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December 20, 2012

recipes {peppermint bark}

before christmas arrives i wanted to do one last holiday recipe. christmas is the perfect time to eat way too many sweets & feel pretty comfortable doing so. so, in honor of this wonderful season, i would like to introduce you all to a special peppermint bark.

this stuff is addicting. the crunch & saltiness of saltine crackers. a thin layer of chocolate. the slight taste of crushed peppermint candies, oh, & some butter. perfection.

i was introduced to this particular peppermint bark recipe a few years ago from a dear friend of mine, lauren. one night, when we were roommates, she whipped up this super easy but chocolatey peppermint bark. and i have been crazy about it ever since.

i really have not had too many different types of bark, but i will be making this stuff every year for the holidays. it is that good, in my opinion. thank you lauren for the great recipe & new family tradition!!

peppermint bark ingredients:
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 sleeves saltine crackers
1 12 oz. bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
3-4 tbs crushed up candy canes or peppermint candies {you can add as much or as little peppermint to to the top}

line a cookie sheet with foil. lay crackers flat on the surface of the cookie sheet; leaving no spaces, holes & with no crackers over lapping.

melt butter & sugar together. pour evenly over the crackers. carefully spread the mixture over the entire sheet of crackers the best that you can.

preheat oven to 400 degrees. bake for 8-10 minutes. keep an eye on the crackers & remove from the oven if they appear to be getting too dark close to the end of the cooking time.

remove the cookie sheet from the oven. sprinkle the chocolate chips over the hot crackers & allow to melt for 3-5 minutes. using a flat spatula spread the chocolate evenly over all the crackers.

while the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle the crushed peppermints over the chocolate.

refrigerate until the chocolate is firm & chilled. then simply break into pieces. you can make the pieces as big or as little as you desire! i love to do some smaller pieces & some larger chunks.

and there you have it, the perfect christmas treat.

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