Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

These delicious chocolate peppermint crunch cookies have both melted chocolate and cocoa powder as well as two types of peppermint to create a rich and holiday-perfect dessert!  

holiday cookies on white cake plate Chocolate Peppermint Crunch

When I was a little girl, we made batches and batches of Christmas cookies to take to neighbors and friends, and I’ve continued that with my kids as well.

It’s one of those things that really makes the holidays feel special, and I love continuing the tradition. However, I’ve pared down our baking from what we did back then.

Rather than doing dozens of sugar cookies with lots of messy decorating (ie; frosting and sprinkles, oh my!) I pick one favorite each year and make that one for everyone.

This means there are only a handful of cookies that pass the test – but these are one of them! 


yummy chocolate peppermint cookies on marble counter with peppermint candies

These Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies are truly one of my all-time favorite cookies, combining two of the most popular holiday flavors. And every time I’ve brought them to friends or neighbors, I’ve gotten tons of compliments.

I’ve made a lot of holiday cookies in my life, and I can honestly say these are in the top five for sure!



cookies on counter with peppermints yummy holiday treat idea

Bringing together the delicious combo of peppermint and chocolate – these cookies are reminiscent of peppermint bark. In fact, they’re like peppermint bark but in cookie form!

These start with a double chocolate base, using both melted dark chocolate and cocoa powder which makes them extra rich and delicious.


delicious chocolate peppermint cookies with string and peppermint candies delicious holiday cookie recipe

The peppermint flavor also makes a showing twice, both in the batter and in the crunchy candies on top. 


chocolate peppermint crunch cookies in white kitchen delicious holiday cookie recipe

And yet, as ‘fancy’ as these look, they’re actually one of the easiest cookies to make! There’s no refrigerating dough in between, and they are easily made (and eaten) in one morning or afternoon. 😉



yummy chocolate peppermint cookie on counter with candies holiday cookie idea

But be careful – I ate quite a few just when I was shooting them – they’re that good! I challenge you to eat just one! 😉


Yield: 36 cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

These cookies have double doses of both chocolate and peppermint creating a delicious, crunchy sweet perfect for the holidays.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 54 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (15 to 16 ounces); divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 candy canes or 25 red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir 2 cups chocolate chips in medium metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Measure out 2/3 cup melted chocolate; transfer to small bowl and reserve for drizzling.
  2. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt in medium bowl.
  3. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth.
  4. Add eggs and both extracts; beat until blended.
  5. Beat in melted chocolate from medium bowl.
  6. Add in dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  7. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  8. Measure 1 level TBSP. dough; roll dough between palms to form ball. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies 1 1/2 inches apart.
  9. Bake cookies until cracked all over and tester inserted into center comes out with large moist crumbs attached, 8 to 9 minutes.
  10. Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes.
  11. Transfer cookies on parchment paper to racks to cool completely.
  12. Rewarm reserved 2/3 melted chocolate over small pan of simmering water. Using fork, drizzle chocolate over cookies. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over, arranging some pieces with red parts showing.
  13. Chill just until chocolate sets, about 15 minutes.
  14. Eat and enjoy!


*The cookies here are slightly larger than 1 TBSP. - I used closer to 1 1/2 TBSP. dough which made 30 cookies.

Do ahead: Can be made 3 weeks ahead. Store airtight in freezer. Bring to room temperature before serving.


chocolate peppermint crunch cookies delicious holiday treat with crushed peppermints on top

These are perfect for gifts for neighbors, friends or teachers, or for bringing to a cookie exchange. 

Or of course, you could just make them for yourself. It is the holidays after all! 😉


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*adapted from Epicurious


Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies graphic Maison de Cinq


Now be sure to check out some of my friends who are also sharing yummy holiday cookie recipes below!

Classic Sugar Cookies For Christmas // My 100 Year Old Home

Christmas Cookie Hack // My Sweet Savannah

Mexican Christmas Cookies // Just Destiny

Salted Butterscotch Shortbread // Life Is Better At Home


Stained Glass Sugar Cookies // Paint Me Pink

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies // Maison de Cinq

The Yummiest Oreo Cookies and Cream Cookies // Twelve On Main


Hanging Mug Topper Cookies // Happy Happy Nester 

Italian Christmas Cookies // Inspiration For Moms

Anzac Biscuit Cookies // Finding Lovely


How to Make Easy, Mild Gingerbread Cookies (no molasses!) // The DIY Mommy

The Best Ginger Molasses Cookies // Modern Glam

The Best Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies // The Happy Housie

Orange Glazed Sugar Cookies // Sincerely, Marie


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more recipes and holiday inspiration below!

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  1. Sheila, these cookies look sooo delicious! You had me with chocolate and peppermint! Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season my friend.

  2. I made these for a coworker, they are easy and delicious. The recipe leaves out the step of adding in the flour, lol. Also my dough was way too soft to roll into balls. I used the cookie scoop and they still came out great.

    1. Hi Mindy! Thank you for your kind comment – I’m so glad you loved them! And yes, they are easy and forgiving!! (Even when the blogger forgets a step, lol! I fixed that now;) )

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!


  3. Making these now, not sure when the flour mixture gets added to the buter mixture? Thanks, they look terrific!

    1. Hi Deanne! So sorry – I had forgotten to add that step! It is fixed now. I hope you’ll try them!


  4. These looks delicious! Not a seasoned baker here so not sure of the cocoa measurement. Is it 1/4 tsp, tablespoon or cup? Ta!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Arlene! And I’m so sorry for that! The measurement is 1/4 cup cocoa powder and I’ve corrected it in the recipe. Thanks for asking!

      Happy Holidays to you!


      1. Connie Holloway says:

        Sheila, hi! I’m definitely making these! Is the baking time actually 8 to 9 minutes or as stated at beginning of the recipe where it states cook time 18 minutes? Thank you and Merry Christmas! Connie

        1. Hi Connie yes, the baking time is definitely 8-9 minutes! I think I stated 18 because it’s two batches but that seems confusing so I’ll change that. Thanks for asking!

          Merry Christmas!