Peppermint Bark & Chocolate-Peppermint Graham Crackers

During Christmas time, one of my favorite things is baking. To spread my love of baking, this year I made Christmas treats for my neighbors and friends. These treats are delicious and quite simple to make.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

The recipe was taken from Noble Pig.

~ 1 pound dark chocolate chips
~ 1 pound white chocolate chips
~ 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
~ peppermint candies, crushed

1. Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with foil.

2. In a double boiler, melt dark chocolate chips. Spread into prepared pan, and refrigerate until just about set, about 20 minutes.

3. In a double boiler, melt white chocolate chips, and stir in peppermint extract. Spread on top of dark chocolate. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.

4. Refrigerate until set, about an hour. Remove from pan and break into pieces.

Chocolate-Peppermint Graham Crackers

Chocolate-Peppermint Graham Crackers

The recipe was adapted from Shugary Sweets.

~ 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted
~ 12 ounces white chocolate chips, melted
~ peppermint candies, crushed
~ 24 graham cracker squares

1. In a double boiler, melt semisweet chocolate chips. Dip one end of the graham cracker into the chocolate and lay on parchment paper. Repeat with all crackers, and allow to set for 30 minutes.

2. In a double boiler, melt white chocolate chips. Dip other end in white chocolate, and immediately sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies. Allow to set.

Package these treats and deliver them to your friends, family or neighbors!

Pumpkin Hummus

With the pumpkin I had leftover from Thanksgiving, I decided to whip up a twist on classic hummus by adding the canned pumpkin. I’d never ordered pumpkin hummus or bought it from a store, so setting out to make it was a new experiment entirely.

Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients:

> 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
> 1 14-ounce can pumpkin puree
> 2 tablespoons lemon juice
> 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
> 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
> 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Puree for about two minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Makes 8 appetizer servings.

Adapted from VegNews.