Slideshow: 14 Chocolate-Peppermint Desserts to Make for the Holiday Season

Spiced Dark Chocolate and Candy Cane Ice Cream
Spiced Dark Chocolate and Candy Cane Ice Cream

Avoid flat-tasting chocolate ice cream by spicing it with allspice and adding touches of orange. A sprinkle of crushed candy canes adds a chill and a crunch to compliment the richness of the chocolate.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Frozen Black Bottom Peppermint Pie
Frozen Black Bottom Peppermint Pie

Think of this festive desert as a brownie sundae in pie form. With a chewy mint-chocolate brownie base and a vanilla ice cream top, this make-ahead dessert is ideal for the holidays.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Peppermint Bark Brownies
Peppermint Bark Brownies

Take peppermint bark to a new level by adding it to deeply chocolatey and moist brownies. The bark adds pops of creamy white chocolate as well as subtle pepperminty crunches.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies

These cookies were designed for mint-chocolate lovers in mind, combining chewy brownies with small chunks of red and white peppermint candies, as well as a generous handful of chocolate chips. As the cookies bake, the candy bits melt into the dough, spreading minty flavor throughout.

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[Photograph: Romulo Yanes]

'Mama's' Mint Sticks
'Mama's' Mint Sticks

These mint sticks are a hybrid between firm, chewy brownies and York Peppermint Patties. For maximum flavor and consistency, resist the temptation to nibble on them right away and pop them into the freezer for a few hours before you make them disappear.

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[Photograph: Pam Parrella]

Peppermint 'Crack'
Peppermint 'Crack'

Does your friend really need another flower vase or candle? Bring these addictive, sweet and salty peppermint chocolate crack pieces to your next dinner party to really make a lasting impression.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Holiday Eclairs with Chocolate Peppermint Ganache
Holiday Eclairs with Chocolate Peppermint Ganache

The holidays often call for cookies, candy, and seasonal pies. But what about pastries? Try your hand at these holiday eclairs, topping them with a wintery mint ganache that makes for a festive, unique treat.

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[Photograph: @sstiavetti]

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Bars
Mint Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Bars

These cheesecake bars are super easy to prepare and have a favorable graham cracker crust to cheesecake filling ratio that actual cheesecake often lacks. While you may be skeptical of the idea of mint and chocolate cheesecake, the delicious combination will not disappoint.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows
Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows

Use these chocolate and peppermint schnapps-spiked marshmallows as toppings on various dessert favorites, or pack them up as holiday gifts along with your favorite hot cocoa mix.

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[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Holiday Fauxreos
Holiday Fauxreos

Nabisco's Limited Edition Holiday Oreos can be a struggle to hunt down, so why not make some for yourself? Covered in a thick, luxurious coating of white chocolate, these fauxreos add a holiday twist to the Oreo that we all know and love.

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[Photograph: Bravetart]

Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies
Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

These minty whoopie pies take their inspiration from the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream flavor. Fat, cakey, and filled with rich chocolate, they're a definite crowd-pleasing dessert.

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[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]