Mint Brownies

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Fudgy, rich and chocolatey, these mint brownies make a delicious holiday treat. They’re dusted with sugar and then drizzled with a peppermint icing. Perfect for a Christmas dessert! Brownies are one of my…

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Fudgy, rich and chocolatey, these mint brownies make a delicious holiday treat. They’re dusted with sugar and then drizzled with a peppermint icing. Perfect for a Christmas dessert! Brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Not only are they easy and quick to make, but they always turn out so indulgent. These 30-Minute Vegan Brownies...

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No-Bake Mint Chocolate Brownie Bars

One bite into these beauties and it was pure love. Think Andes bar elevated x 1,000. We dreamt of a mint-layered brownie bar, did some experimenting, and totally nailed the landing (not to brag, but these are what dreams are made of). 
A no-bake b…

No-Bake Mint Chocolate Brownie Bars

One bite into these beauties and it was pure love. Think Andes bar elevated x 1,000. We dreamt of a mint-layered brownie bar, did some experimenting, and totally nailed the landing (not to brag, but these are what dreams are made of). 

A no-bake brownie is layered with creamy, minty coconut butter and topped with luscious chocolate ganache. Swoon! What’s not to love? Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required for these decadent, vegan, gluten-free bars.

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The BEST Thin Mints (V/GF)

Anyone else practically live on Girl Scout cookies growing up? In our house, Thin Mints were a favorite, and we always had 1-2 boxes in the freezer for snacking. It doesn’t get much better than a crisp, cold, chocolaty Thin Mint dunked in milk (w…

The BEST Thin Mints (V/GF)

Anyone else practically live on Girl Scout cookies growing up? In our house, Thin Mints were a favorite, and we always had 1-2 boxes in the freezer for snacking. It doesn’t get much better than a crisp, cold, chocolaty Thin Mint dunked in milk (who’s with me?).

We wanted to bring the nostalgia of Girl Scout cookies into our kitchen and remake this classic cookie, but with a healthier spin. We’re happy to report that our inspired version is not only naturally gluten-free, vegan, and grain-free, but it’s also incredibly quick and easy to make and (no joke) tastes exactly like the real thing!

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Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints

Chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies are sure to be a new holiday favorite, with a red and white marbled shortbread, dark chocolate filling with a hint of peppermint, and crunchy candy cane bits sprinkled on top. I can’t speak for Santa, but classic thumbprint cookies are one of my all-time favorite cookies, the buttery shortbread serving […]

Chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies are sure to be a new holiday favorite, with a red and white marbled shortbread, dark chocolate filling with a hint of peppermint, and crunchy candy cane bits sprinkled on top.

I can’t speak for Santa, but classic thumbprint cookies are one of my all-time favorite cookies, the buttery shortbread serving as the perfect foundation for myriad filling possibilities. This festive take pairs dark chocolate with peppermint, plus a sprinkle of crushed candy canes for decoration and crunch.

Rows of Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints on a wire rack, crushed candy canes scattered around

Along with gingerbread, spritz, and, obviously, amaretti, thumbprint cookies are a necessity for any holiday cookie box.

And these festive, candy-cane inspired thumbprints are no exception. In fact, I’d argue these chocolate peppermint thumbprints are perhaps the ultimate holiday cookie.

I mean, just look at them!

Overhead Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints on a wire cooling rack with crushed candy canes

I’ve been wanting to do a chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookie for some time now, but it’s taken me until now to actually nail down the details. I mean, it could have gone in so many different directions, I just couldn’t decide. Should it be a chocolate cookie with a white chocolate peppermint filling? Or double chocolate with a chocolate cookie and a dark chocolate filling? Or should I stick with a traditional shortbread cookie, and if so, should the cookie itself be left natural, infused with peppermint extract, mixed with crushed candy canes, or marbled with multi-colored dough?

This is how my brain works when I’m developing a recipe.

Ultimately, after a number of tests, I opted for a traditional shortbread with a hint of almond, with a striking marble effect with a swirl of red and white dough, and a dark chocolate filling with a hint of peppermint extract.

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Candy Cane Buttercrunch.

My peppermint bark glowup is this candy cane buttercrunch!  Carmelly, crunchy toffee that is basically topped with peppermint bark. I mean, how perfect is this?! I’ve always gone back and forth on peppermint bark. I like it, I do.  I usually like a small piece every holiday season but it’s not something I totally lose […]

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My peppermint bark glowup is this candy cane buttercrunch! 

candy cane buttercrunch

Carmelly, crunchy toffee that is basically topped with peppermint bark. I mean, how perfect is this?!

candy canes

I’ve always gone back and forth on peppermint bark. I like it, I do. 

I usually like a small piece every holiday season but it’s not something I totally lose my mind over, you know?

My favorite part is easily the crunch of the peppermints – we all know I’m such a texture freak!  

melted chocolate

So this buttercrunch – which is crunchy as all heck, is my dream. Super crispy and crunchy, but also chocolatey. And also pepperminty! You have to try it. 

If you’re thinking this looks familiar, you’re right! I made this pumpkin buttercrunch last month for Thanksgiving and THIS is how obsessed I am with it. I needed two flavors of the buttercrunch in my life in two months. It’s 2020, so I mean, we deserve it. For sure.

crushed candy canes

The first layer is a traditional toffee. Butter, sugar, a drop of water. Some vanilla extract and peppermint extract if you really want to up the mint flavor. 

You do boil it, but it’s super easy! If you head to instagram today, you can see me make it step-by-step on my stories.

sprinkling crushed candy canes on chocolate

The next layer is just melted chocolate with crushed candy canes on top! I like to swirl a bit of coconut oil into my chocolate because it helps keep it firm at room temperature. It’s not necessary, but it does help. And really, that’s it!

Top with the crushed peppermint and you’re good to go.

Cue all the exclamation points!

broken candy cane buttercrunch

One of the reasons I love this is that it’s just DIFFERENT than peppermint bark, you know? In my millennial brain I just get so bored with the same things over and over. I love that this still has all the perks and flavor of peppermint bark, with a little modern twist. 

candy cane buttercrunch

It’s also PERFECT for cookie boxes! Earlier this week I had a moment of thinking I was going to cut down on my baking list this year, but since I’ve decided against it and am going full steam ahead. I can’t wait to drop off some treat boxes on friends’ doorsteps this weekend. This peppermint buttercrunch is the perfect thing to add because it can be broken into fun, tiny pieces and will stay fresh too. 

Get on the peppermint buttercrunch train!

candy cane buttercrunch

Candy Cane Buttercrunch

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Candy Cane Buttercrunch

This candy cane buttercrunch has a layer of caramely peppermint toffee, topped with chocolate and crushed candy canes. Crunchy perfection!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Setting time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¾ cup crushed candy cane or peppermint pieces

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Heat the butter, sugar, water and salt over medium heat in a saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 298 degrees F, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
  • Immediately pour the mixture on the parchment paper and spread it out in an even thin layer. Let it cool completely.
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave. I like to do this in 30 second increments, stirring after each time. Once melted, pour the mixture over the set toffee layer. Sprinkle in the crushed candy canes.
  • Let the chocolate layer set completely. You can store this in the fridge or at room temp. Break into pieces and serve!

Notes

slightly adapted from dominique ansel

candy cane buttercrunch

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White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Rice Krispie Treats

We love making Rice Krispie Treats because they are easy and always a crowd pleaser. If you’ve made our recipe, you know it is the VERY best. Well, we decided to create a festive Rice Krispie Treat recipe for the holidays and they are GOOD, reall…

We love making Rice Krispie Treats because they are easy and always a crowd pleaser. If you’ve made our recipe, you know it is the VERY best. Well, we decided to create a festive Rice Krispie Treat recipe for the holidays and they are GOOD, really good! These White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Rice Krispie Treats…

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Coconut Peppermint Cookies

Coconut Peppermint Cookies

When the holiday season rolls around, I stock up on candy canes and other peppermint candies. I love all holiday flavors, from eggnog to gingerbread, but I’ve always had a soft spot for candy canes and find that a little bit of peppermint can also put me right in the holiday spirit. …

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Coconut Peppermint Cookies

When the holiday season rolls around, I stock up on candy canes and other peppermint candies. I love all holiday flavors, from eggnog to gingerbread, but I’ve always had a soft spot for candy canes and find that a little bit of peppermint can also put me right in the holiday spirit. These Coconut Peppermint Cookies feature a flavor combination that is a bit unexpected, but that works extremely well. The creamy sweetness of the shredded coconut softens the bright flavor of the peppermint, resulting in a cookie that you’ll want to keep in your cookie jar all season long.

This cookie dough gets a generous splash of vanilla extract and a hint of peppermint extract added as you mix it up. Peppermint extract can have a very strong flavor, so I like to use a little bit of restraint when adding it to a recipe. Here, you want the cookies to have a hint of peppermint, but not to overwhelm the coconut in the cookie dough. There is a very generous amount of shredded coconut in the dough, however, so you would really have to go crazy with the peppermint to block out its flavor entirely! I prefer to use sweetened shredded coconut, which has a slightly softer texture than unsweetened, as I feel it simply works a bit better in this recipe.

The dough is shaped into generous 1-inch balls and topped with crushed peppermint candies or candy canes. You can make crushed peppermint by whizzing some mints (or candy canes) in the food processor until they are finely ground. You can also usually find small jars of crushed peppermint in the cake-decorating aisle at craft and baking stores. The pre-crushed peppermint is very handy to have for the holidays, since you can add it to hot chocolate and other desserts. I find that the storebought version often has more red in the mix, while the homemade peppermint dust tends to be a bit whiter, so I usually pick up a container if I happen to see one in order to get a little more red into my finished desserts.

You should bake the cookies until they are very lightly browned on the outside edge. These cookies should be chewy and the coconut helps to keep them nice and moise, but you still don’t want to overbake them. They’ll stay chewy for several days when stored in an airtight container after baking. I love the contrast of the red and white mint candy with the cookie beneath it, as it makes them look so festive!

Chewy Coconut Peppermint Cookies
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
approx 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies/candy canes

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, adding one in at a time, followed by vanilla and peppermint extracts. With the mixer on low speed, gradually blend in the flour until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated, then mix in the shredded coconut.
Shape cookie dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between cookies to allow for spread. Sprinkle each ball of dough generously with crushed peppermint.
Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until the cookies are set and very lightly browned around the outside edge. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 3 1/2 – 4 dozen

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Peppermint Oreo Balls

Peppermint Oreos are combined with cream cheese and crushed candy canes and in dipped in candy melts to create Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls. They’re simple and so delicious.

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Peppermint Oreos are combined with cream cheese and crushed candy canes and dipped in candy melts to create Peppermint Oreo Balls. They’re simple, festive, and so delicious.

Cookie tin filled with Peppermint oreo balls on a gray counter

I know it’s only December 4th, but I am already getting the urge to start holiday baking. Only problem is, I don’t really have the freezer space at the moment to store much of anything. That thing is packed with butter, chicken and more mini ice cream sandwiches than I care to admit.

I am pretty obsessed with Peppermint Oreo Balls every holiday season. They’re super simple to make and can easily be adapted to fit your personal taste.

Don’t like peppermint? No problem. Simply use regular Oreos and omit the crushed peppermint, or use any other of your favorite flavors of Oreos. I have used regular Oreos, Mint, Peanut Butter and Peppermint Bark all with great results.

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5-Ingredient Peppermint Patties

OK, be honest. When it comes to mint chocolate, are you a fan or a skeptic?
In all transparency, I used to be in the “keep mint out of my dessert because it tastes like toothpaste” camp. But that changed when I was forced to eat mint chocol…

5-Ingredient Peppermint Patties

OK, be honest. When it comes to mint chocolate, are you a fan or a skeptic?

In all transparency, I used to be in the “keep mint out of my dessert because it tastes like toothpaste” camp. But that changed when I was forced to eat mint chocolate chip ice cream at a party when it was the only dessert option, and it was like the heavens parted and I was enlightened to the glory that is mint chocolate.

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chocolate mint cake (otherwise known as candy cane cake)

This is an older post, originally posted in 2011, that I’m highlighting this December. My daughter and I were looking through old blog posts, trying to decide on a birthday dessert for her upcoming day, and she died laughing at how terrible the p…

Candy Cane Cake

This is an older post, originally posted in 2011, that I’m highlighting this December. My daughter and I were looking through old blog posts, trying to decide on a birthday dessert for her upcoming day, and she died laughing at how terrible the photos were for this post (they were pretty bad). So I remade the cake this week updating not only the photos, but the recipe as well. I’ve used peppermint candies here instead of candy canes (ground into sparkly dust in the food processor), and the chocolate cake from my cookbook. I also added some gold leaf just because, but it isn’t necessary. Original post: This past week we celebrated my daughter’s birthday. The last two years I’ve let her ‘design’ her own cake, meaning she gets to pick colors and flavors and a basic theme, and I try to make something not quite as elaborate. Last year was a very vibrant purple cake , and I had assumed this year it would be something similar (or something worse – she had been eying those Barbie cakes at the grocery store). So I was slightly shocked, when after asking her, she yelled ‘A PINK CANDY CANE CAKE!’ But […]

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