Peppermint Candy Cane Dessert Round Up

When it comes to Christmas, one of the most iconic treats I can think of is the candy cane. But candy canes aren’t just beautiful, festive treats for hanging on trees and munching on while opening stockings or gifts. They make absolutely wonderful additions to so many fun and festive winter time treats.

 

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Chocolate and peppermint are a classic holiday combination and I am definitely a fan. The peppermint adds a little kick to the chocolate, and I have to say it makes a phenomenally festive flair when you use candy canes to decorate your desserts.

If you are putting together treat boxes or trays for your family and friends, you’ll have to try out the fudge and the peppermint bark. Both are easy to make, and so cheerful! The cookies are great for mixing up with the kids, and the marshmallows are absolutely perfect for settling into a cup of hot cocoa with some whipped cream.

Don’t forget to turn on some Christmas lights and some music and take some time to be merry! Happy holidays!

Seven Delightful Candy Cane Inspired Treats

  1. Candy Cane Fudge

    Candy Cane Fudge

  2. Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

    Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich Cake plated

  3. Candy Cane Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

    candy cane chocolate crinkle cookies plated

  4. Double Chocolate Cake Bars with Peppermint Frosting

    double chocolate cake bars with peppermint frosting

  5. Peppermint Marshmallows

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  6. Peppermint Bark

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  7. Homemade Peppermint Patties

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Do you have a favorite dessert that features candy canes or peppermint? I’d absolutely love to hear your recipes and try some new festive treats out!

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I know there’s a lot of indulging in treats at this time of year, but by January we’ll all be ready to reign it in a bit.  I’ve got you covered!  Look for more information soon on the Healthy Kickstart Meal Plans.  You’re year will get off to a great start and dinner will still be easy with these meal plans and recipes.  More info coming soon!

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Candy Cane Fudge Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (a make ahead dessert)

Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

 

The other day we talked about getting healthy in January, but today we’re going to serve up a little more elf food.  This is how my brain works.  I want to be healthy, but I want fudge more.  Oh the battle!

Anyway, this is the time of year for sweets, so we’re going with it.

It’s also the time of year for unexpected company and impromptu get togethers.  This dessert is perfect to keep on hand for that.  It can be made ahead of time.  You can bring out the whole cake or just serve up pieces of it, saving the rest for another time.  And there are several pretty ways that you can plate it to make it look even more special.

The best part is that it’s very easy to make.  It’s really just an assembly process.  But before we get to that, let’s talk about serving it.   [Read more…]

Candy Cane Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are one of my favorite Christmas treats.  This year, I had the idea to roll them in finely crushed candy canes, along with the powdered sugar.

The result is a deeply chocolate cookie with just the perfect hint of peppermint.  Small flecks of red candy cane make them pretty on the cookie plate.

I baked these up using Pampered Chef products for their 2012 Cookie Swap.  I love Pampered Chef.  The products are affordable and made for real people cooking at home.

I have quite a few Pampered Chef products already, but I was happy to try some new ones out.  The adjustable measuring spoons are fantastic.  I didn’t know if I would like them or not, but they’ve already become a favorite.  The cookie scoops are fantastic too.

And one thing really surprised me – the cookie sheet.  I’ve always baked my cookies on a baking stone.  That works great, but this time I used the cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.  The cookies turned out perfectly.  No sticking.  No burning.  Just sweet perfection.  I’ll definitely be doing that again.

Below, you can see the assembly process for these cookies.  I didn’t roll the dough into balls, but just scooped it into the candy cane powdered sugar and rolled it around.  It made the process much quicker and easier than rolling all those balls.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Candy Cane Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.   [Read more…]

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

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I found this recipe on Little Birdie Secrets and knew I had to make it.  They were fun and easy to make.  I gave my boys the job of crushing the candy canes with a hammer, which made them happy.  The recipe makes a huge pile of marshmallows – perfect for giving some away and still having enough for your own hot cocoa. [Read more…]