Candy Cane Pepermint Creams
This weekend marks the beginning of our Christmas celebrations. And, let me tell you, I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks! This is finally the time when all the planning and preparations start to pay off and you can get down to enjoying all the great parts of Christmas as they start to happen – our annual Friendmas celebrations, catching up with family and getting down to the important task of wrapping up all these lovely gifts!
One of the things that I remember making as a Little in the run up to Christmas is peppermint creams. These retro little confections are so fun and simple to whip up. These little treats probably taste great the whole year round, but for me they will always be associated with Christmas. So, I decided to give them an extra festive feel with these Candy Cane Peppermint Creams – the perfect ‘make and take’ recipe!
Grab you supplies…
1 large egg
500g/ 170z icing sugar
Teaspoon of peppermint essence
Splash of lemon juice
Candy Cane (or two)
Mini cookie cutters
In a large bowl, separate the white from the egg and whisk until it forms soft peaks. add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of peppermint essence and whisk until combined. With the whisk speed set to slow (and I mean S.L.O.W or you’ll end up an a could of sugar – which is tasty, but takes an age to clean up!) add in the icing sugar one spoonful at a time.
Continue to whisk in the sugar until the mixture forms a thick, rollable paste. Cover your surface with a generous dusting of more icing sugar and roll out to 1cm thickness. With your favourite mini cookie cutters – I adore these tiny star cutters c/o DotComGiftShop cut out the sweets from the sheet of peppermint creams.
Wrap the candy cane (or two) in a sheet of baking parchment and use the rolling pin to crush it into small pieces. As fun as it is to bash the candy cane, try to shake it around to get small, fairly even sized pieced and don’t go too crazy or you’ll just end up with dust!
Place the peppermint cream stars onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and sprinke with the crushed candy cane. Lightly press the smashed candy cane into the surface of the sweets, this will help to hold it in place when the sweets set. Place into the fridge for about an hour to set.
Once hardened, these little sweeties are ready to eat or can be wrapped up in brown paper ready to take as a little gift to a party. I’m pretty sure that everyone will love these super-sweet retro confections!
You know what else is really good? I discovered that floating one of these little beauties on top on hot chocolate is just amazing, stir it through to make a delicious peppermint hot chocolate! Enjoy!