Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies
One bite of these cookies and nothing will be able to keep you away, so if you set out a tray at the holidays be sure to hide a couple for yourself. If you don't, fair warning, they'll be gone by the time you swing by for a second.
Get the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.
Peppermint Delight Dessert
Delight might be an understatement when it comes to this beyond-easy layered dessert. Nilla wafer crumbs, peppermint-spiked chocolate pudding and whipped cream all mingle so deliciously you'll hear jingle bells when you take a bite.
Get the recipe from Lil Luna.
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Dip
Cheesecake is delicious, yes, but time intensive to make. You're already the superhero hostess, you don't need the extra work. Instead, whip up this silky, luscious cheesecake dip that channels the same flavors. Put out chocolate-covered pretzels for dipping and all your guests will swoon.
Get the recipe from A Pumpkin and a Princess.
Peppermint Gooey Bars
In case you haven't heard of gooey bars, they're beyond-easy desserts that take just 10 minutes before they hit the oven. Chocolate cake mix, sweetened condensed milk and peppermint are almost all you need to acheive fudgy bars of dessert perfection.
Get the recipe from Crazy for Crust.
Ultra-Soft Peppermint Sugar Cookies
Soft, fluffy cookie fans, look no further for your favorite Christmas cookie recipe. These take the bright flavor of candy canes and transform it into light-as-air treats that will melt gloriously on your tongue.
Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron.
Peppermint Oreo Truffles
Candy canes are bright and refreshing, but maybe you're a rich and decadent dessert person. If so, reach for these popable pieces of heaven. The filling is a thick truffle center and they're coated with even more chocolate before getting a dusting of candy cane pieces.
Get the recipe from Two Twenty One.
Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake
If there were ever an awards show for desserts, this decadent devil would be the one that could get away with accepting an award with a simple mic drop. The name says everything and it's as delicious as it sounds.
Get the recipe from The Gunny Sack.
Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes
If you eagerly await the time when a little coffeeshop called Starbucks finally launches their peppermint mochas every winter, this cupcake is the one for you. It's your peppermint- and chocolate-spiked cuppa, only in a form that comes with frosting.
Get the recipe from Baker By Nature.
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
Creamy white chocolate and pirky peppermint play well together in this cheesecake version of the classic Christmas treat. A dark chocolate crust is just enough decadence to make it feel balanced, but we won't tell if you add extra chocolate to the top.
Get the recipe from Lil Luna.
Peppermint Brownie Trifle
If you've never had a trifle, it's just a special name for a delicious layered dessert. Fudgy chunks of brownie make up one layer, as does no-bake peppermint cheesecake filling. Add some whipped cream to the top, and you'll want to devour the whole dish yourself.
Get the recipe from Inside BruCrew Life.
If you only think of after-dinner mints or candy canes when someone mentions peppermint desserts, we’ve got a delicious lesson or two for you.
These peppermint desserts taste like the holidays. There’s no other way to say it. The refreshing zing of peppermint plays perfectly with everything from dark chocolate — which makes us think of toasty cups of hot chocolate in the cold winter months — to creamy vanilla, a combination that conjures images of cookies set out for Santa by the fireplace.
Even if it’s a taste closely associated with one holiday in particular, we’re convinced there’s a reason they sell those after-dinner peppermints year-round and set out the candy canes so early: if you give them a chance, peppermint desserts are devastatingly delicious.
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The peppermint desserts we’ve collected will satisfy a whole range of sweet cravings. Some of them put peppermint front and center, letting mint dominate the dessert, others pair it with bold dark chocolate for a balanced bite that keeps you coming back for more.
So grab an extra pack or two of those classic candy canes, and see all the delicious desserts they can make for the holidays. We know they usually just sit around in the plastic wrap after the holidays until someone finally throws them out, so it’s about time we let them finally live up to their holiday treat potential.
Our favorite? Well that’s like choosing between reindeer, but we do think you need to try the Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake, which combines two of everyone’s year-round favorite flavors with the seasonal sweet peppermint bark. You’ll also see why mint is a natural pairing for some the richer desserts, as its freshness stops the sweet treats from feeling too heavy. That means you can go back for another slice or bar without a second thought!