Perk Up With Peppermint Desserts

Whether your peppermint comes in the form of oil, extract, or cane, this cool candy flavor is sure to pep up your holiday desserts, from cakes and candies to cookies and pies.

  • Peppermint-Coated Pretzels
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Peppermint-Coated Pretzels

    Turn pretzel nuggets into holiday treats by dipping them in melted white chocolate and peppermint candy pieces. The salty-sweet combination is irresistible.
  • Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake
    Oxmoor House

    Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake

    Loaded 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 Cookies
    Annabelle Breakey

    Peppermint Layer Cookies

    Dip 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 Cake
    Photo: Miki Duisterhof

    Peppermint-Mousse Cake

    Start 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 Pinwheel Cookies
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

    Don't let your eyes fool you; these "candies" are anything but. They're red and white cookie dough rolled into a spirals and topped with creamy peppermint frosting.
  • Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark

    Perfect 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 Tarts
    Photo: Tina Corbett; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Peppermint Brownie Tarts

    Crushed 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 Cake
    Leigh Beisch

    Candy Cane Cake

    This 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 Bonbon Cookies
    Oxmoor House

    Peppermint Bonbon Cookies

    Bonbon 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.
  • Chocolate-Peppermint Candy Cupcakes

    Chocolate-Peppermint Candy Cupcakes

    Top 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 Cream
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Peppermint Ice Cream

    Snuggle 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.
  • Peppermint Patties
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Peppermint Patties

    Make 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 Stick Cocoa
    David Prince

    Peppermint Stick Cocoa

    Make 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 Cookies
    Photo: James Carrier

    Peppermint Molasses Cookies

    A 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.
  • Crushed-Peppermint Cheesecake
    Christina Schmidhofer

    Crushed-Peppermint Cheesecake

    Peppermint 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 Brownies
    Photo: Leigh Beisch

    Peppermint-topped Brownies

    This peppermint-topped brownie recipe is perfect for holiday parties, cookie swaps, and any time you just plain crave a peppermint-chocolate flavor blast.
  • Red Velvet Peppermint Cake
    Photo: Tina Cornett

    Red Velvet Peppermint Cake

    Transform 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 Pie
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Peppermint-Marshmallow Ice Cream Pie

    Stir crushed peppermint candy and marshmallows into softened vanilla ice and spoon into a chocolate cookie crust for a festive and refreshing frozen pie.
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