Cozy Recipes That Will Make It Feel Like You're Spending Christmas in Peppermint Hollow

Watch Ree Drummond as Bee the bakery owner in Candy Coated Christmas, which is set in the quaint fictitious town of Peppermint Hollow. This feature film will stream exclusively on discovery+ starting November 19th.

October 14, 2021

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Mint Brownie Bites

These yummy chocolate-covered treats get quite a bit of screen time throughout Candy Coated Christmas — and for good reason, too! Their fudgy texture and minty flavor make them the quintessential Peppermint Hollow treat. Whether you offer them as "free samples" to all your holiday visitors like Bee does in her cafe, or you just make a plate for yourself to enjoy while watching the film, they're sure to leave a lasting impression.

Get the Recipe: Mint Brownie Bites

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Ginger, cinnamon and allspice give this hot chocolate a nostalgic gingerbread flavor that’ll have all your friends and family members thinking of Christmases past. When serving, take a page from Bee's book and pour your cocoa into adorable Santa or Christmas tree-shaped mugs. Be sure to stick a whole candy cane inside to finish them off!

Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Best Bread Pudding

To give this dreamy bread pudding the Peppermint Hollow treatment, add a few dashes of peppermint extract into your custard mixture before assembling and baking.

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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Though main character Molly Gallant swears up and down that cooking isn't for her throughout Candy Coated Christmas, we have a really strong feeling that even she could manage these shortcut cinnamon rolls. You'll use boxed red velvet cake mix to make them, which cuts down both the kneading and the proofing, so you'll have more than enough time to go frolic in the snow with your own special someone.

Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Peppermint Meringues

If Peppermint Hollow had a mascot, these dual-colored meringues would be it. They're super easy to make and use a clever decorating trick: Paint lines of food coloring gel up the sides of a pastry bag before filling it with meringue and each cookie will come out striped as you pipe it. They would also make a lovely edible favor for a winter wedding...just saying!

Get the Recipe: Peppermint Meringues

Maple Oat Nut Scones

Nothing says 'home for the holidays' like a made-from-scratch pastry. These sweet and nutty scones are tender, buttery and topped with a maple glaze — everything you could ever want on Christmas morning. They also make the perfect post gift-opening snack.

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No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Yule Log

This show-stopping holiday cake requires zero baking and is packed with luscious chocolate and coffee flavor. Make it the night before your big Christmas get-together and you’ll have more time to spend with family, friends or the love of your life!

Get the Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Yule Log

Christmas Cake Cookies

These holly jolly cookies have a prime spot at the front of Bee's bakery case, and they're well worth the spotlight. To decorate them, you'll cluster together cinnamon candies to look like holly berries. Trust us — they're sure to make you the talk of your little town!

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The Best Mulled Wine

Headed to the tree lot with your Christmas cutie? Bring some cups of this ultra-fragrant mulled wine along with you. Store-bought apple cider forms the base, while spices like cinnamon, clove and black peppercorn infuse it with just the right amount of warmth.

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Coffee Cake with Orange Marmalade and Orange Glaze

Want to give all your out-of-town guests a taste of a small town Christmas? Just add this elegant coffee cake to your holiday menu! It's packed full of citrusy notes thanks to its use of both orange marmalade and orange juice, and is sure to get you some Bee-worthy notice, even with big city slickers, like Molly!

Get the Recipe: Coffee Cake with Orange Marmalade and Orange Glaze

The Best Gingerbread Cookies

Noah rescues Molly from more than a few rogue snowballs throughout Candy Coated Christmas. Luckily these charming gingerbread cookies make the perfect post-snowball fight treat. They also pair perfectly with the signature peppermint mochas from Bee's Bakery or a steaming cup of peppermint-flavored tea or hot cocoa.

Get the Recipe: The Best Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas Cherries

These simple cookies will remind you of the ones you used to make with mom and grandma as a kid. They’re soft and buttery, with just a hint of citrus flavor, and are embellished with very merry candied cherries, though a whole starlight mint could work too!

Get the Recipe: Christmas Cherries

Shortcut Peppermint Bark

Something tells us Candy Coated Christmas heartthrob, and resident mint farmer, Noah Winters would fall head-over-heels for this refreshing take on traditional peppermint bark. Their secret: the base is made from store-bought sandwich cookies. Make a big batch to munch on while you're watching the movie.

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Panettone French Toast Casserole

We're big believers that the best way to a person's heart is through their stomach, and this custardy french toast casserole is sure to get you a prime spot. Store-bought panettone takes the starring role, though it's the dish's cherry jam and cream cheese filling that truly makes it swoon-worthy. Though you can totally eat it for breakfast, it also makes a yummy dessert after a long day of tree decorating with your sweetie. Just be sure to add a mint leaf or two for garnish!

Get the Recipe: Panettone French Toast Casserole

Peppermint Bark Cookies

A combination of white peppermint bark and a chocolate cookie base make this the ultimate holiday treat. The recipe also yields a big batch, which makes it ideal for gifting to all your neighbors, even the ones you haven’t seen in a while. It’s also easy enough that baking novices, like Molly, can help you put it together!

Get the Recipe: Peppermint Bark Cookies

Cornflake Wreaths

One of our all-time favorite locations depicted in Candy Coated Christmas is the Winters' House. Not only is it decked to the nines with Christmas decorations inside and out, it's also where Kim Winters — Noah's mom — bakes up a storm, making a yummy array of confections for the town’s big Christmas bash. We have a sneaking suspicion Kim would approve of these adorable cereal wreaths, which only require 5 ingredients to make!

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Cheesecake-Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

Molly begins Candy Coated Christmas hoping she can get in and out of Peppermint Hollow as quickly as possible. But she's totally surprised when she finds herself falling in love with the small town and all its residents. These crispy red velvet cookies are just as surprising — each one is filled with a luscious cheesecake-like filling!

Get the Recipe: Cheesecake-Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies


Wassail is a hot mulled cider, traditionally enjoyed during wassailing, an English Christmas drinking ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following year. Though you won't find it listed on the Bee's Bakery menu, the festive beverage is great for big family gatherings or sipping on while Christmas carolling with your nearest and dearest.

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Pink Peppermint Marshmallow Clouds

These homemade marshmallows are perfectly peppermint-y and will instantly have you thinking of Peppermint Hollow! Crushed-up candy canes make the perfect topping, while their light pink hue will have you daydreaming of romance.

Get the Recipe: Pink Peppermint Marshmallow Clouds

Gingerbread Waffle Cake with Peppermint Frosting

One of our all-time favorite scenes from Candy Coated Christmas shows Molly trying — and failing — to make pancakes for breakfast. Though this stacked waffle cake requires a bit more elbow grease than pancakes do, we think Molly would enjoy it, plus it gives you the perfect excuse to eat dessert for breakfast and vice versa. Go nuts with the decorations; you can use mini candy canes, starlight mints, chocolate-covered peppermints — you get the point!

Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Waffle Cake with Peppermint Frosting

Pear-Walnut-Cranberry Quick Bread with Vanilla Bean Glaze

This quick bread is full of cozy, wintry flavors like cranberry, pear and walnut and makes the perfect giftable bite if you're spending Christmas with your significant other for the first time. Putting it together also makes a fun weekend baking project, if you find yourself inspired to get in the kitchen after watching the film.

Get the Recipe: Pear-Walnut-Cranberry Quick Bread with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Pan-Banging Pecan Snickerdoodle Cookies

Heading to your town's big Christmas bash? Be sure to take a plate full of these pecan snickerdoodle cookies with you. They're spicy, chewy, nutty and pair perfectly with just about any peppermint-flavored drink.

Get the Recipe: Pan-Banging Pecan Snickerdoodle Cookies

Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Though traveling to the "peppermint capital of the world" isn't really possible, drinking a cup of this peppermint-flavored hot chocolate will make you feel like you're actually there! You can even laddled it out into a festively decorated to-go cup and take it with you to sip on while you're present shopping in town.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Sticky Buns

These oh-so-sweet and caramelized beauties are spiked with just a hint of whiskey, giving them a richness and depth of flavor that makes them feel extra-special for the holidays. We'd totally grab a bagful from Bee's Bakery every morning, if we lived in Peppermint Hollow! They also make a very filling breakfast for out-of-town visiters and relatives.

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Quick and Easy Apple Tart

Flaky, buttery puff pastry is the perfect base for this simple yet elegant apple tart. To dress it up, drizzle some store-bought caramel sauce and chopped pecans over the top. Or skip the extras and cut up some slices to snack on while you're walking around town square or trying to woo your small town guy or girl.

Get the Recipe: Quick and Easy Apple Tart

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