Thursday, December 22, 2011

Peppermint Bark and Christmas Crack

So are y'all sick of Christmas cookie recipes yet?

Well today I've got two super easy candy recipes for you! A pretty tin filled with either of these homemade candies would be the perfect thing to bring as a hostess gift to any holiday gatherings you might be attending in the next few days...or just to make an munch on as you finish wrapping presents, whatever. I don't generally make candy during the holidays, as you've probably noticed cookie baking is more my thing, but I thought I'd mix things up a little bit!

How cute is this little snowman bowl?!
Peppermint Bark is a holiday classic, but it's something that my mom usually buys during the holidays and we always eat tons of it. I just happened to have some white bakers chocolate and extra candy canes in my cupboard so I thought I'd try making my own. I was originally going to use this recipe that I saw over on one of my favorite blogs, ended going off of this very similar recipe here because I didn't feel like going to buy peppermint extract just to use for this one recipe. I changed the quantities slightly, and I used semi-sweet chocolate chips for the chocolate layer and but used Baker's chocolate for the white chocolate layer because that's what I had on hand. I thought the bark tasted really minty and delicious without the peppermint extract, and it's something I'll definitely be making again!

Peppermint Bark

12 oz. Bakers White Chocolate Baking Squares (2 boxes)
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (I guestimated a little bit on this because I was trying to use up a few half bags of chocolate chips I had I my cupboard!)
8 candy canes, crushed (I used red and green ones because they're my favorite!)

Melt the dark chocolate as above, and spread out on a lined baking sheet. Put in the fridge to cool completely, about an hour. Melt the white chocolate and stir in the peppermint bits. Spread out on top of the hardened dark chocolate. Put back in the fridge for at least an hour. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Christmas Crack was another new candy recipe I tried out this year. After seeing pictures of it on Pinterest, I was really intrigued by the concept. I love things that are salty and sweet, and I just happened to have some Saltines leftover from Thanksgiving. I originally saw the recipe here, but then right before I was going to make it I noticed it on another one of my favorite food blogs, with very detailed instructions. Just follow the steps and it should come out perfectly! This stuff is extremely rich and sweet, a great gift to share! 

Christmas Crack
1 cup unsalted butter (no margarine allowed)
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
40 saltine crackers

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Lay a flat layer of crackers out on the foil. Melt the sugar and butter until a boil is reached. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely dissolved. Pour this mixture over the crackers and spread to coat evenly. Bake for 5-8 minutes, or until the toffee becomes bubbly. After removing the pan from the oven, let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips, let them soften and melt, and then spread them into an even layer. (You can add nuts, cracker crumbs, or whatever else floats your boat at this point.) Let cool and, if desired for expediting purposes, refrigerate until hardened. Break into pieces the size of your choice. I personally prefer a hand-sized chunk.

Later today I'll be sharing exactly what I did with all of those cookies I made...see you then! Xoxo


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