Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

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These Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies are a rich, fudgy, dark chocolate, chewy cookie studded with creamy white chocolate chips and Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips. 

chocolate peppermint cookies with crushed candy canes

Whenever I’m at the grocery store, I keep my eyes open for fun baking ingredients. So when I saw Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips I grabbed a bag to make holiday cookies.

Peppermint and chocolate are a classic flavor pairing that always reminds me of the holidays. And these easy cookies are festive enough to bring cheer to any holiday dessert spread!

Update: The holiday season is here, so time to make more chocolate peppermint cookies! I’ve updated the post with new photos and tips for perfectly tender cookies every time. 

chocolate peppermint cookies with crushed candy canes and peppermint bark

How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

These cookies taste like a delightfully soft and chewy Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie. The dough is packed with dark chocolate flavor. And they stay nice and soft in the middle after baking, which to me is the sign of a perfect cookie. However, if you prefer a crisp cookie, simply bake them for a minute or two longer.

steps to make chocoalte cookies with peppermint chips

Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips are a mixture of peppermint candies (similar to candy canes) and white chocolate chips. They are a little crunchy, which adds a wonderful contrast to the chewy cookie. 

mixing the cookie dough batter

Ingredient Substitutions & Swaps

If you can’t find Andes holiday baking chips, no worries. You can also make chocolate peppermint cookies with a mixture of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark and chopped candy canes for the same crunchy and minty effect.

The other important ingredient note with these cookies is to use unsweetened natural (not Dutch-processed) cocoa powder. My favorite cocoa powder is the Triple Cocoa Blend from King Arthur Flour which is a blend of three cocoas so it works in any recipe and has a rich flavor and dark color.  

Tip: When baking cookies, use a scoop to portion out the dough and get perfectly round, even size cookies.

chocolate peppermitn cookies on a baking sheet with the holiday candy packages they're made with

Here’s a tip many of your favorite food bloggers use to make their food look better for photos. If you add a few extra chips to the top of the dough after it’s been mixed and scooped onto cookie trays, those chips will stay on top and help your cookies look prettier.

collage of chocolate peppermint cookies on a baking sheet and cooling rack

Make-Ahead Christmas Cookies

These chocolate peppermint cookies are a great make-ahead dessert recipe for the holidays. You can store the dough in the freezer for up to three months. To cook from frozen, just add 2-3 minutes to the baking time. 

You can also keep the fully baked cookies fresh in the freezer for up to three months. Simply let the cookies thaw at room temperature for a few hours before serving. 

chocolate peppermint cookie with a bite taken out

More Must-Try Holiday Dessert Recipes

Ir you’re a fan of seasonal flavors and festive decorations, these cookie recipes are for you:

chocolate peppermint cookie with a bite taken out
Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Tender, soft chocolate cookies with peppermint crunch are perfect for the holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line two cookie sheets with parchment or silpat liners.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Sift cocoa and add to flour mixture. (I like to use a fine-mesh strainer and sift the cocoa right over the bowl with the flour.) Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  3. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Mix in Peppermint Crunch chips and white chocolate chips.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop onto prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Cookies will still be soft in the middle. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

High altitude changes: I reduced the granulated sugar to 3/4 cup, add 1 tablespoon flour, and decreased the baking soda to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

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