Fudgy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are more than just cookies – they’re a celebration of flavor, texture, and the joy of the holiday season. Think: a fudgy center that melts in your mouth, topped with the invigorating crunch of crushed candy canes. Embrace the magic of the holidays with every bite of these fudgy, chocolate mint delights!
Why should I make these chocolate peppermint cookies?
Apart from being ridiculously delicious, our Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday repertoire for several reasons:
- Crowd-Pleaser: These rich, buttery cookies are guaranteed to steal the show at any holiday party or cookie platter. Imagine your favorite flourless chocolate cake in cookie form! Get ready to receive compliments and requests for the recipe!
- Giftable Goodness: Looking for a thoughtful, homemade gift? Package these cookies in festive boxes or jars, tie a ribbon around them, and voila – you’ve got a heartwarming gift that shows you care.
- Cozy Scents of the Season: The scent of chocolate and peppermint wafting through your kitchen as these cookies bake is a bonus holiday gift. It’s like inviting the holiday spirit right into your home.
What do I need to make these cookies?
These cookies are so incredibly easy to make. All you need is some simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry (except maybe the candy canes—those are pretty seasonal!):
- All-purpose flour
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Cream Cheese
- Unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Peppermint extract
- Candy canes
- Powdered sugar
How do I make chocolate peppermint cookies?
- Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt) together in a mixing bowl.
- Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to cream the cream cheese and butter, then beat in the sugar.
- Add the eggs and peppermint extract to the cream cheese mixture.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients, 1/3 of the mixture at a time. Fold in 1/2 cup of crushed candy canes.
- Cover the bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
- Using a cookie scoop or your hands, make one-inch balls of dough, and roll each one in a shallow dish of powdered sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Continue making cookie dough balls, spacing them 2″ apart on the pan, until the sheet is full. Bake in a preheated oven for 7-8 minutes.
- Cool on the baking pan for 2-3 minutes, then press some candy cane pieces into the top of the warm cookies. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Why don’t I need to grease the baking sheet?
There’s no need to grease your baking sheet—the dough contains enough fat to keep the cookies from sticking, and greasing the pan will make the cookies spread more than intended. If you’re concerned about the cookies sticking to the pan, line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Want more Christmas cookie recipes like this one?
Every year, I work hard to create nice tins and baskets of holiday goodies for my friends and family. We have two dozen of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes here, including edible cookie dough, salted caramel dark chocolate brownie cookies, and soft gingerbread cookies.