Monday, December 27, 2010

Pepeprmint Bones

"The Night Before Christmas" ala Jim Davis (Garfield's Night Before Christmas) changed our lives. When my Katie read about "Visions of Peppermint Bones" dancing in Odie's head, Starlight Mints became a part of our Christmas Traditions.

Got Starlight Mints?

Peppermint Bones (and other shapes)
Big bag of Starlight Mints
Powdered Sugar or Cornstarch

  1. For people who are easily distracted (raising my hand), preheat oven to 250 degrees. *

  2. Sprinkle a baking sheet (or two) with a light coating of powdered sugar or cornstarch to prevent the melted candy from sticking to the pan. (I have tried wax paper and parchment paper and they stick to the candy).
  3. Unwrap what feels like 1000 Starlight Mints and place them in desired shapes on baking sheets, sides of candies touching. You can make bone shapes, candy cane shapes, wreath shapes, use your imagination.
  4. Gently place in oven and bake at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes. You will want to keep an eye on them after the timer goes off because once they start meling together, the melitng process just speeds up and the candy spreads out. It takes about 17-18 minutes total in my oven.

  5. Remove pans from oven and allow shapes to cool a couple of minutes on the baking sheet. Gently loosen pepermint shapes on the pan and remove to a cooling rack.

*For people who are not as easily distracted you can set your oven and bake at a higher temperature, of course, but you will just have to keep a closer eye on them

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