red velvet peppermint bites

Nothing says Christmas to me like peppermint – I’m hoping you agree because I have multiple posts coming up that embrace one of my favorite flavors! These bites are a fusion of fluffy red velvet cake squares kissed with peppermint cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of Ghirardelli peppermint bark. Petite in size, the bites remind me of bedecked packages.

Assemble a platter of bites plus homemade peppermint bark and Baileys Irish Cream Truffles; you’ll be well on your way to a scrumptious holiday affair.

Red Velvet Peppermint Bites
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt, at room temperature
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp red gel food coloring
2 large eggs, at room temperature

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting
6 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 oz peppermint bark, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.

Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium-low and add vanilla and food coloring; beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture (begin and end with flour mixture). Beat just until smooth; pour batter into prepared baking dish and smooth with an offset spatula.

Bake for about 23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached and cake begins to pull away from edges of the pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Use a serrated knife to cut cake into 30 squares; chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, and peppermint extract in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth; chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Use a pastry bag with a large round tip to pipe frosting onto each cake square; top with peppermint bark. Store in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Yield – 30 cake bites (serving size: 1 bite)
Calories – 125
Carbs – 21

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Comments

  1. says

    Peppermint just exudes the Christmas season to me but I like it all year too. I like the pretty red velvet cake with the cream cheese frosting, lovely recipe.

  2. says

    I just love ANYTHING Red Velvet and love these little ‘bites’ to place on my holiday table. What a super idea for small bites when everyone in my family is watching their calories! PERFECTO!

    Wishing you a most happy holiday season!

    Ciao,
    Roz

  3. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says

    I’ve been thinking of these every since I saw them on Facebook. Red Velvet is a favorite of mine for the holidays. Love this version. :)

  4. Lora @cakeduchess says

    So, so pretty, Laura. Festive and love the peppermint addition to red velvet. This recipe looks like a keeper!!

  5. says

    You’ve baked up a batch of real sweeties here! These would be so pretty and delicious served on a holiday dessert platter-now you’ve got me thinking and planning 😉

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