Peppermint Cream Bites are like an Oreo Cookie crossed with a peppermint patty. These delicious, easy-to-make candy bars are perfect for the holiday season!
Why this Recipe is Best
I love all the textures and flavors happening in these peppermint cream bites. The crunchy cookie layer, the smooth and creamy mint center and, of course, the sweet chocolate on top.
- Peppermint cream filling.
- Oreo cookie crust.
- Covered with melted chocolate
- Perfect make-ahead holiday treat!
Grab one cold straight from the freezer to put a little extra pep in your step!
- Chocolate sandwich cookies – I usually opt for Oreos, but you can use any cream-filled chocolate wafer cookie.
- Peppermint Extract – Make sure to use the extract that’s labeled “peppermint” not just “mint.” The mint ones will make your cream bites taste like toothpaste. Definitely not what you want in your dessert!
- Bittersweet chocolate – You can use a bar of dark chocolate, cut into small pieces or chocolate chips. It gets melted in the microwave then poured over the peppermint cream.
- Shortening is combined with butter and powdered sugar to make the peppermint cream fluffy and smooth. I use regular vegetable shortening (like Crisco).
First, assemble and bake the chocolate cookie crust. While it’s baking, mix together the peppermint cream ingredients.
Spread the peppermint mixture over the baked crust. Then freeze the whole thing for 45 minutes.
Pour melted chocolate over the chilled peppermint layer. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Cut the bars into your desired shape and size right away.
Tips and Tricks
- How to cut: Use a sharp knife to slice these into bite sized squares OR cut the bars into holiday shapes with a cookie cutter!
- Keep frozen: Store peppermint cream bites in the freezer until ready to serve. They stay good for up to several weeks, so feel free to make a couple of batches at once so you can enjoy them all season long.
Peppermint Cream Bites can be left at room temperature for about 30 minutes before they will start to soften. If they begin to seem soft or gooey, stick them back in the freezer for a few minutes to firm them up again.
You sure can! Bittersweet (or dark) chocolate makes these taste more like classic peppermint patties. But if you’re a milk chocolate fan, I’m sure you’ll love the way it tastes in this recipe!
The easiest way to crush them is in the food processor. Add whole cookies to the bowl of the food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form.
If you don’t have a food processor, put the cookies in a large zipped plastic bag and crush them with a mallet.
Cool mint meets sweet chocolate in this easy Peppermint Cream Bites. If you like peppermint patties, you’ll love these frozen homemade treats!