This is a bit of a tradition for me, I always make peppermint creams for little extra presents! Here's the method I use....
You will need: Icing sugar, peppermint essence, glycerine and cocoa powder.... That's it! Oh and a few drops of water.
Mix the icing sugar with about a teaspoon of peppermint essence, 6 teaspoons of glycerine and a teaspoon of water. All of these measurements are very approximate as it depends on how much icing sugar you use, but I just guess by eye until I get a thick paste.
Scoop out teapoonfuls of the mixture and roll between your fingers to make little balls. Then roll these in cocoa powder so they are lightly coated. Then all you need to do is leave them in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight) to set. The best thing about making these is that it takes some time but is quite a mindless task so you can settle down with a bowl and some cocoa powder and watch a film while you do it.
Mine are setting as we speak! But tomorrow I have some plans on how I'm going to present them prettily so I can give them as presents :) I have some little jars and heart shaped plates, but I have used teacups, little paper bags and even made little parcels out of greaseproof paper and ribbon! So get experimenting, not long to go before the big day now!
P.S. I know it is now the 22nd of December and some of you may be thinking "how is she going to fit 7 more Handmades in 3 days?!"... Well never fear my petals, there is much more handmade fun to be had after the 25th! I mean, technically, if I was following the real 12 days of Christmas, I would have to start on Christmas day and carry on until the 6th... So really... I'm ahead of schedule! Yes. That's a good way of looking at it... It definitely wasn't me being over ambitious... everything is going completely to plan and I am definitely not sat here at midnight with cocoa powder in my hair and icing sugar on my nose!
But in all seriousness there actually are more handmades to look forward to between Christmas and New Year, so stay with me.
Hope everyone else's preparations are going much more swimmingly than mine!