holiday tater tots with peppermint icing

holiday tater tots with peppermint icing

Well folks, here we are.

T-minus one week until the big guy in a red suit drops down a bazillion chimneys and delivers presents to all the good boys and girls. Just a thought, but do you think Santa has ever thought about a joint partnership with Amazon? Could you imagine the speediness of Amazon Christmas Prime? OMG. I don’t know, it could give the drone business a run for their money.

holiday tater tots with peppermint icing

Anyways, this is the first year in a looooooong time that I have zero Christmas shopping complete. These past couple of weeks have been so bonkers that it’s actually been hard to get in the Christmas spirit. Clearly this is a sign that I need to slow down and eat some frosted Christmas cookies.

So, instead of being “Downie Scrooge” about Christmas this year, I am going to put my holiday magic into overdrive and make the best of these last seven days. Hey, better late then never, right? The one sure thing I could count on to get my Christmas engines fired up were some tater tots. But not just any tater tots, these are covered in holiday, chocolate peppermint magic.

holiday tater tots with peppermint icing

I realize these tater tots might be a stretch, but think of it as a savory-sweet epic combination. What if Santa would like a little fried golden cube covered in decadent peppermint icing? Don’t tell anyone I told you, but word on the street, he’s handing out double the presents for anyone who leaves him tots.

Now if only I could find a chimney-sweep to clean our chimney!

holiday tater tots with peppermint icing

Holiday Tater Tots with Peppermint Icing

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


1 bag of your favorite frozen tater tots (I use Alexia Foods)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons warm water
1 large candy cane, crushed


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place tater tots on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate chips, peppermint extract, and butter. Melt until smooth. Add water to thin out the icing. Remove tots from oven and pour peppermint icing on top. Top with crushed candy cane.

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23 Responses to “holiday tater tots with peppermint icing”

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 18, 2013 at 14:09

    Dude. I’m so on board for this. I can’t believe you took it to this level!! #Tots4Life!!!

    • Lauren replied: — December 18th, 2013 @ 14:58

      I knew you would appreciate my festive tots!! Thanks, Liz! #tots4life

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    Carrian — December 18, 2013 at 14:56

    I’m not going to lie, these look amazing! What a perfect holiday snack! Love love love it!

    • Lauren replied: — December 18th, 2013 @ 14:59

      Thanks, Carrian!!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — December 18, 2013 at 16:06

    You are completely crazy, but I’ll admit… these sound pretty awesome!!

    • Lauren replied: — December 19th, 2013 @ 00:43

      LOL! Thanks, Lori! :)

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 18, 2013 at 16:37

    LAUREN! You are awesome! It’s no different then me dipping my potato chips into melted chocolate… and the peppermint is a nice Christmas touch! LOVE IT!

    • Lauren replied: — December 19th, 2013 @ 00:44

      EXACTLY!!!! I love that you get me:)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 18, 2013 at 19:25

    You know I’m loving these holiday tots!!! I’m ready for the TOT cookbook!

    • Lauren replied: — December 19th, 2013 @ 00:48

      And that is why we are friends:)

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — December 18, 2013 at 20:39

    hiii, you put chocolate on potatoes and now I think we should maybe absolutely kinda-totally be friends. k, bye. :)

    • Lauren replied: — December 19th, 2013 @ 00:54

      I’ll bring the tots, if you bring the friendship bracelet:) Thanks, Christine!

  7. #
    Megan {country cleaver} — December 18, 2013 at 21:35

    I am the Daniel-san to your Tot-yagi. Teach me your ways, Tot Master!

    • Lauren replied: — December 19th, 2013 @ 00:55

      Tot-on, Tot-off. #tots4life

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    Greg Urbano — December 18, 2013 at 21:59

    This just seems so wrong!

    • Lauren replied: — December 19th, 2013 @ 00:54

      But it feels soooooo right:) Thanks, Greg.

  9. #
    Joanne — December 19, 2013 at 01:10

    I have been slightly negligent on the holiday cheer this year also. I just feel like it totally snuck up on me!!

    I’ll be leaving Santa tots for sure. If I can stop from eating them all myself.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 19, 2013 at 04:03

    Holiday tater tots!! This is genius.

  11. #
    Tieghan — December 19, 2013 at 04:08

    Oh yes, oh yes!! Holiday tots rule if you ask me! Love these!

    And do not worry, you are not a lone in the ZERO gifts department. I have barley had a second to breathe let alone by gifts!

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    Julia — December 19, 2013 at 04:29

    Noooooooooo!!!! Yeeeesssssss! Oh my god, chocolate covered tots, Christmas has come early! Salty, sweet, crunch, mush! UGH, I love your brilliance!

  13. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 19, 2013 at 17:39

    You really are the tater tot queen!

  14. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — December 20, 2013 at 19:48

    Oh I just love how creative you are my dear! Tots with peppermint icing sounds like a perfect way to ring in the holidays!

  15. #
    Sheila — December 30, 2013 at 02:30

    this is awesome! I agree with Chung-ah. I dub thee the tater tot Queen!

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