Peppermint whipped cream is perfect for topping your favorite holiday dessert! It goes well on top of coffee and hot chocolate as well. It is easy with just 3 ingredients, 4 if you want to add red food coloring to make it pink.
With Christmas on it's way, the kids are looking forward to all the flavors! You know hot chocolate, sugar cookies, peppermint cookies and so much more. One thing they absolutely love is peppermint whipped cream. It is so easy to make and goes so well with just about any dessert for your holidays.
This is a dessert topping that goes well with almost anything! Try it on hot chocolate, coffee or even make yourself a peppermint mocha latte.
Tips for making peppermint whipped cream
If you have ever made homemade whipped cream, you know how easy it is and this is no exception to that. I don't buy whipped cream anymore because homemade is just that much better and really quite easy.
The hand mixer is preferred due to it being too easy to overwhip it in a stand mixer. I do use both mixers personally, but don't get distracted with the stand mixer. I love my stand mixer, but I am more likely to walk away and multi task with it where a hand mixer you have to stay at the mixer.
Keep a close eye on it because there is a fine line between whipped cream and butter. That fine line doesn't take as long to cross when using a mixer (stand or hand mixer.)
You really could use a whisk too. It is a bit more work to whisk peppermint whipped cream into the right consistency - but hey you can get a work out!
Really cold heavy cream whips up the best!
If you are using a stainless steel bowl, you can put it in the freezer for 10 minutes or even the fridge for 30 minutes before mixing. With glass, be careful and only place in the fridge if chilling it.
Remove the mixer bowl from the fridge/freezer and add all the ingredients at once. You want to mix this until just after soft peaks form or just after stiff peaks start to form - depending on the consistency you desire. Soft peaks makes a nice soft texture that is silky looking and perfect for a topping.
Stiff peaks will be easier to shape and place in a pastry bag. Go just a little beyond soft peaks (about 10- 15 seconds) and let the peaks come up just a little bit if you want to use in pastry bag. We prefer stiff peaks here for decorating but soft peaks when serving as a topping for dessert.
Want your peppermint whipped cream to be red or pink?
One important thing to note is that peppermint extract is clear. If you want this to be pink, you need to add some red food coloring. I added 8 drops to get the color to stand out for pictures, but the desired shade is up to you. If you want it to be more of a red color, you can use icing coloring for a more intense color.
You can add more red food coloring if you want it to be more red at any point before it is the right consistency.
This peppermint whipped cream needs to be kept refrigerated and should last for about 4 to 5 days in the fridge but it will change in texture by the fourth day.
Other great whipped cream flavors:
Peppermint Whipped Cream
- hand mixer
- 1 cup heavy cream whipping cream
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 8 drops red food coloring see notes
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Chill the mixer bowl for about 10 minutes in the fridge or the freezer. I use the stainless steel bowl for this. Do not put glass in the freezer, use the fridge for glass.
- Remove the bowl from the fridge/freezer and add all the ingredients to the bowl.
- If using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until soft peaks start to form. If you want it to have more red, add more food coloring before it is done. Soft peaks are for dessert topping, you can mix it a little longer (about 15 seconds) if you are using it in a decorating bag to decorate a pie. See notes
- If using a stand mixer - Using the whisk attachment, mix on 6 for about 2 minutes until peaks start to form - keeping a close eye on it. And about 10-15 seconds longer if you prefer a firmer texture (for decorating in pastry bag.) See notes.
- Refrigerate any leftovers and they should last about a 4-5 days in the fridge. It will separate after this time.