20 Peppermint Recipes That Are Perfect for the Holidays
If there’s one flavor that screams Christmas, it is definitely peppermint. The minty coolness of peppermint extract or crushed candy canes instantly breathes new life into the usual cakes, cookies and even milkshakes. If you can’t get enough of that classic minty flavor, then you’ve come to right place. We’ve compiled a list of 20 of the best peppermint recipes just for you. Keep scrolling and tell your tummy not to growl too loud.
1. Peppermint Ribbon Cake: This dish will instantly dress up your dessert table. A classic white cake mix is infused with peppermint extract and topped with a thick white glaze. Take it a step further and alternate layers of plain batter and batter dyed with red food coloring for a fun candy cane effect when the cake is sliced. (via Living Well Mom)
2. Peppermint Chocolate Cookies: Bake up a batch of chewy chocolate fudge cookies and cover them in peppermint buttercream frosting. Make sure you save a few for Santa, even though they’re so tasty you’ll want to keep them all for yourself. (via 2 Teaspoons)
3. Boozy Double Chocolate Milkshake: Ice cream and milkshakes need love too, especially in the wintertime. The cool mint in this double chocolate shake comes from a shot of peppermint liqueur, paired with homemade fudge sauce and rich vanilla bean ice cream. (via F & B Department)
4. Peppermint Puppy Chow: Stash bowls of this grab-and-go snack around your house during the holidays and your guests will keep coming back for more. To help with party prep, make a big batch a few days before your holiday party and store it in an airtight container for up to a week. No promises that it’ll last that long though. (via My Dish Is Bomb)
5. Chocolate Peppermint Cake: If you’re a dark chocolate lover, prepare to go crazy for this cake. To start, the three-layer dark chocolate and mint masterpiece is layered with spoonfuls of peppermint cream cheese frosting, then topped with peppermint swirled meringues. Making the meringues might seem like a lot of extra work, but the presentation once it’s put together is hard to beat. (via The Kitchen McCabe)
7. Sugar Cookies With Chocolate Ganache: Sometimes the best desserts are the simplest ones. From the straight-to-the-point sugar cookies to an almost instant chocolate ganache, this will quickly become a tried and true favorite. (via Hungry Curious)
8. Peppermint Bundt Cake: Peppermint chocolate sauce poured over a chocolate bundt cake makes a dessert that is so sweet and so irresistible, you couldn’t stop yourself from getting seconds if you tried. In fact, go ahead and make two, because the first one will be gone before you know it. (via Brit + Co)
9. Peppermint White Hot Chocolate: Change out your typical hot chocolate for one made with white chocolate chips and both vanilla and peppermint extracts. It might be cold outside, but this drink will warm you right to the core. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, then it’s pinkies up! (via Gimme Some Oven)
10. Peppermint Shortbread Cookies: Use up your leftover candy canes by sprinkling them over chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies. This is a great recipe to make with your kids since there is plenty of room for little fingers to hold on while dipping. (via Whisk and Wander)
11. Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake: From the Oreo crumb crust to the crunchy peppermint topping, this dessert gets better with every bite. And since it’s completely no-bake, you’ll have time to look as polished as this dessert when you arrive for the party. (via Inside BruCrew Life)
12. Candy Cane Fudge: You’re only four ingredients away from the most magnificent fudge you’ve ever had. The only problem is you’ll have wait four hours to dig in while it sets in the fridge. (via Mom.Me)
13. Peppermint Cheesecake Dip: A good dip is the ultimate appetizer for a group. This one, made with cream cheese, peppermint fluff and peppermint chips, goes with anything from pretzels to graham crackers. Wherever it goes, your guests will be sure to follow. (via A Pumpkin and a Princess)
14. Quadruple Chocolate Cake: Calling all choco-holics, this recipe is for you. The extra moist cake is covered in a thick chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate peppermint bark. And yes, it does taste just as good as it looks. (via Frost and Serve)
15. Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows: Get your kids involved with this easy recipe. Insert paper straws into giant sized marshmallows and dip into your choice of toppings. Wrap them in cellophane, tie with a bow and you’ve got the perfect gift for your neighbors, teacher and even your mail carrier. (via Mom 4 Real)
16. Peppermint Buttercream Cupcakes: These festive cupcakes are just the right combination of chocolate and mint. The secret ingredient that pulls everything together is actually a cup of Coca-Cola. The decadent peppermint buttercream is just the icing on the
cake cupcake. (via Grandbaby Cakes)
17. Peppermint Toffee: Now you can have your holiday cocktail and eat it too. Peppermint schnapps is infused right in the toffee, poured over saltine crackers and topped with your favorite candies. Enjoy responsibly ;) (via Brit + Co)
18. Peppermint Bark: When it comes to dessert, this is about as easy as it gets. If you can handle melting chocolate (microwave in 30-second increments or go the double-boiler route) then you can knock this out of the park. Once the chocolate is fully hardened, break into pieces and nosh away. (via Bare Feet in the Kitchen)
19. Peppermint Ice Cream Cake: An ice cream cake is the perfect dessert for those of us spending the holidays in a warm climate who want to indulge in traditional Christmas flavors. Freeze your cake for 60-90 minutes before serving and watch it disappear in seconds. (via Brit + Co)
20. Peppermint Rice Krispies: Kick your standard rice krispies treat recipe up a notch by using peppermint marshmallows. Prepare the treats as usual and top with crushed candy cane and a chocolate drizzle. Yum! (via A Cultivated Nest)
Which peppermint recipe are you going to make first? Drop us a line — we’d love to hear how it turned out.
This Jewelry Designer Infuses ‘90s Hip Hop, Caribbean Spice + Vibrant Hues into Everything She Makes
This Jewelry Designer Infuses '90s Hip Hop, Caribbean Spice + Vibrant Hues into Everything She Makes
Vibrant hues, '90s-era boldness, and raw artisanal beauty — these are just a few of the characteristics that make the work of today's creative crush truly swoonworthy. Named for a potent Caribbean pepper, Tracey-Renee Hubbard's Scotchbonnet is a gorgeous line of earrings and accessories made by hand with love, thoughtfulness and a resolute passion for the art of making.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and super fan of Scotchbonnet! Like so many creative connections these days, I first connected with designer Tracey-Renee when she DM'ed the @britandco IG account and we featured her work in a story roundup of BIPOC makers. A few weeks later, she applied and won a scholarship to our first session of the Selfmade program where Brit and I both had the privilege of mentoring and working with Tracey-Renee on her brand, her business plan, and her mission. Since then she's been awarded a minority creative grant from JOANN Fabrics, and seriously upleveled her production process thanks to a collaboration with Glowforge. (PS: B+C readers can get 20% off their own Glowforge Pro by clicking here!)
Now I am thrilled to be able to share more about this brilliant maker's journey, inspiration and creative process in this edition of Creative Crushin'.
Anjelika Temple: Before we get into learning all about your creative inspiration, tell us a little about your background.
Tracey-Renee Hubbard: I was born and raised in Wisconsin. Yep, lots of cheese and cows. Growing up in Wisconsin right outside of Milwaukee provided me with a surprisingly diverse and eclectic foundation. My parents stressed the importance of academics, but they didn't believe that excelling at school needed to come at the expense of creativity or other hobbies. Art, music, books and softball were a big chunk of my childhood. Crafting and creating have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
One of my favorite shows to watch when I was growing up was "A Different World." It was about the college experience at a fictitious HBCU (Historically Black College/University) called Hillman College. Watching that show inspired me to go to Florida A&M University (an HBCU) where I received a BS in Business Management and an MBA.
The world changes quickly and I love learning new things! After completing my MBA program, I studied graphic design, multimedia art and completed the Merchandise Product Development program at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in San Francisco. My academic and professional experiences have given me the opportunity to live and work in lots of interesting places; but for now I am based in the San Francisco Bay area.
Anj: Did you always know that you wanted to be a professional artist/creative?
Tracey-Renee: Yep, but for a long time I was afraid to do it because of the "starving artist" stigma (all lies, btw). I tried to compartmentalize my creative practices as just a "hobby", but when something is truly in your spirit the desire never really goes away…and so now here I am!
Anj: What do you love about making things? What keeps the spark going for you?
Tracey-Renee: I've been inspired to create for as long as I can remember! I've always been fascinated by color, texture, travel and cultural connection. I grew up watching my grandmother quilt, sew and mend garments, I saw my Mom create beautiful home décor and heirloom holiday decorations and spent time in my Dad's workshop. Being surrounded by unique handmade items that hold special stories has fueled my passion for being a designer and maker.
Anj: Like so many artists, you've got a day job in addition to your creative hustle. Tell us about your career path.
Tracey-Renee: My first "real job" was in pharmaceutical sales and marketing. I loved the left brain/right brain mix of processing all the data and scientific information and then finding creative ways to relay that information to doctors and health care providers. That role really opened my eyes to the power of messaging and visual communication tools which ultimately led to me returning to school to study digital design and multimedia arts. I've had fun using my marketing and digital design skills in several different industries. I currently work as the Director of Marketing and Creative Strategy for a candy company. I spend a lot of time working in the digital realm – I think most of us do- and that makes me really appreciate the time I spend making handmade jewelry for Scotchbonnet.
Anj: Tell me more about your brand Scotchbonnet! How would you describe your brand's mission?
Tracey-Renee: I want to make pieces that are cherished - special but not so "precious" that they sit in a box stored away for special occasions that are far and few between. My accessories are known for their bold shapes, bright colors and eye-catching patterns. Each piece is handmade with love (I hope my customers can feel it when they wear their Scotchbonnet accessories)!
Scotchbonnet jewelry has been described as "conversation starters" and I love the fact that they connect people and get them to start conversing. I am excited about elevating those conversations by creating capsule collections connected to social causes; that way the chat can go beyond just "cute earrings, where'd you get them?"
Anj: At Brit + Co, we are enamored with bright colors, patterns and geometric shapes -- and clearly, you are too! How did you hone in on your aesthetic?
Tracey-Renee: I chose the name Scotchbonnet for my jewelry brand because scotch bonnet peppers add a distinctively potent spice to Caribbean food and I feel that my jewelry has the same vibe. My accessories are known for vibrant hues, bold shapes and eye-catching patterns. I am inspired by the flashiness of 90s hip-hop, the simplicity of modern luxury, and the raw beauty of artisan goods from the African Diaspora. My aesthetic continues to evolve based on the things I love, the places I've been and the community I want to serve.
Anj: We LOVED mentoring you + helping your business grow during our first Selfmade session. What were your main takeaways from the program and experience?
Tracey-Renee: Selfmade helped me understand the importance of having a clear vision and trusting my intuition. It can be inspirational watching other entrepreneurs "hustling and winning" on their social media feeds, but without clarity about my vision that "inspiration" can be overwhelming and make things confusing. It's easy to confuse movement with progress – Selfmade helped me craft an action plan that ensures each step builds momentum and accelerates me toward my goals. Selfmade also provided me with a vibrant, uplifting community of founders, entrepreneurs and go-getters.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Tracey-Renee: I take a break. We're inundated with "hustle culture" that can make us feel guilty for taking a break, but at the end of the day we're of no value to anyone when we're burnt out. When I have a creative block I usually log off for a while… there's this duality with the internet where on the surface it seems to be an endless pool of inspiration, but in reality everything that's on the internet has already been filtered or curated by someone else. Sometimes it's helpful to see things through a new lens and find inspiration in ("real" physical) books, at a museum or out in nature. Seeing things in a new light from a different angle can be a really refreshing creative jolt.
Anj: What does your workspace look like? What tools do you use and how has it changed over the years?
Tracey-Renee: I'd describe it as "choreographed chaos". It's organized enough so that I can be efficient with the administrative parts of my business like: inventory management, packing and shipping. It's creative enough so that it still feels inspiring, and it's tidy enough that it doesn't feel overwhelming to sit down and start working. It smells like coconut or tropical fruit (thanks to my candles) and it sounds like hip-hop, dance hall, soca or afrobeats.
The primary mediums I work with are wood, paint, glass beads and recently brass. With that being said my paint brushes, needle & thread and jeweler's saw are always within close reach. The most recent addition to my studio is my Glowforge Pro 3D laser printer; it is a game changer! It shrunk my product development cycle time infinitely. Prior to the Glowforge the process was time consuming and costly; now, I can literally "print" a new design within minutes of sketching out an idea. It's also been awesome when it comes to inventory management and sustainability. I no longer have to worry about over-producing or wasting materials; I can make exactly what I need right when I need it without any waste. The Glowforge can make millions of things and I'm excited about trying new design ideas in the future. I have a ton of sketches and inspo photos on my magnet board and in my notebooks waiting to be explored. (ICYMI: B+C readers can get 20% off their own Glowforge Pro by clicking here!)
Anj: What advice do you have for emerging artists and designers just getting started? What advice do you have for creatives struggling to find their unique voice?
Tracey-Renee: Start with your "why" and not your "what". Your "why" will be the secret weapon that competitors will never be able to touch. Once you have that part figured out; dive in! I think that now is a really exciting time for creatives. The rise of entrepreneurship powered by social media has removed a lot of barriers that used to make creative careers seem out of reach. Protect your work, but don't be afraid to put yourself (and your stuff!) out there. Connect with other artists and build a community, it's so important to have a sounding board for difficult times and a crew with whom you can celebrate your successes.
Anj: What's next for your brand?
Tracey-Renee: Scaling and growing in a way that feels authentic. I have new colors and new products coming soon and I am super excited about that! My upcoming premium capsule collections are close to my heart; designing jewelry inspired by social causes and having a "give back" component means the world to me. I want to keep having fun with my brand, sharing joy with fun colors and patterns and infusing love into each handmade piece.