Easy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies |

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  • Author: Kim
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


Chocolate and peppermint has got to be one of the best holiday flavor combinations out there. And, now we can add these Chocolate Peppermint Cookies to the list of holiday yumminess!



  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (1 ½ ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups packed (10 ½ ounces) brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli Peppermint Chunks
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies


  1. Prepare: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Set aside
  2. Make cookie dough: In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, eggs, and peppermint extract until thoroughly combined; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chopped chocolate and butter. Microwave at 50 percent power, stirring occasionally, until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk melted chocolate mixture into egg mixture until combined. Fold in flour mixture using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until no dry streaks remain. Stir in peppermint chunks. Let dough sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Place crushed candy canes in a separate shallow dish. Scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll between palms into a smooth ball. Lightly dip top of dough ball into crushed candy canes. Transfer dough ball to prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough, being sure to evenly space dough balls on prepared sheets
  3. Bake: Place cookie sheets into oven, 1 sheet at a time, until puffed and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will seem underdone), about 12 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking. Let cool completely on sheet before serving


  • If using a convection oven, bake about 10 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through
  • Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe
  • Category: Holiday Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Holiday Cookies

Keywords: chocolate peppermint, holiday cookies