Classic chocolate chip cookies get a festive makeover with the addition of crushed candy cane pieces in this delicious recipe!
These peppermint chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and bursting with holiday flavor! Best of all? They can be whipped up and ready to eat in just 30 minutes!
making the cookies
These peppermint chocolate chip cookies are one of our easiest holiday bakes. Here’s the process in five quick steps:
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract.
- Mix in the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and crushed candy cane pieces.
- To get the perfect cookie texture, we recommend measuring your flour with a kitchen scale. If using cups, make sure to use the spoon and level method to avoid over-measuring. Lightly spoon flour into the measuring cup until it’s completely full. Then run the back of a knife over the cup to gently scrape off any excess.
- The candy canes will melt slightly in the oven. Any larger pieces towards the edges of your cookie dough balls may leak out a bit. This will result in cookies that aren’t perfectly round (but they’ll still taste amazing!). To avoid this, make sure your candy canes are finely crushed.
- For a thicker cookie, you can refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour before baking.
- These cookies only need to be in the oven for about 10 minutes. When in doubt, I always suggest underbaking cookies a bit as they’ll finish cooking on the hot baking sheet. This ensures a perfectly soft and tender center!
peppermint chocolate chip cookies: FAQs
Any crushed hard peppermint candy will work well in this recipe. You can also add a bit of peppermint extract to get the minty flavor. A little goes a long way — about 1/4 teaspoon should be enough.
This cookie dough doesn’t need to be chilled. However, if you’d like a thicker cookie you can refrigerate the dough for an hour before baking.
Peppermint chocolate chip cookies freeze well for up to three months.
For more Christmas cookie inspiration, make sure to check out these recipes!
- soft gingerbread cookies + chocolate liqueur glaze
- german chocolate cookies
- zimtsterne | german cinnamon star cookies
- chocolate chip marzipan cookies
- linzer cookies with mulled wine jelly
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