Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies

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Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies-chocolate cookies dipped in chocolate ganache and sprinkled with candy cane pieces. The perfect holiday cookie! 

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies

Give me a chocolate cookie and I will be a happy camper. Give me a chocolate cookie dipped in chocolate ganache and I will kick up my heels. Give me a chocolate cookie dipped in chocolate ganache with candy cane pieces, I will turn on the Christmas tunes, do a little dance, and smile for days. These Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies are the ULTIMATE holiday cookie!

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies Recipe

I love chocolate and mint together any time of the year, but especially during the holiday months. These cookies are perfect for all of your holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and cookie cravings. You really don’t need a special event to make these cookies, but if you want to share them, your friends and family will thank you!

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies Recipe

The chocolate cookies are rich, fudgy, and dotted with chocolate chunks. Like I said, they are good on their own, but after they take a dunk in the silky chocolate ganache, they are heavenly!

I sprinkle the cookies with crushed candy canes to add a touch of holiday cheer! Plus, Caleb loves helping with the candy cane part. He is a good little crusher and sprinkler…and eater too:)

Add these Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies to your holiday baking list! They are sure to make your holidays sweeter!

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies

Chocolate cookies dipped in chocolate ganache and sprinkled with candy cane pieces. Everyone's favorite holiday cookie!
4.52 from 33 votes


For the Cookies:

For the Ganache:

  • 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup crushed candy cane pieces


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cocoa. Set aside.
  • With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Next, add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Gradually add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks or chips. Scoop the dough into rounded tablespoons and place 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. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • While the cookies are cooling, make the ganache. Add the chocolate to a large bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat just until it bubbles around the edges. Remove the cream from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 30-45 seconds, then stir until the chocolate melts and a smooth ganache comes together, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper or wax paper. Dip the cookies, halfway, into the warm ganache. Place the dipped cookies on paper. Sprinkle with candy cane pieces. Let cookies sit until ganache hardens, about 2 hours. To speed up the process, you can place the cookies in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Note-store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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  1. I’m already drooling over your words, “rich, fudgy, and dotted with chocolate chunks.” I mean, COME ON!!! These look delish! They are definitely the perfect holiday cookie!

    1. The chocolate cookies are rich, fudgy, and chewy. The chocolate ganache adds an intense chocolate flavor and is silky and smooth. The candy canes add a nice peppermint crunch. I hope that helps!

    1. I have a batch in my freezer right now! I have pulled a few out to enjoy and they still taste great!

  2. Maria, these cookies are the bee’s knees! Fudgy chocolate, peppermint, and ganache – these ARE the ultimate holiday cookies! Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. These look amazing! What are your thoughts on making them in advance? I’ll need to make them a few days ahead of time.
    Would you recommend freezing the finished cookies?
    Freezing the raw dough instead?
    How long do you suppose they’d stay good at room temp in an air-tight container?

    1. You can make them in advance. They will stay good in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days. If you have a warm house, you can keep them in the fridge. Let them come to room temperature before serving. I have a bag in the freezer and they taste great frozen:) You can also let them thaw before serving! Lots of options. I hope you like them!

  4. mint and chocolate is the best combo! I’m glad we have more of an excuse with the holidays to eat more of it

    1. You can add peppermint extract to the dough. I would put 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon, depending on how minty you want the cookies.

  5. Delicious! These cookies turned out great! I didn’t have peppermint so I added Christmas sprinkles instead. I’ll definitely make these again

  6. I would love to try these cookies this week! Do you think GF flour could be used? I’m new to the GF lifestyle and have not had much baking success substituting GF flour, etc.

    1. I haven’t tried making them GF, but I do like the Cup4Cup gluten-free flour. Maybe try that!

  7. I haven’t even put the ganache on, but tried one of the cookies and I let out an involuntary “oh my gosh”. It was a mouthful of soft, fudgey chocolate goodness. I used bulk store cocoa (12-15%) and dark brown sugar with them and they were still delicious. I’m almost hesitant to dip them because they already taste so good!

  8. 5 stars
    This looks so good! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Will need to try it soon. I’m ready to go make this for dinner tonight! It looks amazing, my friend!

  9. 5 stars
    These are so delicious – they smell like fudgy brownies, drooool.
    I did opt to halve both the brown and granulated sugars, since they were dipped in more sugar, and I’m really pleased with how they turned out.
    The batter was quite thick, so I added a shot of milk. In addition, there was quite a bit of leftover ganache. My fiancé had the great idea to fill our candy molds for an extra Christmas treat to take to our parents, so it worked out just fine 🙂
    Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  10. These chocolate cookies looks beautiful and yummy! I will be trying this recipe when I get home. Thank you for this one!

  11. Your recipes NEVER disappoint! Everything I’ve tried from your website has been delicious! I can’t wait to try these! 

  12. 5 stars
    The taste of these cookies was awesome, but I had a problem in the baking process that I am trying to figure out. The cookies were quite dense and didn’t want to flatten. The taste was perfect though. Could my problem have been over mixing the batter?

  13. 3 stars
    such a yummy recipe, but the cookies were dry & crunchy, & I wanted them to be chewy, so not sure what happened there. the ganache also took forever to set in the fridge, even after 5+ hours in the fridge, they never truly set. any tips?

  14. 5 stars
    Made these cookies last year for Christmas, they were a hit! However, when I dipped them in the ganache and put them in the fridge to cool, the ganache never hardened and was difficult to remove them off the wax paper. Do you have any tips for making sure the ganache hardens? Thank you so much, will be making these this year again!

  15. 5 stars
    Amazing!!! These cookies are so good and fudge-y that they are delicious on their own. I served them both ways, with ganache and candy canes, and without. I will definitely be making these again and again!

  16. 5 stars
    Love love love!! Need I say more??! I have lots of ganache leftover…would it be ok to freeze or how long so you think it will keep in the fridge? I might have to make another batch of cookies to use up the rest of the ganache (no complaints here haha!), but would love any tips you gave, thanks!

  17. My daughter made these and hers didn’t turn out as “flat” as yours. Do you flatten out the rounded balls of dough? Thanks!