Nothing says Christmas like candy canes, and these candy cane recipes, such as peppermint bark, candy cane hearts and peppermint cookies, are perfect for the holidays!

This list has everything from stunning cakes to decadent drinks to make your gatherings merry and bright.

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It’s that time of year when the candy canes are out in full force.  You can use candy canes for Christmas recipes, decorations, gifts and even crafting! These candy cane recipes will please all the peppermint lovers on your list, especially the kids!

When everything goes red and white with the holiday season you may be wondering, “What on earth do I do with these leftover candy canes after I take them off my tree?” I’ve got you covered!

Whip up some candy cane treats to celebrate the season! The sky is the limit.  From festive candies to decadent cakes and cookies, you can use a sprinkle of candy canes in just about everything holiday. They’re the perfect winter ingredient! I love to make a batch of candy cane cookies, or set out a bowl of candy cane heart candies at a party. You can also stir crushed candies into cocktails.

I love using candy canes in my recipes.  There is nothing like enjoying a chocolate brownie dessert with a mint flavor. Some recipes take minutes, whereas others take a while longer to perfect. You can bake a beautiful red, white, and peppermint flavored dessert for you and your family to enjoy. Fire up the oven and get started!

If you have an upcoming holiday party, try a peppermint candies dessert to impress your friends and family. It ‘s amazing how a little peppermint will spread holiday cheer!

Keeping up with the traditional theme I’ve have gathered 20 of the most festive candy cane recipes for you to try this year.  Do you have a favorite dessert recipe that uses up candy canes? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Looking for more great Christmas recipes? Check out my lists of 30 Holiday Recipes, 30 Christmas Appetizer Recipes and 30 Christmas Cookie Recipes!

20 Candy Cane Recipes

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Candy Cane Brownie Trifle

This rich brownie trifle recipe is an impressive dessert to serve at Christmas. Decadent brownies topped with chocolate peppermint sauce and whipped cream!
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Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Truffles

Smooth candy cane sugar cookie truffles with a touch of peppermint candy cane crunch inside. Dip in chocolate and sprinkle with candy canes.
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Candy Cane Mousse Cake

This candy cane mousse cake is a knockout Christmas dessert! It has layers of rich chocolate cake and candy cane mousse, covered with chocolate and tons of peppermint candies!
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Candy Cane Cocktail with homemade Candy Cane Vodka.

A peppermint chocolate cocktail (with candy cane rim) is perfect for winter entertaining.
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Candy Cane Cups

These cute candy cane cups are edible candy cane shot glasses. Make these candy cane shot glasses at home and then fill them with your favorite drinks.
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Candy Cane Hearts

Candy Cane Hearts

These adorable 3 ingredient candy cane hearts are a fun and festive treat! A super easy candy cane dessert that’s great for party favors, gifts and more.
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Candy Cane Milkshake

Made with just 3 simple ingredients, this fun and festive candy cane milkshake comes together in minutes and is sure to put a smile on your face!
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Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake Cake

Swirls of cheesecake run through this chocolate candy cane cheesecake cake. It’s topped with cream cheese frosting and crushed candy canes creating a beautiful and delicious cake!
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Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts

A decadent holiday breakfast or dessert, soft and tender, with a rich chocolate glaze and crushed candy canes sprinkled on top!
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Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

The classic combination of chocolate and peppermint make these dark chocolate candy cane cookies the perfect treat for the holidays!
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Homemade Peppermint Mochas

These super easy homemade peppermint mochas are a delicious, healthy version of a Christmas coffee drink complete with candy canes, whipped cream and mint syrup!
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Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies

Buttery, hot chocolate meltaway cookies topped with chocolate ganache, mini marshmallows, and crushed peppermint sticks! Everything you love about hot chocolate in a melt-in-your-mouth cookie!
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Peppermint Bark Recipe

This recipe for classic peppermint bark is layers of white and dark chocolate topped with crushed candy canes. A holiday favorite that’s quick to make and perfect for parties and gift giving.
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Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

These holiday peppermint rice krispie treats are easy to make and flavored like the best candy of the season — peppermint bark!
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Peppermint Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

Peppermint chocolate candy cane cupcakes are a festive dessert perfect for the holidays with chocolate cupcakes topped in a candy cane swirl of buttercream.
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These easy peppermint brownies are the perfect holiday treat.

Peppermint Brownies

This recipe for peppermint brownies makes fudgy chocolate squares topped with cream cheese frosting, a layer of chocolate and crushed candy canes. The perfect holiday treat!
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Peppermint Cookies

These peppermint cookies are loaded with white chocolate chunks, candy canes, and Oreo pieces for a unique holiday cookie that everyone will love!
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Peppermint Oreo Truffles

These peppermint Oreo truffles are incredibly delicious and easy to make– only Oreos, cream cheese, peppermint extract and chocolate– no baking!
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White Chocolate Candy Cane Cake

This white chocolate candy cane cake is the perfect addition to your holiday celebrations!
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Peppermint Bark Cookies

Peppermint bark cookies are decadent double chocolate cookies topped with white chocolate and crushed candy canes.
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For a festive holiday dinner or party, don’t forget an amazing dessert to wow your friends and family. Put your candy canes to good use and enjoy rich peppermint flavor with these recipes!

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  1. These all look so good! Perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, and so excited to try these out thanks for the great round up!

  2. I just love recipes with candy canes at Christmas! They are so pretty and taste delicious. I have my eye on that cheesecake cake and those cookies with the Oreos in the them to try first. What a fabulous collection!

  3. These candy cane recipes are so fun and festive! I think I’m going to have to try the Candy Cane Cocktail — making homemade candy cane vodka sounds delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I love candy canes just as they are but if they are in recipes as good as these, well, WOW. Awesome! I want to try the chocolate peppermint donuts first. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  5. There’s so much that you can do with candy cane! I love it. I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing these recipes, it would be nice treat to make a couple of these for Christmas!

  6. These all look so delicious! I want to make some of those pretzel rods to include in our cookie exchange boxes this year.

  7. 5 stars
    This may be the best holiday round-up I’ve ever seen! So fun and festive – perfect for the holiday season!

  8. It is certainly the season for candy canes. Thankful for your list of candy cane recipes, I will be trying some of this for sure. they will be perfect for family gatherings at Christmas.

  9. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite things about the Christmas season-Candy Canes! A nice peppermint mocha would be great on Christmas morning! So many to choose from!