The season of joy is in full swing, and that means lots of fun and festive desserts to share at holiday gatherings. From strudel to donut wreaths to brownies, here are three Candy Cane-inspired recipes you need to try this holiday season.

1. Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Strudel

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Inspired by the Christkindlmarkt in my hometown of Chicago, our first holiday recipe is a classic German treat has a Dunkin’ twist. It’s topped with a minty, chocolatey ganache made with a Peppermint Mocha Latte, our returning holiday favorite. Plus, you can pour any extra ganache into a mason jar, add a bow, and give it as a delicious holiday gift!

Strudel Process Larger

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small Dunkin' Donuts Peppermint Mocha Latte
  • 2 packages puff pastry
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 candy canes, crushed to a coarse powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425oF.
  2. Thaw puff pastry until just pliable and then unfold.
  3. Cut strips on either side of the puff pastry by making 2 inch long cuts, 1 inch apart.
  4. Add milk chocolate chips to the middle of the puff pastry.
  5. Crisscross the puff pastry strips on either side across the middle, creating a braided effect.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for second piece of puff pastry.
  7. Arrange the two braided puff pastries in a wreath shape and brush with eggs.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. When complete, cool and set aside.
  9. In a microwave safe bowl, combine semi-sweet chocolate chips and Peppermint Mocha Latte.
  10. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the mixture is smooth.
  11. On a serving platter, place the strudel and pour desired amount of peppermint mocha ganache on top.
  12. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the ganache and enjoy!

 

2. Candy Cane Crunch Donut Wreath

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Imagine pull apart bread, only with donuts! This donut wreath features our Candy Cane Crunch Donut, a special holiday donut filled with vanilla flavored buttercreme and topped with white icing and crushed candy cane pieces. This colorful treat is sure to delight at any holiday party.

Donut WReath Process

Ingredients:

  • 6 Candy Cane Crunch Donuts
  • 1 can of green frosting
  • 1 can of red frosting
  • Sprinkles, for garnish, optional

Instructions:

  1. Cut all donuts in half and on serving platter shingle in a circular shape to look like a wreath.
  2. Using a piping bag, pipe green icing into the center of the wreath to make a smaller ring inside the donut ring.
  3. Using another piping bag, pipe red icing in the shape of a bow.
  4. Garnish with sprinkles if desired.

 

3. Peppermint Mocha Ganache Brownies

Peppermint Brownie

 

My third and final Candy Cane-inspired recipe features a Peppermint Mocha Latte ganache over classic brownies. Topped with crushed candy canes, it’s a festive treat the whole family will enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small Dunkin’ Donuts Peppermint Mocha Latte
  • 1 box brownie mix, prepared according to package instructions
  • 3 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 candy canes, crushed to a coarse powder

Instructions:

  1. Prepare brownies according to package instructions, and set aside to cool completely.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine semisweet chocolate chips and latte, microwaving for 30 second intervals until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour desired amount of peppermint mocha ganache on top.
  4. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the ganache and share brownies with family and friends.

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