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The World's Best Peppermint Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Grab a peppermint mocha and ring in the holidays with this easy peppermint cookie recipe!
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In the fall, it's all about pumpkin-flavored foods. But when the holidays finally roll around, people swap out their favorite pumpkin products for delicious peppermint goodies. So what better way to celebrate the holidays than with a plate of warm peppermint chocolate cookies? Paired with your favorite peppermint mocha, it is bound to be your new go-to holiday treat. The best part? You can make these with any peppermint toppings of your choosing!

Here's an easy step-by-step guide of how to make peppermint cookies at home.

Peppermint Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Makes 24 cookies


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Peppermint candy pieces

How to Make It

Chill the dough

chilled peppermint chocolate cookie dough
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Whisk together the wet ingredients, then add the sifted dry ingredients to the bowl. Form the dough into a circular shape, then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool. Cooling the cookies will help them keep a nice form when they are baking later. Chill for about 3 hours, or overnight.

Use any peppermint candy you want

decorating peppermint chocolate cookies
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To form the cookies, scoop out enough dough to make a 1-inch ball. Once you have the ball, press it down a bit to form a small cookie shape. Don't worry, it will expand slightly in the oven.

To decorate the cookies, choose any peppermint candy you like! For these cookies, I chose to use some classic peppermints and a few special edition peppermint-flavored M&M's. You could also use some crushed candy canes if you have any of those lying around!

Bake the cookies in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

peppermint chocolate cookies on a holiday plate
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Peppermint Chocolate Cookie Recipe

  1. Mix together the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and peppermint into a large bowl or electric stand mixer. Whisk together.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Sprinkle into the wet mixture, and stir until the cookie dough is fully combined.
  3. Wrap up the cookie dough and let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  4. Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Scoop and roll 1-inch balls of cookie dough. Press them down slightly with your hand.
  6. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add whatever peppermint candies you desire on top.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.

Easy, healthy, 350-calorie recipe ideas you can make at home.

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