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Double Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cookies - Recipe with Pictures


At Christmas time and throughout the year, my family loves to make this delicious recipe for cookies - made of chocolate, peppermint, and candy canes or the round peppermint candies. While they may take slightly longer to make than your other favorite cookies, you'll certainly appreciate the time you put into them as you sink your teeth into them with a cold glass of milk and take in some of your favorite combinations - chocolate and peppermint.

The favorite tastes of the season and all year round are here with a double chocolate cookie with a hidden peppermint surprise in the center (a peppermint patty) and topped with decadent chocolate and peppermint candy or candy cane crumbles. These go fast, so you may want to double the recipe!

If you are looking to create these delicious cookies, but need a gluten-free variation, please see the Gluten Free Option notes beneath the ingredients list.


Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

10 min

30 min

Approximately 30 cookies


Did You Know?

Adding instant espresso to chocolate mixtures give the chocolate a more profound flavor!



  • 2 1/2 cups Bittersweet chocolate chips, divided *
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour, all purpose *
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder *
  • 1 tsp Baking powder *
  • 1 tsp Instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract *
  • 1 tsp Peppermint extract *
  • 2 Eggs, large
  • 4 Candy canes, or 16 hard peppermint candies *
  • 8 Mini peppermint patties, or 2 large *

* Gluten Free Substitutions

For those who need the gluten free option, please see below for ingredients that are gluten free per their manufacturer. Be sure to double check any ingredients prior to using them as sometimes manufacturers change their recipes for products.

Chocolate chips: Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
Flour: Substitute all-purpose with Almond Flour
Cocoa Powder: HERSHEY'S Cocoa and HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
Baking Powder: Bob's Red Mill Baking Powder (Gluten Free)
Peppermint Extract: McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
Vanilla Extract: Any brand labeled Pure Vanilla Extract
Candy Canes: Bobs Candy Canes
Peppermint Patties: Hershey's York Peppermint Patties



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Take the small peppermint patties and cut into quarters. If you are using the large peppermint patties, cut them into 16 pieces by cutting three vertical slices and three horizontal slices. Set aside.
  3. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 45 seconds on high power then stir. If they need to be melted more, continue microwaving in 10 second intervals and stirring. Repeat until all chocolate chips have melted. Measure 2/3 cup of melted chocolate and place in a small microwave safe bowl for the topping to be used later.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt. It's easier to mix if you use a whisk!
  5. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until it's creamy. Add in the sugar and both the peppermint and vanilla extracts, then beat until smooth. Add eggs and blend. Add in melted chocolate and flour mixture. Combine in the mixer until everything is blended. Do not overmix! Place mixture in the refridgerator for about 5-10 minutes so the dough firms up a little.
  6. Using a tablespoon, scoop out a spoonful of dough and roll into a 1-1/2 inch ball. Use your thumb to press in the center of the ball, then insert one of the peppermint patty pieces into the hole and roll the ball again to completely form the dough around the candy.
  7. Place balls on the parchment lined baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven until the cookie looks cracked all over, about 9-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to fully cool.
  9. While cookies are cooling, place the candy canes into a large freezer bag and close the bag. Using a large serving spoon or other heavy utensil, hit the candy canes until they are coarsely crushed.
  10. When cookies have cooled, rewarm the reserved 2/3 cup of chocolate in the microwave at 10 second intervals on high power until the chocolate is smooth. Spoon the melted chocolate on top of each cookie. Top with candy cane pieces before chocolate hardens. Chill until chocolate sets, about 20 minutes.

All photographs copyright 2012 Keely Deuschle. All rights reserved. Do not copy photographs.

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Audrey Howitt from California on December 17, 2015:

Well this is yummy!!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 06, 2014:

Chocolate and peppermint is also one of my favorite combinations and these cookies look delicious! What beautiful and helpful photos you´ve included, too. I would like to try these next time I´m in a baking mood. I have all the ingredients in my pantry except the peppermint patties. I love them too much to be able to keep them around!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 21, 2013:

angryelf, you made me smile! These are absolutely yummy! And, secretly, I'm glad that the recipe only makes just over 2 dozen. I think if it made more, we'd eat them faster! They are the one cookie that is very hard to resist in this house! Merry Christmas!

angryelf from Tennessee on December 20, 2013:

I just got fat staring at this. Oh my gosh it looks SO good! I swear, all of you people, and the leading offender Pinterest, are really driving me up the wall with all of this mindblowingly delicious looking food!!!!!! Love it!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 10, 2013:

Careermommy, thank you! I have a few boards that drive a lot of pinterest traffic to a few hubs! :) I hope you enjoy them! They always disappear quickly!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 10, 2013:

Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 10, 2013:

Vibesites, yes, they are one of my favorite combinations! I hope you enjoy them!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on December 05, 2013:

Wow, 874 pins! That is impressive. I will try this recipe out with my co-workers at our annual holiday party.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on December 05, 2013:

These look so good. Perfect for the holidays.

vibesites from United States on December 05, 2013:

Chocolate and peppermint are always a good combination! I have no sensitivities to gluten, fortunately. I'd try this for the holidays! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on January 15, 2013:

DrivingPeace, I hope that the GF variation will help you to get through the holidays when everyone is munching on other yummies! You might, however, have to hide the cookies because even those who think that GF can't be yummy will probably try to sneak them away from you!

I don't have celiacs disease, but try to stay away from gluten, so every chance I get, I try to make it gluten-free friendly! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Greg Weber from Montana on January 08, 2013:

Holidays are a really tricky time of year for me because I have celiacs disease: extreme gluten intolerance. Of course, everything between Halloween and New Year's consists of cake, brownies, cookies, and (thank God) fudge.

Getting through the season without having a major gluten melt-down is tough because of course I want to stuff EVERYTHING I see into my face, GF or otherwise.

Thanks for this excellent recipe that even us G free types can enjoy!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on January 06, 2013:

Vespawoolf, like y, I don't have a gluten sensitivity, but I try to stay GF as much as possible! I think you'll like these with the almond flour. I have to admit, that I had to make a few batches recently because they all disappeared quite fast! I hope you enjoy them!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 06, 2013:

Although I don't have any known sensitivities to gluten, I would like to try this with the almond instead of wheat flour. I love chocolate and peppermint. This one's a winner in my book!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 28, 2012:

Pearldiver, I, um, well.... I think you'll definitely curse me! Yes, I did forget about the gym membership! But, I will say, that they are so rich and sweet and chocolatey and minty and chocolatey and yummy and did I mention chocolatey that I can usually only eat one (okay, maybe two) at a time. With a glass of skim or 2% milk and that will even out all the calories, right -- wink wink :) Thanks for sharing them in NZ! That's one place I'd love to visit one day! Enjoy!!!

Rob Welsh from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. on December 28, 2012:

Oh Yummmm... not sure if I should thank you or curse you for this interesting recipe?? I see you have neglected to add a gym membership coupon for the overzealous munchers of these cookies... so I must try this one... excellent and very easy recipe.... thanks so much for sharing.. Oh btw Keely, did you know that your double choc/peppermint cookies will be extensively eaten in New Zealand in 2013? Viral cookies! Yumm.. Enjoy this festive period, you've sweetened mine down here... cheers.... PD

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 23, 2012:

AliciaC, I have to admit they're one of my favorite Christmas treats! I try to eat gluten free as often as possible (not by necessity, but by choice), so I am always looking for ways to make things gluten free! Thank you!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 23, 2012:

Thank you, Glimmer! A few years ago, we had a cookie exchange and I think I made 10 dozen of these. But everyone loved them and asked for the recipe! I know you'll love them, too!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 23, 2012:

Kris, yes, chocolate and mint together are divine! Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 23, 2012:

RTalloni, thank you for your kind words! I hope you enjoy them if you make them! I'm about to make another batch in just a few minutes - this is one of our favorite Christmas cookies!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 20, 2012:

These cookies look so delicious. What a wonderful Christmas treat! The gluten free alternatives are a great addition to the hub, too. Thanks for the recipe - I love the flavor of peppermint mixed with chocolate!

Claudia Porter on December 20, 2012:

Pinned. These look delicious and I love to back at the holidays. Thanks for this recipe!

Kris Heeter from Indiana on December 20, 2012:

These sound wonderful. Chocolate and mint are just fantastic together! Thanks for sharing this recipe:)

RTalloni on December 20, 2012:

Um, I'm going to one up your first commente…we are gonna have these cookies. Thanks for including the gluten free substitutions. I see an award in the future of this recipe hub!

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on December 19, 2012:

I want these cookies. I'm a sucker for a good recipe! Keep up the great work as this is highly detailed and includes something for everyone! God bless and Merry Christmas!

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