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Peppermint Bark Recipe

Peppermint bark is a candy that typically comes out around Christmas time. I have been seeing different peppermint bark recipes over Pinterest lately and decided that I wanted to wanted to try and make it — just because it looks so pretty.

I’ve put off making peppermint bark a part of my Christmas candy lineup for a few years now, because I was under the impression that it was difficult to make. The truth is, this peppermint bark recipe is one of the easiest that I’ve ever made! Plus, who doesn’t love chocolate?

Peppermint Bark Recipe

Following a tradition started by my Grandmother, once Thanksgiving is over I put up my Christmas tree and begin making my Christmas cookies and candy.

We don’t exchange presents with the adults in my family during Christmas, but we usually do exchange candy trays and other food-related goodies amongst each other. Since I’ve never made peppermint bark before, I decided to do a test run. In addition to being a simple treat, this peppermint bark recipe doesn’t take very much time to make and there is little cleanup.

Peppermint bark recipe supplies:

  • 8 oz. Dark Chocolate Candy Melts (Or Chocolate Chips)
  • 8 oz. Peppermint Candy Melts
  • 2 Disposable Decorating Bags
  • Wax Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Cookie Cutters (I used 5 large Snowflake cutters)
  • Scissors
  • Paring Knife
  • Microwave

Peppermint bark recipe instructions:

Line cookie sheet with wax paper and place cookie cutters on top.

Place dark chocolate candy melts into one of the disposable decorating bags and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove bag and knead chocolate with your hands. Place back in the microwave for 15 seconds intervals, kneading between each time. Repeat until all chocolate inside the bag is melted.

Cut the tip of the decorating bag using your scissors. Be prepared to begin working immediately, as cutting the tip will allow the chocolate to rush to the tip.

Pipe the chocolate into the bottom of the cookie cutters. Don’t worry about it leaking out the bottom, just be sure to add enough to coat the entire bottom with chocolate. To even the chocolate out, tap the cookie cutter against the bottom of the cookie sheet.

Place in the refrigerator for 2 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.

Fill your other disposable decorating bag with the peppermint candy melts. Microwave the chocolate in the bag for 30 seconds the first time, removing to knead the chocolate with your hands directly afterward. Repeat the process that you did with the dark chocolate of microwaving for 15 seconds and kneading the bag in-between until all of the chocolate is melted.

Remove the cookie sheet from the refrigerator to prepare for adding the second layer of chocolate. By this time, your first layer will be hard so you can lift the cookie cutters off of the wax paper. This will make it easier to tap them when you add the peppermint candy to even out the top.

Cut off the tip of your disposable decorating bag containing the peppermint chocolate.

Carefully pipe the peppermint chocolate on top of the dark chocolate, being careful to get it into the nooks and crannies of the cookie cutter so that it will look even once hardened. Once the second layer is poured, tap the cookie cutter using a little bit of force to even out the top of the peppermint chocolate layer.

Place cookie sheet back into the refrigerator until chocolate is completely hardened. I believe I waited 10 minutes this time (I’m impatient).

Remove from refrigerator and press down the cookie cutters with force onto the cookie sheet. This will cut through the chocolate that may have leaked out the bottom and allow you to remove the excess while still maintaining the shape.

Press the candy out of the cookie cutter and use a knife to trim off any edges that may have formed from the chocolate on the top of the candy.

We hope you enjoyed this peppermint bark recipe. For more holiday sweets, check out out these delicious recipes.

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What is your favorite Christmas candy?

Amanda Long

Amanda is a wife and mother of a 3-year old daughter. When she isn't blogging at Midwestern Moms, she keeps herself busy with unique craft projects, baking, or reading a good book.

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