50 Perfectly Pepperminty Treats

It just wouldn’t be the holidays without candy canes hanging from the tree, tucked into stockings — and taking the starring role in all our favorite sweet treats! With these recipes you can enjoy the beloved Yuletide flavor in cakes, cookies, cocoas and more. Can't get enough of peppermint? 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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Peppermint Bark Cookies

The combination of white peppermint bark atop a chocolate cookie base equals the ultimate holiday treat. This big-batch recipe is ideal for cookie swaps, festive parties or even wrapping up as gifts. It is also easy enough for baking with the whole family. Instead of forming individual cookies, you break the giant sheet into pieces, just like you would with traditional bark.

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Peppermint Meringues

These minty, pink-striped meringues are 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 comes out striped as you pipe it. You can use this same trick with frosting for cupcakes.

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Peppermint Cookies-and-Cream Cookies

These festive cookies are perfect for the holidays, thanks to the generous addition of crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and refreshing peppermint candies. Make sure to chill the dough before baking to ensure a thick and fluffy cookie that your friends and family will enjoy in their holiday tins.

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Peppermint No-Churn Ice Cream

No ice cream maker is required for this peppermint-packed frozen treat. The refreshing mint flavor comes from two very common candies, while mini marshmallows add an extra something special.

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Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Made and served in the same pot, our slow-cooker cocoa is thickened and enriched with dark chocolate. Set up an add-ons bar beside the cooker (mini marshmallows, crushed candies and peppermint schnapps take cocoa to a whole new holiday level), then stick a ladle in the pot and let guests help themselves.

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Shortcut Peppermint Bark

Minty chocolate sandwich cookies are wrapped in a delightful blend of white chocolate and peppermint for the perfect Christmas treat. Best of all, you'll have enough sweets to gift to friends and family — all ready in under an hour!

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Peppermint Muffin-Tin Cookies

Thanks to the help of a muffin tin, these peppermint-spiked sugar cookies are perfectly round every single time. They're also easy enough for everyone in the family to pitch in to help. Frozen peppermint patties are stuffed in the middle to ramp up the flavor and provide a hidden surprise with the first bite. No need to decorate after baking — the sprinkles go right on top before going into the oven so that once they are cool, they are ready to go.

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Peppermint S'mores Dump Cake

This molten chocolate cake is filled with a layer of marshmallow topping and actual s'mores sandwiches. It's as simple as ever too: Just dump the ingredients into your cake pan and everything bakes together into the richest chocolate cake you'll ever encounter. Top it off with crushed peppermint candy, whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs for the ultimate holiday dessert.

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Peppermint Milk

Secure your spot on Santa's nice list by leaving him a glass of peppermint milk with the cookies this year.

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Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge

This Christmas classic comes together with just 3 ingredients (and a little bit of nonstick cooking spray) making it the perfect pick when you need a no-fuss option. It’s a delightful addition to any get-together, cookie plate or edible gift.

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Gingerbread Waffle Cake with Peppermint Frosting

Peppermint is often matched with chocolate but it’s wonderful alongside gingerbread as well. This easy, festive cake highlights the pairing, layering spiced waffles with a creamy peppermint frosting — that’s sure to satisfy any candy cane craving!

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Peppermint Bar Cookies

Bring the holiday cheer with this peppermint bar cookie! Featuring a thin layer of white chocolate bark on top, this minty cookie is simple to make and yields more than enough for any cookie swap.

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Peppermint Candy Double-Chocolate Cookies

Using chocolate as well as cocoa powder in these cookies gives you twice the chocolaty flavor. A sprinkle of crushed peppermint candy adds a cooling touch.

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Pink Peppermint Marshmallow Clouds

These homemade marshmallows are perfectly pink and pepperminty! The light and fluffy base is topped with a layer of crushed candy canes making for a perfect combination of soft and crunchy.

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Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Spoons

Turn candy canes into an extra-special treat by molding them into spoons and topping with chocolate and other goodies.

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Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies

These chocolatey treats deliver a double dose of peppermint flavor. You'll find it baked right into the cookies and in the crushed candy topping.

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Peppermint Candy Cake

Peppermint fans will love unwrapping this holiday cake. To create the supersize mint, we put candy cane filling between chocolate cake layers then covered the whole thing with white and red roll-out frosting (peppermint-flavored, of course). To complete the look, we wrapped the faux candy in cellophane.

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Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies

These tender, cakey sandwich cookies are sure to be a hit at your holiday get-together. The secret to a nice, fluffy cookie? Beat the butter and sugar together in the electric mixer for a full 5 minutes. It incorporates lots of air into the batter, ensuring a light, airy texture.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

This fudge is creamy and super easy to make. Enjoy it in all kinds of variations by simply swapping out the toppings; try sprinkles, chopped candies or even nuts.

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Peppermint Spritz Cookies

Crushed candy canes add a cheerful twist to these red and white swirled cookies.

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Chocolate-Peppermint Popcorn

Sweet, salty and pepperminty: this over-the-top popcorn makes the perfect snack when you're watching your favorite holiday movie.

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Boozy Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This boozy frozen hot chocolate is perfect for any chocolate-peppermint lover. It's got all the frostiness and flavor you'd expect — and comes together without too much fuss.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars

To set off the sweetness there's an interesting additional ingredient: a touch of coffee in the crust. For best results, like other cheesecakes, these squares should be chilled overnight so they set completely and slice cleanly.

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Candy Cane Pavlova

We can’t think of a better bowl for ice cream than this edible one, made of red-and-white-striped peppermint meringue. Make them ahead and store them in the freezer for up to two days so they’re ready to serve when your holiday guests arrive.

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Chocolate Peppermint Pizzelle

These delicate Italian waffle cookies are one of our favorites, especially when they’re sandwiched with an indulgent chocolate-mint filling. You can make them up to a week in advance, making it easy to keep them on hand for unexpected guests or gifting.

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Candy Cane Heart Pops

These candy pops are easy to make. Simply soften the candy canes to attach them to the sticks and fill with white chocolate and sweet holiday decorations.

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Peppermint Fried Dough

Upgrade your holiday breakfast with these homemade doughnuts. They’re tossed in peppermint sugar for just the right amount of festive flair.

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Peppermint White Russian

Dress up a classic cocktail for the holidays with with minty schnapps — and a peppermint stick!

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White Chocolate-Peppermint Drops

These minty treats are a breeze to decorate. Instead of spreading icing on top, simply dip the top of each cooled cookie into the white chocolate-glaze. Then, sprinkle with crushed candies and let cool.

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Clear Peppermint Meringue Pie

This festive pie has a crystal-clear peppermint filling, flaky chocolate crust and fluffy peppermint meringue. It's light and refreshing and just the thing to dazzle your guests at your next holiday function.

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Candy Cane Croquembouche

This tower of fluffy cream puffs, stuffed with a creamy peppermint-white chocolate filling and dusted with crushed candy canes, is the showstopping dessert that’s sure to impress. Perfect for any holiday spread or cocktail party.

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Chocolate-Peppermint Spritz

With peppermint extract in the cookies and icing (and crushed candy canes on top) these buttery spritz taste every bit as festive as they look.

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Peppermint Layer Cake with Candy Cane Frosting

This white layer cake with gooey peppermint-flavored frosting and crushed candy canes is a project — but so worth it. It makes the perfect festive dessert during the holidays.

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Boozy Peppermint-White Chocolate Iced Mocha

This spiked iced coffee isn't too sweet, making it the perfet treat alongside a couple of freshly baked holiday cookies.

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Peppermint-Mini Marshmallow Bark

You only need three ingredients to make this beloved holiday treat, making it the perfect recipe to keep in your back pocket during the busy holiday season.

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Peppermint Candy Ice Cream Cake

This dessert is a mint-lover's dream: vanilla ice cream cake loaded with crushed peppermint candies and topped with chocolate ganache — and more crushed peppermints!

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies

There’s no better way to top homemade brownies than with a fluffy layer of homemade peppermint frosting.

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No-Churn Peppermint-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

No ice cream maker needed for this refreshing treat that's loaded with chunks of delicious dark chocolate, peppermint candies and chocolate sauce.

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Peppermint Whoopie Pies

These cakey, old-fashioned cookies are a breeze to make. Just be sure you don’t overmix your ingredients; it can make the cookies tough. If you stop as soon as the batter starts to come together, your finished treats will be perfectly soft and tender.

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Peppermint Meringue Lollipops

These easy-to-make meringue pops have a crunchy bite with a soft, chewy middle. The confectioners' sugar gives them a satiny sheen, while the mild peppermint flavor makes them the perfect shimmery treat to pass out at holiday parties.

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Candy Cane Cookies

The longer you can chill this buttery dough, the better. We recommend leaving it in the refrigerator overnight for cookies that hold their shape (and don’t spread) when baked.

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Peppermint Skillet Cake with Peppermint Ice Cream

This quick-and-easy cake can be served family-style, right in the cast-iron skillet, for a rustic presentation. Topped with a homemade peppermint buttercream and served with ice cream, no one will ever guess it started with a boxed cake mix!

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Peppermint Biscotti

Biscotti are the perfect cookie to have on hand during the colder months when you’re sipping lots of hot beverages because they’re great for dunking. During December, we like to bake a batch of pepperminty ones - and add a little Yuletide spirit to our coffee or cocoa break!

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Loaded Peppermint Bark

Make this iconic holiday treat with triple the peppermint power: peppermint extract, mini peppermint patties and candy canes!

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Peppermint Marshmallow Snowmen

These cheerful snowmen have a secret — they're flavored with peppermint extract for an extra dose of holiday cheer.

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Candy Cane Chocolate Tart

We’re giving creamy chocolate custard tart the perfect holiday upgrade: a healthy dose of peppermint flavor in the filling — and whipped cream topping!

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Peppermint Pinwheels

The tri-color treat that’s sure to spread some holiday cheer? These oh-so-minty-and-delicious, swirled cookies. For best results, chill your dough well and keep it cold while you work with it.

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Peppermint-Vodka Hot Chocolate

This rich and buttery white hot chocolate gets a kick from a shot of vodka — and crushed candy canes.

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Almost-Famous Peppermint Bark

If you’re a fan of those fancy tins of peppermint bark that show up in gourmet food stores around Christmas time then you’ll love this copycat recipe. It’s a breeze to make — and comes together with just 4 ingredients.

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Peppermint Cocoa Swirl Cookies

These beautiful and festive swirled cookies look hard to make, but they're not! We add a dash of cocoa to half of our sugar cookie dough, creating two different flavors. Crushed peppermint candies give the finished cookies a touch of holiday cheer.

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