Soft, chewy chocolate peppermint cookies are an essential part of any holiday cookie platter. These chocolaty favorites are easy to make ahead and share with family or friends.
Why you'll love it
These chocolate peppermint cookies hit all the perfect cookie marks. They are soft, with crisp, butter edges.
And so, so chewy. They have just the right amount of chocolate without being overwhelming, and the peppermint chunks add just enough holiday flair and the right amount of minty goodness.
These are super easy double chocolate cookies with a festive twist. You can make these with mostly easy to find ingredients. Let's review some of the key ingredients.
- Sugar - This cookie uses brown sugar. I recommend using light brown sugar, but dark brown works as well. If you don't have brown sugar, you can make homemade brown sugar easily.
- Cocoa powder - Dutch-processed cocoa powder is used here for a rounded chocolate flavor, but you can use natural cocoa, too.
- Peppermint - If you can't find any peppermint chips, you can add about a half teaspoon of mint extract (more or less, depending on how strong your mint extract is - it tends to be on the strong side though!) into your cookie base and use regular white chocolate chips. You can also use crushed peppermints!
How to make
Making chocolate peppermint cookies is fairly simple.
- Beat butter and sugar together. You want to do this until they become light and fluffy. If it all just comes together in a blob, that means your butter was still too cold. If you are using a microwave-safe bowl, pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds to help warm it up. However, if the mixture resembles mush, your butter was too warm and a minute in the freezer will help.
- Add eggs and extracts. Beat them in well to make sure it is all fully combined.
- Mix in the dry ingredients (minus the chips). For the best results, mix your dry ingredients together first to make sure it all gets evenly dispersed in your dough. Don't over mix your dough or else you will end up with really tough cookies. You want to mix until they are just combined. I recommend even mixing it in by hand.
- Fold in the chips. Again, do this by hand so you don't over mix the dough. You want to mix them in enough so you can get a good amount of chips in each cookie.
- Bake. The cookies should be set, but look slightly underbaked in the middle when you remove them. Leave them on the baking sheet because they will continue to cook on the residual heat.
- Cool, and enjoy. Transfer them to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely before enjoying. Or not, who doesn't love a freshly baked, warm cookie?
It stems from the invention of the candy cane which was originally given out to children to keep them occupied during their living Nativity scene at Cologne Cathedral in 1670. The candies were shaped like shepherd's canes and over the years, they began to add mint flavoring to it.
The cookie dough freezes very well, as does the finished cookie. I personally prefer to freeze the cookie dough which needs only about a minute of extra baking time.
Regardless of whether you are freezing the dough or the finished cookies, make sure they are stored in an airtight container to retain freshness.
When freezing the finished cookies, make sure they are completely cooled down, and for best results, leave a sheet of parchment between the layers of cookies (this is true for almost every type of finished cookie you freeze.)
These chocolate peppermint cookies are perfect for making ahead.
Many readers prefer to make their cookies ahead of time and freeze them until they are ready to put together their cookie baskets and cookie platters. The finished cookies also stay good to eat for a while if they are stored in an airtight container. Many people enjoy them up to two weeks past baking them.
If you want more holiday treats, try my chocolate peppermint cupcakes, or my gingerbread cake. Everyone will be crazy impressed with this cookie wreath! In fact, if you love chocolate peppermint and gingerbread as much as I do, use the search bar to find all of my recipes featuring them! Don't forget to grab a mug of homemade hot chocolate to drink with your treat! You can check out all my cookie recipes here.
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ⅓ cups peppermint chunks
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder into a medium bowl and mix until just combined.
- Beat the butter and both sugars in a mixer on medium speed until fluffy and light in color — about 4 minutes.
- Beat in the egg until well-combined, at least another 1-2 minutes. Then beat in the vanilla.
- Stir in the flour mixture and beat on low until just combined.
- Stir in a cup of the peppermint chunks. Fold until evenly distributed.
- Create 1-tablespoon balls of cookie dough and then stick more peppermint chunks onto the balls of dough.
- Place the cookie dough on a baking sheet and chill for an hour. Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Divide the cookie dough balls on parchment or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheets at least 2-inches apart.
- Bake one baking sheet at a time for 10 - 12 minutes, or until the edges are set and the centers are puffy and not too raw looking.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for at least 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.