By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
I remember making peppermint candy ornaments one year in vacation bible school. If only I had been cool enough to make one in a pig shape back then!
This holiday craft is perfect for a tree meant just for the littles! We added red and white pom pom garland and tied torn pieces of gingham fabric on the branches to complete the playful look.
Peppermint Candy Cookie Cutter Ornaments
What you need:
Festive metal cookie cutter(s)
1 bag of round peppermints
Non-stick cooking spray
1 chopstick or small stick
1 sheet tray
Parchment paper or silpat
What to do:
1. Coat Cookie Cutter: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lay a sheet of parchment paper or a silpat on your sheet try. Next, completely cover (both sides) your cookie cutter with cookie spray, you’ll thank me later!
2. Place Your Peppermints: Arrange your cookie cutters on the baking paper and carefully place your peppermints inside one by one. You may need to crack a few to fit in tight spaces. Don’t worry about a few gaps, as the candies begin to melt the holes will fill in.
3. Bake: Place tray on the middle rack of your oven and allow to bake until just melted together (about 3-6 minutes). Remove from oven immediately.
6. Remove From Cutter: Using your hands, push the slightly cooled peppermint shape out of the cookie cutter. The candy must be still pliable for it to come out without breaking. If need be, you can pop back in the oven for 30 seconds.