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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Jessica is a blogger and professional pastry cook in San Francisco. When not whipping up desserts, you can usually find her tackling DIY projects with her husband, entertaining for a crowd, or running around the neighborhood with her rambunctious puppy, Rebel. Jessica believes in using seasonal and wholesome ingredients as much as possible and you can check out more of her recipes at her blog: By Guess And By Golly.