this past weekend, a few of us teachers got together and baked christmas-y things while being serenaded by some sufjan stevens type christmas music (so. good.). on our list were popcorn balls, chocolate-covered peanuts, fudge, peppermint bark, and chocolate-covered pretzels. i'm a terrible cook and uncreative baker (brownies with m&m's are as wild as i get), so this was especially exciting! i'm including 2 of the recipes we used--popcorn balls and peppermint bark.
peppermint bark: 2 ingredients!
---crush candy canes in a thick ziplock bag. (becca used a heavy frying pan to smash them, which did the trick!)
---melt chocolate chips, according to their packaging. we used white chocolate (pictured) and dark chocolate.
---add a few drops of peppermint flavoring to the chocolate.
---spread the melted chocolate on wax paper on a cookie sheet with a spatula, so that it's thick enough where you can't see the wax paper beneath it.
---sprinkle the crushed candy canes onto the chocolate, and press the bigger pieces into the chocolate.
---put the cookie sheet in freezer (...or outside?) for a while. until the chocolate is hardened. it's an exact science, obviously.
---when the chocolate is hardened, go wild. crumble the chocolate. fold the wax paper onto itself. whack it with the closest kitchen utensil.
peppermint bark is just that easy.
popcorn balls: 3 ingredients!
--pop whatever kind of popcorn you like.
---melt a stick of butter on the stove, and once the butter is melted, add the bag of marshmallows.
---stir constantly, so that nothing burns.
---once the mixture is creamy, slowly add popcorn. keep stirring, until all the popcorn has been added and it's all thoroughly coated in the butter-marshmallow mix.
---remove the sticky mess from the heat, and put some vegetable oil on your hands before you start pulling chunks off of the main gooey mess.
---grab some sticky popcorn, shape it into a ball, and set it on wax paper to cool.
simple enough, right?
becca and jess roll out the chocolate-covered peanuts, next to the cooling popcorn balls.
what are your favorite christmas recipes?