Sunday, December 6, 2009

Peppermint Bark

I made this for the first time last Christmas and it was a huge hit. Given how easy it is to make, I definitely plan on making this a usual holiday treat. This year was even a little easier, as I had gone through the experimentation steps last year to figure out the best way to crush the candies. After the first few attempts ended with peppermint shards flying all over my kitchen, I decided that putting the candies inside three ziploc bags (each bag inside another) and then gently crushing them with the bottom of my glass measuring cup was the best method.

Peppermint Bark

12 oz. white chocolate
24 hard peppermint candies, crushed

1. Line baking sheet with waxed paper.

2. Microwave chocolate on 70% power for 1 minute. Continue at 20 second intervals until completely melted.

3. Pour crushed candies through strainer into bowl of melted chocolate. Reserve larger pieces that did not fit through strainer. Stir chocolate to incorporate peppermint shards.

4. Spread mixture to desired thickness on prepare baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved pieces. Press in lightly.

5. Let stand until firm (refrigerate if needed). Break into pieces.

Toffee Bars

These are basically like chocolate-chip cookie bars, so I'm not sure why they're called Toffee Bars, but that's what I've always known them as. They're definitely decadent, but definitely delicious.

Toffee Bars

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped nuts

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix butter, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk.

3. Stir in flour and salt. Gently fold in nuts and chocolate.

4. Press dough in ungreased rectangular pan.

(Forgot to take a final photo- whoops! Use your imagination!)

5. Bake 25-30 mins.

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