Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

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Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies-chocolate cookies with chocolate chips, peppermint crunch pieces, and candy cane pieces! These cookies are the PERFECT Christmas cookie!

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

We put up our Christmas tree and did some holiday baking over the weekend. I let the boys pick what cookies they wanted to make and they chose Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies. These cookies are the perfect holiday cookie. A batch of these cookies will get you in the holiday spirit ASAP. You need to add them to your holiday baking list right now.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookie Recipe

Chocolate and mint is a popular combo, especially during the holiday months. The chocolate and peppermint combo in these cookies is perfection. I add a little peppermint extract to the chocolate cookie dough and mix in chocolate chips and peppermint crunch pieces.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookie Recipe

I also dip the dough lightly in crushed candy cane pieces. Caleb and Maxwell love candy canes and had a fun time crushing them up for these cookies.

Important note-don’t go crazy with the candy canes because they will melt. I dip just the tops of the cookie dough balls. If you want to make the cookies extra pretty, you can add extra candy cane pieces right after they come out of the oven. And it is ok if the candy canes melt a little, you just don’t want to roll the entire cookie balls in candy canes because you will end up with a melted mess. Just dip the tops and finish with candy cane pieces.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookie Recipe

If you are looking for a cookie to take to your Christmas cookie exchange party or a cookie to give to your family and friends this holiday season, I highly recommend these Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies. They are festive and are guaranteed to be everyone’s new favorite holiday cookie. Happy baking!

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookie Recipe

The recipe, photos, and post have been updated from the original post in 2009.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips, peppermint crunch pieces, and candy cane pieces! These cookies are the PERFECT Christmas cookie!
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
3 dozen cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peppermint crunch pieces
  • 1/2 cup crushed candies for dipping cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cocoa. Set aside.
  3. With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Next, add in vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Mix until just combined.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips and peppermint crunch pieces.
  5. Place the crushed candy canes in a small bowl. Scoop the dough into rounded tablespoons and lightly dip the tops of the cookies into candy cane pieces. Make sure you don't get carried away. You only want the tops to have the candy cane pieces. If you roll the whole cookies in the candy canes you will end up with a melted mess.
  6. Place cookie balls on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, or until cookies are set, but still soft in the center. Don't overbake. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 3 minutes. If desired, add extra candy cane pieces right after they come out of the oven to make the cookies extra pretty. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  7. Note-store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days. They also can be frozen. If you can't find the Andes peppermint crunch baking chips, you can buy the Andes Peppermint Crunch Thins and chop them up. If you can't find candy canes, you can crush up peppermint candies. Important note-don't go crazy with the candy canes because they will melt. I dip just the tops of the cookie dough balls. If you want to make the cookies extra pretty, you can add extra candy cane pieces right after they come out of the oven.
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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Holy moly these are yummy! I had trouble with mine spreading, even after I chilled them. I think the problem was actually the candy canes because they melted around the edges and I think contributed to the cookies spreading. Didn’t affect the taste though – very, very good. Thanks!

    1. Roll the cookies lightly in the candy canes so they don’t melt. If you are worried, you can always sprinkle them on after too. Mine never melt, but I do them lightly.

  2. Just made these but the crushed peppermint candy melted into the cookies! Why did that happen? They taste great but not presentable for gifts sadly.

  3. I made these and they taste great, but my peppermints melted on the outside and definitely didn’t look as pretty as yours. What could I be doing wrong? Thanks!

    1. And make sure the crushed pieces are pretty small…I had a couple cookies that got a bigger piece or two when rolling and yes, those did melt and bubble up a bit.

  4. I have looked everywhere for Dutch processed cocoa and can only find it mixed with sugar & other stuff to make into a drink. I did find it on Amazon, just don’t know which brand to buy. Can you tell me what brand you use? I’d think the cheap stuff may not be as good/high quality as the better brand, just not sure what is good and not have as good results as I should. 

    1. Yes, Amazon sells it. I buy it from Orson Gygi in Salt Lake City and the brand is Callebaut. I think King Arthur or the Rodelle brand would be good from Amazon.

  5. I bought the ghiradelli peppermint. white chocolate chips. I might use those and then roll them without the candy canes, then dip in white chocolate with sprinkles. I like the flatness of this cookie, I think it would lend itself well to that. Do you agree?

  6. Have you tried making these with regular unsweetened cocoa instead of dutch processed cocao? I found a website that said to sub it for equal amounts then use 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda for every three Tablespoons of cocoa powder used to cut  back the acidity. Any idea if this would be a success? Would I still need the 1t baking soda?

    1. I was able to buy a single bag on Amazon this year. I also found white chocolate peppermint M&Ms this year that might be good in these but you might want to crush them a little….they aren’t the mini variety.

  7. 3 stars
    Made these and they are great!  Suggest only 1/2 cup of peppermint candy and 1/2 of chocolate chips.  Otherwise a bit too sweet.  Be certain to let them cool the full 3 minutes.  They are hard to work with because of chocolate chips melting. Family loved them

  8. 5 stars
    These cookies were delicious! I baked them for a family Christmas party and everyone loved them! Thank you for such a yummy and easy recipe. 🙂

  9. Hi there! I want to make these tomorrow and have all the ingredients expect for the peppermint thins/chips so I want to just sub in extra chocolate chips. Without the peppermint chips, is it still pretty minty or should I add a touch more peppermint extract? Thanks!

    1. You could add a little more peppermint but be careful peppermint extract is strong. I think it would be fine as is if you are doing the candy canes on top!

  10. Is the dough supposed to be thick? I double checked all my ratios but it’s thick as clay. My mixer couldn’t keep up. What am I doing wrong?

  11. 5 stars
    I question the need for Dutch processed cocoa in this recipe. I substituted regular Hershey’s cocoa powder and made 1.5X this recipe (all at once, and the dough was crawling out of my KitchenAid LOL). After the fact I researched the difference between the two; all the websites agree that a recipe calling for DUTCH cocoa should always call for baking POWDER and not SODA, which this recipe does. Cookies came out GREAT (a little darker than the phpts, which is weird, as Dutch cocoa usually results in darker foods than regular, which is what I used) – this is definitely one I’ll make again! But I think I’ll stick with regular cocoa as I don’t want to make the adjustments with the soda and add baking powder and possibly screw it up LOL. I also want to point out that if you have little patience (like me), use crushed peppermint CANDIES and not candy canes. WAY easier to unwrap! Lastly, WHY doesn’t Andes sell the peppermint crunch pieces in stores? Had to buy mine off Amazon. I make a lot of cookie boxes for frinds, neighbors and co-workers, so I need sturdy cookies that will hold up to a lot of handling and transport. These fit the bill; addictive, cute, sturdy and tastier than the traditional Chocolate Crinkles (which I have NEVER gotten right and ditched years ago…) Thanks for this great cookie!

    1. You can buy direct from Andes. LOTS of price gouging on Amazon. Last year, I order 6 bags of these Peppermint Crunch Chips from an Amazon seller in December and all 6 arrived as solid bricks.

    2. You can buy direct from Andes. LOTS of price gouging on Amazon. Last year, I order 6 bags of these Peppermint Crunch Chips from an Amazon seller in December and all 6 arrived as solid bricks.

  12. 5 stars
    I made these for for my Roller derby bout bake sale and everyone loved them. I didn’t have peppermint crunch pieces but just used an additional cup of white chocolate chips instead. The extract and crushed candy canes on top were perfect amount of peppermint anyway. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    I added a drop of peppermint oil to the batter and dipped the cookies (only halfway) into white melting chocolates, then sprinkled with peppermint crunchies. THEY ARE TO DIE FOR. This is such a great chocolate cookie recipe base. I will definitely make these again- likely this week!

  14. 5 stars
    This will now and forever more be my go-to chocolate/candy cane cookie recipe. The chocolate flavor is intense, and the crispiness to chewiness ratio is perfect. I did not use peppermint chips. Just chocolate chips and candy canes. I used a generous two-teaspoon scoop, rolling into a ball and flattening each cookie before dipping in the broken candy cane and baking. Baked exactly ten minutes. Fabulous! And thank you!

    1. No. To my understanding dutch process cocoa is basically a process where unsweetened cocoa is stripped of its acidic components. But its has a more chocolate flavor and a darker color to it. Unsweetened cocoa still has its acidic components in tact. I recommend guittard dutch process cocoa. 

  15. 5 stars
    These cookies are so good with and without peppermint. I omitted the peppermint candy today and just did all chocolate chips and they were absolutely delicious! 

  16. I have a question I can’t get the peppermint crunch pieces by the time the cookies need to be made, what can I use as a substitute?

  17. I made these gluten free with Cup4Cup gf flour and they came out really well. BTW, I ordered the Andes Peppermint Crunch chips from Target. My local store doesn’t carry them but I had them shipped and they arrived intact.

  18. I made these for a cookie exchange and had lots of requests for the recipe. I used dark chocolate cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, crushed candy cane pieces, and omitted the peppermint extract. We’ll be baking more!

  19. I made these cookies 5 times last year and 2 times this year! I have always used unsweetened cocoa not Dutch. They come out amazing! With the sugar, peppermint extract, chocolate chips and peppermint crunch there is no way you will ever taste any acidity from the cocoa! I also find the peppermint crunch easily during the holidays. My grocery store never has it but I’ve had luck at Target and Walmart! Brach’s makes crushed candy canes in a bag too!

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