20 Minute DIY: Peppermint Trays

Serving trays made of peppermints are wildly popular on Pinterest (so much so that I accidentally pinned the same site twice, not realizing that other people had just picked different images from it). Store-bought cookie tins are usually pretty tacky, so I decided to see if the instructions work as well in real life as online.

To make these, all you need is a cookie tray, parchment or wax paper, and red and/or green peppermints. Tear off a piece of paper large enough to cover the pan, and then arrange the mints in whatever shape and pattern you like, making sure to nest them close together so as to not leave holes as they melt.

Peppermints arranged on parchment paper in a hexagonal pattern with alternating rows of red and green mints.
Very geometric

Carefully slide the tray into an oven preheated to 350°F. The instructions I followed said to cook for 8-10 minutes, but you might want to check on them a little sooner. After five minutes mine had barely started to melt and by eight, well”¦ they’d melted a little too much at the edges and there were a few weird bubbles on the surface. Oops.

The same red and green peppermints melted together into an awkwardly oval-shaped tray
So much for geometry!

The tray is still usable, and since both my husband and mother-in-law saw the finished product without realizing what shape it was supposed to be, it got rave reviews from them. I used less than $2 worth of mints and the finished product can be broken up and eaten!

By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

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