Peppermint Creme Brulee Recipe

Peppermint Creme Brulee RecipeTwo things that make me really happy around the holidays are peppermint and an ultra creamy creme brulee recipe. This easy peppermint creme brulee recipe with a candy cane top is just the thing to usher in the holiday spirit!

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My first memory of eating creme brulee was 18 years ago when I had just started dating Lt. Dan.

He took me to a steak house we both thought was extremely elegant at that time. After an enormous meal, he picked up the dessert menu and said, “I don’t care how full we are, we have to order the creme brulee here.”

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I didn’t know what creme brulee was, but the way he talked about it made me weak with curiosity.

When the little dish was placed on the table, Dan looked up at me with a twinkle in his eyes and said, “Now watch this.” He gently tapped the glassy top on the custard and the caramelized sugar cracked open, revealing a delicate vanilla custard underneath.

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That was the moment I realized I was in love…

With creme brulee.

And possibly with Dan.

Anyone who could introduce me to such a glorious little treat was bound to be full of surprises.

This easy creme brulee incorporates my favorite creme brulee recipe and my favorite holiday flavor, peppermint. (And was made for my favorite guy.)

Today’s Seasonal Seven Recipe is fabulous for holiday dinner parties because it’s easy to prepare, can be made days in advance, offers subtle elegance, and festive flavors.

I used McCormick Peppermint and Vanilla Extract to add depth to the Peppermint Creme Brulee Recipe, then crushed peppermint candy canes to sprinkle over the top.

Bruleeing the candy cane powder creates a toasted stained-glass surface that shatters into the creamy goodness below, when tapped.


Yield: 6-10

Prep Time: 20 minutes + 4 1/2 hours chill time

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Peppermint Creme Brulee Recipe


  • 3 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 peppermint candy canes, crushed
  • butter for dishes


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter 6 - 6 oz. ramekins or 10 - 4 oz. ramekins. Place the ramekins all in a large rimmed baking dish.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar, vanilla, peppermint extract and salt. Then pour the cream into a separate microwave-safe bowl and microwave until it simmers. Whisk the egg mixture FEVERISHLY, and slowly pour the hot cream into the egg. POUR SLOWLY to ensure you don't scramble your eggs. Then evenly distribute the finished mixture among the prepared ramekins.
  3. Carefully pour hot water around the ramekins in the baking dish about half way up the sides, then place in the oven.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes--closer to 35 for smaller ramekins and 40-45 minutes for larger ramekins. The edges should be firm and the very center should jiggle just a little. Remove from the oven and cool until easy to handle. Then cover the tops with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours, but up to a week.
  5. One hour before serving, crush the candy canes in a food processor or blender, and sprinkle the candy cane powder over the top of each custard.
  6. Using a brulee torch, caramelize the top of each custard, then place them back in the fridge for at least twenty minutes to harden. *If you don't have a brulee torch, you can place the whole tray of ramekins under the broiler to brulee the top. Make sure it is fiery hot when you put them in, and DON'T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THEM FOR A SECOND. If the broiler is hot enough, this should take less than a minute.

More Peppermint Treats:

Peppermint Fudge
Peppermint Rice Krispies Snowballs and Snowmen
Candy Cane S’mores ~ Roxana’s Home Baking
Peppermint Crunch Truffles ~ Baker’s Royale

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34 Responses to “Peppermint Creme Brulee Recipe”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — November 26, 2012 @ 5:39 am

    It must be the holidays when peppermint makes a showing – what a great idea!


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    Jersey girl cooks — November 26, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    Love this idea! Creme brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and I would love to try this peppermint one.


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 26, 2012 @ 6:46 am

    Wow this sounds so good – and so creative! I love the color it turned!


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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — November 26, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    Candy canes on top! You are a genius. Love, love, love.


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 26, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    What a marvelous (and festive) idea! Absolutely love it (I’m a huge fan of creme brulee)!


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    shelly (cookies and cups) — November 26, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    Such a fun recipe!! Very clever spin on creme brulee!!


  7. #
    marla — November 26, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Sommer, such a unique ~ pretty + FUN idea!


  8. #
    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 26, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    What a genius idea – love it!!!


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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 26, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    I always order creme brulee at restaurants, but the one time I tried to make it myself, it ended in disaster. But now I’m tempted to give it another try–that pepperminty top is genius!


  10. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 26, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Shut. UP!


  11. #
    SweetSugarbelle — November 26, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    What a SUPER idea!!!


  12. #
    kristy @ the wicked noodle — November 26, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Everything you make is always fabulous, Sommer. Love this – so creative!!


  13. #
    DessertForTwo — November 26, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    Oh my! I must have this!! So genius! Thanks for sharing :) I’m a creme brulee addict!


  14. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 26, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    great looking Sommer and super creative


  15. #
    Toni | Boulder Locavore — November 26, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    A perfect dish a perfect story! Very fun Sommer.


  16. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — November 26, 2012 @ 1:47 pm



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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 26, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    Love the peppermint twist on these creme brulees, gorgeous!!


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    Brandie @ Home Cooking Memories — November 26, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Ooooh, yummmy!! I saw peppermint in the title and just had to click on over to see what you great thing you’ve whipped up. Love this!


  19. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 26, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    This is such a fun idea! I definitely need a kitchen torch!


  20. #
    Colette @ JFF! — November 26, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    That’s very creative!


  21. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 26, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Sommer, I think I’m in love with YOU. Peppermint creme brulee sounds like a dream come true.. is it made of magic? Methinks so.


  22. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 26, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I remember my first brulee experience and I fell in love too! Sommer these look spectacular and totally put me in the Christmas spirit!


  23. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — November 26, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    I need a spoon stat.


  24. #
    Julie Wunder — November 27, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    I love the story and the recipe…. So festive!


  25. #
    Jeanette — November 27, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    What a great idea Sommer! I remember the first time I had creme brulee – such a treat to break through the crunchy topping!


  26. #
    Angie — November 27, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    How cute is this, great idea!


  27. #
    Abby — November 27, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    ohh you had me at creme brulee! Love this seasonal flavor, reminds me of peppermint ice cream that comes out this time of year.


  28. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 28, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    Amazing! This definitely puts me in the spirit of the holidays!



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