I saw these beauties at Foodlife in Chicago, at Water Tower Place. I just had to try one (or two) for myself as I am a sucker for nice packaging.
Our version, for the bake sale to benefit the preschool that Loopy volunteers at. We had to hold our mouths just the right way to get that shredded paper tucked in and not obstructing the view of this:
We hit the Dollarama and got those candy trees and lollies to embellish the house... it looks pretty sweet - pun intended!
Our peppermint bark hearts are always a hit! I get the mini candy canes from the dollar store because they aren't wrapped in those tight tubes... you know what I mean... they are in little cello envelopes and are much easier to get into. Plus, they weren't all broken into bits like the more expensive ones I got at Safeway this year. Also, we use only Wilton Candy Melts when we bake with white chocolate. It stays smooth and soft longer than any other brand. Assemble these bad boys on silicone parchment paper.
We also use only the Wilton sugar cookie recipe for roll and cut cookies. The dough is soft but firm and easy to re-roll as you need. The secret is to use real butter, not margarine.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups flour
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
Sift together the baking powder and the flour, add gradually to the sugar mixture. You may have to add a tiny bit of water or milk. Roll on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 - 8 minutes, remove from oven and cool on rack.
The marshmallow skewers look amazing this year! We drizzled melted red chocolate on the top of them and sprinkled on some of the crushed candy canes.