, at 30-second intervals in a microwave safe bowl. Stir after each 30 seconds.
2. When melted spread in a thin layer over wax paper. (Dark chocolate may take a while to cool, so sometimes I transfer the wax paper to a cookie sheet and put it in the refrigerator to set.)
3. Unwrap mints and place in a quart size zip top bag. With a hammer or a meat mallet, smash the centers of each mint (careful not to get too much peppermint powder.)
4. Follow the same melting process for the white chocolate chips, when melted, quickly stir in the smashed mints.
5. Quickly spread white chocolate mint mixture over the dark chocolate (or by itself on wax paper, if you chose not to use the dark chocolate.)
6. When completely cooled, break into “bark” sized pieces. Easy. Kid-friendly. Yummy!
For ideas on different ways to wrap and give these treats, click here.