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Simple Holiday Survival Recipe: Peppermint Bark

Another favorite of Simple Solutions Diva, Peppermint Bark is an easy candy to make at the holidays!  This recipe uses dark chocolate chips, but you can use semi-sweet or milk chocolate, if you prefer.

Ingredients:

Two 10 oz. bags of Nestle Dark Chocolate Chips

Two 12 oz bags of Nestle White Chocolate Chips

3  tsp. canola oil – divided

1 tsp. peppermint extract – divided

25 candy canes or peppermint candies, crushed

Directions:

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine dark chocolate chips, 1 1/2 tsp. canola oil, and 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract, and microwave according to chocolate chip package directions (approx. 2.5 minutes on 70% power – stirring every 30 seconds until smooth).

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and pour warm chocolate chip mixture into pan, spreading mixture to the edges.  Refrigerate until hardened, approx. 1 hour.

Once dark chocolate layer is hardened, begin second layer.  In clean, microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips, 1 1/2 tsp. canola oil, and 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract, and microwave according to chocolate chip package directions (approx. 2.5 minutes on 70% power – stirring every 30 seconds until smooth).

Pour white chocolate mixture over hardened dark chocolate mixture, quickly spreading mixture to the edges. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over top of mixture, and gently press candies into mixture.  Refrigerate until it is hardened.
Break into small pieces and store in air-tight containers.  Enjoy!

Simple Holiday Survival: Mini Baked Brie Bites

SSD Mini baked brie

Today’s Simple Holiday Survival Recipe is for Mini Baked Brie Bites.  I love baked brie, and this is such a simple recipe, I think I could make it every day! Enjoy!

Mini Baked Brie Bites

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz. Imported French Brie Cheese Round
  • Two Packages Frozen Mini Fillo Shells (30 total shells)
  • One Jar Cranberry Relish

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Take fillo shells out of packaging and place frozen shells onto baking sheet (I cover baking sheet with tin foil to make for easy clean up!).  Cut the brie round into bite sized pieces(see “Notes On Brie” below). You can get 30 pieces from one 7 oz. brie round.  Place a piece of brie into each fillo shell.  Bake filled shells for 5-8 minutes, until cheese is melted but not browned.

Remove from oven; place a dollop of cranberry relish on top of each filled, baked shell.  Place on serving platter and serve warm.

Notes On Brie:

  • The brie round will come out of the packaging with a white rind on it.  This rind is edible; you can choose to keep the rind on, or you can remove it.  Just make sure before you cut it that the cheese is cold — it makes for easier cutting.
  • You can actually FREEZE brie! This comes in handy for this recipe – Freeze the piece of brie for about 30 mins., and then you can cut it into small pieces easily. Package those small pieces in a baggie for future use! Great to prep your appetizer the day or week before you serve, or just to have handy when company drops by! I recommend you freeze brie only when you plan to cook it — it alters the texture slightly, so I would not serve it on a cheese platter!

 

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