The Christmas season is finally here, which means we have the perfect excuse to make (and eat) a ridiculous amount of holiday food. Peppermint is one of my personal favorite Christmas flavors, and these peppermint dessert recipes will provide you with 12 delicious ways to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas

1. Peppermint Christmas Cookies  

Dara Ades

Christmas cookies are a holiday classic, and these easy-to-make cookies combine chocolate and peppermint to create a delicious holiday snack. 

2. Chocolate Peppermint Bark

chocolate, cake, peppermint, cookie
Dylan Barth

This peppermint bark recipe only requires three ingredients, and can even be made in a dorm room with just a microwave and refrigerator. Your friends will be impressed by your fancy cooking skills— they don’t need to know how simple this recipe is. 

3. Peppermint Bark Popcorn

chocolate, cream, sweet, candy, goody, popcorn, cake
Hannah Skiest

Not satisfied with just making peppermint bark? This popcorn recipe’s mix of sweet and salty makes a holiday treat that will spice up any Christmas movie night. 

4. Peppermint Muddy Buddies 

cereal, sweet, corn, wheat, wheat flake, chocolate, oatmeal cereal
Claire Hogan

This combination of Chex, chocolate, and peppermint creates a snack that's perfect to bring to any holiday party. These addictive peppermint Muddy Buddies will be devoured in no time.

5. Peppermint Oreo Cupcakes

cream, cupcake, chocolate, sprinkles, cake, candy, buttercream
Morgan Willie

Like pizza and ramen noodles, Oreos are a staple in every college student’s diet. These cookies and cream cupcakes topped with Oreos and peppermint will get you in the Christmas spirit.

6. Peppermint and Candy Cane-Dipped Oreos

macaron, chocolate, macaroon
Kelly McAdam

If you want to step up your Oreo game even more, try these peppermint-dipped Oreos. This three-ingredient, five-minute recipe is a quick and easy way to make a festive holiday snack.

7. Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels

candy, chocolate, sweet, cake, goody
Hannah Skiest

These chocolate pretzels are topped with peppermint Hershey’s kisses to add a Christmas twist.  

8. Candy Cane S'mores

chocolate, cream, cannoli, sweet, candy, cake, goody, pastry
Dara Ades

Just in case you didn’t think s’mores could get any better, sprinkle some crushed candy cane on top. The addition of peppermint transforms a fall favorite into a Christmas snack. These candy cane s'mores are seriously addicting. 

9. Candy Cane Truffles

chocolate, candy, cake
Erica Coulter

These no-bake candy cane truffles will melt in your mouth. Be careful though, they’re so addictive you might finish off a whole batch in one sitting. 

10. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites

chocolate, truffle, candy
Ariel Coonin

These gooey cookie dough bites are easy to make and even easier to eat. As an added bonus, the cookie dough is made without egg, so you don’t have to worry about salmonella poisoning while enjoying this snack. 

11. Peppermint Cheesecake Jar 

cake, cream, chocolate
Gabby Phi

This peppermint cheesecake in a jar would make the perfect edible Christmas present. Or, if you’re feeling selfish this holiday season, you could keep it for yourself (your secret is safe with me).

12. Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate 

cream, chocolate, milk, sweet, coffee, hot chocolate, whipped cream, candy, ice, goody
Julia Muro

Haven’t declared your major yet? Not sure what your plans are after graduation? No worries, a mug of this boozy peppermint hot chocolate will prepare you to face all your relatives’ questions over Christmas dinner. 

These peppermint recipes will get you in the Christmas spirit for all 12 days of Christmas. After all, there's no better way to celebrate the holidays than stuffing your face with friends and family.