8 Peppermint Recipes to Make for the Holidays
From Dominique Ansel’s signature peppermint buttercrunch to classic peppermint bark, these recipes are perfect for snacking, gifting, and hoarding.
Mint is a classic holiday flavor, found in everything from creamy cocktails to that bowl of after-dinner mints people can’t stop grazing on. In this roundup, we celebrate some of our favorite ways to use peppermint—including in rich chocolate brownies, Dominique Ansel’s buttercrunch, and, of course, the quintessential peppermint bark. Read on for all of the recipes.
Triple Chocolate–Peppermint Cookies
If you’re looking to impress everyone at the cookie swap, look no further than this triple-chocolate peppermint recipe. Each cookie is loaded with chunks of homemade peppermint bark (candy canes, red and white peppermint chocolate kisses, white chocolate, and pink food coloring) for a burst of flavor in every bite. Pro-tip: microwave them for 20 seconds before you eat for the best possible experience.
Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Cookies
Pastry chef Della Gossett’s cookies are inspired by Mallomars, with a peppermint twist. The recipe produces four dozen, so you’ll have plenty to get you through the holidays.
For her peppermint bark, Anna Painter mixes creamy, peppermint-flavored white chocolate into a bittersweet chocolate base and then tops it all off with crunchy crushed peppermint candy. If you want it to have a snappier texture, leave it in the refrigerator for a little while before eating.
Rich, peppermint-scented brownies are topped with crushed candy canes for a festive (and delicious) holiday dessert. If you can’t find candy canes, striped peppermint candies also work.
Dominique Ansel sells bags of this chocolate-covered toffee with tiny hammers, so that people can break it into pieces and share it for the holidays.
Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
Think of these as the better, minty cousins to Oreos—crunchy dark chocolate cookies with a swath of fluffy peppermint cream sandwiched in between.
Chocolate Layer Cake with Peppermint Ganache Frosting
The frosting on this cake is flavored with pure peppermint extract; however, Claudia Fleming also says that hazelnut, coffee, orange, raspberry, or maple extract would work too, if you get sick of mint this season.
This drink is inspired by the taste of a classic York Peppermint Pattie, made with brandy, white crème de menthe, dark rum, white hot chocolate, and chocolate-flavored whipped cream with crushed Peppermint Altoids for garnish. It’s the perfect nightcap to end a day of holiday festivities.