We love Christmas cookies and these festive chocolate peppermint cookies are a holiday favorite!
Buttery cookies are dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes or peppermint candy.
An Easy Christmas Cookie
Baking Christmas cookies is such a special way to celebrate the holiday season, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint!
- The dough can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen to bake at a later date.
- These buttery cookies are great dipped in any kind of chocolate. White, dark, or milk all work.
- Use crushed candy canes, peppermint bits, or even holiday sprinkles.
BUTTER COOKIE The cookies in this recipe are made with real butter, egg, and a bit of extra egg yolk for some richness. If you don’t have peppermint extract these can be made with vanilla or almond extracts (measurements will need to be slightly adjusted).
CHOCOLATE Melting wafers are easy to work with, melt smoothly, and set firm. You can use any kind of melted chocolate.
PEPPERMINT The cookies are then sprinkled with peppermint candy to create this holiday treat!
Make a variety of cookies by switching to using white chocolate chips or almond bark and sprinkle red or green sugar on them.
How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
There are a lot of steps to making peppermint cookies, but it doesn’t take long and the results are spectacular. These pretty cookies make a perfect gift, too!
- Make Dough: Cream butter and sugar together and add other wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients (per recipe below.)
- Refrigerate Dough: Roll the dough into logs and refrigerate.
- Slice & Bake: When ready to bake, slice rounds of dough in ½ inch pieces and bake.
- Dip & Decorate: Once cooled, dip the cookies in melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peppermints or candy canes.
PRO TIP: No chocolate wafers? No problem! Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of shortening or coconut oil.
How Long Will They Last?
- Chocolate peppermint cookies will last 4-5 days in a covered container at room temperature.
- Freeze double wrapped dough for up to two months.
- Freeze prepared cookies for up to 3 months.
Fave Christmas Treats
- Candy Cane Cookies – kids love these
- Homemade Peppermint Bark – 15 minute cook time
- Eggnog Cookies – with eggnog icing
- Perfect Gingerbread Cookies – made from scratch
- Snowball Cookies – a holiday classic
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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large egg yolks room temperature
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups dark chocolate melting wafers
- ¼ cup crushed peppermint candies
- Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer for 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed. Ensure you allow the full 3-4 minutes, this step is very important.
- Add the egg yolks and peppermint extract and mix for 30 seconds.
- Stir in the flour a little bit at a time mixing until combined. If the dough doesn't hold together, it needs to be mixed a little bit longer.
- Divide the dough in half and shape it into two logs, about 2" in diameter. Roll each log in parchment paper and chill for at least 1 hour (or up to 48 hours).
- Remove from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Unwrap the dough and slice into ½" thick slices. Place the doug on parchment lined pans about 1" apart.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, just until the edges start to lightly brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Melt the chocolate wafers in a bowl in the microwave on 30-second intervals stirring between each addition until fully melted.
- Dip half of each cookie in the chocolate and place on parchment or wax paper to set.
- Sprinkle the chocolate with crushed peppermint candy before the chocolate hardens.
You can freeze baked or decorated cookies in an airtight freezer bag for up to 3 months. Make sure to squeeze out any excess air.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)