Easy Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies

3 dozen

For holiday cookies, peppermint candies move from the candy dish and into deep, slightly bitter chocolate dough to create an irresistibly bold flavor.


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract

  • 3 large eggs

  • 45 round swirled peppermint candies, coarsely crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof mixer bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add sugar, extracts, and eggs; mix on medium-low speed until combined. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture. Stir in one-third of the candies. Refrigerate dough until firm, about 30 minutes (or wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight).

  2. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, form mounds of dough; dip tops into remaining candies to coat. Place cookies, candy sides up, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until just set, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

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