Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with crushed candy canes and peppermint extract. They’re the perfect holiday cookie!

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies on a wire rack

It’s no secret that I love chocolate chip cookies and all their variations so this cookie recipe was inevitable. These Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies are gooey, chewy and filled with plenty of chocolate chips and crushed candy cane pieces. They’re super easy to make and such a fun way to transform regular chocolate chip cookies into a festive treat!

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Ingredient Breakdown

All-purpose flour – this gives the cookies structure. You can substitute some of the all-purpose flour with bread flour if you want them to be extra chewy.

Baking soda – helps the cookies spread. Do not use baking powder because it will make the cookies cakey.

Butter – provides flavor and structure. I always recommend using unsalted butter but salted butter works if that’s all you have on hand, just be sure to omit the 1 teaspoon of salt. Do not use cold or melted butter.

Granulated sugar and brown sugar – both sugars are necessary for sweetness and texture. I prefer using dark brown sugar for extra chewiness but light brown sugar also works fine!

Vanilla extract and salt – enhances flavor. Always use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for best flavor.

Peppermint extract – gives the cookies their peppermint flavor!

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies on a wire rack

How To Make Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. In a small bowl combine all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt.

2. Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to cream softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add eggs one at a time then add the vanilla extract and peppermint extract until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

4. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until almost combined (there should still be streaks of flour). Then add the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix the dough because it will make the cookies tough.

Peppermint cookie dough

5. Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets (be sure to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger). If desired press extra chocolate chips onto the tops of each cookie dough ball.

6. Bake cookies at 375°F for 11 minutes then cool on the baking sheet. The cookies will still look slightly raw when they come out but will continue to bake as they cool. Store Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies on baking sheet

Pro Tips For Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
  • Don’t over mix the dough! There should still be streaks of flour in the dough when you add the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. Over mixing = more gluten development which means tough cookies. We don’t want any tough cookies here!
  • Press extra chocolate chips on top of scooped dough before baking to make them look pretty.
  • Bake one tray at a time on the middle oven rack. This ensures that there is even heat circulation.
  • Don’t over bake them! They will still look a little raw when they come out of the oven but will continue to bake as they cool on the baking sheet. This is the secret to crisp edges and chewy centers.
  • Peppermint is very strong so avoid storing these cookies with any other treats because they may transfer the flavor.

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies in a bowl

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with crushed candy canes and peppermint extract. They're the perfect holiday cookie!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author Maria Azzarelli

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Baking sheets
  • Cookie scoop (I use a 3 tablespoon scoop)

Ingredients

  • 330 g (2 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 226 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 200 g (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 255 g (1 1/2 cups) chocolate chips
  • extra chocolate chips for topping optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a small bowl combine all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to cream softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time then add the vanilla extract and peppermint extract until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until almost combined (there should still be streaks of flour). Then add the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix the dough because it will make the cookies tough.
  • Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets (be sure to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger). If desired press extra chocolate chips onto the tops of each cookie dough ball.
  • Bake cookies for 11 minutes then cool on the baking sheet. The cookies will still look slightly raw when they come out but will continue to bake as they cool.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
  • Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter. You can use salted butter, just be sure to omit the 1 tsp salt.
 
  • Store Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.

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