16 Festive Leftover Candy Cane Recipes

Stuck with a box full of perfectly good candy canes and don't know what to do with them? No worries! These candy cane desserts are the best ways to use up extra candy canes, and get a great dessert out of it.

We love Christmas leftovers almost as much as we love Christmas dinner itself. And while it feels intuitive to turn leftover ham into a sandwich or leftover mashed potatoes into a shepherd’s pie, figuring out what to do with leftover candy isn’t as clear.

Luckily, we pulled together the best candy cane recipes to use up all the peppermint candies in your stash. Think decadent hot chocolate, layered trifles, holiday cookies and so much more.

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

These candy cane cookies are a variation of the cookies my mother made when I was growing up. Now my 13-year-old daughter and I bake them together. They’re always a huge hit! The taste is like rich hot chocolate baked into a scrumptious cookie. —Larry Piklor, Johnsburg, Illinois
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Candy Cane Chocolate Loaves

When I had a bunch of leftover candy canes after the holidays, I was inspired to use them up by adding them to a chocolate bread. Coffee and cocoa intensify the flavor. —Shelly Platten, Amherst, Wisconsin
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Candy Cane Pie

When my college roommate first made this pie, I couldn’t get enough! Using a store-bought crust helps save time when you’re in the midst of the holidays. —Charlotte Stewart, Mesa, Arizona
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Mint Oreo Fudge

I altered a plain chocolate fudge recipe to create this festive mint Oreo fudge. Mint Oreo cookies can be used instead of plain for even more minty flavor. —Dawn E. Lowenstein, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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Candy Cane Shortbread Bars

I created these bars for my daughter, who loves peppermint. The buttery shortbread texture just melts in your mouth. They're a hit wherever I take them. —Susan Ciuffreda, Huntersville, North Carolina
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Peppermint Bark Trifle

We’re always looking for those showstopping desserts, especially during the holidays. This one is very impressive, but couldn’t be easier to make. No one will ever know it’s made with a store-bought angel food cake. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
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White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch

This candy cane recipe is my favorite confection to make at Christmas. Not only is it easy, it’s delicious as well. I like to fill small bags with the crunchy candy to place in gift baskets.—Nancy Shelton, Boaz, Kentucky
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Candy Cane Blossom Cookies

We like to stir different flavored candy canes into the dough for fun variety. —Joan Cossette, Colbert, Washington
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Layered Candy Cane Dessert

This fabulous dessert has the magical flavor of candy canes plus the bonus of an Oreo cookie crust. And it looks like a winter wonderland. —Dawn Kreuser, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Spearmint Thins

No time to bake cookies from scratch? Create a tasty candy cane recipe in little more than half an hour by doctoring butter-flavored crackers with vanilla chips and mint candies.—Kathleen Felton, Fairfax, Iowa
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Chocolate Candy Cane Martinis

A peppermint martini is perfect for a fun Christmastime gathering of friends. Crushed candy canes on the rim add festive flair. —Crystal Schlueter, Babbitt, Minnesota
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Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint lovers won't be able to get enough of these light and airy delights. They make terrific Christmas gifts or lovely treats to pass around when guests drop in. —Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
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Ornament Popcorn Balls

These gooey candy cane treats are great for dressing up the tree with a little more than the classic popcorn string. And they’re yummier and fun for the family, too. — Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
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Peppermint Cheesecake

People are thrilled when they see me coming with this rich, smooth cheesecake—it's always a crowd pleaser. Not only does it look sensational, but it is so scrumptious. —Carrie Price, Ottawa, Illinois
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White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

I make many batches of this minty peppermint fudge to give as Christmas gifts. It’s not too sweet, so it appeals to lots of palates. —Sue Schindler, Barnesville, Minnesota
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Candy Cane Reindeer

We had a blast creating this adorable candy cane recipe! Rudolph and his friends never looked sweeter than they do with pretzel antlers, chocolate eyes, and candy noses made with Red Hots. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Caroline Stanko
Caroline has been with Taste of Home for the past seven years, working in both print and digital. After starting as an intern for the magazine and special interest publication teams, Caroline was hired as the third-ever digital editor for Taste of Home. Since then, she has researched, written and edited content on just about every topic the site covers, including cooking techniques, buzzy food news, gift guides and many, many recipe collections. Caroline also acts as the editorial lead for video, working with the Test Kitchen, videographers and social media team to produce videos from start to finish. When she’s not tip-tapping on a keyboard, Caroline is probably mixing up a killer cocktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooking up a multi-course feast (sometimes all at once). Though she technically lives in Milwaukee, there is a 50/50 chance Caroline is in Chicago or southwest Michigan visiting her close-knit family.