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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: MAKING A PEPPERMINT PLATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH A DISNEY TWIST!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MAKING A PEPPERMINT PLATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH A DISNEY TWIST!!!






















Peppermint Plate (with a Disney twist)

   I am thrilled to be asked to guest-blog on Fran’s Disney crafting blog. I need to start off by saying that I am not a creative person.  If I can make this peppermint plate, then anyone can make one!  I have seen this craft on websites like Pinterest and always wanted to try making one, however, I just never found the time.  Last week my mother-in-law sent me a picture of a peppermint plate that she had made that afternoon and I was determined to try it out.  However, like any other aspect of my life, I wanted to find a way to add a Disney twist.  So, after searching my house for any gadgets that would add some ears to my Christmas craft, I was off to my in-laws to begin my experiments.  The finished product is adorable (I think) and I hope my fellow Disney-lovers can try this craft out and maybe attempt some other alterations that I didn’t think of!  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!



Supplies:

  • Starlight Mints (red and green if you want)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Any type of pan (round, 9×13, or larger)
  • Cookie cutter (optional)
  • Oven


Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350.

Step 2:
Unwrap the starlight mints (I only used whole ones, but you may be able to keep small pieces in certain designs)

Step 3:
Place your pan on the parchment paper and trace the bottom of the pan onto the parchment paper, making sure to cut the actual paper about 1/8 inch larger than your tracing.  This will allow you to have a little bit of a lip on the paper, so that the edges of the candy do not stick to your pan. (one thing that I found out is that even if the candy does stick to the pan, it will come right off of the side when it cools)

Step 4:
Place the parchment paper along the bottom of the pan, making sure to crease the paper along the edge of the pan, so that the paper will stand on its own.

Step 5:
Begin placing the mints into the pan, beginning with the outside edge of the pan, working your way towards the middle.  You will place the mints side-by-side so that the edges are touching each other.
Step 6:
When the pan is full of mints, then you will place it in the oven and cook it for about 7 minutes or until the mints have melted flat.

Step 7:
Remove the pan from the oven and allow the pan and plate to cool before flipping the pan over and catching the plate as it comes out of the pan.  Make sure that the plate doesn’t hit the counter as it is fragile.

Step 8:
The parchment paper will most likely fall off the bottom of the plate, however you can just set the plate on top of the paper to prevent it from sticking to the surface.

That is all that you need to do to create a peppermint plate.  Now for my Disney touch: I used a cookie cutter that was in the shape of Mickey’s head.  I first used it to make a Mickey-shaped peppermint plate, but then got extra creative and made a peppermint plate with a Mickey silhouette in the middle.














  In order to do this, you will place the cookie cutter in the middle of the pan.  Fill both the cookie cutter and the pan with mints.  Place the pan in the oven and allow to back until the mints have melted, then remove from the oven and allow to cool a little.  Using a towel or potholder, pull the cookie cutter from the mint plate by working it out of the mints.  If it works, you should leave the shape of the cookie cutter in the plate with just a small cut out of where the cutter was.  To make sure they are melted together, place the entire pan back into the oven and cook for just a few minutes.
   I read on the Internet that you can take these to parties with cookies or other treats and people can break off a piece of the plate if they want, but they can also just be used as decorations.  Now I just need to find a way to preserve them year to year!
I have also attached a few extra pictures of the other types of peppermint crafts I also attempted while making the plates.

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