We’re keeping things traditional around here with creative recipes that put the classic peppermint candy cane to use. Of course, you can use this peppermint inspiration everywhere in your home, from cooking to decor — candy cane cups and votive holders will have your pad looking festive in no time. (Full disclosure: No candy canes were harmed in the making of these items.) If you’re up for making some holiday desserts, though, you aren’t limited to Christmas cookies. Check out these candy cane-based recipes, all appropriate (and delicious, obviously) for December.

DIY Candy Cane Geneva Cookie Recipe

1. DIY Candy Cane Geneva Cookies: You can bet the (Pepperidge) Farm on these cookies being a hit as part of your next cookie tray. Need a break from candy canes? Chopped pecans or coconut can be substituted in a pinch. (via Top With Cinnamon)

Candy Cane Brownie Trifle Recipe

2. Candy Cane Brownie Trifle: This decadent and indulgent recipe layers brownies, cream, candy canes, and powdered sugar. There’s almost nothing you could make that would be any sweeter. Just be sure to let the brownies cool before combining the mixture. (via The Food Charlatan)

Candy Cane Cocktail With Homemade Candy Cane Infused Vodka Recipe

3. Candy Cane Cocktail With Homemade Candy Cane Infused Vodka: Let’s kick off the first weekend of December on a spirited note. Crème de cacao and homemade candy cane-infused vanilla vodka — along with a couple dashes of bitters for depth and balance — combine to create a classic, not cloying, chocolate-peppermint cocktail. (via Boulder Locavore)

Candy Cane Macaron Recipe

4. Candy Cane Macaron: Try your hand at these popular French delicacies. This tempting version is filled with peppermint buttercream and garnished with candy canes. Pro tip: If it’s taking a while for your batter to cooperate, pop it in the freezer and let it sit for a few minutes. This should help move things along. (via Cake and Allie)

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

5. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce: Dark chocolate hot fudge gets a chilly edge with the addition of peppermint. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over top just before serving with ice cream or cake to take this sauce to the next level. (Psst, jars of this sauce make great DIY food gifts.) (via Lauren’s Latest)

Candy Cane Marshmallows Recipe

6. Candy Cane Marshmallows: Springy homemade marshmallows are embellished with pulverized candy canes before they lose their stickiness. Your next mug of peppermint hot chocolate deserves to have a couple of these ‘mallows bobbing on top. Plus, when wrapped in a cellophane bag, these are another great homemade gift idea. (via Playin With My Food)

Peppermint Bark Donuts Recipe

7. Peppermint Bark Donuts: Boxed chocolate muffin mix plus white chocolate candy coating plus crushed candy canes equals these terrific baked donuts reminiscent of peppermint bark — can’t get much easier and more festive than that. Seriously… there are only three ingredients in these. (via Couponing and Cooking)

Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies Recipe

8. Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies: Soft, chewy, fudgy cookies laced with just a touch of hazelnut flavor courtesy of Nutella are terrific on their own, but adding crumbled candy canes as soon as they pop out of the oven lends these treats an unexpected, cheery flair. Be sure to let these bad boys cool before you eat them, or you may end up with a hazelnut-y (albeit delicious) mess. (via A Pretty Life)

No-Churn Candy Cane Ice Cream Recipe

9. No-Churn Candy Cane Ice Cream: You only need a couple of bowls, a whisk, and a storage container to whip up a batch of this creamy peppermint ice cream. Despite its simplicity, the possibilities are endless: Stir in chocolate chunks for a mint chocolate chip version, drizzle homemade dark chocolate peppermint hot fudge sauce over the top, and on and on. (via The Vanilla Bean Blog)

Candy Cane Cake Recipe

10. Candy Cane Cake: Using boxed cake mix simplifies this festive bundt cake topped with vanilla icing and candy canes. But candy canes aren’t the only minty element here — the poppy red ribbon of batter in the center is peppermint-flavored. (via Betty Crocker)


11. White Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge: What says Christmastime more than the combination of peppermint and white chocolate? Employing white chocolate chips, peppermint extract, and candy canes, this marshmallow fudge recipe is a fantastic holiday twist on Fluff’s classic Never-Fail-Fudge. (via Crepes of Wrath)


12. Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars: These buttery bar cookies will fill up your holiday cookie tray in a jiffy, and disappear just as fast. Plus, you can even freeze ’em after applying the peppermint frosting and slicing into squares — just hold off on adding the candy canes until after they’ve defrosted. (via Heather Christo)


13. Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake: Who knew that making your own ice cream cake at home could be so easy and look this gorgeous? You don’t even need an ice cream maker to create this gorgeous cake. As a bonus, it only costs a fraction of what your local scoop shop would charge. (via Life, Love… and Sugar)


14. Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops: Roll some marshmallows in melted chocolate and chopped candy canes to make this yummy and pepperminty treat. You can go traditional with red and white candies, or spice things up with rainbow-colored candy canes. (via Liv Life)


15. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies: A cross between cookies and whoopie pies, these ganache and candy cane-topped goodies have a time-saving surprise (boxed devil’s food cake mix). You’ll use a total of about 40 candy canes to make the entire batch. (via Betty Crocker)


16. Candy Cane Cake Pops: These pepperminty cake pops get an additional dash of festive flair with DIY “candy cane” pop sticks. Display them on a white foam board covered in fluffy cotton balls to make a sweet winter wonderland. (via Hostess With the Mostess)


17. Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes: A holiday season coffee shop favorite, in cupcake form. Red cupcake liners are reminiscent of the ever-popular red holiday cups; no detail is overlooked. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)


18. Candy Cane Cake: We’re totally struck by how gorgeous this cake is. The frosting is pretty in pink with shimmering candy cane sprinkles all around, and slicing into it reveals the rich chocolate, double-layer cake inside. (via The Vanilla Bean Blog)


19. Double Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies: Fluffy mint chocolate frosting fills these handheld cakes. A quick dip in crushed candy canes makes these cozy treats even more festive. (via NeighborFood)


20. Candy Cane Cooler: This delicious libation is best suited for those in warmer climes, or those sitting in front of a roaring fireplace. For a Dude-approved variation, substitute Kahlúa for brandy in this creamy peppermint cocktail. (via Colony Wine Market)


21. Candy Cane Chocolate Shooters: The whole family can enjoy these quick-n-easy chocolate-peppermint shooters. They’re a great, two-bite dessert to round out a holiday feast. (via Babble)


22. Homemade Oreos With Candy Cane Cream: Enjoy these homemade, minty cream-filled sandwich cookies all on their own, or earn the title of Master Maker™ by taking them one step further. Just dip in white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes or transform them into cookie truffles. (via Bless This Mess)


23. Candy Cane Cheesecake Dip: This versatile dip fits all of your holiday entertaining needs. Seriously. You can add it to your coffee, dip your Christmas cookies in it, or use it on top of other holiday treats. (via A Night Owl)


24. Peppermint Bark Popcorn: This Christmas Eve, curl up with a Christmas classic and nom on this peppermint-inspired popcorn. Drizzle it with melted chocolate for extra sweetness. (via Cooking Classy)


25. Candy Cane Milkshakes: Enjoy these festive milkshakes around the tree with your fam on Christmas morning (no, it’s never too early for ice cream). All you need is some milk, vanilla ice cream, and candy canes. (via A Spoonful of Sugar)


26. Candy Cane Biscotti: Make these delicious biscotti for the morning after Christmas so you and your guests can dunk them in a cup of hot cocoa or coffee. Skipping a layer of frosting or drizzle of chocolate makes these candy cane-dotted biscotti all the more appropriate to accompany your morning cuppa. (via Savory Bites)


27. Candy Cane Fudge: Got any candy canes left over? Use them in this super delicious white chocolate fudge recipe. Bonus: This pretty fudge also makes for a handy hostess gift for any New Year’s Eve bashes you might be attending. (via Shugary Sweets)


28. DIY Candy Canes: Now we’re getting meta. Test your candy-making skills with this recipe for homemade candy canes. (via The Knead for Speed)


29. Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles: When we say “easy,” we mean it. Choose your favorite cake or cookie recipe (it can even be boxed) and roll it in crushed candy canes to make these truffles. (via Self Proclaimed Foodie)


30. Chocolate Cupcakes With Candy Cane Buttercream: Now that the next year is just around the corner, you might be setting some resolutions. Until then, make these cupcakes to get your fill of delicious, admittedly naughty, treats. To make the candy cane buttercream, you just need to fold some finely chopped candy canes into your buttercream batter as you make it. (via The Tough Cookie)


31. Peppermint White Christmas Cocktail: Champagne and a splash of white crème de cocoa (garnished with a candy cane, of course) make for a festive beginning to the Christmas season. (via Freutcake)

32. Red Velvet Peppermint Cake Roll: The creamy white chocolate peppermint frosting on this cake looks just like snow. But slice into it to reveal a bright crimson swirl of cake. (via Platter Talk)

33. Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Wafers: Shortbread cookies are a holiday favorite. You can make them even more celebration-worthy by dipping them in dark chocolate and crushed candy canes. (via Whisk and Wander)

34. Homemade Peppermint After Dinner Mints: Like any good after dinner mints, these chocolatey numbers melt in your mouth. Even better, they get an extra dose of flavor thanks to a sprinkle of candy canes scattered on top. (via My Little Larder)

35. Loaded Peppermint Bark: You’ve never had peppermint bark like this. In the spirit of holiday indulgence, it’s loaded with marshmallows, M&Ms, chocolate sandwich cookies, and sprinkles. (via A Bajillian Recipes)

36. Candy Cane Reindeer Pops: These cute reindeer pops are perfect for kids’ parties. They’re also super easy to make, so you can whip up a batch even when you have a billion other things going on. (via Finding Zest)

37. Peppermint Mocha Brownies: Dense and fudgy brownies are always a hit. The colorful, minty topping on these make them all the more delicious. (via Free Your Fork)

38. Vegan White Chocolate Candy Cane Truffles: You’d never guess that these smooth and luscious truffles are vegan. The secret to their richness is cocoa butter and coconut butter, which give them that melt-in-your-mouth texture. (via A Virtual Vegan)

39. Peppermint Mocha Pie: No matter how you feel about the holidays, this pie will bring you joy. From the mountain of whipped cream on top, dotted with peppermint candies, to the rich mocha ganache filling, each bite is like a present to your taste buds. (via Host the Toast)

40. Vegan Candy Cane Brownie Bites: Fudgy brownie bites are even better when they’re vegan-friendly, but the rest of your friends and family won’t even notice that these are dairy and egg-free. (via Veggies Don’t Bite)

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(Additional reporting by Justina Huddleston and Maggie McCracken.)