There is something to be said for family traditions. Most of them – in my family anyway, have to do with food! It has been fifty Christmases since Chocolate Mint Sticks were introduced into my life. . . . That’s a lot of Christmases. These soft, sweet, chocolate/peppermint masterpieces have been part of my Christmases since then – every year – but one. That year . . . . well, let’s just say it won’t happen again!
My love for these little bars of all that is good, has been passed on to my children – especially my eldest – who has made it her job to bake these decadent delights every year. She now carries on the tradition in her family – and on the years that they are able to come and visit for the holidays, makes sure to remind me to have all the needed ingredients on hand to make these.
But, the majority of my family prefers them plain – in all of their soft, chocolatey, peppermint goodness.
This year, I decided to try to satisfy my peppermint bark obsession, by trying something new. . .
I topped them with a white chocolate buttercream frosting – and crushed candy canes. . . The sugar coma was almost immediate (I am not a sugar eater – it doesn’t take much to push me over the edge) – but my craving for peppermint bark was satisfied . . . . (I will be paying for this indulgence for quite awhile!)
The good news is, we only make these at Christmas. The bad news is, that I will eat them!
This is one of those recipes that lends itself well to a Gluten Free swap out – the all-purpose flour can very successfully be replaced with your favorite Gluten Free blend of flours.
They are a very welcomed contribution to a cookie exchange, and disappear quickly from any dessert table. . .
However you decided to try them, plain, frosted, or peppermint bark style, I hope you will give them a try. . . .Just imagine – the entire world filled with the aroma of Chocolate Mint Sticks baking in the oven. . . I’m quite sure there would be – at least for a moment – peace on earth. . . they are that good.