07 December 2010

holiday baking has begun

As of yesterday afternoon, I have officially started my holiday baking....if you can call peppermint bark "holiday baking." Have you made peppermint bark? It is ridiculously easy.
  • Melt one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in one bowl–in the microwave–and one bag of white "chocolate" chips in another bowl. 
  • Blob them separately on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, and swirl together with a skewer, chopstick or something similar. 
  • Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on top and press in gently.
  • Allow to cool and harden at room temperature for a few hours.
  • Break into bite-sized pieces.
  • Quickly place them into an airtight container on a high shelf so they last until your guests arrive. :)
Peppermint and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations, second only to chocolate and peanut butter. Or even better–chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels. Yum. If there were awards for chocolate peanut butter confections, this would be award-winning.

Have you started your baking yet? What's on your treat list this year?