We are in for a wonderful Christmas season treat! My dear friend, Michelle Cox, has graciously agreed to share some special recipes over the next few weeks. Michelle is a delightful author and a magnificent chef. She and her husband, Paul, live near Asheville, North Carolina.
Be sure to visit her website — Michelle Cox Inspirations. She has lots of amazing stories, recipes and “encouragement with a Southern drawl!”
I start getting requests for my peppermint bark months before Christmas. You won’t believe how simple it is to make! Seriously, the prep time is five minutes or less, there are only two ingredients, and there’s almost no mess. That’s my kind of cooking!
This makes a wonderful hostess gift and is great to take to an office party or church dinner. And when you get rave reviews, just keep your mouth shut and let everyone think you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day.
16 oz. pkg. vanilla-flavored Candiquick (or other white candy melting chocolate)
10 oz. pkg. Andespeppermint crunch baking chips (you’ll only use half for each batch)
*I usually buy the Log House Candiquick brand because it comes with a microwave-safe tray to melt the chocolate in. No pan or bowl to clean! Just throw it away once you’ve melted the chocolate.
Place the tray (or bowl if you’re using another brand of melting chocolate without a tray) in the microwave. Cook on high for one minute. Stir and then continue cooking in 15 second increments, stirring after each until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Remove from the microwave and stir in half the bag of the peppermint crunch baking chips. The more you stir the more solid color the bark will be so stir sparingly if you want the red and white variations.
Spread onto wax paper and smooth out until it’s fairly thin. Let dry completely and then break into random size pieces. We’ll let it be our secret how easy it is. Enjoy!
*In my area, the peppermint crunch baking chips are sometimes a seasonal item so you’ll want to stock up if you want the peppermint bark later in the year. Walmart usually always carries these around Christmas.