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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


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


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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100 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Peppermint Crunch Cookies”

  1. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — December 5, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Lovely! Using peppermint candies is a great idea!

  2. nicole {sweet peony} — December 5, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    yay minty chocolatey cookies! these sound delicious! i’ve never had the peppermint crunch junior mint but i imagine them to be awesome! yumm :)

  3. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale — December 5, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    OH my word! Thee look amazing!

    I have minty cookies today, too! Great minds xoxoxo

  4. Esi — December 5, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    I just saw those jr. mints at the store recently and thought they would be fun in a baked treat. Of course you beat me to it.

  5. Joanne — December 5, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    These remind me of the cookies I have sitting on my counter that I’m currently trying to ignore. Which means they must be delicious!

  6. Natalie — December 5, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    These cookies look amazing!! Perfect for the holidays!

  7. Megan — December 5, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    How have I not seen those Junior Mints yet? I just bought the new Dove peppermint bark chocolates… those were begging to be put in my shopping cart.

    These are so festive and perfect for the upcoming holidays!

  8. CouponClippingCook — December 5, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    These cookies are so pretty…and look super delish. The coloring of the cookie is perfect for the holidays and your pictures of them are beautiful.

  9. I love this little pan! And I recently did chocolate peppermint cookies… and then peppermint marcarons… they’re just so good for the holidays. Happy Holidays!

  10. Donna — December 5, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

    LOVE the idea of the crunch inside the cookies. Wow. So festive!

  11. Kerstin — December 6, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    You always make the best cookies, these look so festive and just delightful!

  12. marla — December 6, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Tis the season for peppermint! Great cookies :)

  13. vanillasugarblog — December 6, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    these are so festive! i wish we had those junior mints around here–i’ve been looking!

  14. Teanna — December 6, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Oh wow cookies using a muffin top pan?!And Peppermint Crunch Junior mints?! You are a woman after my own heart!

  15. That’s so cool that you made these in a muffin top pan! They look perfect Maria. Pepperminty good :)

  16. Radu — December 6, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    As @Donna said i like the cruch insinde the cookie also. It does the cookie more special.

  17. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — December 6, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    These cookies look fantastic Maria! I have been trying not to open this link – for fear that I will race to the kitchen to make them. Alas, here I am. :) Thanks for sharing.

  18. Urban Wife — December 6, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    These look amazing! I love peppermint choc combo and in cookie form….ugh, heaven help me.

  19. Shanna — December 6, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    I want to make these but am having troubles finding the jr mints peppermint crunch. Where can I find them? Thanks

    • Two Peas replied: — December 6th, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

      I found them at Smith’s (Kroger) grocery store. If you can’t find them you can use regular Junior Mints.

  20. tastytart — December 6, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    I made this this am, and am considering getting the muffin top pan, just for this recipe.

  21. Alesia Mezentsev — December 6, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    this recipe is great, it gives me an idea to make some yummy pepermint sugar cookies.
    and on a side note i just love your blog it has helped me alot, i have a fiance who is vary picky when it comes to food and hates vegtables and your blog has helped me find a way to introduce vegtables to him.

  22. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — December 6, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    My husband would love these. He’s a huge chocolate & peppermint fan!

  23. The Healthy Apple — December 6, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    Such a cute recipe; very festive. Love this idea of the crunchy sweetness. Yummy!

  24. Kenda — December 6, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    These look very yummy! I love Junior Mints!! You are so creative!

  25. Merritt — December 7, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    So sad. I was so excited to make these I ran out this morning to get the ingredients and I went to 4 different stores and can’t find the Jr. Mints. I live in VA and we don’t have a Smiths.

    • Two Peas replied: — December 7th, 2011 @ 10:47 am

      Do you have Kroger? If you can’t find them you can use regular Junior Mints.

  26. HeatherChristo — December 7, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    These look incredible! You have combined some of my favorite things! I am obsessed with junior mints but have NEVER thought to pt them in cookies! Can’t wait to make these with my kids!

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  28. Anna Edelman — December 8, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    I love this blog, and today I decided to finally try out a recipe from it. I am in the middle of making these because they looked so good. As I added the flour, the texture seemed way too stiff. Is it supposed to be 2 3/4 cup flour instead of the posted 3 3/4 cup? I think I will go ahead and mix a little butter with an egg to add and see if that saves it!

    • Two Peas replied: — December 8th, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

      Sorry you had trouble, but I used 3 3/4 cups flour and the cookies turned out great!

  29. Patty H — December 8, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    These look so festive – and they sound awesome! I haven’t seen the Peppermint Crunch Jr. Mints, but I’ll have to look. I’ve never heard of a muffin top pan either….I’ve really got to get out more!!

  30. Russell at Chasing Delicious — December 8, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    What an awesome take on the chocolate chip cookie. Such a perfect treat for this season. Yum.

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  32. Georgia Pellegrini — December 9, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Chocolate chip cookies with a holiday kick! Great idea :)

  33. Morgan — December 9, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    For the smaller sized cookies, after you roll them in the peppermint do you just put the formed ball on the cookie sheet? Or do you flatten it out a bit?
    I just found the special junior mints at Target and I’m really excited to make these for a family Christmas party.


    • Two Peas replied: — December 9th, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

      Place them on the cookie sheet and gently press them down with your palm, don’t flatten them all of the way though:) Enjoy!

  34. tasty tart — December 9, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    I made this recipe, and it’s really good.

  35. bridget {bake at 350} — December 10, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    These look SO good, Maria!!!

  36. Jennifer — December 10, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    LOVE this recipe! I picked up some of these Junior Mints at our Five Below store.

    Just a quick question… do you think I can freeze the dough before plunking the Junior Mints in the middle? Then defrost and pick back up at #3 above??

    • Two Peas replied: — December 10th, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

      Sure, just make sure it is defrosted so you can tuck the mints in. Enjoy!

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  39. Joyelle — December 14, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    Thanks for strtaing the ball rolling with this insight.

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