Merry & Minty: Irresistible Peppermint Recipes

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Get ready to mix, bake, and create with the ultimate collection of peppermint recipes, where classic flavors meet modern twists. These treats, from peppermint cookies to refreshing peppermint drinks, are perfect for creating festive memories and new holiday traditions.

festive peppermint recipes with cookies and a cocktail.

As we head into the heart of the festive season, there’s nothing quite like the iconic flavor of peppermint to set the mood. From cozy cocktails to sweet treats, I’ve curated a collection of peppermint-infused recipes that promise to brighten up your celebrations. 

To be honest, I was never really a fan of peppermint treats until recent years. I think the thing that got me on board was the peppermint Hershey’s kisses. My mom told me how good they were so I tried some, and now I’m hooked. Since then, peppermint has become a go-to for me and definitely gets me into the holiday spirit. In fact, this time of year I even add a little peppermint syrup to my favorite white chocolate mochas at Starbucks. SO GOOD! 

Peppermint: A Brief History

Originating as a cross between watermint and spearmint, peppermint has been used since ancient times for its refreshing flavor and medicinal properties. It gained popularity in Europe as a digestive aid in the 18th century and began to be cultivated in America soon after.

Peppermint candies emerged in the 19th century, with candy canes becoming a holiday tradition, reputedly first created in Germany to keep children quiet in church. The red and white stripes became standard by the early 20th century, and peppermint candies have since been synonymous with festive celebrations.

Fun facts, right? You learn something new every day! 

Whether you’re a fan of peppermint or not, I hope I have convinced you to give some of these recipes a try. I’m certain you’ll find a new favorite or two to love. 

Why You’ll Love These Peppermint Recipes

Here’s a low-down on why these peppermint recipes are about to become your go-to favorites this season:

  • Peppermint is like the fairy godmother of the holiday season. And combining it with other favorites, like white chocolate or espresso? Pure magic. Every sip, bite, and nibble screams festive cheer!
  • These recipes are super straightforward. I’m all about approachable here on Inspired by Charm. Whether you have experience or just starting out, you’ll find these recipes to be easy and fun. 
  • With their festive designs and peppermint twists, these treats aren’t just about flavor. They’ll look absolutely charming on your holiday table.

Now it’s time to tie on your apron and cue your favorite holiday playlist. We’re ready to get into the spirit with these minty marvels.

Peppermint Cocktail Recipes

white chocolate martini in glass with crushed peppermint rim.

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

A velvety mix of sweet white chocolate and invigorating peppermint, this White Chocolate Peppermint Martini is both luxurious and refreshing. It’s perfect for holiday toasts or simply indulging by the fireplace with family. 

Peppermint White Russian Christmas cocktail in glass with candy cane garnish.

Peppermint White Russian

Reimagine a timeless cocktail with a holiday twist. This Peppermint White Russian cocktail marries creamy liqueur with a dash of peppermint to create a concoction that’s perfect for festive gatherings. I love a classic White Russian cocktail, but this minty twist makes it feel extra special this time of year. 

peppermint espresso martini cocktail in a glass with peppermint garnish.

Peppermint Espresso Martini

Awaken your senses with this spirited blend. Featuring Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha, smooth vodka, and robust espresso, this Peppermint Espresso Martini is the ideal drink to energize your holiday celebrations. This makes a delightful after-dinner drink or you can serve it for Christmas brunch! (I mean, there’s coffee in it, so why not? Ha!) 

Peppermint Sugar Cookies on a plate and platter garnished with candy cane sticks.

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Upgrade your cookie game with these festive beauties. Infused with peppermint baking chips and adorned with vibrant royal icing, these Peppermint Sugar Cookies are a delightful blend of classic taste and holiday charm. I made them in the shapes of winter hats and Christmas lights. 

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies on a large white platter.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Elevate your holiday cookie platter with these delightful Candy Cane Cookies. With their fun shape and authentic peppermint zest, they’re sure to stand out and might just become a new festive tradition. I made green and red candy canes for added color.


Peppermint Kiss Christmas Cookies stacked on a platter.

Peppermint Kiss Cookies

A fresh take on a classic, these Peppermint Kiss Cookies combine a tender sugar cookie base with a minty peppermint kiss on top. It’s a bite-size burst of Christmas spirit. These are so easy to make! (And those peppermint kisses are my personal favorite!)

Peppermint Dessert Recipes

large bowl of peppermint white chocolate chex mix .

Peppermint White Chocolate Chex Mix

Get into the holiday spirit with this easy and delicious Peppermint White Chocolate Chex Mix. It’s a simple yet scrumptious combination of crunchy Rice Chex, salty pretzels, and peppermint candies coated in luxurious white chocolate. This party mix is perfect for holiday snacking, Christmas movie nights, or as a thoughtful homemade present. It’s a crowd-pleaser that brings joy and festive cheer to any occasion.

hand dipping peppermint biscotti into a cup of coffee.

Peppermint Biscotti

Celebrate the holiday spirit with these homemade Peppermint Biscotti – a delightful treat for any Christmas occasion. Their crunchy texture, combined with the sweet taste of chocolate and peppermint, makes them a hit at holiday gatherings, a companion to your morning coffee, or a special gift for loved ones.

peppermint Oreo truffle with one that has a bite taken out.

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

From their smooth, chocolatey exterior to their minty, crunchy center, these Peppermint Oreo Truffles are a perfect blend of textures and flavors. Besides being delicious, they’re also a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your holiday celebration or gifts. Plus, you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make! 

Unique Peppermint Recipes

peppermint sugar scrub in small jars.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Okay, so this isn’t an edible peppermint treat, but I needed to include it here because it’s just so good! Treat yourself or someone special to a spa-like experience at home. This DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub not only exfoliates but also leaves the skin feeling revitalized with a refreshing peppermint aroma. A great gift idea for any season.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some creative ways to use peppermint in recipes?

Peppermint isn’t just for candy. You can infuse peppermint oil into chocolate for a refreshing twist, chop candy canes for a crunchy dessert topping, or even blend peppermint leaves into sauces and dressings for a fresh, herbal note.

How should I store my peppermint treats to keep them fresh?

Most peppermint baked goods store well in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. For longer storage, you can refrigerate them for up to a week or freeze them for a couple of months. Just make sure to layer cookies with parchment paper to prevent sticking and apply frosting after thawing.

I’d like to gift some peppermint goodies. Any tips?

Absolutely! For a beautiful presentation, place your peppermint treats in a holiday tin or a clear cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. Add a personalized tag or a festive ornament for a special touch. For the sugar scrub, consider a decorative jar with a handmade label.

How can I garnish and serve the peppermint cocktails to impress my guests?

Presentation is key! For the White Chocolate Peppermint Martini and the Peppermint Espresso Martini, serve in a chilled martini glass with a crushed candy cane rim. Add a mini candy cane or a sprig of mint as a garnish. For the Peppermint White Russian, consider a swirl of chocolate syrup inside the glass before pouring the drink, topped with a sprinkle of crushed peppermint.

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