Last Minute Gifts

At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
   ~ Thomas Tusser

Peppermint Bark Treats

One of my long honored holiday traditions is waiting and pulling together everything at the last minute. You know, it just wouldn't be Christmas without that last minute rush.

Peppermint Bark Treat Bag

So tonight, I'm pulling together some last minute treats for my wonderful neighbors.

Peppermint Bark Kit Treats

I apologize of the dark quality of these pictures – you know, a factor of that last minute thing.

I found these fun looking Peppermint Bark Kits at the craft store and thought they would just be fun to play with. The kit includes dark cocoa and candy cane "Candy Metls," snowflake cookie cutters, silver cord ties, gift bags, and round red tags to make five treat bags. I stamped a sentiment from the My Favorite Things "Thanks Snow Much" set on three of the tags included in the kit. I made the other two tags with the My Favorite Things Postage Stamp STAX and Cosmo Cricket paper. 

The two different kinds of Candy Melts took less than 5 minutes to melt and cool, so the whole project took under 30 minutes to pull together.

If you're still looking for something quick and easy but you can't get your hands on one of these kits, here are the instructions to make your own Peppermint Bark treats. Most of the ingredients can be found in the candy/cake decorating isles of the big craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.


  • 6 ounces of Milton Candy Melts dark cocoa candy
  • 6 ounces Colorburst Candy Melts candy cane candy.
  • 2 disposable decorating bags.
  • 5 cookie cutters.
  • waxed paper.
  • cookie sheet.
  • bags, tags and ribbon/cord to decorate.
  1. Wash and dry your cookie cutters thoroughly. Spray the inside with cooking oil to make the candy easier to remove from the cookie cutter later. Then place your cookie cutters on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
  2. Melt the dark cocoa candy per the package instructions. Use a decorating bag to fill the cookie cutters with candy, 1/4 inch thick. Tap the cookie sheet gently to remove the air bubbles. If needed, use a small spatula to spread the candy evenly in the cookie cutter. Chill for two minutes.
  3. Melt the candy cane candy following the package instructions. Use a second decorating bag to fill the cookie cutters with candy, 3/8 inch thick. Tap the cookie sheet gently to remove air bubbles. Use the small spatula again to spread the candy across the cookie cutter. Chill until firm
  4. Optionally, you can unmold the candy, or leave it in the cookie cutter. Put in a clear or glassine bag and decorate.

Here are the rest of the ingredients I used . . .

We have more baking to do to add to these treats. I have fabulous neighbors who I don't get to see or talk to nearly enough. We look forward to walking our gifts to their door each year mostly just to have the excuse to catch up with all of them. 

Peppermint Bark Treat

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Sweet Comments

  1. I love jars! I mean I save all my glass jars and re-purpose them for storing all kinds of thigns! Love those nice large ones you have there:)