This super easy, super dramatic recipe for a peppermint plate – and yes, that means a plate made out of peppermints – comes to you courtesy of my mama. While she is full of artistic surprises all year round, she goes into overdrive during the holidays. And so last Christmas she appeared at my door with this plate made out of peppermint candies. It’s all kinds of merry and bright, and a snap to put together…let’s make it!
Okay, we are heading straight into the home stretch of Tis The Season, and one of things I am always doing this time of year is looking for the perfect combo of show-stopper and easy when it comes to that big holiday dinner dessert. You know, the one that is going to get you a round of oohs and aahs when you bring it out, and then has your dining room settle down to delirious quietness because everyone is eating in happy holiday bliss…but also the one that is not going to keep you in the kitchen for hours. Welcome to that dessert!
It’s Christmas cookie time…the most wonderful time of the year! I do love making cookies at this time of year, not only because, well, COOKIES, but also because it is a traditional part of how we ring in the the holidays at our house. From the chocolate chip cookies that I’ve been making for my brothers and sister since we were all kids, to the peanut butter cookies that Grandma makes for the Santa cookie jar, cookies are an essential part of Christmas around these parts. And we always love to add new ones to the list. I’m particularly happy about these buttery, sugary, easy, peppermint snowballs!
So, you say you are looking for a show-stopper of a dessert that is both dramatic and delicious? Something chocolately and pepperminty, something that looks like like you spent hours in Santa’s kitchen when really you spent almost no time in yours? Please meet Peppermint Brownie cake, which is an easy, elegant conglomeration of brownie, meringue, chocolate, peppermint and happiness. All in one cake!
Oh, this peppermint Oreo chiffon pie! It’s a glorious, easy, no baking required concoction of Oreo cookie crust filled with chocolately, pepperminty chiffon, scattered with crush peppermint candies for a little more minty taste and crunch. It’s Christmas on a plate. And there is quite a saga with my own personal peppermint Oreo chiffon experience that will help your adventure in peppermint go much more smoothly. Here goes!
It’s peppermint season! I love peppermint all year round, so this time of year (when we are pretty much required to eat as much peppermint everything as possible)…well, let’s just say I do everything within my power to do my part. And things like these adorable little peppermint cheesecakes make it pretty easy to both eat peppermint deliciousness and still have room left over for all the other holiday goodies.