Starlight Peppermints

We had our book club meeting this week and you would think that I found out that Santa Claus is real.  Mrs. P (she’s in my book club and she lets me put stuff on her door) pointed out that Sue was serving us cookies on a real peppermint plate.

 Stop the presses!  Forget book discussion, how on earth did she do this?

Here’s what I did based on how she described her recipe:

Heat Oven to 350°

Unwrap Starlight Mints (I got mine for $1 at Walmart)

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Form a circle with your mints

Heat in oven until they melt together (varies depending on oven)

*7 mins for mine (see notes)

*Do not leave them unattended, like I did. Or you’ll run from your computer to the oven when you realize that beeping noise you hear is the 5 minute timer that you set so that you would not burn these.  That’s why I’m guessing it was 7 minutes and I think if you try it, maybe you could stay in the kitchen enjoy a cup of coffee and not panic thinking that there is melted peppermint spilled in the bottom of the oven that you never use.  When I do use it, I usually burn something.  This time worked out fine :)

This post comes with a warning:  This recipe could burn you. Do not handle Hot peppermint. Try at your own risk.

I can live with or without peppermint.  It’s not something I crave during the festive Christmas season, say like Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries or Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins.  Maybe I just crave Milk Chocolate and I add the cherries and raisins for the fruit in my diet.

Here’s what it looks like, ready to go in the oven.

After it came out of the oven, the circle was a little wonky.  I used a butter knife and gently reformed a good enough for me circle.

****Do not touch the peppermints****They are still HOT****

I had all these thoughts racing through my head, you have to think fast when hot candy is setting up.

I got a small bowl, turned it upside down.  Grabbed the corners of my parchment paper and draped my warm peppermints over it.  I let the peppermint bowl cool and then I wish that I’d baked something beautiful.  But instead I opened a container of these pretty cookies.

Placed it on my birthday present (these dishes).

And I just sat back in wonder.  Sue I love you!

Isnt’ this a cute idea.  Heck, I may really bake something put it in a peppermint container, wrap it with clear cellophane, put a bow on it and give it as a gift.

Not Done yet:

Have you heard that if you elevate something, it gives it more importance.  These were so important to me, I did just that.

I left these flat, as you can see.  Put a dot of hot glue to hold this in place (do not eat).

This is a short candle holder  – 49 ¢ from GW.  Looks like a million bucks.

Same old cookie, but isn’t it cute?

Another amazing thing about this mind boggling peppermint.  One side is shiny and the other is flat.  Two choices, who knew.

I hope you find as much enjoyment with Sue’s Peppermint plate as we did!  

Thanks again Sue!

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  1. shelli johnson says

    I am going to an annual cookie exchange on Saturday and I am making a peppermint thumbprint cookie, we package cookies up for everyone to take home but also bring a tray to share during the event……..I am going to have to see if I can pull this off!!! the cookies would look amazing served on a peppermint tray!! thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. Gina says

    That is so neat!! I may make smaller bowl shaped ones and serve peppermint (only at Christmas time for me too) ice cream in them! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Cindy says

    Oh, my mind is racing! What if you lined a cheesecake pan with parchment and then it would be a perfect-a-mundo circle? Oh — seal it, and give as a gift! What a great thing to hold peppermint bark.

    Okay. Running to the dollar store :)

    • says

      Erin, it’s just like a large piece of peppermint. So yes, it could be sticky if there’s moisture. But with my cookies and Sue’s, we used it like a container or plate.

    • Cheryl says

      I had the same thought. Did you try coating it? What did you use?
      Did it hold up? Did the colors run? I would love to hear about your experience.

      • says

        Hi Cheryl,
        The mints are only $1 a bag at Dollar Tree, I would just make more. In my opinion any kind of top coat could be toxic.
        Thanks for the question,

  4. Rebecca @ DreamHouse Designer says

    wow…that is REALLY cool. I love the use of the bowl as a place setting. SO many different things your could do. Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    These are way cool! Do you have any idea how long these would hold up? I’d love to put some at the store, but I don’t want them to start crumbling (I’m only in once a week or so to check on things).

    • says

      I haven’t done any test on them…but they would last as long as an unwrapped peppermint. I’m guessing that would depend on moisture, climate..that kind of thing.

  6. Janet SImmons says

    OK! Deb, I can see your wheels turning now…..with some green spearmint candy’s strategically placed within the circle of red peppermint candy’s!!! HMMMM!! I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!

  7. says

    This is maybe the coolest thing I have ever seen. I love your place settings and your stunning photos. Great job! Enjoy the weekend…

  8. says

    Oh.My.Gosh. I LOVE this……..I would love to nibble on the plate if it was dipped in chocolate! Or about your bowl idea with ice cream! Can you tell I’m on a diet? ; ) Looks yummy! Love, Me

  9. Tammy says

    Wow! I’ve never seen anything like that. Who knew? They are so cute!
    And I love your mantel. That reindeer art hanging is divine!

  10. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Just too CUTE!!! I do have one question…can you save it for later use…just thinking about bugs etc.? I really like the idea of the flat one.


  11. says

    This is SOOO much fun! my hubby’s favorite is the starlight peperments….i’m with you, I could just have Frango mints or something with chocolate and caramel….anyway, CUTE idea and keep up the good work! Come stop by if you have time :-) (found you off CG)

  12. says

    WOW! That is so adorable! My mind is racing with molding possibilities. Maybe using metal cookie cutters or candy molds. I wonder if there’s a way to make a coffee cup—then you could serve peppermint coffee :)) Thanks for a great post. Happy Holidays

  13. says

    Amazing! Never seen anything like that before! Thank you so much for linking up! Please come back and link up another project on Wednesday! You rock!

  14. Angela says

    Very cute idea for Christmas and Valentines! Wondering if this would also work with the butterscotch and red ones for fall? Jolly Ranchers would be interestin to try as well!!! Can’t wait to try them, my daughter will think I’m amazing!

  15. Sharon & Jim says

    Tried the platter idea after seeing it earlier this week on The Chew. Had a couple questions and found your site so very helpful! We did have a little trouble with bubbling on the edges. We used the the bottom of a springform pan lined with parchment paper. A good afternoon of Christmas fun!

  16. Jeanie says

    Wow, love this idea! Wonder if you could spray it with a sealer (polyurethane?) or coat with Mod Podge and it should keep for years then? Hmmm, I’m going to have to try this.

    • says

      Thanks Jeanie! Because I use them to put other food in, I wouldn’t coat with anything. The bags of peppermint are $1 at Dollar Tree, so you could make them fresh each year!

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