Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

My daughter didn’t want a cake or cupcakes for her 10th birthday. Instead she wanted chocolate and peppermint cookies. I found this recipe on Tasty Kitchen that looked perfect. The house smelled amazing while these cookies baked and they put a huge smile on the birthday girl’s face.  The peppermint frosting and candy cane crumbles made these chocolate cookies extra special. They turned out rich and decadent which is perfect for my chocolate loving daughter who absolutely LOVED them. Happy birthday to the sweetest girl I know. I am so thankful and proud to be your mom.  xoxo

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl – mix well.

Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth. Add the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract and mix well with beater. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined. Add the chocolate chips and the pieces of crushed candy cane; mix until combined.

Place teaspoons of dough on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Press the cookies with the back of the spatula to flatten them a bit. Place into the oven and bake 7-8 minutes; remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and milk; mix until well combined. Drizzle the frosting over the cookies on the wire rack. Side Note: Place wax paper or a paper towel down under the rack for a quicker clean up. Sprinkled the crushed candy cane over the top of each cookie before the frosting sets. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Yield: 15 large cookies

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

Cookies:

1 cup + 2 tbsp flour
1/3 + 2 tbsp cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp white sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 candy canes, crushed

Peppermint Glaze:

3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
3 1/2 tsp milk or half-and-half
Candy canes, crushed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl - mix well.

Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth. Add the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract and mix well with beater. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined. Add the chocolate chips and the pieces of crushed candy cane; mix until combined.

Place teaspoons of dough on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Press the cookies with the back of the spatula to flatten them a bit. Place into the oven and bake 7-8 minutes; remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and milk; mix until well combined. Drizzle the frosting over the cookies on the wire rack. Side Note: Place wax paper or a paper towel down under the rack for a quicker clean up. Sprinkled the crushed candy cane over the top of each cookie before the frosting sets. Enjoy!

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Tasty Kitchen

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31 Responses to “Chocolate Peppermint Cookies”

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    Peggy Recker — December 4, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    Those sound really good. I may have to make some for Norm.

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    Kris — December 4, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    There you go…you did it again! I must make these!!!
    YUM!!!
    xo Kris

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    mia xara — December 4, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    Hi Pam , very festive candy cane cookies! Happy birthday to your daughter!!! :)

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    pam — December 5, 2012 @ 4:51 am

    Chocolate and peppermint is my most favorite combination too!

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    Diane — December 5, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    All I had to do was read the heading and my mouth watered!!! Keep well Diane

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — December 5, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    Your daughter made a good choice. I love to combine chocolate and peppermint. Happy Birthday best wishes to you girl.

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    Kim in MD — December 5, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    Your children have the most sophisicated palates, Pam! These look so yummy! Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!

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    DawnF — December 5, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    Can you please add the list of ingredients and/or the printable recipe? I usually see them listed, but I don’t them for this particular recipe, which looks incredibly amazing and yummy!! Thank you! Love your blog!!

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    SusanS — December 5, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Seconding the request for list of ingredients. They look so festive!

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    • Pam replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 8:06 am

      Sorry! The recipe has been fixed.

      Pam

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — December 5, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint, those cookies look amazing! What a delicious way to celebrate, happy birthday to your daughter :)

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) — December 5, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    You are an awesome Mom for giving her just what she wants :) Happy Birthday to your daughter!!

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    Carmen Rosa — December 5, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    yuummmyyyy…. i love choco.. I’ll try this. Happy birthday to your daughter!!!

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    Kate — December 5, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    These would be perfect to include in my cookie basket this year! Yum, I adore peppermint!

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    Joanne — December 5, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    I’m so into the chocolate peppermint combo lately! These are the perfect Christmas cookie!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 5, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    These cookies are the perfect way to celebrate a 10th birthday! Happy birthday to your little girl! :)

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    Lynda — December 5, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    Your daughter picked well-these cookies look delicious and very festive.

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    Jenn's Food Journey — December 6, 2012 @ 4:22 am

    I love chocolate peppermint cookies… and I can’t believe I only make them once a year :) Yours look perfect!

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    Amy R — December 6, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Is it 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder? A little confused…

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    • Pam replied: — December 6th, 2012 @ 11:22 am

      Yes, and the same with the white sugar.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Pam

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      • Amy R replied: — December 7th, 2012 @ 9:36 am

        Great, thanks! Can’t wait to try them this weekend!

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    Chris — December 6, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    So cute and holiday-ish! She chose well, don’t you think?

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 6, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    These cookies are so festive!

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    grace — December 6, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    i really like the red and black and white color scheme, and of course, chocolate and peppermint is one of the greatest flavor combinations ever.

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    Jess — December 7, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I don’t know what I did wrong but these will not cook, they have been in nearly twice add long and are still so gooey it’s clear they are uncooked. I’m sad because they smell amazing!

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    • Pam replied: — December 7th, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

      I am sorry to hear that! Did they ever finish cooking? I hope you were able to salvage them.

      Pam

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    • Theresa replied: — December 9th, 2012 @ 8:49 am

      The recipe calls for baking 7-8 minutes but I baked mine for 17 minutes

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      • Jess replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 9:46 am

        That’s about what I ended up leaving mine in for. They were delicious, I had none left when I brought them for dessert. I took them out even though they looked unfinished, and they firmed up, but had I taken them out at 8 minutes, the would have just been a soggy mess.

      • Pam replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 10:05 am

        I wonder if altitude played a part in why it took longer to bake. The recipe I adapted my recipe from also called for a 7-8 minute cooking time. My cookies were done cooking in 8 minutes & they firmed up once they had cooled down.

        Pam

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    Claire — December 14, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I wanted to inform you on how much I like the layout of your blog! I really like how you you showed the ingredients of your recipe and the outcome and final product of what you made! I take a lot of thought of what your blog looks like, to what mine looks like.
    I hope I get to try this recipe!
    Claire – http://clwest16.blogspot.com

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