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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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These chocolate peppermint cookies are soft and chewy, with a delicious peppermint flavor that will tantalize your taste buds.
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Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These delicious chocolate peppermint cookies are the perfect marriage of peppermint and chocolate flavors, and do not disappoint! Rich, fudgy brownie cookies flavored with peppermint and studded with melty chocolate chips and crunchy peppermint candies make this a treat that you won’t be able to resist.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup crushed peppermint candy (about 3 peppermint candy canes or 15 peppermints)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

COCOA POWDER: I used regular cocoa powder, but Dutch cocoa powder can also be used for these double chocolate cookies.

CHOCOLATE: Semi-sweet chocolate chips give the perfect amount of sweetness and balance the cocoa powder. But for a less sweet, richer flavor, dark chocolate may be used. You can also use chocolate chunks instead of chips in this chocolate peppermint cookie recipe.

PEPPERMINT: You can use crushed candy canes or round peppermint candies. You can also use already crushed candy pieces, peppermint crunch, or chopped peppermint Andes mints in your peppermint chocolate chip cookies recipe.

How to Make This Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. 

STEP TWO: Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Set flour mixture aside.

flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt combined in a bowl

STEP THREE: In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed using an electric hand mixer. Beat for 2 minutes, until light and creamy.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Make sure that your butter is at room temperature. It is important that it is soft so that it mixes well into the ingredients. The softened butter also helps the cookies spread properly.

STEP FOUR: Scrape the sides, then add the egg, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Beat for an additional minute.

PRO TIP:

Peppermint is a potent flavoring, so a little peppermint extract goes a long way!

egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract combined

STEP FIVE: Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips. The batter will be thick.

dry ingredients added to the mix and combined together

STEP SIX: Use a large cookie scoop to shape dough into 3 tablespoon-sized balls. 

STEP SEVEN: Place cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart and bake for 7 to 9 minutes until the top of the cookie has a dry appearance.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cookies at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies baked

STEP EIGHT: Remove cookies from the oven. Immediately sprinkle crushed peppermints over the baked cookies. You can also press in additional chocolate chips if desired.

PRO TIP:

To give your double chocolate peppermint cookies a bakery-like appearance, strategically place some peppermint pieces with the red stripes facing up and press additional chocolate chips into the cookies.

STEP NINE: Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

How To Serve

Enjoy a chewy cookie with a warm mug of hot chocolate or mint hot chocolate, especially if you are a chocoholic like I am. These chocolate chip peppermint cookies would also be a welcome addition to any holiday cookie tray, along with our Christmas shortbread cookies

If you love the fantastic combination of chocolate and peppermint, our peppermint brownies and peppermint patty cookies are just the treats for you.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: Place the peppermint chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for 5 days. If you need to stack the cookies, I recommend separating them with parchment paper, so they do not stick to each other.

IN THE FREEZER: These death by chocolate peppermint cookies can also be frozen in a Ziploc bag or airtight container for up to two months.

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Imagine the taste of rich chocolate flavor complemented by peppermint’s cool, refreshing flavor. These rich chocolate peppermint cookies are sure to get your taste buds tingling with anticipation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make a larger batch of these peppermint chocolate cookies?

This peppermint chocolate cookies recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. 

Do I have to sift the dry ingredients?

I recommend sifting to break up the cocoa powder, so there aren’t any clumps in your batch of chocolate cookies with peppermint recipe. If you want to skip this step, take care to mix the powder in well and break up any large pieces.

Do I need to refrigerate the dough?

These peppermint chocolate cookies are baked right away, no refrigeration needed! If you want to make the dough in advance, it can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Set the dough on the counter for 30 minutes before baking, or it will not spread. 

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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These chocolate peppermint cookies are soft and chewy, with a delicious peppermint flavor that will tantalize your taste buds.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup crushed peppermint candy, about 3 candy canes or 15 peppermints

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed using an electric mixer. Beat for 2 minutes, until light and creamy.
  • Scrape the sides, then add the egg, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Beat for an additional minute.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips. The batter will be thick.
  • Use a large cookie scoop to portion into 3 tablespoon-sized balls.
  • Place cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 2 inches apart and bake for 7 to 9 minutes until the top of the cookie has a dry appearance.
  • Remove from the oven. Immediately sprinkle crushed peppermints over the cookies. You can also press in additional chocolate chips if desired.
  • Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

  • Make sure that your butter is at room temperature. It is important that it is soft so that it mixes well into the ingredients. The softened butter also helps the cookies spread properly.
  •  Peppermint is a potent flavoring, so a little peppermint extract goes a long way!
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cookies at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
  • To give your double chocolate peppermint cookies a bakery-like appearance, strategically place some peppermint pieces with the red stripes facing up and press additional chocolate chips into the cookies.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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