By Meghen Jones
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is around the corner, meaning you’re about to partake in your favorite holiday traditions. From visiting the breathtaking Christmas light displays to attending festive parades, college students, like anyone else, usually have every reason to get into the spirit, and a great way to further immerse yourself in the seasonal fun is through your stomach. What better way to do so than through one of the most traditional holiday flavors you’ll find out there? Yep, we’re talking about peppermint!
There’s just something about peppermint that speaks to the holiday season—blame it on the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Peppermint Bark, and, of course, the candy canes themselves. Whichever way you choose to enjoy it, this traditional treat somehow always seems to put you in the holiday spirit. And now, you seem to be stuck with a peppermint craving that won’t go away. Luckily for you, it’s the perfect time of year to indulge your love for peppermint—and all things seasonal—with uCribs’ top 4 peppermint treats.
Peppermint Twist Kisses
Enjoy a treat rosier than Santa’s cheeks when you whip up a batch of Peppermint Twist Kisses. Since this recipe is essentially a seasonal take on the ever-so-popular Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie, it tends to be a holiday go-to for many. Using Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses, this mouthwatering combination of crunchy cookie and peppermint chocolate is sure to hit the spot for more than just Santa Claus. Plus, the foolproof recipe is simple to pull together in a pinch—hey, you’re experienced enough as a college student to know those finals come before holiday bake-a-thons. In fact, we can guarantee that “yule” probably make at least one more batch of these bad boys before the season ends.
36 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 to 8 drops red food coloring
Frozen Peppermint Delight
Picking out the perfect dessert for the holiday season can be difficult—especially when everyone is already sold on family recipes and other traditional flavor profiles associated with this time of year, like eggnog and gingerbread. But, who says you have to stick to tradition? You’re a college student, after all—shouldn’t you be challenging these types of systems for the greater good? For a dessert as festive as your favorite Christmas playlist, turn to none other than Frozen Peppermint Delight. Drizzled with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup and coated with crushed peppermint candy, a Frozen Peppermint Delight tastes like Christmas—and no, we aren’t overexaggerating! This recipe will have your friends and peers lined up outside your student apartment’s kitchen for just a taste.
1 package Oreo cookies, crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 containers (1-1/2 quarts each) peppermint ice cream, slightly softened
12 ounces whipped topping
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Crushed peppermint candy
Planning a Christmas movie marathon? Even if you aren’t, our next peppermint treat is one that should be on everyone’s wish list. What we’re saying is that your seasonal movie night, event, or night-in, will just not be the same without a heapin’ helping of Peppermint Popcorn. Made with sweet, white chocolate, freshly popped popcorn, and finely crushed peppermints, this simple snack will hit the spot with its highly-coveted combination of sweet and salty flavors. Not to mention, it will be a winner at your part-time job’s Christmas mixer, your seasonal family reunion, or wherever you decide to serve it! We might even go as far as to say that even Ebenezer Scrooge would appreciate this tasty treat, although we’re not positive if it will guarantee approval on your Christmas Eve PTO request.
2 bars of white chocolate, chopped
8 cups popped popcorn
1/4 cup finely crushed peppermints
Red nonpareil sprinkles
Fudgy, ooey-gooey, and just plain ol’ delicious… how could anyone not love a warm, chocolatey batch of brownies fresh out of the oven? From Valentine’s Day surprises to student potlucks, brownies never fail to make the dessert list no matter the occasion. While most of us have had the opportunity to sample the standard fudge brownie, there are many variations of brownies out there, and it’s always good to broaden your culinary horizons. That’s why we recommend this recipe for Peppermint Brownies, a recipe so delicious that you’ll be overwhelmed with seasonal joy. Made with ingredients, such as baking cocoa, sugar, crushed peppermint, and vanilla extract, this recipe is still nothing short of extraordinary despite its simplicity, and the chocolate-peppermint glaze will take your taste buds to new heights!
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
2/3 cup crushed peppermint candies
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening
2 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies