Peppermint Fudge Cake
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How to Make Peppermint Bark and More Candy Cane-Inspired Recipes

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The best recipes for candy cane lovers
Peppermint Fudge Cake
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The holiday season is in full swing, which means if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, it’s time for Christmas decorations to go up. Traditionally, people like to deck the halls with trees delicately decorated with strings of popcorn, lights, ornaments and, of course, candy canes. But what do you do with all those leftover candy canes after the holidays are over? Whether you’re looking for ways to use those red and white candies or just want to bring the festive flavor of peppermint into your kitchen, these recipes are perfect for candy cane lovers of all stripes.

Peppermint Christmas Puppy Chow

Peppermint Christmas Puppy Chow
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Make your everyday party mix more festive by adding crushed candy canes to it. This perfect snack will satisfy any sweet tooth.

For the Peppermint Christmas Puppy Chow recipe, click here.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark
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Peppermint bark is a candy cane lover's dream for the holidays. Make this classic recipe with the family using homemade peppermint (or candy canes as a shortcut).

For the Peppermint Bark recipe, click here.

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn
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This festive white chocolate peppermint popcorn mix is a sweet and salty snack to share with your loved ones while snuggled up on the couch watching your favorite Christmas movie.

For the Peppermint Crunch Popcorn recipe, click here.

Single Serve Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Single Serve Peppermint Hot Chocolate
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This holiday hot chocolate recipe will definitely hit the spot this winter. Upgrade your normal cocoa by adding peppermint extract. Take it to the next level by using a candy cane as a stirrer.

For the Single Serve Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

Hot Cocoa With Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Candy Canes

Hot Cocoa With Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Candy Canes
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Instead of adding just peppermint extract, achieve that fresh peppermint flavor by mixing your cocoa with chocolate-dipped candy canes.

For the Hot Cocoa With Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Candy Canes recipe, click here.

Peppermint Mocha Brownies

Peppermint Mocha Brownies
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This is more than just your regular childhood dessert. With crushed peppermint candy canes baked on top, these rich mocha brownies are the chocolatey treat you need on your Christmas dessert table.

For the Peppermint Mocha Brownies recipe, click here.

Spiked Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate

Spiked Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate
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Not only is this hot chocolate packed with crushed peppermint candies, but it’s also boozed up with a splash of bourbon. You’ll never think of this classic holiday drink the same way again.

For the Spiked Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

Peppermint Truffle Cookies

Peppermint Truffle Cookies
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These bite-sized truffle cookies stuffed with candy kisses are a delicious treat for the holidays with minty chocolate flavor. They are great as is, but for an extra burst of texture and flavor, roll them in finely crushed candy canes instead of sugar.

For the Peppermint Truffle Cookies recipe, click here.

Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Peppermint Swirl Cookies
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Swap your basic holiday sugar cookies for this candy cane-inspired Christmas cookie. The red and white swirls are an especially festive addition to any cookie platter.

For the Peppermint Swirl Cookies recipe, click here.

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cookies

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cookies
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This will be your new favorite cookie recipe, especially if you’re a chocolate lover. It uses bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs and white chocolate for tons of chocolatey deliciousness. The richness is counteracted by a perfect peppermint pastry cream in the middle. 

For the Triple Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cookies recipe, click here.

Peppermint Brownie Cookies

Peppermint Brownie Cookies
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These peppermint brownie cookies are your new guilty pleasure. They have the taste and pillowy texture of a brownie but with crushed peppermint candies on top.

For the Peppermint Brownie Cookies recipe, click here.

Peppermint Biscotti

Peppermint Biscotti
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Think candy canes are just for dessert? Add them to biscotti, then dunk all that deliciousness into your morning cup of joe.

For the Peppermint Biscotti recipe, click here.

Peppermint Fudge Cake

Peppermint Fudge Cake
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This rich chocolate cake is the perfect easy but completely impressive dessert for the holiday season. Make it extra merry by adding peppermint extract to the boxed cake mix.

For the Peppermint Fudge Cake recipe, click here.

Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Tart

Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Tart
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Your family will devour this tart, made of a yummy mint chocolate filling and a chocolate crust. You could even try sprinkling crumbled candy cane between the crust and filling, or on top. Want to keep the holidays rolling with more festive desserts? Try these gingerbread recipes.

For the Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Tart recipe, click here.

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