Mistletoe could be hanging in any doorway this time of year. Eating tons of peppermint-flavored treats is just a polite way of making sure your breath is always minty fresh, right? Oh, who are we kidding; you don't need any excuse to seek out peppermint around the holidays. 'Tis the season for rich chocolate and tangy peppermint to join together and bring good tidings to your taste buds.
Chocolate Candy Cane Shot Glasses
Why didn't we think of making edible dishes out of chocolate a long, long time ago? Never mind — there's no time like the present. Making these minty chocolate shot glasses is a surprisingly easy way to impress everyone at your festive holiday party. Bonus: There's no need to wash shot glasses at the end of the night when the guests have eaten them all.
One-Bowl Peppermint Brownies
Making a delicious, decadent treat that doesn't make a mess of your entire kitchen? That's a real holiday miracle. These fudgy brownies are packed with peppermint flavor, and you'll only dirty one bowl on your quest to enjoy them. It might actually be a little too easy to whip up a batch of these whenever you're craving mint and chocolate.
Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
There are people out there who think ice cream is only for the summer months. Those people are wrong, and we should all feel sorry for them. Making your own creamy, minty, chocolate-studded ice cream at home is guaranteed to get you in a holiday mood, no matter what's happening with the weather. This recipe can even work if you don't have an ice cream maker at home.
Thin Mint Cookies
For lovers of mint and chocolate, the perfect thin mints recipe is like the holy grail. That might sound dramatic, but that doesn't mean it's wrong. This recipe delivers crispy, buttery chocolate wafers submerged in minty, creamy chocolate. Bet you can't eat just one (or three).
No-Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake
Buttery chocolate crust. Creamy cheesecake filling with a hint of peppermint flavor. Whipped cream clouds dotted with chocolate sandwich cookies to finish it off. The only question you'll have after making this no-bake grasshopper cheesecake will be: How soon can I make that again?