From cakes, to brownies, and even ice cream, the classic candy of the holidays gets its time to shine as the star of these delicious and creative peppermint recipes. The minty flavor compliments these great desserts perfectly and provides a beautiful look that makes these fantastic treats an impressive addition to any dessert table.
Peppermint Ice-Cream CakeThis is a towering peppermint-lover's dream. Clear about 14 square inches of room in your freezer before you begin.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint BrowniesIf you can manage to wait, chief baking officer Arnold Eric Wong of Raison d'Être bakery in South San Francisco recommends serving his moist brownies a day after baking because they develop an even fudgier texture and mintier flavor.
White Chocolate Peppermint CheesecakeAt Boka restaurant in Seattle, chef Peter Birk serves this extravagantly dense and creamy cheesecake that's big enough for a party. He infuses his base with fresh mint, but we opted to keep it simple and use pure peppermint extract.
Chocolate-Peppermint CheesecakeThis chocolate cheesecake is decadent, simple, and adorned with a beautiful crowned of whipped topping and crushed peppermints.
Peppermint-Pretzel BarkMake even larger quantities for gifting this easy microwave treat by skipping the jelly-roll pan and covering your counter with parchment. It'll take longer to harden at room temperature, but you can make large batches without pans or the refrigerator.
Fudgy Chocolate-Peppermint CookiesWhen a soft, fudgy cookie meets crunchy candy cane shards, it's a match made in heaven.
Peppermint Patty FrappésThis easy holiday drink is akin to an off-the-charts milkshake. The peppermint candies add bold mint flavor as well as a kick of sweet chocolate.
Chocolate-Peppermint Pocky Sticks"I loved to eat these when I lived in Asia," says Rasmussen. "Pocky sticks are Japanese but they're all over Taiwan and Hong Kong too." The flexible dough lends itself to myriad shapes, but long pocky sticks look great on a dessert bar in a glass because they bring height to the table.
White Peppermint SnowballsWith just three simple ingredients, these peppermint cookies might just be the easiest addition ever to your holiday spread this year.
Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane CheesecakeLoaded with chocolate hunks and peppermint candies, slathered in a decadent chocolate ganache, and decorated with classic Christmas candies, this cheesecake is a "must-make" for the holidays.
Peppermint Layer CookiesDip these colorful red – and green-colored sugar cookies in a mixture of melted white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy for a festive holiday cookie that’s perfect for holiday entertaining and for holiday gifts.
Peppermint-Mousse CakeStart with a frozen pound cake loaf for this easy cake filled with a sweetened mascarpone cheese filling and topped with melted chocolate and chopped peppermint candies.
Peppermint-OREO Cookie BallsWhen these classic Oreo balls get topped with a crumbly assortment of candy cane pieces, how can we resist?
Milk Chocolate-Peppermint BarkPerfect for gift giving during the holidays, this 5-ingredient recipe features chopped cookies, peppermint candies, and pretzels stirred into melted chocolate. You’d better make an extra batch because this sweet treat won’t last long.
Peppermint Brownie TartsCrushed candy canes and rich Chocolate Glaze hide a sweet surprise inside this can't-miss cake. With some simple packaging, it makes for a great gift too.
Candy Cane CakeThis cake is almost too pretty to eat. But after one bite, your guests will be back for more. Sprinkle the crushed candies over the cake just before serving, since the moisture from the whipped cream can make the mints begin to "melt" together after about half an hour. Don't worry, though—we suspect the cake will be long gone by then.
Peppermint Divinity BarsMake this recipe all the way through without stopping, spreading the warm divinity onto a still-warm cookie base. If the divinity is too cool, it will tear the cookie base as you spread it.
Peppermint Bonbon CookiesBonbon means "very good" in French, and that's certainly what these peppermint-flavored cookies are! Between the gooey chocolate center and crunchy peppermint topping, it will be hard to decide what you like most about these Christmas treats. They also make great homemade gifts for chocoholics.
Peppermint Candy CheesecakeForget traditional cheesecake, the holidays call for something much more festive and uniquely tasty. This Peppermint Candy Cheesecake is sure to bring smiles and delight to hungry family and friends who want to delve into the holiday spirit.
Chocolate-Peppermint Candy CupcakesTop chocolate velvet cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, then sprinkle with a white-chocolate-and-peppermint bark crumble. The pint-sized treats are ideal after a hearty holiday dinner.
Peppermint Ice CreamSnuggle under a blanket with a minty bowl of homemade peppermint ice cream. Make a basic vanilla recipe, then stir in the crushed candies and freeze to give the treat a red-tinted hue.
White Peppermint SnowballsWith just three ingredients, these cookies just might be the easiest addition to the holiday spread this year!
Peppermint Hot Fudge SundaesTop your frozen dessert with something even more cool, crushed candy canes!
Peppermint PattiesMake a classic cookie sandwich with thin chocolate wafers and creamy ice cream, then add a little spice by rolling the finished cookies in crushed peppermint. Wrap the individual cookies tightly and freeze to set.
Peppermint CookiesDipped in chocolate and topped with crushed peppermint candies, these cookies make a great addition to this year's cookie swap.
Layered Peppermint CheesecakeWe love this peppermint cake recipe for its childlike whimsy, candy crunch, and—hello!—hidden layers of cheesecake.
Peppermint Stick CocoaMake simple gifts for coworkers, teachers, or friends by packing pretty cocoa jars with colorful ingredients. The chocolate chips and crushed peppermints will make the gift extra sweet.
Peppermint Molasses CookiesA simple peppermint icing, made with crushed hard candies and a few drops of red food coloring, adds bright flavor to these savory homemade molasses cookies. Sprinkle extra peppermint dust over the icing as it sets for great presentation.
Candy Cane MartiniWe dare you-- look at this cocktail and try not to fall in love. Raise a glass and toast friends and family this holiday season.
Peppermint-Bark BrowniesAs if brownies weren't already great enough, these brownies feature a rich chocolate glaze and peppermint bark topping. Substitute for crushed peppermint candy if desired.
Crushed-Peppermint CheesecakePeppermint extract, crushed peppermint candies, and crumbled chocolate cookie sandwiches pack a punch of flavor in this cheesecake. Make it ahead to ensure it has time to set.
Peppermint-topped BrowniesThis peppermint-topped brownie recipe is perfect for holiday parties, cookie swaps, and any time you just plain crave a peppermint-chocolate flavor blast.
White Chocolate-Peppermint MousseThis sweet and creamy white chocolate mousse is made even better by crushing peppermint candies and sprinkling them on top.
Red Velvet Peppermint CakeTransform a classic red velvet cake into a festive holiday dessert by adding peppermint extract to the rich cream cheese frosting and garnishing the cake with peppermint candies.
Peppermint-Marshmallow Ice Cream PieBrushing melted ice cream into the pie plate "glues" the crust into place. Crushed chocolate wafers create the crust, while whole cookies define the edges of the pie.