/ Thursday, December 13th, 2012

by Fran Cassano

Hi Everyone! On my WDW Radio Cruise 2.0/Walt Disney World trip, I met some people who I truly believe are going to be lifelong friends. I received a message from one of them last week, and it contained one of THE best holiday crafts I have ever seem.  So, I invited her, who is another member of our WDW Radio Family, over to Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting  for the holidays. This week, we welcome Alyssa Wiseman and her AMAZING Peppermint Plate (with a Disney Twist).


Peppermint Plate (with a Disney twist)

Hello, my name is Alyssa Wiseman, but I am also known as ajwiseman09 on the forums and in The Box.  I am thrilled to be asked to guest-blog on Fran’s Disney crafting blog. I need to start off by saying that I am not a creative person.  If I can make this peppermint plate, then anyone can make one!  I have seen this craft on websites like Pinterest and always wanted to try making one, however, I just never found the time.  Last week my mother-in-law sent me a picture of a peppermint plate that she had made that afternoon and I was determined to try it out.  However, like any other aspect of my life, I wanted to find a way to add a Disney twist.  So, after searching my house for any gadgets that would add some ears to my Christmas craft, I was off to my in-laws to begin my experiments.  The finished product is adorable (I think) and I hope my fellow Disney-lovers can try this craft out and maybe attempt some other alterations that I didn’t think of!  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Supplies:

  • Starlight Mints (red and green if you want)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Any type of pan (round, 9×13, or larger)
  • Cookie cutter (optional)
  • Oven

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350.

Step 2:

Unwrap the starlight mints (I only used whole ones, but you may be able to keep small pieces in certain designs)

Step 3:

Place your pan on the parchment paper and trace the bottom of the pan onto the parchment paper, making sure to cut the actual paper about 1/8 inch larger than your tracing.  This will allow you to have a little bit of a lip on the paper, so that the edges of the candy do not stick to your pan. (one thing that I found out is that even if the candy does stick to the pan, it will come right off of the side when it cools)

Step 4:

Place the parchment paper along the bottom of the pan, making sure to crease the paper along the edge of the pan, so that the paper will stand on its own.

Step 5:

Begin placing the mints into the pan, beginning with the outside edge of the pan, working your way towards the middle.  You will place the mints side-by-side so that the edges are touching each other.

Step 6:

When the pan is full of mints, then you will place it in the oven and cook it for about 7 minutes or until the mints have melted flat.

Step 7:

Remove the pan from the oven and allow the pan and plate to cool before flipping the pan over and catching the plate as it comes out of the pan.  Make sure that the plate doesn’t hit the counter as it is fragile.

Step 8:

The parchment paper will most likely fall off the bottom of the plate, however you can just set the plate on top of the paper to prevent it from sticking to the surface.

 

That is all that you need to do to create a peppermint plate.  Now for my Disney touch: I used a cookie cutter that was in the shape of Mickey’s head.  I first used it to make a Mickey-shaped peppermint plate, but then got extra creative and made a peppermint plate with a Mickey silhouette in the middle.

In order to do this, you will place the cookie cutter in the middle of the pan.  Fill both the cookie cutter and the pan with mints.  Place the pan in the oven and allow to back until the mints have melted, then remove from the oven and allow to cool a little.  Using a towel or potholder, pull the cookie cutter from the mint plate by working it out of the mints.  If it works, you should leave the shape of the cookie cutter in the plate with just a small cut out of where the cutter was.  To make sure they are melted together, place the entire pan back into the oven and cook for just a few minutes.

I read on the Internet that you can take these to parties with cookies or other treats and people can break off a piece of the plate if they want, but they can also just be used as decorations.  Now I just need to find a way to preserve them year to year!

I have also attached a few extra pictures of the other types of peppermint crafts I also attempted while making the plates.

To see the photos of all the steps and the extra crafts, please click this link: Be Our Guest Alyssa Wiseman Web Album.  All photos are by Alyssa Wiseman.


Thank you so much, Alyssa! Love, love, love it.

Are we all ready to buy bags and bags of Starlight Mints to get started?

 

Wishes and dreams for a very safe and very Happy Holidays to you and your family.

 For Fran Cassano, paper crafts have kept the magic of Disney a part of her everyday life. Fran invites us capture our own memories through Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting… Break out the tools that have been gathering dust. And let’s figure out how, together!

2 Responses to "Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting: Be Our Guest Alyssa Wiseman"

  1. Love this! I need to go get mints and try this for myself. :)

  2. I have seen these made on TV over the last week a few times. I never thought to add the Disney touch. Thanks for the Disney twist.

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