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Vail Daily food feature: Dress up your holiday sweets with a homemade peppermint tray

Jessica Gregg
Special to the Daily
If you're scrambling for a last-minute gift idea, these peppermint trays are a cheap, handmade and simple way to share the sweetness of the season with others.
Meredith Moran Photography | www.meredithkmoran.com |

Starlight, star bright,

I see a DIY in my future tonight.

Yes, it’s an easy and quick one,

Since the holidays can be so overdone.

I have just the one for you,

You’ll be seeing swirls of red and white, too.

Do-it-yourself peppermint tray

Brach’s Starbright Mints, unwrapped

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper

Lacquer (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees, and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Unwrap the mints one by one. Enlist the kids’ help with this — they will love it, and it’s an activity to tune their fine motor skills.

Arrange mints on the cookie sheet in any design you wish. Allow extra room on the sides of the cookie sheet because the mints will spread. We made coasters, frames, rectangle trays, small square trays and even candy cane-shaped trays.

Bake for approximately 6 to 9 minutes and promptly remove from the oven. Watch them as they melt so they don’t bubble or burn. The mints will cool in approximately five minutes, so if you plan to shape or mold the tray in any way, do it immediately.

Remove the parchment paper from the bottom of the peppermint tray. The tray is extremely fragile, so handle with care. If you plan to use as a coaster or ornament, use a metal cookie cutter to create the shape and make it extra thick, and then lacquer it to prevent it from getting sticky.

Gifts from the heart that are handmade and homemade often mean the most. Sometimes (okay, all the time), we’re scrambling for a last-minute gift idea, and this is a cheap, handmade and simple way to share the sweetness of the season with others.

Use your imagination with this project — it can be a gift, a cookie tray, an ornament, a coaster, a hostess gift or a dessert display. Whatever you turn it into, it’s a great activity for you and your kids to do together and give to someone special on your list. Some things are worth melting for.

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