Peppermint Bark and Christmas Crack

So are y’all sick of Christmas cookie
recipes yet?

Well today I’ve got two super easy
candy recipes for you! A pretty tin filled with either of these
homemade candies would be the perfect thing to bring as a hostess
gift to any holiday gatherings you might be attending in the next few
days…or just to make an munch on as you finish wrapping presents,
whatever. I don’t generally make candy during the holidays, as you’ve
probably noticed cookie baking is more my thing, but I thought I’d
mix things up a little bit!

How cute is this little snowman bowl?!
Peppermint Bark is a holiday classic,
but it’s something that my mom usually buys during the holidays and
we always eat tons of it. I just happened to have some white bakers
chocolate and extra candy canes in my cupboard so I thought I’d try
making my own. I was originally going to use this recipe that I saw
over on one of my favorite blogs, ended going off of this very similar recipe here because I didn’t feel like going to buy peppermint
extract just to use for this one recipe. I changed the quantities slightly, and I used semi-sweet
chocolate chips for the chocolate layer and but used Baker’s chocolate for the white chocolate layer because that’s what I had on hand. I thought the bark tasted really minty
and delicious without the peppermint extract, and it’s something I’ll
definitely be making again!

Peppermint Bark
12 oz. Bakers White Chocolate Baking Squares (2 boxes)
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (I guestimated a little bit on this because I was trying to use up a few half bags of chocolate chips I had I my cupboard!)
8 candy canes, crushed (I used red and green ones because they’re my favorite!)
Melt the dark chocolate as above, and spread out on a lined baking
sheet. Put in the fridge to cool completely, about an hour. Melt the white chocolate and stir in the peppermint bits. Spread out on top of the hardened dark chocolate. Put back in the fridge for at least an hour. Break into pieces and enjoy!
Christmas Crack was another new candy recipe I tried out this year. After seeing pictures of it on
Pinterest, I was really intrigued by the concept. I love things that
are salty and sweet, and I just happened to have some Saltines
leftover from Thanksgiving. I originally saw the recipe here, but
then right before I was going to make it I noticed it on another one of my favorite food blogs, with very detailed instructions. Just follow the
steps and it should come out perfectly! This stuff is extremely rich
and sweet, a great gift to share! 
Christmas Crack
Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter (no
margarine allowed
)
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups semi-sweet
chocolate chips
40 saltine crackers

Directions
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Line jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick
spray. Lay a flat layer of crackers out on the foil. Melt the sugar and
butter until a boil is reached. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered,
for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely
dissolved. Pour this mixture over the crackers and spread to coat
evenly. Bake for 5-8 minutes, or until the toffee becomes bubbly. After
removing the pan from the oven, let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle on
the chocolate chips, let them soften and melt, and then spread them into
an even layer. (You can add nuts,
cracker crumbs, or whatever else floats your boat at this point.)
Let cool and, if desired for
expediting purposes, refrigerate until hardened. Break into
pieces the size of your choice. I
personally prefer a hand-sized chunk.

Later today I’ll be sharing exactly
what I did with all of those cookies I made…see you then! Xoxo
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