Yummy Peppermint TreatsBy: Bob's Red Mill | November 29 2017
We’re sure there is no other flavor so well-associated with the Christmas season than peppermint. When everyone gets sick of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, they move on to peppermint and chocolate. Peppermint is sweet, tingly, and refreshing, instantly lifting moods and bringing a smile to the faces of kids and adults everywhere. Peppermint is also soothing for an upset tummy and indigestion, which could come in handy after everyone has gorged over Thanksgiving dinner! Despite its medicinal uses, peppermint is most loved as candy or as an ingredient in a desert. With that said, below are four of our favorite yummy peppermint treats that will be perfect for this upcoming Christmas season. If these cupcakes aren't hit with your family and friends, you must've made them wrong. Just kidding! Really, these peppermint mocha cupcakes will be the talk of the next family get-together, they are just that good. In these cupcakes, chocolate cake is liberally laced with the flavors of coffee and peppermint, reminding you of your favorite peppermint mocha latte. Except, it's cake. Even better, these cupcakes are made with a base of sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and eggs, plus gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour. Anyone with gluten sensitivities can enjoy them too! Toss in ingredients like milk, black coffee, and of course, vanilla and peppermint extract, put them in the oven for time, and then take them out to cool. Then top them off with homemade cream cheese and peppermint icing if you want to knock these treats out of the park. [caption id="attachment_1162005" align="alignnone" width="770"] www.wendypolisi.com[/caption] If the flavor of coffee and peppermint isn't quite your cup of tea, try these white chocolate and peppermint covered chocolate cookies instead. These are a fun and festive addition to any holiday party, even a kid’s cookie bake-off. Just prepare the dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. These cookies only take about 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cook time, making them the ideal “quick and easy” holiday treat. They use a base of gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour and cocoa powder, which makes them great for your gluten sensitive family, and you can use heavy cream or trade it out for coconut milk if you prefer to avoid dairy. The coating is made with white chocolate and crushed peppermint, and it’s the little zing that gives these chocolate cookies a burst of extra flavor. [caption id="attachment_1162008" align="alignnone" width="770"] www.goodiegodmother.com[/caption] These chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies are an old kid favorite with a cheerful holiday twist. Prep time is only about 15 minutes, and cook time is about 10 minutes for a batch of 20 cookies. These cookies are made with a base of unbleached white all purpose flour, but you could sub that out for gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour if you prefer to keep your treats gluten-free friendly. The real flavor is in the creamy peppermint filling, made from powdered sugar, peppermint extract, butter, and cream cheese. Yummy! You just can't ever go wrong with a sugar cookie, and if you make it a peppermint sugar cookie all the better. These delicious treats take a little longer, about 15 minutes of prep time and 16-18 minutes of baking time. However, they are well worth the wait. These cookies are made simply, with a base of unbleached white all purpose flour, eggs, baking soda, and unsalted butter. It also calls for melted butter and sugar. These cookies get the bulk of their flavor from the vanilla and crushed candy canes. Once you've mixed all your ingredients together, portion out the dough onto parchment paper, then flatten each cookie, brush them with melted butter, sprinkle them with coarse turbinado sugar and crushed candy cane pieces, and voilà! They are ready to be popped in the oven until the edges look lightly browned. Christmas is such a fun holiday to prepare snacks and desserts for. And with yummy peppermint treats like these, there's just no going wrong, there’s a little something for everyone.