Saturday, December 19, 2009

Felted Wool Gift Bags

I made these cute little gift bags for the girls teachers. I drew up a simple 3 piece pattern, sewed the pieces together, and embellished with lime green holly leaves and vintage rhinestone buttons. We then filled the bags with yummy treats...
like homemade peppermint bark. Mmmm
I don't follow a recipe per se, but this is how I make my peppermint bark:

Approximately 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp peppermint extract
8 oz white chocolate
Andes peppermint crunch (crushed candy canes would work also)

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in a bowl with 3/4 tsp shortening in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir chocolate until melted and smooth, stir in peppermint extract. Pour onto a buttered - foil lined cookie sheet. Let harden. Meanwhile melt the white chocolate and a 1/2 tsp shortening in the microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir until melted and smooth. Spread over chocolate layer being careful not to mix the semi-sweet layer into the white layer. Sprinkle Andes peppermint crunch over the white layer, pressing the pieces into the white chocolate so they stick well. Cool completely, then break into bite size pieces.
Store in a tin in the refrigerator.


Heidi said...

I love the gift bags - what a great idea! Could you post the templates?

Kathi said...

You are very thoughtful Karoline. What special gifts. Kathi

Anonymous said...

Ooooo...I may need to try the peppermint bark. I bought some candy cane cookie cutters a couple of years ago to fill with peppermint bark and haven't done it yet...we'll see...

Unknown said...

Hi Karoline. What lucky teachers! This bag is adorable and then to get the peppermint bark too. I love presentation and yours is gorgeous. BTW - your pictures are great.

Merry Christmas to you and the family. Hugs...Tracy :)

Alison Gibbs said...

Your gift bags are adorable.
Yummy, yummy recipe.
Have a wonderful christmas