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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies


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5 from 11 votes
Cook Time : 10 mins
Total Time : 20 mins
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Last Updated on January 28, 2023 by Corinne Schmitt

These Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for holiday baking.  The addition of chocolate chips makes them extra special and perfect for festive occasions. 

If you love this Chocolate Chip French Toast recipe then you may also enjoy this recipe. These soft and chewy cookies are bursting with chocolate and peppermint flavor, making them a crave worthy holiday treat.

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Christmas mug on the side.

Peppermint Frosted Cookies

There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than with peppermint-flavored desserts. Peppermint extract has a few health benefits such as aiding in digestion, being a natural source of antioxidants and containing antibacterial properties. So why not enjoy these delicious cookies with great health benefits?

Why I Love This Recipe

The taste of these Chocolate Chip Cookies is exactly what you want for a special occasion. They’re perfect with their festive flavor, and chocolate chips make them even more enjoyable on your Christmas table or during any other time that calls for delicious treats!

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love peppermint cookies, then you may also enjoy these Peppermint Snickerdoodles.

Ingredients

You only need a handful of simple ingredients to help you make these chewy chocolate chip cookies.  All of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store this holiday season. 

  • Flour – For this recipe, you will need plain all-purpose flour.  You can use your favorite brand, I  typically just purchase store brands. 
  • Butter – For this recipe, I used salted sweet cream butter. 
  • Peppermint Extract – It’s important that you make sure to use peppermint extract instead of a mint extract; there is a flavor difference between the two. 

Substitutions

Butter: If you don’t have salted butter on hand you can use unsalted butter for these cookies. 

Milk: I prefer to use whole milk when baking, because the fat adds flavor and moisture, however you can use a lower fat option if you prefer. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Here are a few ways that you can personalize this delicious recipe.

Candy canes: Add crushed candy canes to the top of your cookies for a festive touch. 

Chocolate chips: Swap out regular chocolate chips for white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks for something different. 

Coloring: You can add food coloring to make these cookies even more fun! If you decide to add color to them, I recommend using food coloring gel instead of liquid food coloring.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a handful of kitchen tools to help you make this easy recipe. You should already have all of the kitchen tools in your kitchens. 

  • electric mixer – you can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer 
  • cookie sheets – I prefer to use nonstick cookie sheets that are lined with parchment paper

How to Make Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Making these cookies is so simple. Just follow the instructions below and you will have delicious cookies that your whole family will enjoy in no time at all. 

Step 1: Preheat the oven 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2: Beat together the wet ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and vanilla extract using a mixer.

Step 3: Beat in the eggs 

Beat in the eggs one at a time.

Step 4: Slowly add the flour

Slowly add the flour 1/4 a cup at a time.

Step 5: Fold in the chocolate chips

Mix in the chocolate chips.

Step 6: Prepare the cookie sheets

Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray or parchment paper.

Step 7: Shape into balls

Make small cookie dough balls, approximately 1 inch.

Step 8: Place onto the prepared baking pan

Place the cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.

Step 9: Cream the butter for the frosting

 In a large bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat the butter until it is smooth.

Step 10: Slowly mix in the powdered sugar

Mix in the powdered sugar, a little at a time.

Step 11: Stir in the peppermint extract

Add in the peppermint extract.

Step 12: Stir in the milk

Add in 2 tablespoons of milk a little at a time too. Until you get the texture that you desire.

Step 13: Frost the cooled cookies

Spread over cooled cookies and add additional candies/sprinkles. Then serve and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

These cookies would look amazing on a Christmas cookie platter along with other holiday cookies like these Grinch Sugar Cookies and these Snowman Nutter Butter Cookies.

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Christmas mug on the side.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to help make sure that your frosted peppermint cookies turn out perfectly every time that you make them. 

  • Make sure that your butter is at room temperature before you start making these cookies. You want to make sure that cookie dough is smooth, and using cold butter results in clumpy dough. 
  • Be careful to not overmix your cookie dough once you add the flour. Overmixing can result in a tough cookie. 
  • If possible, let your cookies cool before decorating them with frosting. This will help the frosting to set and stick better.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

How to store

Once the cookies have been frosted, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Can these be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies. Place the cooled and frosted cookies on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer until they are frozen solid. Then place them in a freezer safe container and store them in the freezer for up to three months.

Can I use other types of chocolate chips?

Yes, you can experiment with different chocolate chips or chunks. Try using white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks for something different.

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Corinne Schmitt
These Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft, chewy and full of sweet peppermint flavor. They are the perfect holiday dessert!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert (Cookies)
Cuisine American
Servings 30 Cookies
Calories 253 kcal

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • cookie sheets
  • electric mixer
  • parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter softened/room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • sprinkles crushed candy cane for decorating

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and vanilla extract using a mixer.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Slowly add the flour 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray or parchment paper.
  • Make small cookie dough balls, approximately 1 inch.
  • Place the cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
  • Frosting Instructions
  • In a large bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat the butter until it is smooth.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar, a little at a time.
  • Add in the peppermint extract.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons of milk a little at a time too.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Spread over cooled cookies and add additional candies/sprinkles.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure that your butter is at room temperature before you start making these cookies. You want to make sure that cookie dough is smooth, and using cold butter results in clumpy dough. 
  • Be careful to not overmix your cookie dough once you add the flour. Overmixing can result in a tough cookie. 
  • If possible, let your cookies cool before decorating them with frosting. This will help the frosting to set and stick better.

Nutrition

Serving: 1CookieCalories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 26mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 327IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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