This time of year is meant for giving. I know, I know… so cliche!
To be perfectly honest, I really hate shopping for other people. It’s not that I don’t like giving gifts, it’s more a matter of me being terrible at making decisions, and always feeling as if I can get a better price on something if I just go to a different store or check another website. However, there is one thing I really enjoy doing this time of year: GIFT WRAPPING!
Oh, how I love give wrapping. The paper. The ribbons. The bows. The colors.
And of course, the tags.
This year after reading about all different ways to save money on Christmas gifts through other blogs, I thought, “Why even buy tags? I can just make them.”
It’s very simple you see.
Just take something blank like this:
And turn it into this:
Now of course a gift tag needs to go on some sort of package:
Now some of you may be wondering what is in that package.
As most of you know, I love to bake and by this point have probably come to the conclusion that there is some sort of baked goodie in the bag.
What you might not know is that chocolate and peppermint might be my absolute favorite combination on the planet. It’s so fresh and sweet and chocolate-y and decadant.
White Chocolate Glazed Peppermint Brownies
makes about 12 to 16
adapted slightly from Eat, Live, Run*
½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
½ tsp of salt
¼ cup of cocoa
1 stick of butter
8-oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
25 peppermint patties
¾ cup of white chocolate chips
½ tsp. of pure peppermint extract
Preheat the oven to 350.
Melt the chocolate and butter together over double boiler on the stove. Remove and let cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Crack eggs in small ball and whisk together slightly. Whisk eggs and vanilla into chocolate mixture. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa and salt in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to chocolate and mix well to combine.
Butter nine by thirteen inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper. Then, butter the paper (really butter it!) and then pour half of the brownie batter in the pan. Arrange peppermint patties over top and then spread the remaining batter over top, smoothing it out with a palate knife. You may need to push the brownies slightly away from the sides of the pan to come together.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
Once the brownies are out of the oven, melt white chocolate and peppermint extract together over DOUBLE BOILER! Do not put directly over the heat or the white chocolate will burn. If the chocolate is too thick, add a ½ tsp. to 1 tsp. of warm water to the chocolate to loosen while it is still over heat. Drizzle the chocolate over the brownies and immediately add sprinkles to the glaze.
Let cool for AT LEAST an HOUR before attempting to cut. And when you do cut, spray your knife with cooking spray or wipe with a wet paper towel after each slice. The first few pieces may not be pretty, but they get easier to cut and take out of the pan after the first row!
*This recipe is adapted from Jenna’s Triple Layer Mint Smores Brownies. If you decide to make these and post the recipe, please link the actual brownies to her 🙂 I made a few slight changes to the recipe I thought would make them easier to make, but the original brownie recipe is hers! I opted to make my own white chocolate glaze instead of making them “smores” and using marshmallows.
What is your favorite part of the holiday season? Do you enjoy shopping for others? Do you like gift wrapping as much as me? 😉