Sunday, December 2, 2012

Peppermint Stick Platter


I think Food Network Magazine may be one of my favorite magazines.  I always seem to find some fun, little food craft inside of each issue.  Of course, the December 2012 issue was no exception.  I found this unique and simple candy platter and knew instantly that I wanted to make one!
It's actually very simple to make.  The hardest part for me was finding the peppermint sticks and trimming some of the sticks so that they'd fit in the pan that I was using. The pan has to be rimmed and I had either large rimmed baking sheets or this small one (9-inch x 7-inch), above.  It's actually the perfect size for a petite platter to serve cookies, like these simple snowmen.  I love how it turned out.

Truth be known, this is my second platter.  The first one was in the oven when the timer went off and I pushed the button to stop the beeping and went to put out the trash...of course I became side-tracked and the mini platter ended up a little over melted:(  My husband was a sweetie, and ran out and bought me some more peppermint sticks:)
These platters would also be cute with multi-colored candy sticks, which I most definitely want to try in the future. You should too!

Peppermint Stick Platter (Food Network Magazine)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line the bottom and sides of a small rimmed baking sheet sheet with parchment paper, leaving an overhang.  Fill to the edges with peppermint sticks(I had to trim the sticks for the middle portion so that they would fit and did so with a serrated knife), arranging them flush against each other.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until the candies have just melted together. Let harden for 30 minutes, then lift the parchment to remove the candy platter from the pan.  Use it to serve dry treats, nothing hot or wet, to prevent stickiness.

Super Simple Snowmen Cookies
White Fudge Oreos
Black edible marker
Orange Royal icing (I had made the carrots previously and saved them)

Apply orange royal icing to the middle of the cookie to look like a carrot. Use black edible to make dots for the eyes and mouth. 

This post was Day #2 of my 12 day countdown of Christmas treats ending on my birthday on 12/12/12:)

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30 comments:

  1. Love those adorable snowmen! And who would have though to server them on such a cute platter?!? Only SUE! You are so clever and creative!

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  2. I happened to see this on Pinterest, but you beat me too it! The "snowman" are a wonderful addition and I bet your family just love them:-D

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  3. think this would work with unwrapped peppermint candies???

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    1. Do you mean the round ones? I bet it would work...Place them touching on the pan and the heat will melt/meld them together. Hopefully the little spaces between the round candies would close up. It's worth a try:) Maybe you could practice with a small amount. Good Luck! Let me know if it works.

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  4. This is so cute. I am going to try this one soon. LOVE IT!!!

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  5. omg Sue this is so cool. I need to make this of one of my gingerbread house it will smell like heaven. Thanks for sharing dear.

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  6. Very cute! My mom and I made a couple of these last year when it was floating around Pinterest. We used round candy though - your pattern is MUCH prettier! I love it :)

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  7. Oh this is such a cute idea. It turned out so well, I saw in the magazine and I am thinking in making some.

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  8. this is crazy creative. Love!

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  9. This is so cool! I love it! I'm afraid I would leave the room and come back to find my daughter's face stuck to it.

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  10. oh i LOVE LOVE LOVE this! those snowmen heads really top it off. daggone it though, now i wanna make this too amongst 99 billion other things! LOL

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  11. I need to try to make this platter! I also love your Snowman Oreos! SO simple and they look so amazing :)

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  12. Very cool. I would love if you summited it so I could feature it on my site!

    www.ohmy-creative.com

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  13. What a great idea. Your platter came out great (even if it is the second one) and your snowman cookies are so cute.

    P.S. I've often hit the timer and then gone for a *sec* to do something...to late :)

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  14. I love this idea - I have used peppermint candy on a platter to display sweets, but to make the pappermint candy the platter is fantastic! :)

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  15. Sue, you are making up a storm! These little Oreo snowmen are adorable. I do have a little bit of experience with peppermint candies in the oven. It was too funny. I put the little peppermints in the oven and they flatten out. I then hung them on the tree and then they started.....to melt!! Your tray is very cute. Joni

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  16. Love this idea. Can't wait to make some. Pinning!

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  17. I love this idea and that's such a great picture. What a brilliant way to serve sweets at Christmas.

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  18. Goodness it is beautiful!!! Do you think it would be weird if I use it for a bread plate? I would want to use it every day of December!

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  19. Having a birthday/christmas party this weekend...should I make these, I think YES! Newest follower via Lil' Luna's Link Party - thanks for sharing (this is so simple!!)

    -moetalksalot.blogspot.com

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  20. Does the food take on a peppermint flavor from the candy sticks?

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    1. I haven't noticed any peppermint taste. The earlier you can make this before you need it, the better. At first it's slightly sticky, but after it sits for a day or two, the stickiness seems to be absent. I guess the air dries it out. Good luck! :)

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  21. I understand the cold and dry things - my one worry was stickiness (is that even a word??). Do you think there is anything (like spray sealer or anything else) that you could coat the tray with to make it more resistant to stickiness??

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    1. I'm sure it would work to spray it with a sealant. Also, after a few days the minimal stickiness wears off, as noted in my prior reply to another comment. Good Luck!

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  22. Congratulations on being pinned by Target! Your platter is brilliant and those cookies (like all your creations) are so stinkin' cute!

    xo

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