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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Easy dark chocolate peppermint bark recipe made with Andes peppermint pieces.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
I’ve always been a fan of online courses. In college I took every online course in my major and even for every prerequisite I could. I mean honestly what’s not to love about courses you can take while lounging in pajamas? Needless to say that I think craft and food courses online is pretty ingenious! So when I heard about Craftsy, an online community that offers just that..craft and food courses, I was pretty excited to see what they had to offer.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a variety of courses available. Craftsy offers everything from cake decorating, to paper crafts, photography, and more! I had the opportunity to view the Sweet & Savory Food Gifts course. One of the segments was on how to make chocolate bark and tempering chocolate. This inspired me to make a batch of dark chocolate peppermint bark for my daugther’s Christmas program last week. There’s a tutorial and recipe on how to make traditional layers peppermint bark in the course as well.

The course offered a variety of food gift recipes and even ideas on how to package them as gifts. Along with the video tutorials you’ll find printable gift cards, recipes, and a metric conversion guide to assist you throughout the course. Along with the instructional videos you may ask questions and received personalized feedback. You also have the ability to participate in group discussions and share photos of your completed project. The videos are separated into segments and allow you to bookmark for future reference.

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What I enjoyed about the course is that I’m able to pause and resume as I pleased. Having toddlers in the house means I couldn’t sit through the entire course without a few distractions so I relished in the fact that the segments were broken into small videos and that I could resume to the course throughout the day.Screen shot 2013-12-19 at 2.33.10 AM

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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Peppermint Muddy Buddies

Peppermint Muddy Buddies

Easy peppermint muddy buddies with white chocolate peppermint M&M’s.

Peppermint Muddy Buddies

So it’s no secret that I love muddy buddies right? I mean I think I find a new flavor combination just about every few weeks. My kids love this stuff! Every time they see me place a box of Chex cereal in my cart they immediately ask what flavor I plan on making. Then they are argue over which is their favorite and I should make. The last two times I’ve made muddy buddies we’ve made them with peppermint extract. My oldest loves anything and everything mint so clearly these are his favorite. Last time we combined the peppermint chocolate covered Chex cereal with Andes peppermint baking chips..mmm! Those are my favorite to bake with this time of year!

This last time we made muddy buddies I tossed in white chocolate peppermint M&M’s into the mix. These are perfect for handing out to teachers, co-workers, or to have on hand at holiday parties. Speaking of parties, my lovely friends and I have gathered for another virtual progressive dinner party again. This time our theme is holiday bites! Be sure to stop by and bring an appetite because there are plenty of ideas for a holiday party!

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Tomato & Ricotta Crostini from Katie’s Cucina

Roasted Leek and Onion Soup from Sweet C’s Designs

Mozzerella, Bacon and Roasted Peppers Hot Cheese Dip from Cook the Story

Red Pepper Manchego Stuffed Mushrooms from The Lilypad Cottage

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs from White House Black Shutters

Cranberry Salsa from Bombshell Bling

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms from Kokocooks

Cream Cheese with Garlic & Bacon filled Crescents from A Glimpse Inside

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Rice Krispie Treats from Yellow Bliss Road

Peppermint Patty Chex Mix from Lolly Jane

Brownie Stuffed Christmas Trees from It’s Always Autumn

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Clean and Scentsible

Mini Candy Cane Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache from Crazy Little Projects

Black and White Cookie Brownies from Sweet Rose Studio

Oreo Truffle Reindeer Noses and Free Printable from Balancing Home

Peppermint Muddy Buddies from A Pumpkin and a Princess

 

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White Chocolate Peppermint Muddy Buddies

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Double Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cookies

Double chocolate chunk peppermint cookies.

Double Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cookies

The peppermint craze has officially begun in our home. I picked up a pack of candy canes last week and it started a string of peppermint baked goods. I forget how much I enjoy the combination of peppermint and chocolate until the holidays roll around. To satisfy my craving I made a batch of double chocolate peppermint cookies over the weekend. These cookies are filled with rich chocolate chocolate chunks, peppermint extract, and crushed candy cane pieces on top. You could use Andes peppermint baking pieces if you prefer a softer texture instead of the candy cane pieces.

Now that it’s almost the middle of November I’m warming up to the idea of pulling out the holiday decor and crafts. I know the next month will come and go faster than I ever want it to so I’m thinking I should get a head start on the decorating. On another note, is anyone else already thinking about black Friday shopping? I’m not hard core about it but I usually head out around 6am to see what deals I can find. I’m sure after the stress of shuffling through long lines and hundreds of other customers I’ll have some major chocolate cravings. I’ll be sure to have these peppermint cookies on hand just in case. And a cup of hot cocoa. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year and I can’t wait to start the decorating, gift wrapping, Christmas caroling fun!

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Double Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cookies

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Marshmallow Snowman and Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes

Marshmallow Snowman Treats Recipe

Baking season is officially here! You know what that means right? There’s been a whole lot of Christmas music playing and baking going on around here. The kids and I made THE cutest marshmallow snowman treats this weekend. But today I have not one but TWO recipes to share with you! While the kids ate marshmallow snowmen I made Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes for the {big} kids at heart.

Marshmallow Snowman Treats Recipe

 

Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes Recipe

While Black Friday shopping we picked up a couple of bags of #HolidayCandy to bake new treats with the kids over the next few weeks. This is my favorite time of the year! I love the memories we create during the holidays.

Holiday Candy Treats

We found the marshmallow snowman recipe on Nestle Seasonal Recipes.com. I could spend hours on that site, browsing through all the great recipes.

Marshmallow Snowman Treats

  • NESTLÉ® Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® or CRUNCH® Jingles, unwrapped
  • mini pretzels for hat base
  • white frosting
  • large marshmallows
  • pretzel sticks for arms, broken in half
  • NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels for eyes and buttons
  • Orange frosting or small candy pieces for nose
  • Thin-string licorice cut into 7-inch pieces for scarves

Bake and cool the cookies to become “sleds” for the marshmallow snowmen. Insert pretzels sticks into both sides of the snowmen, then add the mini chocolate chips as buttons (dip a toothpick in the frosting then add a small amount to the back of the chocolate chip). Here’s what a did a little differently..I inserted a pretzel stick in both of the marshmallows to help keep them together. I also melted some mini chocolate chips to dip the mini pretzels in then pressed the Crunch Jingles on top. For the face add the mini chocolate chips for eyes and a small amount of orange frosting for the nose. Wrap the scarf around and add the hat with a little bit of frosting then let them sit for about 20 minutes.

Marshmallow Snowman Tutorial

Marshmallow Snowman Treats

If the snowmen weren’t enough I’ve been trying out a new mini cheesecake recipe for an upcoming holiday decorating party I’m hosting. We all know how much I love mini cheesecakes so it shouldn’t surprise you that I had try Mini Butterfingers Cheesecakes!

Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes Recipe:

  • (2) 8oz packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped Nestle Butterfinger Jingles (or bars)
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Melted Nestle Chocolate Chips for topping (optional)
  • Chopped Butterfinger Bar for topping (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with baking cups.
  2. Crush Oreos in a food processor and mix with melted butter.
  3. 
Press one heaping tablespoon of Oreo crumbs into each baking cup.
  4. Mix together cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream. Add in eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  5. 
Fold in chopped Butterfinger pieces.
  6. 
Fill baking cups 2/3 way full; bake for 22-24 minutes.
  7. Cool; add chocolate drizzle and Butterfinger pieces on top.

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Butterfinger Cheesecakes Recipe

What are some of your favorite holiday recipes?

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