Candy Cane Martini Recipe

 

Here’s a great drink recipe to serve over the holidays:

 

What You Will Need:

–   Crushed candy cane for garnish on top

–   1 oz of peppermint schnapps

–   3 oz of vanilla vodka

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Use a meat tenderizer hammer and crush the candy cane into pieces.

2.   Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.  Shake very well and pour into a glass to serve.

 

How to Make Homemade Candy Cane Soap

 

I love this craft idea which I think would make a wonderful gift.  I found this idea at the Celebrations website; however, here are the instructions:

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 pound of clear glycerine soap (which you can find at a craft store)

–   Soap Molds

–   Peppermint Oil

 

 

What You Will need to do:

1.  Place candy canes in a freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin or hands.  Place crushed candy canes on the bottom of the soap molds. It’s easy to gage by putting one candy cane per piece of soap.

 

2.   Cut the glycerine soap into little pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl.

 

3.   Microwave glycerine in 30 second intervals, mixing until melted.  Mix in 3-4 drops of peppermint oil.

 

4.   Pour glycerine in soap molds, over crushed candy canes. Pour slowly so candy canes don’t shift.  If candy canes move around too much while you pouring the soap, use a toothpick to move the candy cane pieces back into place.

 

5.   Allow soap to completely harden before removing from molds.

 

 

Mini Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes Recipe

 Mini Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

 

Here is a delicious and easy recipe that I found at the Canadian Living website (with a few personal changes) which will make you never want to buy store bought cake mix again:

 

What You Will Need

Cupcake Mix:

–   1 ½ cups of flour

–   1 cup of sugar

–   1/3 cup of cocoa powder

–   1 tsp of baking soda

–   ¼ tsp of salt

–   1 cup of cold coffee

–   ½ cup of vegetable oil

–   1 tsp of vanilla

–   4 tsp of cider vinegar

Peppermint Icing:

–   1/3 cup of butter

–   3 ½ cups of icing sugar

–   ½ tsp of peppermint extract

–   ½ tsp of vanilla

–   5 Tbsp of powdered/crushed candy canes

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2.   In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

3.   Whisk in coffee, oil and vanilla; stir in vinegar.  Pour by 1 tbsp into paper-lined mini muffin cups.

4.   Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes (test with a toothpick).

5.   Let sit for about 10 minutes to cool down.

6.   For the icing, in bowl, beat butter, icing sugar and salt until fluffy; beat in cream, 2 tbsp at a time, until smooth.

7.   Beat in peppermint extract and vanilla. Beat in 3 tbsp of the candy cane powder.

8.   Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with remaining powder.

 

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