Peppermint Candy Ornaments: Simple and Fun

December 16, 2018   12 Comments

Put the butter down! Time for peppermint candy ornaments.

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

Last year, Reynolds parchment paper sent me the idea and the images for these “ornamints” and I shared them right before Christmas.

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

Now, I am giving you an entire month to create these babies and forget about sugar cookies. 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. To enable hanging these on your tree, stab the ornament with a skewer 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.

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).

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

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  1. Line cookie sheet with Reynolds® 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!

on November 30, 2016

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

on November 30, 2016

@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!

on December 1, 2016

Could you make these in silicone molds?

on December 11, 2017

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.

on December 11, 2017

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

on December 11, 2017

@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!

on December 11, 2017

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

on December 11, 2017

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

on December 11, 2017

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.

on December 11, 2017

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

on December 12, 2017

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.

on December 16, 2018

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