Crushed cookies and candies dress up these festive peppermint desserts.
Peppermint desserts are a delicious sign that the holiday season is in full swing. Once peppermint candy canes hit store shelves, we know its time to indulge in our peppermint desserts best enjoyed in the midst of the frosty season. The cool red and white candies – no matter if they’re hanging from the Christmas tree as decoration or incorporated into the table settings for holiday parties or Christmas dinner -- are quintessential to the joy and happiness of the season.
Serve a decadent peppermint dessert after the traditional Christmas spread or bring to a festive holiday party. Crumble these crunchy hard candies overtop a cake, bake it in a slice of chocolate heaven, or sprinkle it over a cool ice cream dessert. Our favorite cool peppermint recipes show the many ways to use peppermint candies in desserts, drinks, and holiday gifts. No matter which way you choose to incorporate peppermint candies into your Christmas confections, these delicious peppermint desserts will have guests grabbing for more than one.
Chocolate-Peppermint Candy Cupcakes
Dress up classic cupcakes by adding chopped pieces of homemade white chocolate-peppermint bark. The combination of chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint is always a crowd pleaser.
Peppermint Brownie Tarts
Recipe: Peppermint Brownie Tarts
Refreshing peppermint-chocolate frosting tops this decadent and fudgy brownie tart. Garnish with crushed peppermint candy canes.
Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
Recipe: Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
Fill inexpensive metal containers from crafts stores with Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies for a gift your neighbors and friends will love.
Recipe: Chocolate-Mint Cake
This rich holiday cake is a show-stopper that will become a family holiday classic recipe. Don't be tempted to substitute peppermint extract for the peppermint oil used in this recipe. Peppermint oil, available from cake-supply stores, has an intense, highly concentrated flavor like that found in chocolate-covered peppermint patties.
Triple Mint Sundaes
Peppermint Patty Frappés
Recipe: Peppermint Patty Frappés
Crushed peppermint patties add chocolate minty freshness to these creamy milkshake-like drinks. Make Grown-up Frappés by decreasing the milk and adding crème de cacao.
3 Ways to Serve a Frappé:
Black-Bottom: Pour chocolate fudge shell topping into frozen glasses.
Sparkly: Dip rims of glasses in warm hot fudge topping; sprinkle with crushed peppermints.
Spiked Whipped Cream: Sweeten whipping cream with crème de cacao instead of sugar.
Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
Recipe: Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
As if milk chocolate morsels and peppermint candies weren't perfect enough a mixture, we added rich cream-and-mint-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and salty pretzel sticks to our peppermint bark. This recipe is great for giving as gifts, but be sure to save a few pieces as a holiday treat for yourself.
Red Velvet Peppermint Cake
Recipe: Red Velvet Peppermint Cake
The marbled layers seemed like a good idea at the time, but to get picture-perfect peppermint swirls, we bake and frost 27 layers.
Fudgy Chocolate Malt-Peppermint Pie
A layer of peppermint ice cream tops a rich crust in this pie.