With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Holiday Treats

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Treats

  Chocolate Peppermint Bark

 source: all Recipes

Servings: 50

2 (12 ounce) packages milk chocolate chips
2 (12 ounce) packages white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons peppermint extract (I used 1 tsp.)
8 peppermint candy canes, crushed, divided

  • Line a 12x18 inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.
  • Melt the milk chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Stir in the peppermint extract. Spread the chocolate evenly in the prepared pan; chill until set, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the crushed candy canes. Spread the white chocolate mixture evenly over the milk chocolate. Sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces evenly over the white chocolate layer. Chill until set, about 1 hour. Break into small pieces to serve.
What I used
  • Wilton Dark Chocolate Wafers mixed with chocolate chips because that is what I had on hand.
  • Substituted Almond Bark for the white chocolate chips
  • My pan size was 15 1/2 x 10 1/2".  I think next time I will try a larger pan that makes thinner bark that would make breaking easier.
  • Do not attempt to break the bark into pieces right from the refrigerator as I found that the dark and light layers separated.  When allowed to come to room temperature before breaking, I did not a this problem.
Mint Chocolate & Cheesecake Parfait
recipe from My Baking Addiction
YIELD: 8-10 servings (I filled 12 mini dessert dishes)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
12 Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies, finely chopped OR Mint Oreo Cookies)

1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add  the extracts and mix until well combined. Fold in the whipped topping and then the mint chocolate cookies.

2. Spoon the filling into a pastry bag or large zip top bag. Snip enough of the end off the bag to allow you pipe the mixture into your desired serving glasses. Alternated layers of cookies and cream cheese mixture with chopped cookies.

3. Garnish with additional whipped topping and chopped cookies.


Snap said...

I love dropping by to visit. Always enjoy seeing your wonderful family photos and seeing what wonderful thing (love the hats) you've been crocheting or wonderful food you've been making. Looks like the holiday celebrations are in full spring!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Both look like wonderful treats! Merry Christmas-enjoy:@)

Maple Lane said...

Both looks delicious and so pretty!

Debbie said...

Oh they both looks sooo good. I love Peppermint Bark! Merry Christmas to you and yours! HUGS

Maryann said...

They both sound so good but I think I might try the parfaits for Christmas dinner...something different and fun

Barbara F. said...

Everything you make is so lovingly made, I can tell just by looking at the photos. Whether it is the bark, or an entree, or cookies, or a crochet item, it always looks beautiful and special. Have a blessed Christmas, Lorraine. xo

NanaDiana said...

Both recipes sound really good, Lorraine. I love that last little easy parfait! xo Diana

Susan said...

Mmmmmmm, yummy. Would like a parfait NOW. Thanks for sharing. Susan

marie said...

Sweet treats!

The photographs are wonderful.
You have such an amazing eye for composition!
Someday I'm going to spend more time getting to know my camera...I'd love to take photos that look like these.

Winnie said...

As usual - mouth watering photos :)
These are GREAT treats and I looove sweets

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Two delicious chocolate and mint treats! What a great combination they make...as I drink my chocolate mint tea :-)

Ann said...

Both looks so good and the photos are beautiful. They look like they belong in a magazine

podso said...

Looks delicious and you have photographed so beautifully. Thanks for the recipes!

lindsey said...

goodness me...these look wonderful :)


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