Peppermint Bark

This is so simple it’s ridiculous, but it’s an awesome, crowd-pleasing, 3-ingredient treat that is festive and GOOD!

I was up at 7 AM yesterday to begin my baking marathon. First step? 1 pound of butter into the mixer (not for this recipe…for some cookies)

I think I went through about 3 pounds of butter yesterday. Woah.

I methodically worked my way through 5 cookies plus this candy. I felt really productive, and also really appreciated that I do not bake for a living. I love it, but only when it’s a hobby and there’s no pressure.

So there are the three things you need: white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and candy canes. Bags of chocolate chips are still only $2 at Target so I stocked up on one of each. Those will definitely come in handy (both for baking purposes and for needing an immediate chocolate fix purposes).

Crushing the candy canes probably works better in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, but I chose the mortar and pestle. It was okay, but I had a few candy cane pieces go flying.

Then it’s SO easy… just melt white chocolate and semi-sweet, spread them on wax paper, and sprinkle with the candy canes, let it set, and break into pieces. Perfect for procrastinators (like me… still haven’t bought a single Christmas present. Oops. But at least my Christmas cards are done!)

Awesome.

Also awesome? I ran my 3rd fastest 5K EVER this morning! I had absolutely no expectations going into this race, because my knee has been bothering me and I’ve only run 2 miles in the last week. But I guess those HIIT bike workouts paid off, because my first mile was 6:40 and I didn’t feel like I was going to die! I guess that was a little fast because my overall pace ended up being 6:55/mile, but I was pretty proud of my 21:30 (2nd place female) and my knee didn’t bother me at all!

So yeah, between the run and day surrounded by butter, sugar and chocolate, this was a pretty great weekend! Now I just have a giant stack of labs to grade…good think I have some bark to get me through it.

Recipe:

12 ounces white chocolate chips
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
3-4 candy canes, crushed

Melt the white chocolate and semisweet chocolate separately. If the white chocolate is thick or dry, stir in a few drops of vegetable oil.

Spread the white chocolate on a wax or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Let it set for a few minutes then top with melted semi-sweet chocolate and spread evenly. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, then put in the fridge for about an hour to set up.

Break into pieces.

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4 comments to Peppermint Bark

  • Congrats on a successful 5k! I wish I was more into running – I have been in the past (nothing too crazy though) on and off, but after a while my knees and back got the best of me so I don’t do anything high impact anymore. You are so lucky for healthy joints!
    anyways, I love peppermint bark. It’s easy, delicious, and people are always so impressed by it.

  • Jamie

    Fantastic 5k! Congrats! Love the blog and the food pics are some of the best I’ve seen.

  • I love simple but fantastic recipes like pmint bark!

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