12 Days of Edible Gifts: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Last Christmas I really wanted to make the cookies that were on the final page of the December issue of Martha Stewart Living. It was a recipe for chocolate peppermint cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies. Unfortunately, I never got around to baking them.

Fast forward 11 months, and a package from Williams-Sonoma arrives addressed to YumSugar. Inside is a box of wildly delicious peppermint bark cookies — the exact cookies I had wanted to make.

I quickly found the recipe and set out to create the homemade version of the addictive and decadent cookies. Although they take a little time, the effort is worth it, as these cookies are to die for. I served them at a holiday happy hour, but packaged in a pretty tin, they are a wonderful edible gift. Look at the recipe when you


Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies


  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  7. 3/4 cup sugar
  8. 1 large egg
  9. 1 large egg yolk
  10. 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  11. 8 large candy canes or 30 peppermint candies, crushed
  12. 2 pounds white chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
  2. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed for 1 minute. Reduce speed to medium-low, and add egg, then yolk, beating well after each addition. Beat in peppermint extract.
  3. Slowly add flour mixture, and beat until just incorporated. Shape dough into 2 disks, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days).
  4. Roll out 1 disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
  5. Using a 2-inch round cutter, cut out circles, and place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Roll and cut scraps once. Freeze cookies until firm, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining disk. Alternately, form dough into tablespoon-sized balls with your hands. Freeze the balls for about 15 minutes, then press flat with a glass.
  6. Bake until cookies are dry to the touch, about 12 minutes. Transfer parchment, with cookies, to wire racks, and let cool. (Undecorated cookies will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.)
  7. Sift crushed candy, and separate larger pieces from dust, reserving both.
  8. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water. Remove from heat. Dunk cookies into melted chocolate. Using a fork, turn to coat, let excess drip off, and gently scrape bottom against edge of bowl. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, and sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of either candy pieces or dust on top. Repeat, sprinkling half the cookies with pieces and the rest with dust. Refrigerate until set, up to 3 hours. Decorated cookies are best served the same day.

Makes about 3 dozen.

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Made these for a Christmas party this weekend.. and though they were time consuming (and only made 2 dozen) they were a HUGE hit! Somebody described them as Christmas in their mouth! hahah
My daughter made these cookies; these are the best!!!! They are perfect for a cookie exchange too.
I made these cookies this week and they turned out great! Even two days later they taste delicious and melt in your mouth. Thanks Party!
has anyone made these and not served them the same day? i know it recommends this, but i really want to make them ahead of time for christmas eve/day, although, i guess i could make the cookies ahead and just coat them thursday morning
Oooh, yum! I saw you covered these in an episode of Yumsugar TV lately, the William-Sonoma brand - or whatever store they came from. I"m glad there's a homemade version! These look so decadent and impressive to give as gifts!
Those looks so very tasty! I am baking this weekend and just might try my hand at these. Thanks Party!
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