6 Ways to Pep Up Holiday Treats With Peppermint

peppermint barkPumpkin has had its run, but now that Thanksgiving is done, it's time to move on to one of my most favorite seasonal treats -- peppermint. Fresh and festive, it's a great way to "pep" up traditional holiday treats.

The colors of the candy instantly add a visual spark, and the taste of peppermint blends well with a variety of different flavors. From food gifts to dazzling desserts for your holiday gatherings, peppermint is perfect. Here are six peppermint-tastic holiday treats to try, including my favorite -- Candy Cane Kiss Centered Brownie Bites.

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1. This recipe from Picky Palate is amazing. The chocolate plus the peppermint with the cool creamy surprise inside is dessert heaven. And bonus -- they're incredibly easy to make.

1 brownie mix 9 × 13 inch size
18 Candy Cane Hershey Kisses
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
3 original candy canes, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and scoop into a mini cheesecake pan or mini muffin tin pan that has been generously sprayed with cooking spray, about 3/4 way full. 

Press kisses into center of brownie batter, do not push all the way to bottom, some of the tip should stick out the top. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until brownies are cooked through. Let cool completely.

Melt chocolate chips in microwave 30 second intervals until smooth and melted. Stir in cream until silky smooth. You can place back in microwave for 10 seconds to smooth more if needed. Dip tops of brownies into melted chocolate, then sprinkle with crushed candy canes. 

2. Peppermint Whoopie Pies 

Ridiculously amazing, and they make a perfect gift packaged in a pretty box.

3. Peppermint Bark

There are plenty of ways to make this amazing treat. With white chocolate, dark chocolate, and other combinations there of, this is a season must-make.

4. Peppermint Twist Cheesecake

Not only is this dish a dazzler, but it's delicious as well. 

5. Peppermint Fudge

I adore this recipe from Martha Stewart. It has just the right hint of mint in the creamy chocolaty fudge. It also makes a great food gift.

6. Candy Cane Cake Pops

Who doesn't love cake pops? They're extra festive and delicious when combined with candy canes.

What are your favorite peppermint desserts?


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