Want more holiday treat options besides figgy pudding, gingerbread houses, and sugar plums? These 11 peppermint desserts will be dancing in your head long into the new year.
Mile High Pie at Caribbean Room at The Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
The newly opened Caribbean Room in the Pontchartrain Hotel is the perfect place for a holiday meal followed by dessert. This pie has a black cookie crust, peppermint, and chocolate and vanilla ice cream topped with meringue and chocolate sauce served tableside. Make a reservation at Caribbean Room at The Pontchartrain Hotel.
Mini Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundae at 5 Napkin Burger, New York, New York
For when you need a little something seasonally sweet. This holiday treat is filled to the brim with peppermint ice cream, raspberry compote, hot fudge, and whipped cream. Make a reservation at 5 Napkin Burger.
White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake at Big Bowl-Ohio, Chicago, Illinois
A riff on classic peppermint bark in cheesecake form. It starts off with an Oreo cookie crust followed by homemade peppermint cheesecake and chocolate ganache and it’s topped with chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, and crushed candy canes. Make a reservation at Big Bowl-Ohio.
Crème Brûlée Trio at Bravo Cucina Italiana, Leawood, Kansas
This nationwide restaurant group offers multiple locations and multiple crème brûlées. This holiday season, try three different flavors of custard, including peppermint, hot chocolate, and vanilla bean. Make a reservation at Bravo Cucina Italiana.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Crème Brûlée at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Las Vegas, Nevada
A combination of the two greatest holiday flavors — hot cocoa and peppermint. The chocolate custard is coated with crystallized caramel and anointed with peppermint whipped cream, brownie bites, and peppermint candy. Make a reservation at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.
Peppermint Eclairs at Lafayette, New York, New York
This chic Parisian style cafe celebrates the season right with peppermint eclairs. Order a cafe au lait and a minty fresh eclair or two to enjoy on the side. Make a reservation at Lafayette.
Chocolate Mint Sandwich at Rich Table, San Francisco, California
An elevated version of a Thin Mint cookie. Iced milk and mint chocolate ice cream are sandwiched between two salted chocolate sable cookies for a refreshingly cool spin on the after-dinner mint. Make a reservation at Rich Table.
Peppermint Sundae at Cookshop, New York, New York
Created by pastry chef Stephen Collucci, this sweet sundae has peppermint ice cream topped with mocha fudge, homemade Oreo crunch, and chocolate twiggies. Make a reservation at Cookshop.
Peppermint Yeast Donuts at Columbus Tap, Chicago, Illinois
Once you’re finished taking photos at Millennium Park, walk across the street for a few freshly baked donuts. The dough is made with a bit of nutmeg for a hint of spice and then finished off with white and dark chocolate swirls — and tons of crushed candy canes. Make a reservation at Columbus Tap.
Candy Cane Donut at Sugar Factory-Meatpacking District, New York, New York
These are not your typical morning crullers. Each donut is made from brioche dough raised for 24 hours and then stuffed with a cranberry cream cheese filling and topped with a minty red and white tie-dye glaze for a candy cane presentation. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory-Meatpacking District.
Holiday Double Chocolate Peppermint Cake at Primo, Geneva, Illinois
This time of year is all about decadent desserts and this cake is no exception. A heap of fresh peppermint whipped cream is stuffed between two double chocolate cakes. Make a reservation at Primo.
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Katie Lockhart is a Brooklyn-based food and travel writer. When she’s not writing, she’s eating her way around the world and posting it all on her Instagram @findyourhappyplate and blog findyourhappyplate.co.
Photo credits: Randy Schmidt (Caribbean Room); Noah Fecks (Lafayette); Christina Slaton (Big Bowl);