9 Tasty Peppermint Recipes for a Cooler Christmas

In the kitchen, peppermint is fair play all year long — but it certainly enjoys a sweeping renaissance each December when the first candy canes reveal themselves to the world. But let’s leave the canes hanging on the Christmas tree for now — as far as treats are concerned, we can do much better than that. We have wrangled the best peppermint recipes from all the faraway corners of the Internet. Consider it our Christmas gift to you. Homemade peppermint patties are sure to please the masses. As are white chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream. Thirsty? Candy cane vodka is a thing. You’re welcome. Keep reading for nine tasty peppermint recipes for a cooler Yule, and if you're still hungry afterwards, these holiday cookies recipes should do the trick.

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

York Peppermint Patties rank extremely high on the Best Candy Ever list. Try your hand at this homemade version from Oh She Glows. These mint chocolate nuggets are naturally sweetened with agave (goodbye corn syrup!), and are both vegan and gluten-free. So, like, practically a health food. Better make a double batch. For your health.

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Fudgy Mint Oreo Brownies

Mint Oreos are delicious all on their own, but did you know you can crush them up and stir them into brownie batter? Now you do, thanks to this sweet idea from Averie Cooks.

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White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Let’s let white chocolate in on the fun too, starting with these dipped sugar cookies from Dessert Now, Dinner Later. Peppermint crunch baking chips add a little bit of texture to these soft and sugary treats.

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Chocolate Peppermint Fondue

In this recipe from Food Fanatic, chocolate and peppermint come together to create something wonderful. Get some marshmallows and as many cookies as you can find, and get dunking. There’s a new Fondue Sheriff in town.

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Peppermint Patty Cookies

Chocolate cookies are topped with peppermint cream and then made fancy with a quick drizzle of chocolate ganache. Add these peppermint patty cookies from How Sweet It Is to your holiday baking to-do list, stat.

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Candy Cane Vodka

Candy canes are a holiday treat workhorse. Assign them a bit of overtime this year this candy cane vodka recipe from The Speckled Palate.

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Homemade Candy Cane Joe Joes

The fact that you can only procure your favorite store-bought seasonal treats for a few weeks each year is a true injustice. But if you happen to be particularly into the Candy Cane Joe Joes from Trader Joe’s, your problem has just been solved. This copycat recipe from Food Fanatic will help you keep your favorite cookies in rotation all year long.

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White Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

These sweet bites from Sugar, Et Al feature a white chocolate cupcake base topped with pretty piped dollops of peppermint buttercream. Garnish with a candy cane, and these cupcakes are primed and ready for any holiday eating adventure.

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Peppermint Oreo Muddy Buddies

Just when you thought it didn’t get any better than chocolate and peanut butter, these muddy buddies come along. Challenge everything you thought you knew about ultimate flavor combinations with this peppermint Oreo holiday remix, from Deliciously Yum.

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