From Dominique Ansel’s signature peppermint buttercrunch to classic peppermint bark, these recipes are perfect for snacking, gifting, and hoarding. 

By Bridget Hallinan
Updated December 20, 2019
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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

Justin Walker

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.

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Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Cookies

John Kernick

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.

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Peppermint Bark

Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

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.

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Chocolate-Peppermint Brownies

© Kristin Perers

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.

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Peppermint Buttercrunch

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.

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Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Abby Hocking

Think of these as the better, minty cousins to Oreos—crunchy dark chocolate cookies with a swath of fluffy peppermint cream sandwiched in between.

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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.

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Peppermint Paddy

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.

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