Last Updated June 1st, 2020 at 09:26 am by Lisa
Make a Peppermint Christmas Candy Plate in only 20 minutes. Serve cookies, candy, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, festive drinks or holiday cocktails!
You can take this peppermint candy plate to a dinner or holiday party filled with treats, people go crazy when they realize it’s made of candy…
Why You Will Love Making a Peppermint Candy Plate
- It is the perfect Christmas DIY project for kids and kids at heart. They’re a perfect DIY project to make with kids of all ages. Have kids help unwrap the mints and place them on the pan. You handle the oven step and then the kids can admire their hard work when it’s cool!
- You can use any color of mints. Red mints, green mints, a combination of both.
- You can create any design you want. If you use a combination of red and green mints, you can get really creative with the design!
- You can make different shapes. I used a tart pan to make my Peppermint Plate but use your imagination here. A springform pan, a cookie sheet… I’ve even seen some creative bloggers mold the Peppermint Plates around a bowl straight out of the oven to create peppermint bowls!
Supplies Needed for Peppermint Candy Plates
To make a Peppermint Plate, you’ll need:
- 1 bag of Brach’s Star Brites peppermint candy (red, green, or both!)
- cookie sheet, spring-form pan, or tart pan
- parchment paper
How Do You Make a Peppermint Candy Plate?
Are you ready for some fun? These take about 20 minutes to make…
Step 1: Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Line your pan with parchment paper or line a cookie sheet.
Step 3: Arrange unwrapped mints in any design you wish on top of the parchment paper, allow extra room on the sides as the mints will melt and spread.
Step 4: Bake for approximately 5-8 minutes. Watch carefully.
Step 5: Take out and allow to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes.
Step 6: Remove from the bottom. Be careful; the tray is fragile and breaks easily, so keep it on a small tray when moving it around.
Cookies to Serve with Your Peppermint Christmas Candy Plate:
I have made the Butter Cookies every year since 1991 and have the original recipe book from Land O Lakes. It wouldn’t be Christmas without those butter cookies.
Other popular Christmas cookie and candy recipes to serve on your candy plate!
Tips for Making a DIY Candy Plate
- If you want to shape or mold the tray in any way after you melt it, you should do so in the first minute it is out of the oven because it hardens quickly. Be careful… it’s hot!
- Try using a spring-form pan if you have one. I used a tart pan, it was not easy to remove the candy plate.
- Let the parchment paper be a bit bigger than the bottom of the spring-form pan to help you remove the candy plate.
- Be creative! There are so many ways you can go with this candy plate.
How Do You Make a Peppermint Candy Bowl?
You can make a peppermint candy bowl by shaping your Peppermint Plate over a bowl immediately upon removing it from the oven. (Be careful because the peppermints will be hot!)
How Do You Melt Peppermint Candies?
You can melt peppermint candies several different ways:
- By baking them in the oven, just like for this candy plate! This will keep them looking pretty much like peppermint candies, just slightly spread out.
- By crushing them and placing them in a double boiler. This will melt the peppermint candies down to a red peppermint liquid.
- By placing them in the microwave and melting them at intervals. This doesn’t require crushing the peppermint candies and will also melt them down to a red peppermint liquid.
More Christmas Recipes to try!
- Christmas Tree Salad + Cranberry Vinaigrette: A healthy and festive Christmas salad.
- Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans (Pumpkin Pie Spice): These Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans make a wonderful holiday food gift!
- Sausage Stuffing with Cranberries and Cherries: A wonderful Italian sausage stuffing (dressing) recipe that is bursting with flavor.
I took this Peppermint Plate to a family Christmas Eve party. My family kept asking how I made the plate…and nevermind the cookies! Just kidding, they ate the cookies. Every last one.
All the Best,
Peppermint Candy Plate for Christmas: DIY in 20 Minutes
- Line your pan with parchment paper or line a cookie sheet
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Arrange The Peppermint Candy
- Arrange unwrapped mints in any design you wish on top of the parchment paper, allow extra room on the sides as the mints will melt and spread.
Bake The Peppermint Candy Plate
- Bake for approximately 5-8 minutes. Watch carefully.
- Take out and allow to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes.
Finish Peppermint Candy Plate
- Remove from the bottom, be careful; the tray is fragile and breaks easily, so keep it on a small tray when moving it around.