These amazing peppermint desserts may make your house smell like the holidays, but they’re so good you’ll want to eat them year-round.
From peppermint bark to peppermint s’mores, this list of 30 delightful desserts gives you lots of opportunities to enjoy old classics and find new favorites.
Perhaps you’ll start a new family tradition by baking peppermint cake on Christmas Eve?
Or maybe you can get the kids involved this year, turning them into Santa’s little helpers for a batch of candy cane tarts?
When the temperature drops, you’ll need something sweet and comforting to keep in the heat. Anyone up for a steaming mug of peppermint hot chocolate?
1. Peppermint Bark
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a big plate of crunchy, sticky, chewy, sweet, minty bark.
So make this yummy recipe and make everyone in the house happy.
It’s layered with two different types of chocolate and crushed candy canes, making it the most awesome festive treat of the season.
2. Peppermint Patties
If you love the store-bought peppermint patties, you’ll love this easy DIY recipe.
You can recreate those delicious minty mini-cakes right in your kitchen with just a few ingredients.
Simply blend together butter, powdered sugar, corn syrup, and peppermint extract, then chill.
Once the filling has firmed up in the fridge, you just dip the patties in chocolate and let the crispy chocolate coating harden.
3. Peppermint Pie
Light, fluffy, and oh-so-pink, this fairytale pie will wow a crowd.
It’s made with a chocolate crumb crust, heaped with a minty cream filling, and topped with yet more cream.
4. Bavarian Mints
Germany has a long history of festive confections, from rich chocolate cake to tongue-tingling mints.
These Bavarian candies are ideal for sneaking into stockings. They’re chocolatey, minty, fudgy, and very easy to make.
Santa would definitely approve!
5. Peppermint Cake
This is a cake for good times and big parties.
It’s gloriously pink and fluffy-looking, adorned with crushed candy canes and thick minty icing.
But it doesn’t just look amazing, it tastes great too! The moist crumb is beautifully airy and has such a wonderful flavor.
6. Peppermint Brownie Truffles
This recipe for gorgeously elegant holiday truffles is perfect for seasonal entertaining.
These look like they’ve been hand-crafted by a professional caterer, but they’re surprisingly simple.
With just three ingredients – brownie mix, peppermint candy, and white chocolate – this is the ultimate in fuss-free finger food.
7. Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms
These cute blossoms are full of minty flavor and holiday cheer.
They’re a copycat version of Hershey’s kisses, featuring peppermint candy drops nestled in a fudgy chocolate base.
8. Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes
Moist, fluffy, and very pretty – a plate of these peppermint cupcakes definitely gets me in the holiday mood.
The chocolate cupcake base is delicately flavored with mint and topped with a creamy frosting before being finished off with candy cane sprinkles.
9. White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels
These salty-sweet pretzels make a nice change from the usual seasonal snacks.
They’re dipped in white chocolate and decorated with chunky peppermint candy.
Kid-friendly and adult-approved, these irresistible treats will make everyone grab for seconds.
10. Peppermint Poke Cake
Poke cake is a dreamy, gooey sandwich cake that’s perfect for the holidays.
It consists of a chocolate cake base layer, topped with peppermint-flavored marshmallow creme and sprinkled with chunks of crunchy candy cane.
Because when it comes to the holidays, you gotta go all out.
11. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Dark winter evenings can get you down, but a warming mug of this minty cocoa will set you straight.
Rich, creamy, and frothy, it’s the best party pick-me-up for snowy nights.
12. Peppermint Brownies
These easy brownies give you Christmas joy, with zero headaches or hassle.
They’re a simple brownie batter, flavored with peppermint and ready in under 25 minutes.
Serve them warm and gooey from the oven and they’ll be gone in under 25 minutes, too!
13. Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Don’t believe the haters – you can eat ice cream when it’s cold outside.
Especially this festive ice cream, which is made with a classic vanilla base and studded with chocolate chips and peppermint candy.
A blizzard may be coming down outside, but your heart will be nice and warm with a bowl full of homemade ice cream on the table.
14. Peppermint Donuts
Dense, moist, and just a little minty, these treats are a must-make on my Christmas calendar.
Healthier than the fried variety, these oven-baked donuts are soft and crumbly without all the grease.
They’re pretty, too! Decorated with peppermint sprinkles, they’re all dressed up and ready for your holiday party.
15. Peppermint Fudge
This minty fudge is quick, easy, and very popular with sweet-toothed snackers.
It’s made with just five ingredients, most of which you probably already have in the pantry.
Give it as a gift, feed it to the kids, or eat it by yourself while you do Santa duty – this fudge is welcome anywhere, any time.
16. Peppermint Cheesecake
If you’re short on oven space, the Christmas Day feast can be stressful.
With this no-bake cheesecake, at least you won’t have to worry about dessert. Just whip it together ahead of time and store it in the fridge.
Pro tip – put it on a high shelf, away from tiny, thieving fingers. I learned that the hard way.
17. Peppermint Brownie Trifle
Bring this to your neighbor’s holiday party, and they’ll be a friend for life.
Made with layers of homemade brownie and a no-bake peppermint cheesecake, this trifle is a showstopper.
18. Death By Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
No one has actually died in the making or eating of these cookies, but they will give you a little taste of heaven.
Chocoholics will love these.
They’re made by dipping chocolate peppermint cookies in dark chocolate and then drizzling them with even more chocolate (the white kind this time).
19. Peppermint Milkshake
Some people look forward to the holidays so they can grab a peppermint beverage from their favorite coffee chain.
I say, enjoy Christmas any time by keeping this recipe handy.
Throwing together your own minty milkshake is easy with this creamy blend of peppermint extract, ice cream, chocolate, and candy.
It’s basically Christmas in a glass.
20. Peppermint Kiss Meringues
Show someone you love them this Christmas with these delightful meringue kisses.
They’re adorable, cute puffs of peppermint goodness, decorated with red and green candy cane sprinkles.
Staying single this season? Give yourself a little love and bake up a plate.
21. Peppermint Crisp Fridge Tart
There’s no cooking needed with this easy fridge cake.
Made with whipped cream, caramelized condensed milk, coconut biscuits, and grated peppermint chocolate, it hits all the right notes.
The hardest part of this fuss-free dessert is waiting until it’s firm enough to eat!
22. Peppermint S’mores Magic Bars
Christmas is all about magic, especially if you’ve little ones in the house.
Make this year extra special with these crazy-good (and crazy-gooey!) S’mores that are sure to delight kids big and small.
They’re a squishy blend of peppermint, marshmallow, chocolate, and brownies. Warning: things may get messy!
23. Peppermint Bark Dip
No-bake desserts like this dip are a holiday time-saver.
Whether you’re serving it after a big meal or putting it out at parties, everyone loves a sweet, shareable treat.
It’s especially great when it’s made with chocolate chips, peppermint candy, Cool Whip, and cream cheese.
Serve chilled with a box of graham crackers and get dunking!
24. White Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies
Grab a box of Hershey’s candy cane kisses from the store and you can make these fun and easy holiday snacks.
Soft and chewy, they’re the best way to enjoy homemade sugar cookies with added holiday magic.
25. Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
Rich and buttery, with just a hint of peppermint, these shortbread cookies are to die for.
They’re made just like regular shortbread but with a festive twist, thanks to the addition of crunchy peppermint chips sprinkled into the dough.
And they’re so convenient. Just make up the batter beforehand, roll it into a log, and store it in the fridge.
When guests arrive, all you’ll have to do is cut off a slice or two and bake!
26. Candy Cane Buttercrunch
Crunchy toffee coated with candy canes? Christmas just got a whole lot sweeter.
Crispy, chocolatey, and minty, there’s a lot of taste and texture to this yummy treat. Add it to your holiday table and say goodbye to boring bark.
27. Peppermint Candy Cane Tart
Ditch the dessert stress this year with this no-bake tart.
It’s a set and forget kind of dish – made with a graham cracker crust and a marshmallow cream cheese filling.
Whip it up, freeze, and serve. It’s really that simple!
28. Layered Mint Candies
These pretty squares double as a delicious dessert and a holiday decoration.
Thick layers of chocolate sandwich a green peppermint filling, made with heavy cream and candy.
Parcelled up with a cute bow, these would be an ideal holiday gift for friends and family.
29. Chocolate Peppermint Mousse
If you’re overloaded with cookies and cake, get your sweet fix with this light and airy mousse.
It’s decadent without being overwhelming, and rich without being sickly. So there’s no dessert guilt when you’re licking the bowl clean.
30. Peppermint Snowball Cookies
These gorgeous cookies will add a touch of class to your Christmas spread.
Dyed pink and dusted with powdered sugar, they look like little pink snowballs and taste like heaven.
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