Grandma’s Peppermint Puff Cookies

Cute puffs of holiday delight! Peppermint Puff Cookies combine the best parts of a classic cookie with the best parts of a smooth buttery peppermint candy. Add a chocolate chip for sweetness and you have my Grandma’s favorite Christmas treat.

Grandma’s Favorite Peppermint Cookies

Every family has their “must make” cookies; the ones that make their way into the holiday cookie platter every year without fail. Thanks to my maternal grandma, these Peppermint Puff Cookies are one of ours.

I don’t think I can remember a Christmas where these didn’t show up at the family Christmas party or end up on the cookie plate we gave to friends and neighbors. My grandma loved making them and we all loved eating them!

They might not look like much, but these peppermint cookies are deceptively delicious.

The crunchy sugar coating–and extra crunch from whipped egg whites– makes you *think* you will be biting into a crunchy cookie. Then you get to the center—the soft, buttery peppermint center! Oh my word.

The single chocolate chip gives just the right amount of sweetness to these cookies, without overtaking the peppermint flavor!

Ingredient Notes

  • Egg – You’ll use both the egg yolk and the egg whites at different stages in the recipe, so be sure to separate them before you start baking.
  • Peppermint Candies – I place the candy canes in a ziploc bag then crush them with a heavy rolling pin. The round peppermints would work too but they’re harder to crush!
  • Chocolate chips – My Grandma uses traditional semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels but this year, I shook things up by tracking down red and green chocolate chips.

l love the pop of color you get from the red and green chocolate chips and so I sure hope grandma will approve of my deviant nature. I’m pretty sure when she sees these cookies on this year’s holiday cookie platter, she will be delighted, especially since she didn’t have to make them!

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Make the dough

Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla extract, milk, and the egg yolk. Gradually add in the flour and crushed candy canes to form a crumbly dough.

Shape the crumbly dough into balls using your hands.

STEP 2. Sugar coating

Whip the egg whites for about 30 seconds to make them foamy. Dip each cookie ball into the egg whites, then roll in a plate of granulated sugar. Place them evenly apart on a baking sheet .

STEP 3. Bake

Press a chocolate chip onto the top of each cookie ball. Bake for 15 minutes and let the cookies cool on the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Pour a glass of milk (or eggnog) and enjoy!

Recipe FAQs

How do you store these cookies?

Keep them in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

How many cookies does this recipe make?

I got about 3 dozen cookies from this dough measuring 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie.

Can you freeze these?

I don’t recommend freezing Peppermint Puff Cookies. Freezing and thawing will change the consistency of the cookie–and the texture is one of the things that makes them so good!

Every holiday cookie platter needs at least one peppermint dessert! You can’t do better than my grandma’s Peppermint Puff Cookie recipe. I’m so glad she passed the tradition down to me me all those years ago and, now, it’s my turn to share it with all of you!

Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies

Grandma's Peppermint Puff Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 egg, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint candy canes
  • 3-4 dozen semi sweet chocolate morsels


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and ¼ cup granulated sugar. Beat until creamy. Add in egg YOLK and milk. Slowly add flour and crushed candy canes.
  2. Mixture will be VERY crumbly at this point.
  3. Taking about 2 tablespoons of CRUMBS, press in palm of hand to shape into a 1" ball. Repeat for remaining dough.
  4. In small bowl, whip egg whites for about 30 seconds until foamy. Put remaining ¾ cup sugar in a separate bowl.
  5. Dip each ball into egg whites comletely coating, then letting the excess drip off. Then roll in sugar carefully. Lay cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Press a chocolate chip onto the top gently (it will adhere during the cooking).
  7. Bake cookies in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove and cool 10 minutes on pan before transferring to a wire rack. The bottoms will have extra egg white crisps that you can break off when you transfer to the rack. Cool completely.
  9. Store cookies in air tight container for one week. ENJOY

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About Aimee

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Posted on December 5, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. Just put my first batch in the oven. They look great and were fairly easy to throw together. However, using two tablespoons of dough per cookie, I only got 17 cookies.

  2. hi
    I have been making these cookies for over 15 years. I found them on Mrs. Clause kitchen. But I press a CHRISTMAS green and red M&M alternating colour on top of each
    I love this cookie and only make them at Christmas. Thank you.

  3. i noticed when i print a recipe there is no picture of the said recipe. Is there an option to print a picture? If not would it be possible sometime in the near future? I came across your site a few weeks ago and its, you, are absolutely amazing. I do like a picture with my recipe so i know what it is to looks like. Thank you for your time…

  4. Hi,before I make these is the store for one week part of the recipe to cure cookies or are you saying they can only be stored a week. Sorry not much of a cook and want to be sure so I can impress family!

  5. My favorite recipes and posts are also those that share family stories and recipes. I am going to make these for sure–I have been looking for a peppermint cookie to add to my tins, and these look perfect. Plus I love that the recipe is someone’s grandma’s. 😀

    1. I think it would change the consistency for sure. You can experiment though and give it a try! Let me know what you do!

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