Holiday Peppermint Tray
These peppermint candy trays were all over Pinterest this year. I even saw how to make them on TV! This is something you have to try at least once. Your kids will love watching the mints melt in the oven. It makes a great conversation piece for your holiday table. Very cute.
To make this peppermint tray, all you need is a cookie sheet with a rim around the edge, parchment paper, and 3 or so bags of starlight peppermint or spearmint candies.
First line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. I just sprayed mine with cooking spray and that worked okay too, but you will have an easier time getting the finished tray out of the pan with parchment paper.
Have your kids help you unwrap all the candies and line them up in rows on the parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place the cookie sheet in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until the mints have completely melted.
It will take a few minutes for the candy to re-harden after you remove it from the oven. While it is still soft you can use a pizza cutter to even up the edges of the sides of your "tray" or even cut it into a new shape. After the tray cools off completely, carefully remove it from the pan. It is fragile.
You can also use cookie cutters to cut the candy into shapes before the candy hardens. If you would like to make an ornament, use a drinking straw to make a hole in the top of the ornament. Let the ornament sit on the cookie sheet until it hardens.
These trays look really pretty on a holiday table. You can use them to display cupcakes or other holiday treats.
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