How To Create Adorable Christmas Ornaments with Only Peppermint Candies and Cookie Cutters

‘Tis the season to get crafty!

The holidays have a sneaky way of drawing out the arts and crafts within us. If you’re sharing some family time at home this winter, you need a fresh project …a minty fresh project that is. Luckily, we’ve got just the one. 

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Super simple and fun to make, these peppermint candy ornaments provide the perfect amount of Christmas spirit. Adorning your tree, adding the finishing touch to those place settings, or keeping the dessert tray company, they’ll become your favorite holiday decoration.

What’s the added bonus? The striped red and white candies and signature holiday theme aren’t your only options. Get creative with different colored mints and various cookie cutters shapes (maybe hearts for Valentine’s Day?). You’ll be a pro in no time.

Materials:

  • Peppermint candies
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Strong scissors
  • Cookie cutters
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or foil
  • Ribbon or string

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.
  2. Butter or spritz the cookie cutters with nonstick spray, lining them up on the covered baking sheet. (We used stars, but feel free to experiment!)
  3. Unwrap the peppermint candies, filling up only the bottom of the cookie cutters. HINT: For narrow areas like star points, cut the peppermints in half using strong (and clean) scissors. Try to keep the striped design intact.
  4. Fill in the cookie cutters as closely as possible.
  5. Bake at 350 °F for 3 to 9 minutes. Don’t forget to check on them regularly!
  6. When the mints are fully melted and are beginning to run out under the cutters, they are finished baking! You may remove them from the oven.
  7. While the candy is still soft, poke a hole in one point with a chopstick. This is what you’ll use to hang the ornament (if you plan to do so).
  8. Let cool completely.
  9. Tie a ribbon through the hole and hang from a tree or on a present!

Watch the video below to see how to make your own and how we made ours! And be sure to SHARE with anyone who wants to try something a little different this year!