Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Guaranteed to bring holiday cheer to your taste buds, Chocolate Cookies with peppermint topping are a festive addition to your Christmas Cookie trays!

If you love peppermint desserts, you’ll enjoy a big bowl of this easy, no bake Peppermint Puppy Chow! Or try a batch of delicious Peppermint Toffee (made from saltine crackers)!

Chocolate cookies dipped in white chocolate and candy cane sprinkles.

Christmas Cookies

It’s almost Christmas and there’s one thing on my mind: cookies.

Okay, there are other things on my mind too. Having the family together, shopping, decorating, getting my ducks in a row before the holidays, etc. etc. . . . but cookies are occupying a lot of my mental real estate.

Every year, I make Christmas Cookie and treat trays to share with friends, family and teachers.

I try to make a nice balance of old favorites (like Chewy Sugar Cookies) and some novelties. I like adding a few squares of Christmas Fudge or pieces of Orange Peel Candy to the treat trays, too.

The cookies we’re talking about today are the ideal balance of novelty and tradition. The classic holiday candy cane flavor, added to a soft chocolate sugar cookie gets me in the Christmas spirit for sure!

They are a classic sugar cookie with the addition of rich cocoa flavor. These are not your typical “cut out” cookies, just rich, chocolate chewy cookies.

Give me a couple of these and a mocha latte and I need nothing else to feel tidings of comfort and joy.

But, when it came to giving these to others, I knew they needed a little punch up in the appearance department. Dipping them in white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy canes made the cookies look eye-catching and extra festive!

Important Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make chocolate cookies.
  • Unsalted butter- we use softened butter (unsalted) in our chocolate cookies. If using salted butter, you may want to decrease the amount of salt.
  • Espresso powder– It doesn’t make your cookies taste like coffee, but it enhances the chocolate flavor. You’ll see it in our chocolate cake recipe too! You can it on amazon!
  • Candy Canes- adds the minty flavor (you could also use starlight mints). Not a fan of mint? Use sprinkles instead!

How to Make Cookies

If you don’t have the time to spend meticulously frosting and decorating cookies, this recipe is the one you need! Just bake, dip, set and serve!

Step by step photos showing how to make chocolate peppermint cookies.

Make the cookie dough.

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with brown and white sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in vanilla extract and espresso powder.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add in to the butter mixture, being careful not to over beat.

Roll Balls.

  • Using a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Lightly press the cookie dough if it is still domed on top. Then, remove the cookies from the pan and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

Dip in White Chocolate.

  • While the cookies are cooling, melt white chocolate wafers in the microwave or a double boiler according to the package directions.
  • When the cookies are cooled, dip one end of each cookie in the melted chocolate. Return the cookies to a sheet of parchment paper.

Add Peppermint.

  • Crush peppermint candy canes by placing them in a ziplock bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin several times.
  • Sprinkle on white chocolate. Let set about 15 minutes.
Chocolate cookie with peppermint and white chocolate being held.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store chocolate sugar cookies?

Store chocolate sugar cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Can you freeze chocolate cookies?

Yes you can freeze chocolate cookies, without the garnish of peppermint and white chocolate. Store in airtight freezer container for up to 30 days.

What kind of baking cocoa should I use in chocolate cookies?

An unsweetened baking cocoa is best for chocolate cookies. Choose one that will give a great flavor, like Ghirardelli!

Stack of chocolate cookies with peppermint.

Substitutions

  • Use crushed hard peppermint candies instead of candy canes if that’s what you have available!
  • White chocolate morsels (chips) will work as an alternative to the melting wafers, but I find they make the chocolate layer a little harder.
  • Instant coffee can be substituted for the espresso powder. Choose a strong dark roast flavor for best results.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

4.56 from 9 votes
By: Aimee
Guaranteed to bring holiday cheer to your taste buds, Chocolate Cookies with peppermint topping are a festive addition to your Christmas Cookie trays!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies

Ingredients 

For the cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

For the topping

  • 1 ½ cup Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
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Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one a time, mixing well after each adding. Add in vanilla extract and espresso powder.
  • In a spearate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add in to the butter mixture, do not over beat.
  • Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop, scoop dough and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Lightly press the cookie dough if it is still domed on top.
  • Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Melt white chocolate according to package directions. Dip half of the cookie in the melted white chocolate, then in the peppermint candy. Place on parchment paper to set, about 15 minutes.
  • Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

  • Store chocolate sugar cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
  • You can freeze chocolate cookies, without the garnish of peppermint and white chocolate. Store in airtight freezer container for up to 30 days.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 179kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 80mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Don’t forget to save a few Peppermint Chocolate Sugar Cookies for Santa!

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Posted on December 14, 2023

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