A fun Christmas twist on our Best Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, these Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies can be made with chopped up candy canes or those tasty peppermint chocolate chips. They are the perfect ratio of chewy to crunchy!
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
I’m all about hints of mint when it comes to holiday baking.
I don’t want to fee like I’m biting into a big hunk of toothpaste. I want something balanced with other flavors – like this buttery, chocolatey chip cookie with just a bit of delicious candy cane flavor!
Plus, how cute do these looks with those little pops of red?
These chocolate chip cookies take just a bit of extra work because they do require brown butter for that delicious buttery flavor, but it is so worth it. (And really, by “extra work” you just need to melt the butter and caramelize it slightly to help it’s flavor shine.)
This is a delicious cookie recipe to serve to holiday guests or bring along to a cookie exchange. I can’t wait to share a couple with Ella when she gets home, along with a big glass of milk!
If you’re looking for even more Christmas cookie recipes, check out our Classic Christmas Cookies ebook, where we have gathered 40 of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes – from Peanut Butter Buckeyes to Easy Shortbread, Cream Cheese Mints to Toffee Biscuits!
These cookies all share a few things in common:
- They are easy enough for the kids to help make
- They require no special ingredients requiring visits to 5 different grocery stores
- They are Christmas classics that everyone will be excited to see at the Cookie Exchange
- And they are delicious!
To make your holiday baking even easier, we’ve included several tips to ensure the best results so you can just focus on having fun with your kids and trust that these cookies will turn out perfectly, every time.
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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients
- 2/3 cup butter (browned)
- 4 Tablespoons shortening
- 1 Tablespoon molasses
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt (plus extra for sprinkling on top, optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1-2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 2 candy canes, smashed into pieces
Tip: you can swap out the milk chocolate chips and candy cane bits for peppermint chocolate morsels, available in grocery stores around Christmastime.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Cookie scoop
- Cookie sheets
- Silicone slipmat
How to Make Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
First, brown your butter. Place in a saucepan over medium heat and allow to melt, then cook until it starts to get darker and the milk solids begin to turn caramel or chocolate-colored. Remove from heat and allow to cool before proceeding with recipe.
Preheat oven to 350F
Once the butter is cool, but still liquid, cream the sugars with the slightly cooled butter, and then whip in shortening before adding the molasses, vanilla, and eggs. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add half to the wet ingredients. Incorporate fully before adding the second half of dry ingredients.
Finally, add the chocolate chips and candy cane bits.
Use a cookie scoop to portion out onto a lined baking tray, spacing the cookies out by 3″, and bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are spread out and golden brown.
Cool for two minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
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These peppermint chocolate chip cookies are a real treat and the perfect addition to your holiday traditions!