The Winter Holidays and baking seem to go hand in hand. Along with the fun of eating all the sweets and treats of the holidays, is the fun of baking them. My grandmother taught me to bake when I was very young, and it was always something I looked forward to doing with her. When I had my daughters, I wanted to pass on the holiday tradition of spending time together in the kitchen. We always set aside 1 day in the season to bake cookies, and cakes, and other little treats. We put on some good music to dance around the kitchen, as we laugh and sing and stir and laugh, followed by the traditional licking of the spoon...because how else would you know if it will be good or not! ;)
With both girls in College, scheduling our day has become a little harder, and is often right before Christmas, but I often need some sweet treats before then for various events, food days at work, girls night, etc..., so I always like to have a few recipes that are easy to throw together. This Peppermint Bark recipe from McCormick is perfect for this.
The first thing you need to do is smash some peppermint candies. (You'll need about 1/2 cup crushed.) This is really a lot of fun, and I'm thinking it could be great for stress relief. I put my candies in a plastic bag and gave them some good whacks with my meat tenderizer (the smooth side.)
The next step is to melt a bag of white chocolate in the microwave, and stir.
Then stir in 1 tsp of McCormick Pure Peppermint oil.
You will then spread the mixture on a foil lined baking sheet so it's about 1/4 inch thick. Then add the McCormick red food coloring drop by drop, swirling as you go. You want to make sure to do this quickly because the white chocolate mixture will start to harden.
After that sprinkle with the crushed candies and press the candies into the chocolate.
Once it's hardened, simply break into the size pieces that you want.
I seriously had to hide it from him. He ate 2 pieces and couldn't stop himself. He is a peppermint fiend, and if I hadn't stopped him, he would have ate every piece of it for dinner.
Yes, it is that good!
This recipe is perfect for a quick after dinner dessert, or to give as a gift because it is so easy, but it looks and tastes like it is an expensive gourmet item. For the complete Peppermint Bark recipe, and more great Holiday recipes from McCormick go to their website.
But, I warn you, you will be doing a lot of baking this Holiday season, because these recipes are irresistible!
disclosure: I was compensated for this post by McCormick. All opinions are my own.