What you will need:
- Peppermint Candies (multicolored ones are fun!)
- Pam Cooking Spray (or substitute)
- Parchment paper (Parchment is the only one that will not catch fire in the oven)
- Metal cookie cutters
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper and lay your metal cookie cutters on top. In an even flat layer, lay your peppermint candies indie of the cookie cutters. Avoid stacking peppermints. I learned that stacking them makes them melt unevenly.
- Bake about 7 to 10 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on the candies, and when they have fully melted remove them from the oven and let them cool a couple minutes. You do not want your candies to overcook and start bubbling/frothing at the sides of the cookie cutter. This ruins the look of the ornament.
- Lightly spray your toothpick with Pam and make your ribbon hole in the top of your candy ornament. If you don’t let your ornament cool slightly before attempting to make your ribbon hole it will close up. Adjust the size of the hole for whatever size ribbon your will be threading through it.
- Wait for the candy to harden completely before popping out. Don’t worry if some of your melted candy seeped from under your cookie cutter. This can easily be chisled away with a butter knife before popping your ornament out of the cutter. Just hold the cookie cutter down with one hand, and use your butterknife to break away the extra. It helps to stretch the metal cookie cutter out slightly before popping out. Be careful, as you can still break or damage them.
- Last, add your beautiful ribbon and enjoy hanging on your tree!
NOTE: Save any broken candy ornaments and scraps. We can use those to make peppermint bark later. Just put them in a ziplock bag.