Cocoa Tassies with Peppermint Frosting

Enchanting chocolate, perky peppermint, and airy whisps of billowy marshmallow creme serve as an irresistible trio in these tiny tarts.

Cocoa Tassies with Peppermint Frosting tiny candy cane
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
60 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Cool Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
60 mins


  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • cup sugar

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup cold butter

  • 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoon cold water

  • 1 recipe Peppermint Cream Filling (see recipe below)

  • Crushed peppermint candies

Peppermint Cream Filling

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme

  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract

  • 3 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • Milk


  1. In a medium bowl, sir together flour, sugar, and cocoa powder. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and the cold water. Gradually stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture. Gently knead the dough just until a ball forms. If necessary, cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide dough into 36 pieces. Press dough pieces onto bottoms and up sides of 1-3/4-inch muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until shells are firm. Cool in muffin cups for 5 minutes. Remove shells from muffin cups. Cool completely.

  3. To fill shells, prepare Peppermint Cream Filling. Using a pastry bag fitted with an open star tip, pipe Peppermint Cream Filling into shells. Sprinkle filling with crushed peppermint candies. Makes 36.

Peppermint Cream Filling

  1. In a large bowl, combine butter, marshmallow creme, and peppermint extract. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups of the powdered sugar. Beat in 1 tablespoon milk. Beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Using a wooden spoon, stir in remaining 1 cup powdered sugar. If necessary, stir in enough additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make a filling of piping consistency.

Layer unfilled shells between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw shells, if frozen. Fill as directed in Step 3.