31 Creative Candy Canes Recipes for Every Day of December
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31 Creative Candy Canes Recipes for Every Day of December

We’re keeping things traditional around here with 31 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 31 candy cane-based recipes, perfect for every day of December.

December 1

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)

December 2

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 make sure to let the brownies cool before combining the mixture. (via The Food Charlatan)

December 3

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)

December 4

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)

December 5

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)

December 6

6. Candy Cane Marshmallows: Springy homemade marshmallows are embellished with pulverized candy canes before they loose 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)

December 7

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 festive than that. Seriously… there are only three ingredients in these. (via Couponing and Cooking)

December 8

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)

December 9

9. No-Churn Candy Cane Ice Cream: You only need a couple 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 top, on and on. (via The Vanilla Bean Blog)

December 10

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)

December 11

11. White Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge: Christmas is just around the corner now, and 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)

December 12

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)

December 13

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)

December 14

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)

December 15

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

December 16

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)

December 17

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)

December 18

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

December 19

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)

December 20

20. Candy Cane Cooler: This delicious libation is perfect 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 libation. (via Colony Wine Market)

December 21

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)

December 22

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 truffle. (via Bless This Mess)

December 23

23. Candy Cane Cheesecake Dip: This versatile dip is perfect for 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)

December 24

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)

December 25

25. Candy Cane Milkshakes: Merry Christmas! Enjoy these festive milkshakes around the tree with your fam on Christmas morning. All you need is some milk, vanilla ice cream and candy canes. (via A Spoonful of Sugar)

December 26

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)

December 27

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)

December 28

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)

December 29

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 super yummy truffles. (via Self Proclaimed Foodie)

December 30

30. Chocolate Cupcakes With Candy Cane Buttercream: Now that the next year is just around the corner, you might be setting some resolutions. Make these uber-yummy 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)

December 31

31. Peppermint White Christmas: Although this bubble cocktail says “Christmas” in its name, it’s perfect for New Year’s Eve. Champagne and a splash of white creme de cocoa (topped with a candy cane, of course) make for a festive beginning to the new year. Cheers! (via Freutcake)

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(Additional reporting by Maggie McCracken.)