Mint makes its way into many recipes when the weather warms up. Its cooling properties have a refreshing effect on a hot, sunny day. We like it in our cocktails and in our salads, but it really shines when it's a part of desserts. Whether used in the form of bright-green mint extract or the more subtle fresh leaves, we love mint in our ice cream, cakes, cookies and more. And while it goes well -- extremely well -- with chocolate, mint is also well paired alongside the bounty of summer fruit.
Mint Oreo Cake
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2012/06/mint-oreo-cake.html#" target="_hplink">Mint Oreo Cake recipe</a> by Yammie's Noshery</strong> This cake is made up of two levels of devil's food cake, minty cream-cheese frosting, cake balls and mint oreo cookies.
Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Pudding
<strong>Get the <a href="http://kitchen-chronicles.com/2012/03/04/mint-chocolate-cookies-and-cream-pudding/" target="_hplink">Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Pudding recipe</a> by Jessie's Kitchen Chronicles</strong> Creamy chocolate pudding is layered with mint-flavored and cookie studded whipped cream. Despite its simple ingredient list, this is one dessert that will please almost anyone.
Tropical Fruit Salad With Ginger-Mint Dressing
<strong>Get the<a href="http://blog.seasonwithspice.com/2012/03/spicy-ginger-mint-dressing-recipe.html" target="_hplink"> Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger-Mint Dressing recipe</a> by Season with Spice</strong> Mint doesn't only work beautifully with chocolate, it livens up fruit salads too. This tropical fruit salad calls for a combination of your favorite fruits, and then tops it with a ginger-mint dressing.
Chocolate Mint Cake
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.abrowntable.com/2012/03/chocolate-mint-cake.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate Mint Cake recipe</a> by A Brown Table</strong> This cake is a mint-chocolate lovers dream. It's made of chocolate sponge cake, chocolate creme fraiche filling, mint buttercream frosting and chocolate ganache.
Chocolate Mint Cookies
<strong>Get the <a href="http://thetalkingkitchen.com/chocolate-mint-cookies/" target="_hplink">Chocolate Mint Cookies recipe</a> by The Talking Kitchen</strong> This recipe is a natural take on the Thin Mint. The mint chocolate cookie recipe uses fresh mint in the cookie (no extract here) and then drizzles the cookie with cocoa nibs.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.dessertfortwo.com/2012/06/peppermint-patties/" target="_hplink">Peppermint Patties recipe</a> by Dessert for Two</strong> While York Peppermint Patties are good, nothing can compete with a homemade version. And they're really simple to make, no need for a candy thermometer with this recipe.
Chocolate Mint Oreo Cupcakes
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thecakeblog.com/2012/03/recipe-chocolate-mint-oreo-cupcakes.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate Mint Oreo Cupcakes recipe</a> by The Cake Blog</strong> These minty cupcakes have a mint-chocolate Oreo inside the cake. Not only does it make for a nice surprise, but it also adds a great crunch.
White Chocolate Mint Cake
<strong>Get the <a href="http://unegaminedanslacuisine.com/2012/05/white-chocolate-mint-cake.html" target="_hplink">White Chocolate Mint Cake recipe</a> by Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine</strong> This white chocolate cake is smooth, creamy and sweet. The cake is flavored with mint, and the rich frosting is made from white chocolate.
Watermelon And Mint Popsicle
<strong>Get the <a href="http://foodiebychance.blogspot.com/2012/06/watermelon-and-mint-popsicles.html" target="_hplink">Watermelon and Mint Popsicles recipe </a>by Foodie by Chance</strong> Watermelon and mint are a perfect pair, especially when you're looking for something thirst-quenching and refreshing. And in popsicle form, this is one treat that you'll want all summer long.
Double Chocolate And Mint Cookies
<strong>Get the <a href="http://justbakedbyme.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/double-chocolate-and-mint-cookies/" target="_hplink">Double Chocolate and Mint Cookies recipe </a>by Just Baked</strong> These chocolatey brownies call for semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder and Andes mint chocolate, making for a very rich cookie.
Natural Chocolate Mint Pudding
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.acouplecooks.com/2012/04/natural-chocolate-mint-pudding/" target="_hplink">Natural Chocolate Mint Pudding recipe</a> by A Couple Cooks</strong> You wouldn't know it from the taste, but this pudding has no dairy and no sugar. Silken tofu gives it a creamy consistency and honey makes it nice and sweet.
Chocomint Ice Cream
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bitsofsunshine.com/2012/04/i-love-chocolate-mint-combo.html" target="_hplink">Chocomint Ice Cream recipe</a> by Bits of Sunshine</strong> Don't opt for store bought, you can make your own mint chocolate chip ice cream at home -- even if you don't have an ice cream maker.
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