RECIPE

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark is one of those gifts that impresses the receiver yet couldn’t be easier to make. It’s $27 per pound at Williams Sonoma, but costs a fraction of that when you put it together in your own kitchen. Non-bakers rejoice! You, too, can make this – no skill is required. Put it in a bag with a bow, and you have a sure-to-please hostess, teacher or neighbor holiday gift.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag white chocolate chips (11 ounces), such as Nestlé brand
  • 3/4 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies, divided  – my grocery store sells these in the bulk section – a total time saver
  • 1/3 cup crushed chocolate wafer cookies (optional) – I use Famous Chocolate Wafer brand and will add them only when I have them on hand just to gild the lily; the bark is just as delicious without cookies
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips, such as Ghirardelli brand
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Preparation

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, carefully checking and stirring the chocolate every 30 seconds or so to avoid scorching. Once melted and smooth, immediately stir in the mint extract, 1/2 cup of the crushed candies and the crushed cookies, if using. Immediately pour the mixture onto the prepared pan and spread evenly (I use an offset spatula). Refrigerate until firm.

Once the white chocolate is firm, make the top layer. Melt the bittersweet chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, checking and stirring every 30 seconds or so to avoid scorching. Once melted and smooth, spread the bittersweet chocolate evenly over the white chocolate. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of crushed peppermint candies on top.


Refrigerate until firm. Break into pieces and store in the refrigerator.

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