Get Your Holiday Spirit on With These Peppermint-Infused Desserts
Some may refer to this time of year as the holiday season, but around here we like to think of it as "Peppermint Season." To infuse a little minty spirit into your life, stock up on pure peppermint extract. A little goes a long way, so start with a teeny drop and work your way up. You can sneak it into anything from brownies to hot cocoa to your favorite cookie dough. Or give one of these recipes a spin. They all call for a little bit of that secret ingredient that even Santa can't resist. Don't have an excuse for baking on the horizon? Call up a few friends, throw on a holiday movie, and let dessert be the main event.
Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake: This all-around stunner is perfect for any occasion. The batter is laced with peppermint extract and then the whole thing gets a blanket of fudge . (via Two Peas and Their Pod)
Peppermint Hot Fudge: Even when it's frosty outside, it's always ice cream weather. Of course, we would happily eat this peppermint-infused hot fudge on its own by the spoonful. (via Lauren's Latest)
Thin Mint Brownies: These cute little individual brownies are a double dose of minty goodness: There's extract in the brownie batter and a layer of crushed minty cookies sandwiched in the middle. (via My Baking Addiction)
Peppermint Gingerbread Donuts: Glazed with a pretty peppermint icing, these gingerbread treats are perfect for a festive holiday brunch. (via Jessica Gavin)
Peppermint Whoopie Pies: Peppermint buttercream is the star of the show here. These definitely win our vote for a kid-friendly dessert, but grown ups will find their sprinkled sweetness charming too. (via Buttercream Blondie)
Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake: For those who can't decide which decadent dessert they're craving, enter this hybrid masterpiece. It's a layer of mint-infused cheesecake filling sitting atop a giant brownie. Who says you can't have it all? (via The Gunny Sack)
Peppermint Pattie Cookies: These Santa-worthy cookies are stuffed with dark chocolate chunks and topped in a rich peppermint cream. A little extra chocolate drizzle over the top seals the deal. (via How Sweet Eats)
Peppermint Marshmallows: Adorable minty mallows are reason enough for a celebration. Instead of a traditional dessert, try serving up hot cocoa after dinner with a generous helping of these dreamy clouds. (via Pastry Affair)
Peppermint Bark Brownies: Is there anything more wonderful than a rich brownie base topped with fluffy, minty frosting? Even your peppermint-hater friends will be reaching for a second. (via Broma Bakery)
Gluten-Free Peppermint Mocha Tart: Nobody will be missing the gluten from this dessert that features a luscious chocolate ganache and crunchy candy cane topping. You'll love the crust, which tastes like a Thin Mint cookie. (via Bakerita)
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