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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Comments

  1. 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. 2
    Martina says:

    What a great idea! I LOVE IT!! Boy I sure could go for one of those cookies right about now too LOL! Martina

  3. 3
    Beth says:

    Ok .. so i in love with the peppermint plates and bowls .. love love ..

  4. 4
    Johnnie says:

    Wow. So cute. Come over and share this peppermint creations if you get a chance…Thrifty Thursday

  5. 5
    Barb says:

    How cute is that! I might just have to try making one. Great idea as a gift.
    Barb

  6. 6
    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!!

  7. 7
    Kim says:

    This is amazing!! I have never seen this done before. Oh, you must share this at my party still going on.

  8. 8
    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 :)

  9. 9
    Carol Fordham says:

    So so cool! I was thinking peppermint tray too! May have to give it a whirl!

  10. 10

    LOVE!!! Totally making one of these. Was it sticky at all to handle afterwards? Maybe I’ll try coating in something :)

    • 10.1
      Debbie 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.
      Thanks!

  11. 11
    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!

  12. 12
    SueAnn says:

    What a fabulous idea!! I love it!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  13. 13
    debbie says:

    Very neat! Looks absolutely adorable!

  14. 14

    Cute Cute Cute! I love it

  15. 15
    shelly 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).

    • 15.1
      Debbie 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.
      Thanks,
      Debbie

  16. 16
    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!!!

  17. 17
    jenni says:

    love these! we will have to make these when we meet at the condo! L + L will love these!

  18. 18
    Ann 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…

  19. 19
    Rebecca 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

  20. 20

    Hi Debbie,
    What a great idea, love it!!
    The bowl is wonderful, so many possibilities…
    Happy Belated Birthday! those plates are gorgeous…
    Enjoy!
    All the Best,
    Christine

  21. 21
    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!

  22. 22
    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.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  23. 23
    Tracy says:

    Very cute! I have to show my daughter , she will love this idea!

  24. 24
    bloggymom says:

    So cute!!! Would be great for Valentine’s Day!

  25. 25
    Noelle says:

    OMG!! I am going to have to try this one! My family will think I am just the icing on the cake :))

  26. 26
    Julie says:

    So very clever. I love this idea!

  27. 27

    I LOVE THIS!!! So totally doing this today!!
    Thanks for the fantastic inspiration!! : )

    evie

  28. 28

    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)

  29. 29
    Kathy says:

    So cute and clever! Consider sharing this with my readers at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2011/12/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-4.html

    Christmas blessings!

  30. 30

    Fascinating! What a great project. Thank you so much for linking it to Fabulous Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

  31. 31
    Casandra 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

  32. 32
    Melody 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!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com

  33. 33
    Tina says:

    This is the cutest thing! I have to try this…thanks for sharing!

  34. 34

    This is awesome! Pinned it already! THANK YOU!!

  35. 35
    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!

  36. 36
    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!

  37. 37
    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.

    • 37.1
      Debbie 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!
      xo,
      Debbie

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