This time of year, peppermint is everywhere!!!  Candy canes have been associated with Christmas since approximately 1670!  Whatever the reason, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of peppermint recipes to get you through all your Christmas gatherings!!

 

chocolate peppermint bark cookies

Yield: 36 pieces

Prep Time: 30 min + chill time

Cook Time: 30 min

Best Christmas treat I tried in 2009, and it's been on my holiday cookie tray every year since...

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (or use chocolate chips)
1 cup chopped Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses (or use crumbled candy canes)
2 ounces white chocolate

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with nonstick spray. Line bottom of pan with long strip of 9-inch-wide parchment paper, leaving overhang on both short sides of pan.

2. Whisk flour and salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar. Continue beating until mixture is light and fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla, then egg yolk. Gradually add flour mixture, beating on low speed just to blend.

3. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into prepared baking pan, spacing evenly. Using moistened fingertips, press dough to form even layer over bottom of pan. Pierce dough all over with fork.

4. Bake cookie base until light golden brown and slightly puffed and edges begin to come away from sides of pan, about 30 minutes. Place pan on rack; immediately sprinkle bittersweet chocolate over. Let stand until chocolate softens, about 3 minutes. Using small offset spatula, spread bittersweet chocolate over top of cookie in thin even layer. Immediately sprinkle chopped candy cane kisses over (or candy canes).

5. Stir white chocolate in medium metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. If it's too tough and thick to stir, add a tiny drizzle of vegetable oil or 1/2 teaspoon of shortening to thin it out. Remove from over water. Using fork, drizzle white chocolate all over cookies. Chill until white chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.

6. Using paper overhang as aid, lift cookie from pan and transfer to work surface. Using large knife, cut cookie into irregular pieces.

 

 

 

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake

This rich chocolate cake has a hidden tunnel of peppermint cheesecake . The decorated peppermint patties on

top add a fun party look.

Ingredients

1 chocolate cake mix (15.25 oz.)

1 box instant chocolate pudding (4 serving)

1 cup sour cream

4 eggs Recipes

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup water

1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)

1/4 cup sugar Recipes

1 egg

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup green candy melts

10 lollipop sticks

10 mini Peppermint Patties (I used snowflake shapes)

1 1/2 teaspoons shortening

holiday sprinkles

Instructions

1. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and peppermint extract until creamy. Set aside.

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2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, oil, and water. Beat

for 1 minute on low, and then two minutes on medium. The batter will be thick. Spoon half the batter

into a 10 inch bundt pan that has been sprayed with non stick baking spray. (I use Baker's Joy)

3. Spoon the cheesecake batter over the batter in the pan. Be very careful to not let the cheesecake

batter to touch the sides of the pan. If it starts to get close, add a spoonful of chocolate batter along

the side of the pan to act as a barrier. After the cheesecake batter has been added, gently spoon

the rest of the chocolate batter over the top. It works best to spoon the chocolate batter along the

pan edges first, then over the top of the cheesecake. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Let

cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then flip out onto a serving plate. Let cool completely.

4. Place the chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30

seconds. Stir. Repeat for 15 seconds. Stir until melted. Dip the ends of the lollipop sticks into the

chocolate. Gently press into the peppermint patties and place on a tray. Spoon the chocolate into a

plastic bag with one tip cut off. Drizzle over the top of the cooled cake. Melt the white chips the

same way and spoon into a clean bag. Very carefully line your peppermint patties with a snowflake

shape and top with sprinkles. Set aside. Drizzle the cake with the rest of the melted white

chocolate. Melt the green candy melts the same way and spoon into another clean bag. Drizzle the

top of the cake. Top with sprinkles. Let set. Keep refrigerated until serving. Right before serving

place the decorated peppermint patties into the top of the cake. You may need to cut the ends to

make them different lengths, and you can also wrap the lollipop sticks in washi tape before sticking

them in the cake if desired. Serves 12-14.

 

 

Peppermint Pattie Brownies

YIELD: 9-12 BROWNIES (1 8X8 PAN)

 

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

 

COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES

 

TOTAL TIME: 1.5 HOURS

ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup chocolate chips

peppermint pattie layer
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

ganache
3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
2.5 tablespoons heavy cream

directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 baking pan with butter or nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine melted butter with sugar and vanilla extract, whisking until combined and almost smooth. Whisk in each egg one at a time, stirring until a smooth batter forms. Add in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, stirring until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter in the 8x8 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Remove and let cool.

While brownies are cooling, add powdered sugar, butter, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and peppermint extracts to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until smooth and creamy. Pour over brownies and spread in an even layer with a spoon or spatula. Place in the refrigerator until set, about 30 minutes.

To make ganache, heat heavy cream until warm and pour it over chopped chocolate. Stir for a few minutes until totally combined, smooth and creamy. Spread over the top of the peppermint layer or cut brownies first and spoon over top. I love these refrigerated!