Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
These chocolate peppermint cookies are so festive and fun! This quick recipe takes only 20 minutes total. The cookies come out thick with slightly chewy edges and a soft center. They are perfect for Christmas, the holiday season or any rainy day!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These chocolate peppermint cookies are so flavorful!
- Only one mixing bowl.
- No dough chilling needed.
- Everything comes together in under 20 minutes.
- They are fresh and delicious.
- The chopped candy canes add the best peppermint flavor.
- These cookies are thick bakery style cookies.
- They can be made with gluten free ingredients.
- In addition, these cookies are nut free.
- Check out these Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies for another holiday classic cookie!
Ingredients & Substitutions
These are the main ingredients and substitutions for chocolate peppermint cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.
Use cold butter right from the fridge. Do not use melted or softened butter. This prevents the cookies from spreading too thin.
Granulated sugar and light brown sugar add sweetness. I have not tried these using coconut sugar or another sugar alternative.
Only one egg needed. For an egg free version, replace with ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce. Check out these Eggless Cookies for more tips and tricks.
Add in a drop of peppermint extract for a stronger flavor. Only one drop needed. It is very strong.
Both regular all purpose flour and gluten free 1 to 1 flour can be used. Do not use another flour.
Cocoa powder adds the chocolate flavor. Both regular and dark cocoa powder work well.
Baking soda helps these cookies remain tall and thick.
Chocolate chips add even more chocolate flavor. Plus, they get all melted and gooey!
Lastly, chopped candy canes add the peppermint flavor. Chop finely. Then sprinkle some on top of the baked cookies if desired.
Taste & Texture
These chocolate peppermint cookies taste like chocolate and peppermint! No flavor surprises. They are reminiscent of peppermint patties. Chocolate and peppermint is a classic holiday combination. They are sweet, rich and chocolaty.
These cookies are thick. They have slightly chewy edges and a soft center. They are not dry.
How to Make
First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cold butter, sugar and brown sugar. Mix on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Mix until no clumps of butter remain.
Add in egg and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
Then, add in the peppermint extract, flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Stir until a thick dough forms.
Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped candy canes.
Use an ice cream scoop to scoop balls of dough onto lined pan.
Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until cookies are set, but still look soft.
Finally, remove from the oven. Allow chocolate peppermint cookies to cool on pan for 10 minutes. Then carefully remove to a cooling rack. If desired, sprinkle with extra chopped candy canes.
Expert Tips & Tricks
Carefully measure all ingredients.
This recipe makes 8 cookies but can be easily doubled or tripled.
Use cold butter straight from the fridge. This prevents the cookies from spreading too thin.
Mix the butter and sugars together for at least 2 to 3 minutes. This must be done in a stand mixer. Mix until no clumps of butter remain.
The cookie dough will be very thick and not sticky.
The peppermint extract is totally optional. Use only one drop if using.
Use an ice cream scooper to scoop balls of dough. This ensures equally sized dough balls.
These chocolate peppermint cookies do not spread much while baking. Space them 2 inches apart on the pan.
Do not bake too long. The cookies should look set but still soft.
How to Serve & Store
Serve chocolate peppermint cookies once cool enough to handle. They are soft when they first come out of the oven.
These cookies pair well with ice cream too!
Store cookies covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Freeze peppermint chocolate chip cookies for 1 month if needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure! Use any type of chocolate chips. Dark, mini, semisweet or milk chocolate all work well.
Use gluten free flour to ensure they are gluten free. Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur Flour both make great gluten free baking flours.
They taste like double chocolate cookies with a hint of peppermint flavor.
Sure! Before baking, take dough out of fridge. Allow it to come to room temperature before baking.
Use chopped Andes mints or mint chips instead of candy canes. I have not tried chopped peppermint patties, but that could work.
You May Also Like
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Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cold butter, sugar and brown sugar. Stir on high for 2 to 3 minutes, until no clumps of butter remain.
- Add in egg and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Then, add in peppermint extract, flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Stir until a thick dough forms.
- Fold in chocolate chips and chopped candy canes.
- Use an ice cream scooper to scoop balls of dough onto lined pan.
- Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until cookies are set, but still look soft.
- Finally, remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 10 minutes. Then carefully remove to a cooling rack. Sprinkle with extra chopped candy canes if desired.
- This recipe makes 8 cookies. It can easily be doubled.
- Use cold butter right from the fridge.
- Cream butter and sugars together until fully creamy. There should be no clumps of butter remaining.
- Dough will be very thick.
- Peppermint extract is optional.
- Bake until cookies are just barely set in the middle. They are meant to be gooey.
- Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Freeze for up to 1 month.
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