Edible Peppermint Tree Ornaments

Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:10 pm
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In the spirit of the season I decided to try to make some ornaments for our Christmas tree. I saw the basic concept on a TV show and I kind of took it and ran with it. It was actually fairly easy and I made 8 ornaments in less than an hour.

You will need: Bag of peppermint candy mints. Oven. Baking sheet. Parchment paper or Silpat. Non-stick spray. Cookie cutters. Metal spatula. Ribbon. And some type of round-ish, narrow device to make the holes for the tops of the ornaments. 

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Step 2: Place Silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Step 3: Place peppermint candies on the baking sheet about 1/4-inch apart, leaving about an inch border around the edges of the baking sheet to allow for expansion during melting.

Step 4: Place baking sheet in oven for 5-15 minutes. (On the TV show they said 5-7 minutes but mine took more like 12-15). Leave them in the oven (checking on them every 2 minutes or so) until they form one complete melted mass.

Step 5: While the candies are melting, spray some Christmas cookie cutters with non-stick spray.

Step 6: Remove melted candies from oven and immediately press the cookie cutters into the candies to make your shapes. Leave the cookie cutters in for a minute while the candies harden up ever so slightly.

Step 7: While the candies are soft, use something like a chopstick or a wooden dowel or I used the bulb end of a candy thermometer to form a little hole in the top of each shape for later placing the ribbon through for hanging the ornament.

Step 8: Here's where we get tricky. You have to remove the excess candy from around the shapes while the candy is still hot enough that it's pliable so that it can be pulled away from the shapes but not so hot that it is molten and will make a mess. It's a little tricky and you have to use your own judgement here. *Remember, you can always stick your baking sheet back in the oven for 2-3 minutes to get the candy to soften up again (I had to do this several times).

Step 9: After you pull away the excess candy, you are left with your ornaments on your Silpat or parchment paper. While it's still hot/warm, use a thin metal spatula, like a fish spatula, to gently (GENTLY!) remove the ornaments from the Silpat.

Step 10: Wait for the ornaments to cool completely. Then affix a ribbon to ornament and hang. You're done! Now you have a cute, edible ornament for your tree that took no time at all to make. 


I should add here that Ben had a great idea, which was if you were entertaining guests for the holidays, you could put one of these "ornaments" in everyone's cup of hot chocolate. How cute would that be?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:10 pmI really like this project. Fun and sweet and so festive! Merry Christmas!

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