DIY: Peppermint Candy Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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.

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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
Paring knife
Yarn
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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!

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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.

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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.

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4. Trim the Excess: Allow about 30 seconds for the candies to set up a bit before using a paring knife to cut away any of the candy that has seeped out the cookie cutter. Work quickly!!

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5. Create Hole for Hanging: Use a chopstick or other small stick to carefully make a 1/4-inch hole at the top for hanging later.

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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.

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7. Make a Hanger: Cut a length of yarn and thread through the hole in the ornament and tie ends together.

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8. Decorate Your Tree: Hang ornaments from the yarn hangers onto the branches of your tree! Libbie Summers, A Food-Inspired Life, Holiday Decorations, Peppermint, Candy, How To, DIY, Handmade Ornament, nostalgic, tradition
How stinkin’ cute is this!! Remember, you can eat your ornaments later…just not too much later.
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