December 14, 2022 18 notes
Put down the butter! Time for peppermint candy ornaments.
Is it the craft or is it the food? I’m not sure exactly – but I like the concept.
I’m always on the lookout for holiday traditions that don’t involve cookies. Check out my Pomander Balls or Strawberry Santa Hats for some other fun ideas.
Anyone who has some cookie cutters and peppermints (or other hard candy) can make these. Think of these peppermint candy canes as DIY candy canes.
Why do they make this?
- they are cheap.
- One ingredient and you’re done.
- You won’t be tempted to eat 20.
How many can you possibly eat? Plus, you have a breath freshener ready to use after your coffee. Just suck your tree.
You can also make these with other hard candies if you want some other colors and shapes. I think you can make all kinds of fun designs with different colors of candy.
To hang these on your tree, poke the ornament with a skewer or chopstick immediately after baking (while they’re still soft) to make a hole for the ribbon.
Don’t miss this window as you will need a power drill to make the hole after it hardens. Watch my video which will show you the whole process.
Last year my kids loved making these because they got a chance to play with the candy and you can make a bunch of different shapes. We didn’t try to keep them this year because of a bit of an ant problem.
These also make great quick gifts for people you want to make smile (and for people who are trying to avoid the great cookie flow). I don’t have a problem with cookies – it’s just the amount we inhale. I
Have you made peppermint candy ornaments? how did this happen?
Peppermint Candy Ornaments
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Spray oven-safe, metal cookie cutters with nonstick cooking spray, then place on a cookie baking sheet. Fill each cookie cutter with peppermint candies. Break the candy into pieces to fill in smaller areas.
- Bake in oven at 350°F for 3-9 minutes until candy melts into cookie cutter shapes.
- Remove from oven and allow candy to harden. Poke with a toothpick or skewer to make holes for hanging. Then spread cookie cutters out to remove candy “ornaments.”
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