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Peppermint Stick Platter

Peppermint Stick Platter, Lay The Table 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! Peppermint Stick Platter, Lay The Table 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:) Peppermint Stick Platter, Lay The Table  These platters would also be cute with multi-colored candy sticks, which I most definitely want to try in the future. You should too!

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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.

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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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