Every year during the holiday season, I enjoy making a plethora of cookies, candies, and nibbles to share with my family, friends, and co-workers. With the recession, this holiday, more than ever, edible gifts are incredibly important: They are special and heartfelt, but don't break the bank. Instead of splurging on cashmere sweaters and silky tops, YumSugar and I are encouraging you to give your loved ones something decadent, delicious, and homemade.
For the next 12 days we'll be highlighting our favorite recipes for edible gifts. From sweet treats to savory snacks, we've got the perfect recipe for you. To kick off the series, I made the popular Christmas classic, peppermint bark. For being such a crowd pleaser, this minty chocolate indulgence is fairly simple to make. No thermometers or fancy tools are required and within a couple of hours you'll be munching on a holiday favorite. To get the recipe, read more
Sweeten your time in the kitchen with the kids by making candy and a few Christmas gifts. You need only a couple of ingredients — two pounds of your favorite chocolate (white, milk or semisweet) and one cup of crushed candy canes to make this simple recipe.
While your lil one pounds the peppermint sticks into small pieces in a Ziploc bag, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Then, combine the ingredients and spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for one hour. Once it has set, crack the slab into pieces.
To gift, have your lil helper place the bark in cellophane bags and tie with a decorative ribbon.