December 23, 2014

Christmas Candy Cane Heart Pops and Peppermint Plates

Today I wanted to share with you two kid friendly Christmas crafts I made with my daughter.
First, the Peppermint Plate is a quick and easy project that cost $1 or less and takes 6 minutes to make. All you need is an oven, baking pan, and bag of peppermint candy! 

Second, are the Candy Cane Heart Pops. We made these this year for all of Ava's friends for Christmas. These cute lollipops take 2 minutes to bake and then you fill them with melted chocolate and festive sprinkles. Let harden and you've got a fun treat that kids love! 

Check out the instructions below. 

Peppermint Christmas Plate

Arrange peeled peppermint candies on a parchment lined baking pan. Separate them slightly since they will spread. I arranged mine in a circle but you can do any shape.
Bake at 300 degrees for 5-6 minutes. Take out as soon as then melt and spread. If they start to bubble they have gotten too hot.
Let cool, trim off any uneven parts. 
I placed mine on a cake stand  and arranged cookies on top. 
Cost: 50 cents! 
1 bag of peppermints from the Dollar Tree made two plates. 

Christmas Candy Cane Heart Pops


Ingredients:

  • mini candy canes
  • melted white chocolate
  • holiday themed sprinkles
  • small lollipop sticks

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 
  2. Lay lollipop sticks on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Arrange unwrapped candy canes around the top of each stick in a heart shape.
  4. Bake for 2- 2 1/2 minutes until just melted together but not bubbily or runny. 
  5. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then gently use your fingers and push the bottom of the candy canes so they adhere to the stick and form a full heart. 
  6. Melt white chocolate in the microwave until smooth.
  7. Using a small spoon drizzle chocolate into the middle of each peppermint heart until filled.
  8. Sprinkle with colorful sprinkles. 
  9. Let cool and completely harden (this can take up to a few hours or overnight). 
  10. Wrap in favor bags and give as gifts! 
Recipe adapted from http://onelittleproject.com/
I found these mini candy canes at Wal-Mart. I ended up using half the box for this recipe and added the rest to gift baskets. 

Lay lollipop sticks on a lined baking sheet.
Arrange unwrapped candy canes around the top of each stick in a heart shape.


Bake for 2- 2 1/2 minutes until just melted together but not bubbily or runny. 
Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then gently use your fingers and push the bottom of the candy canes so they adhere to the stick and form a full heart. 


Using a small spoon drizzle melted white chocolate into the middle of each peppermint
 heart until filled.


Sprinkle with colorful sprinkles. 


Let cool and completely harden (this can take up to a few hours or overnight). 


Wrap in favor bags and give as gifts! 

Hope you enjoy these two fun Christmas crafts as much as Ava and I did! 
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