Merry (almost) Christmas everyone! Less than two weeks until Christmas, are you ready? Now that there is snow on the ground, it feels a lot like Christmas. But I’m still not quite ready. For all those who have their gifts bought and wrapped, hats off to you! My list isn’t quite finished yet. One thing I am ready for is the extended family Christmas party. As you know, I love to give new twists to classic flavors and recipes. So this year for the party, I gave peppermint a different twist by making a peppermint cream dessert with chocolate wafers.
This layered dessert is light and refreshing. The blend of peppermint and chocolate is perfect for the holidays especially after a hearty Christmas feast. Cream softens the peppermint flavor so even those who avoid candy canes will love it. This yummy dessert is destined to become a Christmas favorite at your holiday party.
For this peppermint cream dessert you will need:
- ½ pound of peppermint candies
- 1 box of chocolate wafers
- 1½ cups of heavy cream
- ½ cup of half and half
- ½ tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon of cold water
Start this dessert by finely crushing the peppermint candy in a food processor. You want the candy pretty finely crushed so that it melts as quickly as possible.
Now you need to melt all that crushed candy with the half and half. You can use a sauce pan over low heat, but I prefer using a double boiler. It’s much easier to control the temperature so you don’t end up burning the sugar in your candy. Just remember not to overfill the bottom pan with water or boiling it until it’s dry. Keep stirring the candy mixture pretty regularly while it melts. This is going to take a little while, but it is completely worth it!
When the candy is almost completely melted, add cold water to the unflavored gelatin to soften it. Once the candy is completely melted, turn off the heat and stir in the gelatin. Once combined, pour mixture into a large heat safe bowl and stick the melted candy into the refrigerator for an hour or so. You want the candy mixture chilled and partially set.
While your peppermint gelatin mixture is setting, you can whip up the heavy cream. I highly recommend using a standing mixer for whipping the cream since this takes a while too.
Pour the heavy cream into the mixer’s bowl and start whipping. I started it on medium speed first then moved up to high. The cream will splash everywhere if you try to whip it on high from the beginning. That may or may not have happened to me. 😉 Keep it going until the cream is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. If your cream is whipped before your peppermint is partially set just place it in the fridge as well.
Once the gelatin has partially set, you can fold your whipped cream into it. Gently stir them together until the peppermint and cream are thoroughly combined.
Next line the bottom of an 8×8 glass baking dish with chocolate wafer cookies.
Break some of the cookies in half to line the sides of the dish as well. Next pour about half of the peppermint cream mixture into the dish and smooth out with a spatula. Place another layer of chocolate wafers over the peppermint cream. Then you can pour the rest of the peppermint cream on top. Smooth the cream into the corners and evenly around the dish with your spatula.
At this point you can call it done, cover it, and chill it for 8 hours. Or you can add some Christmas cheer with a cookie cutter.
To make your designs, crush a few cookies in a food processor so you have some yummy chocolate crumbs to work with. Place a cookie cutter on top of your peppermint cream. Spoon some chocolate crumbs in the center of the cutter. You can use the spoon’s handle or a skewer to get crumbs into the ends of the cutter. Then lift the cutter straight out of the cream, and you have an adorable Christmas design. You can use any cookie cutter you want to, but I’d recommend a design that is not too delicate. It is difficult to get a lot of definition in a design.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours or more. Slice it up and enjoy!
This dessert is so yummy! You can add a bit of red food coloring to make it more Christmas-y, but I actually think the pink is adorable. The chocolate and mint together is like an after dinner mint but so much better. Someone in my family does not like candy canes at all, but this dessert has their approval. It’s been a big hit with both my family and friends. So I’m sure yours will love it too!
It might seem a bit odd to have a chilled dessert in winter, but it’s simply delicious. To combat the cold, I’d recommend snuggling under a warm, fuzzy blanket while you enjoy this yummy minty creation. Available right now at Heartland America, the super soft velour blankets are perfect for snowy winter evenings.
This full/queen size blanket is not only super soft, but it’s also easy to care for. Just throw it into the wash, and it’s back to snuggling perfection. No more worries about kids and cocoa ruining your favorite blanket. Supplies are limited so grab this cozy blanket while you can.
I won’t be seeing you until after Christmas. So I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! I hope you have a fantastic time with your family and friends this holiday season. Enjoy some minty desserts as well. 😉 There will be one more post before the end of the year, so until then stay safe, and remember you are always welcome at home with Heartland.