Peppermint Yummies

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I know I promised I would get back on blogging track after Christmas. Well, it is after Christmas. Just not as timely as I expected myself to be. The sad thing is I should have  posted this before Christmas because it happened before Christmas, it is Christmas related, and you might of could have used these things I found out.

Now that I have admitted once again that I am a complete and total slacker, I will also admit that none of the ideas in this blogpost actually came from me. I’m a fraudulent slacker. I’ve never denied my love of Pinterest, and that is where I found all of this goodness.

Christmas was approaching and because I can’t cook, I have to take a baked good to parties. I found super cute peppermint cupcakes here. I decided they seemed easy enough and cheap enough for me to make. I got to work.

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You know the cupcakes will taste good if the batter tastes good! The batter was yummy! Raw eggs are totally fine to eat. (I did try to make a gluten free version and that was a disaster. It did not taste yummy at all.)

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I separated the batter and put red food coloring in one half. My batter is not quite as liquid as in the original tutorial. I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but I made more than one batch and had the same consistency every time. After this I swirled the colors together.

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They came out looking like this. So pretty!

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I crushed up candy canes. I took them out of the wrapper, put them in a ziplock bag, wrapped a towel around the bag, and took a hammer to them. This kind of makes a mess. That is what the towel is for. Candy canes crush easier than peppermints.

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I used the directions for peppermint buttercream icing that were in the original tutorial and then sprinkled my peppermint pieces on top. I like cold cupcakes, so I kept mine in the refrigerator, but it made the icing kind of hard. They were best if I set them out for about 30 minutes before eating them.

I was taking these goodies to a party so I needed a good way to display them. I used this tutorial, but there are plenty on Pinterest.

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I put all my peppermints on a wax paper lined pan, and put them in the oven. They melt fast. Be careful.

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This tray is very fragile. I broke mine, but I wasn’t planning on eating it so I used hot glue and felt to put it back together. You could barely see the crack. I put the tray on top of a gold plastic charger.

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Here they are at the party. I probably won’t make a peppermint tray again. It was time consuming, the wax paper stuck to the bottom, it broke, and it turned into a sticky mess by the end of the night. But it did look pretty.

I like peppermint so I would probably eat these any time of the year, but I know most people would associate this goodie with Christmas time. Until the next blog (whenever that may be)…I hope you have some sweet treats, sweet dreams, and a sweet life!

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