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It’s the final week before Christmas, which marks the start of lots of unexpected guests stopping by to visit and exchange gifts. Are you ready for holiday entertaining?Simple-Holiday-Entertaining-5-Easy-Holiday-Desserts - Create 5 quick and easy desserts using Nestle Drumstick Peppermint Cones. #HolidayMadeSimpleWhen I was a young girl, my grandmother told me it was “good manners” to serve your guests something to eat when they visited. If she had unexpected guests, she would seat them at the dining table and whip up something to serve from scratch. She was amazing at holiday entertaining. A true master at creating something out of nothing while carrying on a conversation with her guests.

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As for me, fussing in the kitchen while guests are waiting creates holiday stress. Like it says on my “about me” page, I like to keep things simple. So, I like to keep a couple of boxes of NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones on hand for #HolidayMadeSimple desserts.

Not only does everyone love NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® ice cream, it helps me keep my hostess “good manners” status in intact. Plus, I can easily create 5 easy holiday desserts that will have everyone thinking I’m a kitchen magician.

Festive Peppermint Cones 

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First up is the super simple Festive Peppermint Cones. This is perfect for when I’m really pressed on time, but still want to present something fun and festive. I can make these in about 15 minutes!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Box NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones
  • Whipped topping* (use real whipped cream)
  • Festive Sprinkles
  • Shooter Glasses

*Use store-bought real whipped cream or use homemade. Homemade = 1 cup heavy cream + 2 heaping tablespoons of powdered sugar. Whip on high until peaks form.

Assembly Instructions:estive-Peppermint-Cones-Assembly

  • Fill shooter glasses half-way with sprinkles.
  • Unwrap cones and dip tops into whipped cream or spray cream on top of cones. Top cream with festive sprinkles or your favorite candies.
  • Place cones into the shooter cups or bowls. Serve immediately.

Drumstick Peppermint CupsDrumstick-Peppermint-Cup-Easy-Holiday-Entertaining

This is my favorite Nestle Peppermint Drumstick dessert. It does require a little more time in the kitchen, but the mix of the brownies, peppermint ice cream, and whipped cream is just heaven! Eight cups can be made in 25 minutes.*

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Box NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones
  • 1 Large container store-bought brownies or 9″ x 13″ pan homemade brownies (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 Large containers whipped topping or real whipped topping
  • 1 Large peppermint candy cane – crushed
  • 8 small tumbler cups
  • Serrated Knife

Assembly Instructions:

Cutting-Cone

  • Cover the bottom of glass with cut brownies.
  • Cover brownies with whipped topping.
  • Open only the top portion of 1 NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cone. Slide out the cone and cut the top off with a serrated knife. Set aside the top.
  • Slide the cone portion back into the package. Use a mallet and crush the bottom cone portion in the package. Place the crushed pieces and any ice cream into the cup.
  • Cover with whipped topping, followed by another layer of brownies.
  • Place peppermint cone top onto the brownies.
  • Top with a dollop of whipped topping and sprinkle crushed candy cane on top. Place in the freezer and assemble the remaining cups.
  • Repeat the above steps for the remaining peppermint cones. Serve immediately or in 24 hours.

*25 minutes if using store-bought brownies and whipped topping.


Layered Peppermint Ice Cream Bowl Layered-Peppermint-Ice-Cream-Bowl

If you don’t want to bother with individual cups, this is the same concept as the Drumstick Peppermint Cups, but quicker to prepare.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Box NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones
  • 1 Large container store-bought brownies or 9″ x 13″ pan homemade brownies
  • 2 – 3  Large containers whipped topping
  • 1 Large peppermint candy cane – crushed
  • 1 Large bowl

Assembly Instructions:Layered-Peppermint-Ice-Cream-Bowl-Assembly

  • Cover the bottom of the bowl with a layer of brownies.
  • Cover brownies with whipped topping.
  • Using a mallet or bottom of a cup, crush all 3 plain peppermint cones in the package. Open the package. Place the crushed pieces and any ice cream into the bowl.
  • Cover with whipped topping, followed by another layer of brownies.
  • Crush remaining cones and place crushed pieces over the brownie layer.
  • Top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top. Serve immediately or in 24 hours.

Elf & Reindeer Drumstick ConesElf-Reindeer-Drumstick-Cones-Fun-Holiday-Entertaining

This one takes the most time to create, but it can be made ahead of time and stored for a quick fancy dessert.

What you’ll need:

Elf

  • 1 Box NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones
  • 1 Container Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 Mini Starburst Candy Bag
  • 1 Gum Drop Bag*
  • 1 Package Air Heads Extreme Belt Candy
  • 1 Package Candy Eyes
  • 1 Bottle Festive Candy Sprinkles

Reindeer

  • 1 Box NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones
  • 1 Container Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 bag mini pretzels
  • 1 Package Candy Belts
  • Small round red candies
  • mini marshmallows
  • black edible markers
  • Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Bag Mini Marshmallows

*If you can find a bag of green and red gum drops, you can use the red color for the reindeer nose.

Assembly Instructions:Nestle-Drumstick-Elf-Dessert

Elf

  • Follow the same steps for the Festive Peppermint Cones to create the Elf Hat.
  • Attach candy eyes with vanilla frosting.
  • Cut the gum drop in half. Attach the smaller cut portion for the nose.
  • Shape 2 mini Starburst candies into a triangle-shaped ears. Attach to the sides of the cone with vanilla frosting.
  • Cut a small 1/2 inch slit on one side of the Candy Belt. Wrap it around the cone to create a scarf. To secure, thread one end through the cut slit.

Reindeer

  • Cut mini marshmallow in half. Attach cut end to cone for the eyes. Mark pupils with black edible marker.
  • Attach red candy nose to face using vanilla frosting.
  • Break mini pretzels in half to create antlers. Dip in melted chocolate chips. Get a generous amount of chocolate on the pretzel and attach to the sides of cone.
  • Cut a small 1/2 inch slit on one side of the Candy Belt. Wrap it around the cone to create a scarf. To secure, thread one end through the cut slit.

 


Hope you enjoyed some of my dessert recipes for a #HolidayMadeSimple entertaining. If you would like to try some of these easy desserts, head on over to the frozen foods department at your local Walmart and stock up on  NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones, (8ct.). The limited edition variety box has three holiday flavors: Peppermint, Peppermint Fudge, and Chocolate Peppermint, which is a great way to enjoy the carefree summer taste of NÉSTLE® DRUMSTICK® cones with the refreshing bite of winter peppermint for the holiday season.

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  1. This is so clever, Erlene! I love it. Those are my husband’s favorite ice cream treats too! I need to surprise him!

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