Friday, December 18, 2009

Cookie Five: Peppermint Bark

In the spirit of the busy holiday season, my mom suggested that I make a treat that is extremely easy to make and doesn't take much time at all. These also make great gifts, if you bundle them up in a festive candy bag and tie with a cute ribbon. My gift to my coworkers this year is five extra pounds of insulation since it's been so cold in Atlanta (better them than me!), so I brought bags and bags of Peppermint Bark to work. We picked a few of our favorite allstar coworkers from different departments and went forth spreading holiday cheer. Nothing says we appreciate all you do for us like a minty fresh delectable.

Peppermint Bark
1 lb. white chocolate, in bricks/blocks/discs
1/4 lb. green and red peppermint chips

Spread a large sheet of aluminum foil across your counter. Melt 1 lb. white chocolate over a double boiler over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until completely melted. Mix in about 1/4 lb. green and red peppermint chips until chips are covered in chocolate (you can edit this amount to your liking, depending on how pepperminty you want your bark). Remove from heat and pour the mixture over the foil. Use your wooden spoon to spread the mixture out to create a thin layer. Allow the mixture to harden, then break into large pieces to serve.

Clean-up hint: When cleaning the white chocolate out of the pan, use a paper towel to completely wipe out all of the chocolate first. This will take a few paper towels, but it's well worth it! Otherwise, the instant the water hits the chocolate, it will harden and take much longer to clean.

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