10 Easy Peppermint Recipes for the Holidays
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Learn how to add peppermint extract for incredible winter flavor in cocktails, cookies and so much more.
Oh, I love peppermint so much. It’s a fresh, minty, flavorful taste of winter with that spicy little menthol kick that we crave.
It coordinates beautifully with chocolate, and it creates the most delicious desserts for Christmas and beyond. That’s why today, we’re rounding up 10 of my favorite peppermint recipes to celebrate the flavor of the season!
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While it’s traditionally associated with Christmas, many people love peppermint flavor year round. And why not? It’s too good to ignore for the other 11 months of the year, right?
With that in mind, let’s get right down to it. I’m going to answer all your burning peppermint questions, and I’ve included my best peppermint recipes, too. There’s so much to love about peppermint!
Why is it Called Peppermint?
Peppermint is a hybrid mint, which means it’s a cross between two types of mint – watermint and spearmint. Among the oldest herbs that have ever been used for medicinal and culinary purposes, peppermint has a long history!
Originating in Europe and the Middle East, peppermint is a fast-growing herb that is used throughout the world. Today, most of the world’s supply of peppermint is produced in Morocco, (accounting for 92% of production according to Wikipedia).
Peppermint is a genus of mentha, which dates back to Greek mythology. Peppermint gets that zippy flavor from menthol- see the name connection?
The name peppermint then comes from the species name piperita meaning “peppery,” which distinguishes peppermint from other forms of mint. (American Botanical Council)
What Do You Use Peppermint Extract For?
Peppermint extract can be used as a flavoring in so many of your favorite recipes! Just to name a few ideas, consider adding peppermint extract to the following treats:
- hot chocolate
- ice cream
You can also use it for so much more! Consider using it in your household cleaning projects for a fresh and minty fragrance!
Try adding peppermint to your aromatherapy line-up!
What’s the difference between Mint and Peppermint?
Mint is a fast-growing herb that encompasses the entire mint family. This includes peppermint, spearmint, orange mint, pineapple mint, and more. You get the idea, right? Basically, mint is an umbrella term that also includes peppermint, but peppermint stands on its own.
Mint extract is a mixture of spearmint and peppermint plants, whereas peppermint extract is just that. Peppermint is stronger and while the flavor is similar to spearmint, peppermint contains a much higher level of menthol, which creates a stronger, zestier cooling flavor.
Is Peppermint Extract the Same as Peppermint Oil?
Short answer: they probably shouldn’t be interchanged in recipes. Long answer? Yes, you can use them both in cooking, if you know what you’re doing.
Peppermint extract is made from the essential oils of peppermint leaves. The liquid is obtained by extracting the oils from the leaves and is generally sold in four ounce containers. In this situation the oil is mixed with alcohol to create a less concentrated peppermint solution.
Peppermint oil, however, is made of pure peppermint. This makes it much more intense and very concentrated. It’s so concentrated that you should never ingest pure peppermint oil on its own.
Because peppermint oil has no alcohol, it won’t evaporate when cooking, so you should use much less if you do add it to any of your cooking. This is a great article on substituting the two, if you’d like more information.
For most recipes, peppermint extract is a perfect fit. It’s strong enough to impart flavor and much less expensive than peppermint oil.
Is Peppermint Good For You?
Yes! In fact, peppermint is believed to have so many health benefits. While it’s not FDA approved for many uses, I was shocked to learn that peppermint could help with the following:
- tension headaches
- soothing nausea
- motion sickness
- tooth aches
- muscle rubs
And so much more! I loved researching this incredibly versatile herb.
11 Easy Peppermint Recipes for the Holidays
I've rounded up my most popular peppermint recipes that are perfect for the holidays or ANY time!
Peppermint Ice Cream Recipe
This creamy Peppermint Ice Cream is made with just 3 ingredients in a couple of minutes. It’s a delicious treat in a bowl and incredible on brownies, sugar cookies, cakes and more! This homemade no churn ice cream is the perfect frozen dessert for the holidays.
Salted Peppermint Bark Recipe
Salted Peppermint Chocolate Bark is an elevated version of peppermint bark, a traditional Christmas candy.
It’s a blend of sweet and salty with a cool refreshing flavor topped with peppermint and sea salt flakes for added crunch. This is the perfect holiday treat!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs
If you’ve never had a hot chocolate bomb, now is the time! These cute spheres of creamy chocolate are filled with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and crushed peppermint for an extra dose of wintery joy!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs are the most delicious, decadent and adorable way to enjoy your hot cocoa this season. The addition of peppermint in this recipe creates the ultimate flavor sensation!
3 Ingredient Peppermint Fruit Dip
This peppermint fruit dip is made with just 3 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to make. An indulgent sweet dip that’s perfect to serve a crowd.
This peppermint dip is perfectly festive and made for the holidays!
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Peppermint Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth Peppermint Cookies are the ultimate Christmas treat! These Peppermint Sugar Cookies have a delicately sweet sugar cookie base.
They are topped with the best peppermint buttercream and crushed candy canes which will have you dreaming about Christmas all year round!
Merry Mint with Peppermint Schnapps
A Merry Mint cocktail made with Peppermint Schnapps will warm your soul this holiday season! This fun and festive Christmas Cocktail is the perfect blend of cream, mint and vodka!
Spiked Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps
This rich and creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe is delightful all winter long – and who doesn’t love a steaming cup of spiked hot chocolate?
The frosty cool flavor of peppermint schnapps drinks are a favorite addition to my winter cocktail line up.
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Chocolate Mint Cookies)
Foolproof chewy chocolate peppermint cookies are always a favorite Christmas cookie recipe – they’re quick and easy to make with just a handful of simple ingredients.
Perfect for cookie exchanges and all of your holiday gatherings. It takes less than 20 minutes to make a huge batch!
Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies with Andes Candy
These chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies stuffed with Andes candy are for all those chocolate mint lovers! Rich, decadent and chocolate-y, it is the best recipe for Christmas and the holiday season!
Serve them to all your friends and family at your next holiday get-together or cookie exchange.
Perfectly Peppermint White Russian
This Peppermint White Russian recipe is wonderful peppermint drink to enjoy around the holidays. The coffee liqueur, vodka, and half and half compliment the zingy peppermint schnapps to make a festive and delicious peppermint cocktail.
Baked Peppermint Bark Christmas Donuts
These homemade peppermint bark donuts are the stuff that dreams are made of! They're a taste of winter, wrapped into a beautiful treat!
Well, what do you think? Did you learn everything you ever wanted to know about peppermint desserts? I don’t know about you but I’m ready to add peppermint flavor everywhere!
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