You nommed on healthy Christmas cookies, prepped for a holiday dessert emergency and oohed and ahhed at all the pretty holiday-inspired macarons. Now it’s time to get down to business with the season’s favorite sweets: Candy canes. Instead of tossing ’em out right after Christmas, incorporate them into your favorite desserts. Candy cane donuts?? Yeah, that’s a thing. Get ready to crush some candy, ’cause these 15 holiday delectables are must-makes this season.

Candy Cane Popcorn

1. Peppermint Bark Popcorn: Imagine popping a handful of this candy cane goodness in your mouth while watching holiday movies. Childhood memories never tasted so good. (via Pics & Pastries)

White Chocolate Peppermint Swizzle Sticks

2. White Chocolate Peppermint Swizzle Sticks: Crush those candies to create this easy snack you can eat on the go. Enjoy by themselves or dip them into your morning coffee or a nice cup of hot chocolate for something a little extra. YUM. (via The Merrythought)


3. Christmas Macarons: Upgrade the French macaron with a little peppermint. Pretty? Yes. Tasty? Def. (via If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen)

christmas candy cane cake

4. Christmas Candy Cane Cake: Now you know what you’ll be serving up at your office holiday party. One slice or two? We won’t judge. (via Cake Whiz)

Candy Cane Cake

5. Chocolate Cake With Candy Cane Frosting: Here’s another cake that deserves some recognition. You’ll have prettiest dessert at your potluck, with this pastel pink beauty that’s dusted with silver stars. (via The Tough Cookie)

Candy Cane Donuts

6. Candy Cane Donuts: Start your morning off right with a bite of candy cane donut and a steaming cup of coffee. Life is good. (via Marla Meridith)

Candy Cane Layered Dessert

7. Candy Cane Layered Dessert: This dessert has *almost* too much deliciousness packed into one treat to be allowed, but here’s the breakdown: wafer cookies, candy canes, cream cheese and white chocolate pudding. (via That’s Some Good Cookin’)

Candy cane milano cookies

8. Candy Cane Milano Cookies: They may look like little Christmas slippers, but there’s nothing more decadent than Milano cookies dipped in dark chocolate, then sprinkled with candy cane pieces. If you can’t find the cookies with peppermint, just add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to your melted chocolate. (via Bake Love Give)

Gluten-Free Vegan Candy Cane Snowballs

9. Gluten-Free Vegan Candy Cane Snowballs: How pretty are these candy cane snowballs? Even better than that, these coconut vanilla infused treats are vegan and gluten free. Which makes grabbing a few at a time totally excusable, right? (via Unconventional Baker)

Marshmallow Peppermint Pops

10. Marshmallow Peppermint Pops: If you don’t see yourself dunking this marshmallow pop into some hot chocolate, that’s something you may want to reflect on. JK. But for real: hot cocoa + peppermint marshmallow = instant happiness. Don’t be afraid to dunk the whole ‘mallow into the chocolate. (via Domestically Blissful)

Peppermint Bark

11. Peppermint Bark: A dangerously easy recipe is all that stands between you and a bite of this peppermint bark. Just be sure to use quality ingredients, since there are so few of them. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Peppermint Brownies

12. Peppermint Brownies: Here’s an easy festive fave: Dust crushed candy canes and edible metallic pearls over classic fudge brownies. (via Bakerita)

13. Peppermint Crunch Muddy Buddies: Warning: Getting addicted to this snack is highly likely. Go ahead and sic it on your friends at a holiday party. (via Creme de la Crumb)

Peppermint Eggnog Fudge Squares

14. Peppermint Eggnog Fudge: The eggnog in this recipe makes it smooth and creamy while keeping the peppermint from becoming overpowering. Two holiday favorites rolled into one? Watch this become a year-round thing. (via The Sweet Chick)

Pink Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

15. Pink Peppermint Stick Ice Cream: Ice cream in winter is totally a thing, especially when it’s pretty pink and peppermint. (via Tracey’s Culinary Adventures)

How will you be snacking on the seasonal sweets? Show us your recipies by tagging us on Instagram + using hashtag #iamcreative!