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Peppermint Cream Bites

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!

For more fun holiday treat ideas, check out these Chocolate Peppermint Grahams. This easy Eggnog Fudge is always a hit this time of year too.

Peppermint Cream Bites: it's like combining a Peppermint Patty with an Oreo Cookie!

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!

Wondering what they taste like? Imagine a peppermint patty (or even one of our cream cheese mints), combined with crunchy oreos!

Ingredient Notes

  • 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).
Peppermint Cream Bites: it's like combining a Peppermint Patty with an Oreo Cookie!

Easy Instructions

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.

Peppermint Cream Bites: it's like combining a Peppermint Patty with an Oreo Cookie!

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.
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Recipe FAQs

How long can they stay out at room temperature?

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.

I don’t like bittersweet chocolate. Can I use milk chocolate instead?

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!

How do you crush the cookies?

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.

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Yield: 24

Peppermint Cream Bites

Prep Time 15 minutes
FreezeTime 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling (15 cookies)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 2 peppermint candy canes, crushed, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine crushed cookies and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool slightly in pan on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a food processor combine powdered sugar and softened butter. Cover and process until butter is evenly distributed. With processor running, add milk and peppermint extract through feed tube until a paste forms. Spread peppermint mixture evenly over prepared crust. Freeze for 45 minutes.
  4. In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine chopped chocolate and shortening. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) about 1 minute or until chocolate is melted, stirring once. Let chocolate cool for 15 minutes. Pour chocolate over peppermint layer, spreading evenly. Sprinkle immediately with crushed candy canes.
  5. Using the edges of the foil, lift uncut bars out of pan. Use a 1-½-inch round cookie cutter to cut into rounds* or use a sharp knife to cut into squares. Store in the freezer until serving time.

Notes

  • 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.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    24

    Serving Size:

    1 piece

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Cool mint meets sweet chocolate in this easy Peppermint Cream Bites. If you like peppermint patties, you’ll love these frozen homemade treats!

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    Posted on November 18, 2014

    Comments & Reviews

    1. Yay! I voted for you the other day and see that you won the first round:) Voting in this competition has been difficult because there’s so many great bloggers contributing awesome recipes… I love peppermint patties and dark chocolate and these look like the perfect gift giving idea for Christmas. I do wonder if you were making these back in June though:)

    2. I think my computer has smell-a-vision, because I feel like I can smell the peppermint in these!! I am drooling over here, and I voted!

    3. These have my name written all over them – talk about the best Christmas treat! I think they look truly amazing!

    4. Bummer, I didn’t get a chance to vote. I hope you win. These peppermint bites look absolutely delicious! I am so making these for my Christmas baking. I love that you are on to Christmas goodies already. 🙂 Good Luck Aimee. Let us know what happens k.

    5. While that cheesecake looks delicious, I’m all about chocolate (not white chocolate) and peppermint! These look amazing, Aimee, and you’ve got my vote!

    6. I can totally see why you made these a few times…holy yum! Peppermint and Oreo is such a great combo!!! Good luck with this fun competition 😉

    7. Good luck with the contest, Aimee! I’m kinda positive you’ll win because these little bites are absolutely swoon-worthy! With that said, I’m heading over to vote for ‘ya! 🙂

    8. The snow is already here, so I might as well get into the holiday spirit. What better place to start than with these? Gorgeous!

    9. It’s definitely not to early to start the festoive recipes and yes….I am drooling…lol.

      I lolve brownies, but with the added mint twist, this just makes them extra yum 🙂

    10. Ok. THESE look amazing!!! Peppermint patties and oreos put together?? You have my attention!! Of COURSE I’m voting for you!! 🙂

    11. I wish you (and Katrina) the best of luck! Eek 🙂 This looks so good and I just made my first mint recipe of the season over the weekend! Pinned and love all the layers of goodness!

      1. Contests are so hard, especially when you are pitted against a friend!! Either way though, I’m cool. Her cheesecake looks amazing! Thanks for pinning 🙂

    12. Seriously! You have combined two of my all time favorite things. Definitely making these for the holidays 🙂

    13. I am dying to make these! Of course then I will have to slap my hands to keep from eating them all. They look fantabulous!

      1. Oh dude, I made these a couple times…they are so freaking good! Perfect for giving as a gift to keep yourself from eating an entire batch 🙂

    14. This is SO GOOD. Peppermint patties are already superstars in their own right, so adding an oreo crust to the mix… you win the internet.

    15. Aimee, I really hope you win. Along with all the other awesome bloggers. Wait, that’s not possible? It should be.
      But in your case especially, because I’ve been reading your blog forever and I love your recipes!

      1. Aww you are too sweet. I am so grateful to you, it’s because of your sweet comments (and others) that I do what I do 🙂

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