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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips and a hint of peppermint extract, topped with chocolate ganache and finished with crushed candy canes. A delicious holiday treat!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time48 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Servings: 60 cookies



  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ounce Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Frosting and Topping

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 candy canes crushed



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Beat in vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and eggs, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Place Baker’s chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring well after each increment, until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
  • With mixer on low speed, slowly stream in melted chocolate.
  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Using about 1/2 cup mixture at a time, mix into butter/chocolate mixture, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Scoop dough into about 1 tablespoon sized balls. Place on prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12-13 minutes. Let cook on sheet for 3-4 minutes before removing. Let cookies finish cooling on baking rack.


  • Wait until cookies are completely cool before frosting.
  • In a heat safe bowl, place chocolate chips.
  • Heat whipping cream in microwave or on stove top until boiling. Pour over chocolate chips. Cover bowl in plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, remove plastic and whisk until very smooth. Spread over cookies and sprinkle candy canes while chocolate is still warm.


I bake all of my cookies on AirBake baking sheets that are lined with silicone baking mats. Links to both are below.