Year after year, you load the family stockings up with candy canes…only to find them smushed and broken in the back of the pantry a month later. We think these obligatory-yet-divisive candies give peppermint a bad name. There are tons of minty, refreshing desserts out there that are just as Christmas-appropriate—and a million times more appetizing. Here are 45 peppermint desserts to whip up this holiday season, from chocolate peppermint linzer cookies to peppermint bark fudge.
45 Peppermint Desserts That Are Bursting with Holiday Magic
5. Chocolate-peppermint Linzer Cookies
Despite the cookies’ crisp texture, they have all the flavor of a fudgy brownie. Trade traditional jam filling for peppermint-white chocolate ganache made from melted peppermint candies.
7. Soft Cinnamon Cut-out Cookies With White Chocolate Peppermint Topping
The definition of sugar, spice and everything nice. Bonus points for adding red and green sprinkles.
8. 3-ingredient White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels
Behold: a sweet-and-salty holiday miracle. Use regular pretzels instead of thin pretzel crisps for a denser crunch.
9. Peppermint Truffles
Careful, these handhelds covered in velvety, peppermint-spiked chocolate ganache are dangerously poppable.
11. Peppermint Bark
Unlike its candy cane cousin, this chocolatey seasonal delicacy never gets old. The best part? You’ll only need five ingredients to pull it off.
15. Peppermint Chocolate Pie
Save time by using a store-bought graham cracker crust (or better yet, upgrade to a press-in crust made from Oreos instead).
17. Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow
Place a bowl on the kids’ table and watch it disappear in 30 seconds flat. They can even help you shake on the confectioners’ sugar if they’d like.
19. Chocolate Peppermint Meringues
Believe it or not, it doesn’t take as much skill to swirl the meringue and dark chocolate as you might think. Just spoon the melted chocolate atop the meringue batter and start scooping—they’ll marble on their own.
22. Peppermint Bark Oreo Cookie Balls
Thanks to an entire block of cream cheese and two types of chocolate, these minis are equal parts tangy and sweet.
23. Peppermint Fudge
The recipe calls for semisweet chocolate chips, but you can use dark chips or wafers instead for a bolder contrast.
26. White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
Fact: You’re never too old to inhale an over-the-top, festive cupcake. (Especially one topped with seasonal sprinkles and crushed candy canes.)
27. Pink Peppermint Bark Macarons
As if their blush color wasn’t surprising enough, they’re filled with not one, but *two* types of silky ganache.
30. Red Velvet Peppermint Cookies
We thought the combination of rich chocolate and tangy cream cheese frosting couldn’t get any better…until we found this recipe.
31. Peppermint Patty Chocolate Cookies
You won’t have to fuss with making your own peppermint candy here, or even with peppermint extract. Just lean on store-bought peppermint patties instead.
35. Peppermint Patty-stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
The stuffing method will also work with double chocolate chip dough if you’d prefer.
36. White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
Instead of standard dairy, this holiday recipe calls on melted cacao butter and raw cashews. Goji berries make for a rustic, nutritious finishing touch.
37. Grain-free Peppermint Chocolate Donuts
These morning delights start with boxed chocolate cake mix, so they’re basically impossible to mess up.
39. Mint Chocolate Cookies With Mint Frosting
For true peppermint stans only. You can skip the green and pink food dye in the frosting if you insist…but where’s the fun in that?
40. Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints
These bakery-caliber goodies are filled to the brim with chocolate-peppermint ganache. Be sure to chill the dough for at least two hours so the cookies hold their shape.
41. Pink Peppermint Sugar Cookies
We have a feeling your kids will beg to help you decorate these cute holiday cutouts.
42. Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
TBH, the cookies are so rich and fudgy that they’re basically brookies. The key to their intense chocolatey flavor is dark cocoa powder.
44. Death By Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
We’re talking cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips in the dough, plus a dark chocolate coating on the outside topped with white chocolate drizzle.