Peppermint Candy Ornaments: Simple and Fun

December 10, 2023   20 Comments

Put the butter down! Time for peppermint candy ornaments.

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

Is it a craft or is it food? I'm not sure exactly - but I love the concept.

I am always looking for holiday traditions that don’t involve cookies. Check out my pomander balls or strawberry santa hats for some other fun ideas.

Anyone who has some cookie cutters and peppermints (or other hard candy) can make these. Think of these peppermint candy canes like a DIY candy cane.

Why make these?

  • They are cheap.
  • One ingredient and you are done.
  • You won’t be tempted to eat 20.

How many could you possible eat? Also, you have a breath freshener ready to go for after the coffee. Just suck on your tree.

You can make these with other hard candies as well if you want to have some other colors and shapes. I think you could make all sorts of fun designs with different colors of candies.

To enable hanging these on your tree, stab the ornament with a skewer or a chopstick right after you bake them (while they are still soft) to create a hole for a ribbon.

Don't miss this window because you will need a power drill to make a hole after they harden. Check out my video which will show you the entire process.

My kids loved making these last year because they got to play with candy and you can create a bunch of different shapes. We did not try to keep them for this year because of a wee problem with ants.

These also make great quick gifts for those who you want to make smile (and for those who are attempting to avoid the great cookie influx). I don’t have any problems with cookies - it is just the amount that we seem to inhale. I

Have you made peppermint candy ornaments? How did it go?

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

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  1. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spray oven-safe, metal cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray, then place on a cookie baking sheet. Fill each cookie cutter with peppermint candies. Break candies into pieces to fill in smaller areas.
  3. Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 3–9 minutes until candies melt into cookie cutter shape.
  4. Remove from oven and let candy harden. Stab with toothpick or skewer to create hole for hanging.Then stretch cookie cutter to remove candy “ornamint”.

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These look wonderful -- a holiday item I will definitely make with my two young granddaughters!

Mine turned very sticky after a few hours. Any tips?

@Kim - do you live in a humid environment? Maybe hit them with a hot blow dryer or toss them back in the oven for a few minutes. I live in a very dry environment so that hasn't happened. Thanks for your question!

Could you make these in silicone molds?

Are these really easy enough to make that I could pull it off with a group of 4 sixth grade boys? Do you crush or just crack the extras to fill in the corners of the cookie cutters? This may be just the activity I was hoping for. Silly, yet perfect, And something to give to someone else!!! Instead of just eat by yourself.

The ornament doesn't crack when you poke it to make the hole for hanging?

@Jennie - As you know, I have a 6th grade boy. He would enjoy this activity. Yes, you crack the candy to fill the cookie cutter.

@Andrea - you allow it to harden but not too much before you poke a whole. Just use your instincts and these are cheap enough to toss out and try again if you mess up.

@Pat - yes! silicon molds would be perfect!

Thanks for all the great questions!

Oooh, use the green spearmint candies for the trees! These are adorable.

I’m going to try this with sugar free peppermints. I’ll use Hanukkah cookie molds!

I've been making bird seed ornaments with cookie cutters to give as gifts instead of cookies (to not tempt me) - it's a great way to make something without calories.

this sounds great for Christmas Eve service treat at my church too.

I made these the first time I saw you publish and I've kept them in a Tupperware container in the freezer ever since. Works great to keep them from year to year.

Do you need to fill all the nooks and crannies? Does the candy spread out at all? Looks like a fun project with the littles! Thanks!

I've found that painting mod-podge on them makes them a little more durable when saving them. Otherwise they broke into pieces.

I have made these before…I usually spray them with acrylic spray and let them dry completely and use as ornaments on the tree! I still have some I made several years ago

Can you use any kind of hard candy to make these

These are to eat, correct?

Do you fill the ornament with whole candies and then fill spaces with crushed ones. Also do you remove from cookie cutter right away. Then poke hole before hardens completely.

Looks easy enough. Could you coat them with mod pig to save?

My 12 tr old grandson n I made these n had so much fun. But the edges are very sharp. I sliced my thumb) wgat do you recommend to get rid if tge sharp edges along the cookie cutter when removed? Other than that, we loved tgem!!

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