13 Peppermint Desserts to Make for the Holidays

So Fresh and Festive

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 The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

There's something about peppermint that just screams "holiday time," so freshen up your dessert table with these delicious treats. The cool, zingy flavor complements many sweets perfectly, from brownies and bars to cookies and festive cakes. Try a few this season to bring to a bake sale, a holiday get-together, or as a perfectly seasonal classroom treat.

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    Peppermint Brownies

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     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    These ganache-coated peppermint brownies will use up leftover candy canes or peppermint candies so they don't go soft after the holidays, but you might want to buy extras just to make them. They're a chocolate-lovers dream with a delicious crumb and frosting that's as rich as any hot cocoa. It's also a kid-friendly recipe, if the little ones want to pitch in and help.

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    Classic Peppermint Bark

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    Peppermint bark is probably the most classic peppermint dessert around Christmas time and for good reason. If you don't have time or the inclination to temper the chocolate, use chocolate melting disks, or don't temper at all. If you decide to go that route, store the peppermint bark in the fridge because untempered chocolate melts more easily.

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    Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

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    With a pretty contrasting peppermint bark and cookie crust and a nice crunch from crushed-up candies, this festive cheesecake tastes as great as it'll look on your dessert table. Use store-bought peppermint bark to save time and effort or make your own for an extra-special treat. Garnish with more bark or crushed candy canes or candies.

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    Grasshopper Pie

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     Elaine Lemm

    Turn the classic cocktail into a dessert with this boozy no-bake grasshopper pie. It comes out fluffy and impressive, but serve it to the adults only because it does have creme de menthe. For an even easier treat, use a pre-made graham cracker crust instead of crushing up your own. It does need several hours to chill, so plan ahead accordingly.

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    Vegan Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

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    These hot chocolate cupcakes taste just like sipping a candy cane-spiked cup of cocoa, but without any dairy products. Chickpea flour acts as both a flour and a natural binder and buckwheat flour gives them a lovely depth of flavor without adding too much nuttiness. If you don't have any, regular flour will also work just fine.

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    Christmas Peppermint Cake

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    This gorgeous festive cake uses crushed candy canes and peppermint extract in the filling for a tasty mint flavor that complements the deep chocolate cake perfectly. Decorate it with more miniature candy canes and chocolate curls for a presentation that just begs for a photo.

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    Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

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    Because they start with a cake mix, these easy cupcakes make a perfect treat for a busy evening. Beat the frosting long enough to give it time to get soft and fluffy or use canned frosting for an even faster dessert. Turn the frosting green for a pretty presentation or simply dust the tops with more crushed candy.

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    Peppermint Cookies

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     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    With a texture that tastes like a fudge brownie, but in cookie form, these treats have as much chocolate as minty goodness. Top them with crushed peppermint candies for extra texture and color that will impress both Santa and your cookie swap partners. They taste lovely with a cup of cocoa on a cold winter's night.

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    White Chocolate Heart-Shaped Thin Mints

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     Leah Maroney

    Make these beautiful minty hearts to add to a pretty cookie platter, to share as a lovely gift, or as a stand-alone classroom treat kids will love. Creamy white chocolate and an assertive minty zing make them as delicious as they are adorable, so make a big batch.

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    Peppermint Hot Chocolate Pancakes

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    Laurel Randolph 

    You can have dessert for breakfast with these peppermint-studded cocoa pancakes. Make them for a decadent Christmas breakfast or brunch or serve them as a sweet ending to a meal, for a fun and different twist on dessert. Serve them with chocolate sauce, some vanilla ice cream, or fresh whipped cream for contrast.

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    Fresh Mint Truffles

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    (c) Elizabeth LaBau

    Instead of using peppermint extract or crushed candies, these gorgeous and elegant mint truffles use fresh peppermint. Candied mint leaves make a lovely topping, but you can also use fresh. If you do, eat them within a day so the leaves don't wilt. You can also leave them plain or decorate with chocolate sprinkles, curls, or sanding sugar.

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    No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

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    Elaine Lemm

    Cream cheese and peppermint complement each other perfectly in this lightly herbal no-bake cheesecake. Make the cake ahead of time to give it plenty of time to chill, and garnish with a few pretty fresh mint leaves before serving. It also tastes great with a graham crust, if you prefer.

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    Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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    If you want to avoid added sugar, you don't have to skip dessert with this simple ice cream. Use sugar-free ice cream for a lighter treat and matcha powder to give it that pretty color we all know and love. Cacao nibs add a hint of class, but you can also use chocolate chips or shavings if you want a more typical chocolate taste.

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    Skinny Mint Cookies

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    If you like the classic Girl Scout cookie, you'll love this homemade version. They make a great project with the kids and come together quickly and easily. Use any wafer cookies you like; a mint version gives them a deliciously festive peppermint kick.