In The Kitchen With Kamilah | Peppermint Bark Holiday Treats

The highlight of the Holiday Season for me is making my annual purchase of Peppermint Bark. This weekend I prepared three of my favorite holiday treats with peppermint bark. Peppermint Affogato, Chocolate Peppermint Martini, and Peppermint Bark Rocky Ledge Bars. I am so excited to share with you. Head over to @mela.lifestyle Instagram or YouTube (Kamilah Tibbitts) to view the full episode. 

 

 

I love the tin canister of Peppermint Bark. It is super cute and you can always "repurpose" to use as a gift box, store extra holiday treats and candy, or a decorative piece on your table. Let's start with a jolt of our first recipe, Peppermint Affogato. Don't be intimidated by the name. It is a traditional Italian treat, espresso over peppermint ice cream. If you don't have an espresso maker, you can also pour your favorite coffee over. 

 

 

Peppermint Affogato

 

1/2 cup peppermint ice cream

1 or 2 shots of espresso

2 tablespoons chopped Peppermint Bark

 

Scoop the ice cream into your glass. Pour the espresso on top. Cover with peppermint bark and enjoy! I like to add chocolate covered peppermint sticks to my Peppermint Affogato as a cute accent. Yum!

 

So many of my friends are prepping for Sober January. I also always like to have an option for my guest that don't drink, yet still want to enjoy sipping on something pretty. Isn't it the worst if you go to a party and all they have for you is Pellegrino?!? This is a great drink you can serve at a holiday party, brunch, or a New Year's Eve Soiree! My friends that are expecting also understand. If you are expecting during the holidays. Cheers to You! Here is a yummy treat to enjoy. 

 

Chocolate Peppermint Martini Mocktail & Traditional 

 

Prep Your Martini Glass

2-3 Candy Canes

1 cup Simple Syrup 

Marshmallow Dip 

Dark Chocolate Sauce

 

For both drinks, I like to dip the martini glass in simple syrup and then place the glass in a saucer of marshmallow dip. Place candy canes in a zip lock bag and crush. Transfer to a saucer and dip marshmallow rim in the crushed candy canes. Drizzle chocolate sauce on the inside of glass.

 

 

 

Non-Alcoholic Mocktail: Cocolate Peppermint Martini

3 oz whole milk or milk substitute

1 oz vanilla syrup 

2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder

Once you have your marshmallow, chocolate and candy cane martini glass lined, place liquid ingredients into shaker. Shake it, Shake it, and Pour! Sprinkle with cocoa powder for an accent, cuteness, and flavor. 

 

Traditional Chocolate Peppermint Martini  

1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

0.5 oz Peppermint Schnapps

1 oz. Vodka

Combine Liqueur, Schnapps, and Vodka with ice in a shaker. Shake it! Pour into your pretty prepared Martini glass and Enjoy! 

 

Peppermint Bark Rocky Ledge Bars 

These Rocky Ledge Bars are pure Holiday Heaven. You can include any of your favorite candy, like toffee, butterscotch, or caramel. I only included a few and topped with.....Peppermint Bark!

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1 stick unsalted butter, room tempature

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup chopped Peppermint Bark

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9 x13 inch baking pan. Line with parchment paper, allow an overhang. Brush parchment paper with butter.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In an electric mixer, combine butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until well combined. Mix in flour mixture until combined. Fold in marshmallows and chocolate chips. 

3. Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle as many additional marshmallows, chocolate, and peppermint bark that your heart desires. Bake until top is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool on wire rack. Lift out of pan and transfer to a baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes. 

4. Remove parchment, and cut into triangles. 

 

 

 

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