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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Peppermint Bark and Janelle's First Youtube Video!

Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen is guest posting today - do not miss her first video blog at the bottom!!! Janelle writes:

"Every year, my son's school sends out a letter to parents that asks for us to donate a dozen or two of our favorite cookies/treats on a given day. That morning children and parents come in with tons of cookies and lay them out on the stage in our gymnasium. Parent volunteers stay during the morning and lay out trays and disperse all of these goodies which eventually turn into beautiful Christmas cookie trays. Every staff member at our school gets to take one of these home. It is a small way we share God's love with the people who touch our children's lives each and every day.

This is something I brought in this year to place on the cookie trays..a very simple, pretty and tasty treat! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do..."

3 simple ingredients: white morsels, semi-sweet morsels, 2 boxes of candy canes

Place semi-sweet morsels in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 60 seconds and stir, microwave an additional 60 seconds and stir until smooth.

Spread melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, place in refrigerator and let cool/harden. (appx 20 mins)

Unwrap candy canes and place in a large ziploc bag- crush with a mallet.

Crushed candy canes!

Melt white chocolate using the same method as you did with the semi-sweet chocolate. Stir in 1 cup of the crushed candy canes.

Spread white chocolate with crushed candy canes over the cooled semi-sweet chocolate

My "helper"

Sprinkle remaining crushed candy canes over top of white chocolate, place in refrigerator for 2 hours until well set, cooled and hardened.

Break into pieces (they will be uneven)

Mmmmmmm.....a beautiful and delicious winter treat!

I wrapped 3-4 pieces in baggies to take to my son's school for the annual cookies trays we make for the staff.

Peppermint Bark
24 oz of white chocolate chips
24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 boxes of candy canes

In a microwave safe bowl melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave for 60 seconds, stir and repeat for an additional 60 seconds. Place parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet and spread melted chocolate over top. Place in refrigerator until set and hardened (appx 20 mins). Melt white chocolate chips the same way. Unwrap candy canes and place in a large Ziploc bag and crush with a mallet. Place 1 cup of crushed candy canes into the melted white chocolate. Pour white chocolate on top of hardened dark chocolate and sprinkle with the left over crushed candy cane. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours until well set and hardened. Take out and break into pieces. Enjoy!

Thank you Janelle so much!!!

Walk with the King!

You can follow Janelle on her own blog Comfy In The Kitchen! Follow Janelle on Facebook and Twitter.

I am participating in What's Cooking Wednesday, Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday, Dining With Debbie , Balancing Beauty and Bedlam , and Tuesdays at the Table recipe exchanges. I am also linked up to Raising Homemakers Weds. link up and Works For Me Wednesday! For more blogger recipes go to these links.



Anonymous becca banana said...

Wonderful idea! I loved the video. :)

December 15, 2010 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger ♥Lucky Lees to Be ♥ said...

It was awesome seeing Janelle in the video! Great recipe too, I'll be making some tomorrow!!! Thanks Courtney & Janelle!

December 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Hope Filled Living said...

Thank you so much for posting the Peppermint Bark recipe! I can make it for Christmas....It's always a treat to visit your blog and watch your videos.
Bless you,

December 16, 2010 at 6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never made the peppermint bark without using peppermint extract. I'll have to try this version too! Great idea.

December 16, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Thank you so much for this Peppermint Bark recipe!I absolutely love peppermint bark but thought you had to buy already made! It's easy and sounds yummy!!

December 16, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Darlene Schacht said...

Wow, wow wow!!!! You are such a natural behind the camera. I hope you do more video blogs. I'm so excited that you did so well on your fist video. It looks like you've done a zillion!

December 16, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I love this recipe with the semi-sweet chocolate on the bottom. I will have to try it.
Great vlog. Looks like a fun day for the moms at school. What a nice token of appreciation for the staff!

December 16, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Becky said...

The peppermint bark looks beautiful. I love the addition of the chocolate base. I have white bark in the freezer now but I think I'll be putting this together too!

December 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Bark is my absolute FAVORITE treat to make for sharing. I do the cheaters version, using a base of lightly salted saltine crackers, then a layer of melted margarine/sugar, and then either chocolate chips (melted and spread over the baked crackers) and peanuts, OR melted white chocolate and then crushed candy canes. Bark is always a HUGE hit. And it's addicting (uh hem). Thanks so much for sharing your video, Janelle. Wonderful!

December 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Sonya Schroeder said...

What a great yummy treat you are sharing Courtney!! Janelle is amazing and is doing great things. I love your cute blog too Janelle way to go!! I love the idea that you are doing for the staff that is amazing way to show God love!! Merry Christmas all and thanks Courtney and Janelle for you bring to my home everyday!!! Luv ya

December 16, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Saved by Grace said...

Oh my goodness!! What a blessing for those teachers to recieve that. And what a great, easy yummy treat. Thank you Janelle! Love it!

You gals are such a blessing to us!

Love you!

December 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Thank you my Friends! It was such a fun day..loved sharing it with you (even though I am a bit camera shy!)The peppermint bark can be made so many different/delicious ways- a lot of the recipes I share don't involve purchasing anything special-sometimes 1 ingredient intimidates people enough that they don't make the item they want to make! Please feel free to add to my recipes as your tastes desire! I love it!

December 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I love peppermint bark!

December 16, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

oooh, love me some pepermint bark! i think i may love that easy peasy recipe even MORE! well done on the vlog!


December 16, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I baked the soft sugar cookies today and I also just finished my peppermint candy. I made mine in mini silicone molds. they are so easy to pop out and the candy looks great!

December 16, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

What a great idea!!!

December 16, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Hmmmm this looks GREAT Janelle!!! I might have to head out to the store tonight and purchase those ingredients!!! I was needing to find a new recipe to try out for Christmas! BTW: You did wonderful on your video! Next time I'm in Ohio, Courtney will have to get us all together!;) Merry Christmas!

December 16, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
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December 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on your video! You are a natural! Thank you for sharing the beautiful servant hearts of our mom's at School. We are blessed with wonderful Godly teachers who love and influence our children everyday, and this is just one small way we can bless them in return and show our sincere appreciation!
Also wanted to thank you for sharing the peppermint bark recipe! This is one of my absolute favorite treats this time of year, and with your help I may just learn to make it!
Thank you so much!

December 16, 2010 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That recipe was so much simpler than I expected! I can't wait to try it.

December 16, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Thank you Angela..Would love to get together as well! I have heard so many wonderful things about you :)Thanks Ladies! Enjoy this over the Holidays!

December 16, 2010 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Steph Johnson said...

I just made this peppermint bark to take a Christmas party tomorrow. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

December 17, 2010 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Yea Steph! Hope you enjoyed it!

December 18, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Steph Johnson said...

The peppermint bark was a hit! Everyone loved it!

December 20, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms said...

I made this and its so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

December 20, 2010 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Janelle can you help me with a recipe? I am wanting to invite my in-laws over for breakfast/brunch Christmas morning but I need something really simple as you know the morning is crazy with kids and packages to open. I would appreciate any ideas! Thank you...Stephanie

December 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Hi Stephanie!

It is funny you should mention Christmas morning breakfast because I am posting about that very topic on Courtney's blog tomorrow! what I would suggest would be to try the easy quiche recipe
and make pillsbury or rhodes cinnamon buns (I have made my own from scratch and they taste so similar, I figure it isn't worth all the fuss) you could also add some fruit and/or sausage gravy ahead of time ( keeping it warm in a Crockpot)

Both of these are EASY recipes-
Sausage Gravy-

I have also made Paula Deens Praline Baked French Toast (you soak overnight and bake)-
And this egg and sausage casserole -

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Love, Janelle

December 21, 2010 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Tracy and Steph, thank you! So glad you liked it!

December 21, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I am finally making this recipe today! Thanks for sharing!

December 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe. I made the bark today, and I love it. I accidentally purchased milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet, and it's still delicious. Can't wait to share it with my best friend. She loves peppermint.

December 23, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

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