If you enjoy peppermint, make sure to check stores the day after Christmas — you can almost always find forlorn packages of candy canes marked 50-75% off. They last forever – or almost forever — so keep them in your cupboard to enjoy throughout the year. Here are a few of my favorite, SUPER SIMPLE peppermint treats – none of which will blow your calorie budget!
I often make “cookies” or “brownies” using my very favorite Quest protein bars. Sprinkle a bar with peppermint sugar before baking or use the sugar to embellish your favorite cookies.
Fond Christmas Memory
My absolute favorite Christmas cookies are Candy Cane Cookies. I can’t eat them now because of the gluten free thing, but when I was a child my mom would mix up two batches of dough – one plain and the other tinted pink – and then braid them together to form a candy cane shape. Waaaay more effort than I would ever put into cookie baking! Once cooled, she would glaze the cookies with vanilla icing and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. The original recipe came from the Betty Crocker Cookbook and now can be found on their website. My mom’s cookies had more frosting!
Since I don’t have the energy or attention span of my mom, I gravitate toward quick fixes and easy recipes. Peppermint Sugar is extremely simple to put together. All you need are candy canes (or round peppermints) and sugar – either white or raw turbinado sugar.
The basic recipe is simply:
1 part crushed candy canes to 2 parts sugar.
Even this “recipe” is flexible. Really, how can you go wrong with peppermint and sugar?
Armed with your Peppermint Sugar , you can go a step further and create a deliciously scented homemade sugar scrub and I promise it’s easy peasy!!
For a half-cup jar:
Love sugar scrubs? Double the recipe.
Really love peppermint scent? Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil (not extract) to your scrub.
Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Scrub: Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder to the recipe. Yum!! If the mixture seems too dry, add a tiny bit more oil.
Prefer plain ‘ol vanilla? Use only sugar and oil – skip the peppermint altogether.
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