Peppermint Bark and a Giveaway…

by Jamie on December 10, 2008

While I was walking around Williams Sonoma with a drool covered chin and a five year old, the a friendly sales associate had to make my experience a little more delicious by offering us a sample of their Peppermint Bark. I have tasted this divine holiday treat on numerous occasions, but I still stuffed my mouth with a piece and savored the delectable chocolate mint flavor. For a brief moment, I picked up the cute container and almost made it to the checkout but, at that very moment, I remembered Leslie’s Peppermint Bark Post. I decided to save the $26.50 and attempt to make my own. I went into this with realistic expectations…I knew very well that my interpretation would not come close the exquisiteness that is Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark, but I decided to give it a whirl. I found a recipe that claimed to be a great rendition of the original AND it was super easy to assemble! After making this recipe, I am not going to claim Williams Sonoma perfection, but it’s damn close for a fraction of the cost. Not to mention, it’s deliciously simple AND deliciously addictive!

Peppermint Bark from abouteating.com
12 oz chocolate chips

1 pound white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (I used 3/4 teaspoon)
1/2 cup peppermint candy, crushed

1. Preheat oven to 250. Line a 9×13 pan with foil, letting it hang over the sides. Spray foil. Pour the chocolate chips in an even layer on the foil. Place in oven for 5 minutes or until almost melted. Remove from oven, smooth with an offset spatula or knife. Place in refrigerator until cold and firm, about 20 minutes.
2. Melt white chocolate chips in a
double boiler or in a metal bowl over simmering water (don’t let bottom of bowl touch water), until chocolate is almost melted. You can use your microwave for this if you’re brave! Remove bowl from water and stir until completely melted, stirring in extract. Let cool a little bit so it does not melt the chocolate layer when you pour it on top. Pour this over chocolate layer, and, working quickly, spread to cover.
3. Sprinkle with crushed candy.
4. Chill until both layers are firm. Lift foil out of pan and shake off excess candy. Trim edges. Cut into 2” wide strips. Peel bark from foil and cut each strip as desired. Chill in covered container. Makes about 2 pounds.

Note: My snowflake container came from Walmart for a whopping $2.00!

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!
It is that time of year when my pants start to get snug because my diet consists of cookies and more cookies. While browsing the holiday section of Walmart, I found a super cute Wilton Cookie Cutter set. I purchased one for myself and one to use as a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive this
Holiday Cookie Cutter Set, a Holiday Icing Colors Set and holiday sprinkles. Here is what you have to do…Leave a comment in this post telling me about your favorite holiday cookie recipe and provide a link to the recipe. I thought this would be a fun way to exchange some recipes and maybe broaden our horizons a little bit! The winner will be selected by the random integer generator and will be posted Friday afternoon. Please make sure I have a way to contact you. I would like to get these items sent out on Saturday morning to ensure they arrive in time for some baking

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avatar noisy penguin December 10, 2008 at 10:09 am

My favorite cookies are these pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting. They’re soft and yummy, and always a hit when I make them for people! http://www.penguinbot.com/blog/view/17

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avatar noisy penguin December 10, 2008 at 10:12 am

I forgot my email address. Dur. laurel (at) penguinbot.com

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avatar Ingrid December 10, 2008 at 11:27 am

Hey, there! This weekend I made Leslie's version of W-S's peppermint bark. I am working on my post and hope to have it completed tonight. While it was very good I did have some issues with the different chocolate layers separating. I was intending to give her's another try but perhaps I'll try yours instead. Thanks for sharing the recipe and I'm looking forward to your photos.

My favorite & my family's favorite cookies are actually the bar form of Snickerdoodles. http://baseballbakingandbooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/snickerdoodle-blondies.html Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway!
~ingrid

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avatar Jodie December 10, 2008 at 12:31 pm

This is my FAVE holiday cookie- a sugar cookie that’s like Granny B’s (those big pink frosted monsters)- http://beansylovescake.blogspot.com/2008/07/sugar-cookies.html

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avatar bittersweetblog December 10, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Although it’s hard for me to pick just one favorite cookie, I’d have to say that snickerdoodles are pretty high up there on the list. The best recipe I have from them is here: http://veganmania.com/recipes/index.php/desserts-and-sweet-things/cookies/vegan-snickerdoodles/

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avatar lexibot December 10, 2008 at 1:39 pm

My favorite recipe is definitely:

http://therecipegirl.blogspot.com/2008/12/magic-in-middles.html

I’ve made my own version of this the past couple of years and they’ve always flown off the cookie platter.

I can be contacted at: lexib0t (a) gmail dot com

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avatar duodishes December 10, 2008 at 6:57 pm

You’re right. One of the easiest holiday gifts to make! Our fave holiday cookies are chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies…or nutella stuffed sugar cookies. Guess we can’t pick just one!

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avatar aubrie December 10, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I don’t know that I can pick just one favorite holiday cookie! One of my favorites are these molasses cookies at

http://bezzants.blogspot.com/2008/12/molasses-cookies.html

They’re soft and chewy and spicy, perfect with a glass of cold milk.
My email is aubrie.shaw (at) gmail.com

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avatar Cathy December 10, 2008 at 9:06 pm

I LOVE the WS peppermint bark, so I am so excited to see your post, Jamie!! I cannot wait to give this a try. It looks fabulous, and I bet that you are being modest and this tastes every bit as good as the WS stuff.

It’s hard for me to pick just one cookie, as part of what makes the whole Christmas cookie thing fun for me is having a wide variety of cookies on a tray. But this year, I am especially looking forward to making the Chocolate Chunkers again: http://www.foolforfood.de/index.php/kuchen/chocolate_chunkers?page=2

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avatar Tia December 10, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I hate to admit this, but I don’t know that I’ve ever had peppermint bark. :-O I just may have to try this out soon!

As for my favorite holiday cookies- My grandmother’s chocolate-dipped brown sugar shortbread. They are so delicious and despite having her recipe and watching her make them for 20 years, I can’t make them taste quite like her’s. :)

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avatar The Giveaway Diva December 11, 2008 at 12:10 am

wow that looks awesome!! so fancy!

my favorite has got to be gingerbread! i love making the houses! =)

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avatar Maria December 11, 2008 at 8:46 am

Your bark looks better than WS’s! Nice job!! I love too many cookies! But here is the recipe of my cinnadoodles! They are on the top of my holiday list:) http://lichtyfamilyblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/cinnadoodles.html

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avatar Leslie December 11, 2008 at 9:41 am

Jamie..thanks for the link!!
Your bark looks wonderful! I will have to think about my favorite holiday cookie for a bit!

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avatar Janet Borland December 11, 2008 at 10:10 am

I am excited to try the recipe for peppermint bark. It is one of my all time favorite treats during the holiday season. Another of my favorite recipes is for Apple Doodles. I love how easy it is and the fact that they stay moist. They are especially a hit with kids.
http://janetinthecity.blogspot.com/
My email address is jans478@yahoo.com

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avatar Amy December 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm

This bark looks great! I’ve only ever made it with the almond bark stuff, but this looks way better!
My favorite Christmas cookies are chocolate mint cookies – a chewy, chocolate cookie, topped with an Andes mint….perfection!!
http://singforyoursupperblog.com/cookies/cookies-galore/

Amy @ Sing For Your Supper

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avatar Megan December 11, 2008 at 11:11 pm

i adore peppermint bark during this time of year-it just seems to make the holiday season even more official! my favorite cookies would have to be these chocolate peanut butter cookies-they’re like reese cups in cookie form! the recipe is here:

http://sporkandfoon.typepad.com/spork_or_a_foon/2008/07/these-are-the-b.html

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avatar alice December 12, 2008 at 1:50 am

The peppermint bark looks delicious. I am going to give it a try. I blogged about one of my favorite Christmas cookies today.
http://simplydecorated.blogspot.com/2008/12/shortbread.html

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avatar Prudy December 12, 2008 at 8:00 am

This has been on my must make list ever since I saw the cover of the WS catalogue. I’m going to give it a try today. I don’t have a beautiful tin to put them in but I do have a nice little box. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea.

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avatar mikky December 12, 2008 at 11:33 am

it does look good too… :)

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avatar alexandra's kitchen December 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm

you seriously made homemade peppermint bark? amazing. I am totally impressed!

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avatar Linda December 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm

I was going to make plain old peppermint bark this weekend, until I saw this…now I am adding the chocolate! YUMMY!

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avatar Amy December 19, 2008 at 12:20 am

My mother use to make this for us when we were kids, she would use white almond bark and peppermint candy- never seen it with the dark chocolate by why not- chocolate is great almost anywhere! Thanks for this version of an old classic!!!

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