This is a great recipe for those times when you want to share a homemade treat but have very little time to prepare something!
You may know I call myself “Organized/Disorganized”… Example – I have a folder in a closet full of Christmas ideas/recipes and another folder for Thanksgiving, which is the ‘organized’ part of my personality. But because my kitchen is my office, my workstation and basically where I spend much of my time, it’s usually a mess. Which is the shows the ‘disorganized’ part of my personality.
I couldn’t sleep last night, so I reorganized my Christmas folder and found my recipe for White Chocolate Peppermint Bark with Pecans – which I had totally forgotten about. Making candy doesn’t get much easier than this – just a few ingredients, a bit of time cooking in the microwave, a bit of stirring et voila – CANDY!
++ For a delicious change-of-pace, use two (12 oz.) bags of semi-sweet choc.!
- 4 cups white chocolate morsels – divided ++ Two (12 0z.) bags of morsels
- 2 Tbs. shortening – divided
- 1/3 cup finely chopped salted pecans
- 1/3 cup “smashed up” candy canes or peppermint candies
++ To break up candy canes, place several in a plastic zip lock bag and smack with a hammer, a can or a rolling pin. (Of course, if you have a high-powered food processor you can chop them up in that… I think!)
++ Leftover candy canes can – like any type of hard peppermint candy – be saved for later use.
1. Place 2 cups (1 bag) white chocolate morsels in a medium-size microwavable bowl. Add 1 Tbs. shortening.
2. Microwave – on high – for 2 minutes. ++ This is only half of the white chocolate morsels – 2 cups (one bag) at a time are melted in 2 batches. This ensures the chocolate doesn’t seize, meaning it won’t thicken or harden during melting
3. Remove chocolate from microwave and mix well with a large spoon.
4. Return to microwave for 30 – 40 seconds. Remove and stir well – ‘smooshing’ any chocolate morsels which may remain a bit unmelted.
5. Spoon melted chocolate into another bowl & repeat the process of melting 2 cups of white chocolate morsels with 1 Tbs. Crisco.
6. Stir in 1/3 cup “smashed up” candy canes or peppermint pieces and 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans.
7. Drop by large tablespoons onto a cookie sheet which has been lined with waxed paper, parchment paper or plastic wrap.
8. When candies are cooled and hardened, which won’t take long, they’re ready. Enjoy !
11 thoughts on “‘Quick ‘n Easy’ White Chocolate Peppermint Bark with Pecans”
It doesn’t get much easier than this for a nice little holiday treat. I’m happy your reorganized and discovered the recipe.
Thanks Karen ! Wishing You and Yours a Very, Very Merry Holiday Season !!
Thank you and the same to you. 🙂
These sounds so very good, Cecile. I’ve only seen “bark” that’s broken up much like brittle. These are so much more … refined. Very classy. 🙂 I’m going to a cousin’s home on Christmas day. It’s a GF household so I never know what to bring the hostess. I think that question was just answered, thanks to you. This is one treat everyone can an will enjoy. Thanks, Dear.
Big Holiday Hugs Being Sent Your Way My Dear Friend !
I’m so pleased you like this recipe Mimi! I think the rounded little drops of ‘ bark’ make a nice presentation. I made these to send to my Godmother, but decided to leave the candy just as it is on the (new) cake stand and prepare another batch for my aunt. (So now I have at least one thing for when my family all gather here next Saturday to celebrate an early Christmas.)
This is a fabulous recipe! I love that you made the in to cookie shapes!
Hello Susan – thanks for reminding me that I should’ve said ‘shortening’ instead of using the brand name of ‘Crisco’. I was very happy to have found my old recipe for these delicious candies. I hopes you enjoy them ! Happy Holidays to You & Yours !
Please tell me what Crisco is? I have never heard of it.
Great sounding candy and easy to make too.
Thanks – I’m saving them for this weekend – but – I’m going to ‘sneak’ one right now!!