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Chocolate Chip Peppermint Crunch Cookies


I was at the grocery store the other day and found Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints-they were begging to jump into my cart. I bought a few boxes and decided to create a holiday cookie with them.  It snowed on Saturday, which was my excuse to stay in my pj’s, turn on the Christmas tunes, and bake the day away. Josh and Caleb assisted me in my baking adventures-we got out the Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints and created a new cookie for the holiday season-Chocolate Chip Peppermint Crunch Cookies.

These chocolate chip cookies have a few Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints tucked inside. I decided to make the cookies even more festive by adding crushed candy canes to the top. I sprinkled each cookie with sea salt before baking because I love a good salty kick in my cookies.

I made these cookies jumbo size by using my muffin top pan. If you don’t have a muffin top pan, I highly recommend you get one. Maybe you can ask Santa:) They are great for making muffin tops, but I mostly use the pan to make giant cookies. You can make these cookies regular sized, just roll them into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Either way the cookies will be tasty:)

The Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints melted throughout the cookies creating a nice minty surprise. The candy canes made the cookies look pretty and also added a nice minty crunch. If you are looking for a new holiday cookie to bake this year, try these Chocolate Chip Peppermint Crunch Cookies. They are a great cookie to take to a cookie swap, give away as gifts, or to eat all by yourself.

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Chocolate Chip Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Yield: 18 giant cookies or about 4 dozen regular sized cookies

Cook Time: 10-13 minutes

Ingredients:

3 3/4 Cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
2 boxes (3.5 ounce) Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints
6 large candy canes, crushed
Sea salt, for sprinkling on cookies

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If you are making giant cookies, spray a muffin top pan and set aside. If you are making regular sized cookies, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. To make giant cookies-scoop out 1/4 cup of dough and flatten the dough with your hands. Place 3 Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints onto the dough and wrap the dough around the candies. Make sure they are covered. Press the dough into the muffin top pans. Sprinkle crushed candy cane pieces and sea salt over each cookie. To make regular sized cookies-tuck 1 Peppermint Crunch Junior Mint into about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough. Form into a ball and roll into crushed candy cane pieces. Place cookies on baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.

4. Bake giant cookies for 10-13 minutes, until edges just start to turn golden brown. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes in muffin top pan before transferring to a cooling rack. Bake regular sized cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until edges just start to turn golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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97 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Peppermint Crunch Cookies”

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    Rosa — December 5, 2011 @ 5:35 am

    What a great idea! I love the way they look and are baked.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Blog is the New Black — December 5, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    Ahhhh, delish!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 5, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    Another great cookie recipe! Seriously, I don’t even need another website for cookies anymore. You have so many awesome ones!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 5, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    Ahh, this is awesome!!! This sounds and looks so good. I want a muffin top pan :) I always rip the muffin tops off my muffins haha, what a great idea, Maria :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 5, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    I need one of those muffin top pans so my cookies can look as pretty as yours! These look delish, what a great use of those junior mints!

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    Melissa @ Kids in the Sink — December 5, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Giant cookies are always the way to go. And really, do you need a reason to bake the day away? That’s the best way to spend the day!

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    Great idea, never would have thought to use a muffin top pan for that.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 5, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I love that you made these in a muffin tin! I need to try that more often and I love the recipe….YUM. Perfect for the holidays.

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    Tanya — December 5, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    Your recipes always look so delish. I can’t wait to try.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 5, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Junior mints are my absolute favorite “candy” out there. In a cookie? Genius!! I have to try these!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — December 5, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    They look beautiful, perfect, and yummy. I cannot wait to try them!

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    Amanda — December 5, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Wow… these are perfection!!! What a fantastic and creative recipe Maria!!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — December 5, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    These scrumptious, giant cookies would make fun Christmas gifts for neighbors. I should get a muffin top pan.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 5, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    OH
    MY
    GOSH

    i need these in my life STAT…good thing i have a lunch date with the store!

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    Lauren — December 5, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Why have I never seen these candies before? Holy amazing!

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    jenan — December 5, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    mmm..these look amazing! i love the use of junior mints! how festive!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 5, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    I’d never think to add junior mints to my cookies but mostly because they’d never stand a chance at sticking around long enough to be baked with! lol I love peppermint junior mints. I’ve been buying them for years and just about get giddy when I finally see them in Nov and Dec!

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    Cookbook Queen — December 5, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    These are beautiful!! Now I”m on the hunt for those candies.

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    Katrina — December 5, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I will be on the lookout for those Junior Mints!

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    I need these jr mints in my life. Then these cookies will be in my belly. For sure.

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    Tracey — December 5, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Ooooh, I haven’t seen those junior mints yet, they sound delicious! Great cookie idea!

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    marty — December 5, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Love the combination of flavors you have going on. And junior mints are soooo good!

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    Mari @ Mari's Cakes — December 5, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    I could just imagine how sweet and delicious these cookies are. Perfect Christmas treat!

    Happy Monday!

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    Erica — December 5, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    What a great add in! I’ve never seen that flavor of junior mints. Looks so pretty. And cooking them in the muffin tins is a brilliant idea. So festive!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 5, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    So festive! I love the idea of making JUMBO cookies with a muffin top pan! :)

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    Traci — December 5, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    Maria, These look delicious! Where did you find the Peppermint Junior Mints?
    I’m going to use these for neighbor gifts!

    • Two Peas replied: — December 5th, 2011 @ 11:22 am

      I found them at Smith’s:)

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    Christine — December 5, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    Yum! We just made chocolate chip peppermint bark cookies last night using some of the crushed up Andes peppermint bark pieces you can find now. Mixed those with mini chocolate chips. My DH and 5 yr old son loved them!!! Such good flavors together. I’ll keep an eye out for the Junior Mints now, too.

    We also made some little choclate cookies and topped them warm out of the oven with either the Andes peppermint bark pieces or the Andes creme de menthe pieces which melt and make a delicious little bite to pop in your mouth. SO good, and the red and green are so festive!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 5, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    These are perfect to leave out for Santa

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    Deborah — December 5, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for those jr. mints now!!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — December 5, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Perfect little Christmas cookie! I need to be on the watch for those mints.

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    Melissa @ Baking For The Boys — December 5, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    I love when we are inspired by things that just so happen to jump into our shopping carts. ;) These look great. My 3 year old love chocolate chip cookies & peppermint-I’ll have to make these soon. Maybe the big guy in red would love them. :)

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    Ann P. — December 5, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Junior Mints are one of my favorite types of candy–this peppermint crunch version has got to be amazing, and even more so i cookie form! Also, that’s a great way to use a muffin-top pan! And who doesn’t love a giant-sized cookie? :)

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    Cassie — December 5, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    I would love to have a muffin top pan. I love how thick these are, absolutely beautiful. Great flavor combo!

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    Bonnie — December 5, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Maria! Great minds think alike! I just made some very similar last night for my cookie swap!! I am so glad I made extra! :)

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    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles — December 5, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    I never would have thought to use a muffin top pan to make cookies! Cool idea! =)

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    Chelsea — December 5, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    I love that you put crushed candy canes on top of the cookies! Can’t wait to try!

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    Jessica — December 5, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I am in crazy cookie love! I have a bunch of candy canes that I can’t wait to use in this!

    P.S. Thanks for linking to me girl!! :-D You’re the best!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 5, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Can I just say that I LOVE the size of these babies? Fab!

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — December 5, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    So festive for the holidays!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — December 5, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    These cookies look awesome!! I love my muffin top pan!!

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