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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are soft and tender. These festive peppermint cookies are a delicious addition to any holiday cookie tray.

4 cookies stacked on a white snowflake plate with a cooling rack behind it filled with cookies

There is nothing like a cold winters day or the holidays to make me start to crave hot chocolate and peppermint. It’s festive and just warms you from the inside out. White Chocolate Peppermint cookies will go perfectly with a cup of hot chocolate.

When I start getting in the holiday mood, one of the first things I think about is baking. I love having a pretty tray of sweets for holiday get-togethers. 

I always bake some tried and true favorites like our Nut Rolls and our Lemon Snowflake Cookies and add a few that I’ve had on my want list. Included on this list was to come up with a Chocolate Peppermint Cookies recipe.

You know I love to bake right? Well, there is something about developing cookies. I have about a 50% success rate. The last two varieties that I tried flopped with a capital F for failure.

My first attempt at these cookies turned out as flat as pancakes. I dumped the batter after trying to adjust the size of the cookie and temperature of my oven three separate ways. I really do get bummed out about throwing away ingredients like this.

Stack of cookies on a white plate with a cooling rack filled with cookies, Christmas bulbs & candy canes behind it.

After sleeping on it and wallowing in defeat I decided to give it another try. I made some adjustments to the recipe and held my breath.

You could have heard my taa daa a block away when I pulled out these beautifully domed peppermint cookies from the oven.

These cookies are soft and tender and the white chocolate mixes deliciously with the peppermint. They taste so festive, and the specks of red always add a holiday touch.

Ingredients for these Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  • Flour – All-purpose
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Butter – I used unsalted
  • Sugar – white granulated
  • Eggs – large
  • Vanilla extract – I used pure but imitation is acceptable for baking
  • White chocolate chips
  • Peppermint candy cane pieces

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a cookie split in half showing white chocolate chips and pieces of peppermint on a white plate with a rack of cookies behind it.
White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are loaded with chips and peppermint pieces.

You can now buy peppermint already crushed into the perfect sized pieces. However, it’s not hard to crush your own candy canes. I put the candy canes in a zipped lock bag and whack it with a wooden rolling pin. It’s oddly satisfying.

 Tips for making the perfect Chocolate Peppermint cookies:

  • Don’t crush candy canes too finely. The peppermint candy canes are sugar and can cause the cookies to spread too much.
  • Use a scoop when making cookies. They bake evenly when all the same size.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. If the candy sticks to the baking sheet it can burn.

Peppermint Cookie variations:

  • Substitute chocolate chips or chocolate mint chips for white chocolate chips 1:1.
  • Add nuts such as macadamia or pecans.
  • Add a few drops of red food coloring to the cookie dough for a pretty pink cookie.

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Stack of four cookies on a white plate with a cooling rack filled with cookies behind it.
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5 from 2 votes

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are soft and tender. These festive peppermint cookies are a delicious addition to any holiday cookie tray.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 30
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 tbs unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together to combine.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whip butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar, vanilla, and eggs, mixing between each addition until combined.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix to combine. Add Chocolate Chips and crushed peppermint. Mix on low until evenly dispersed.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Scoop batter into 1-inch balls and put on a prepared baking sheet, two inches apart.
  • Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown on the edges.
  • Cool 2 minutes on a baking sheet and then remove the cookie filled parchment paper to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Tips:
  • Don’t crush candy canes too finely. The peppermint candy canes are sugar and can cause the cookies to spread too much.
  • Use a scoop when making cookies. They bake evenly when all the same size.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. If the candy sticks to the baking sheet it can burn.

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.3mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Now you’ve told me in the past that you wanted proof that failures come out of my kitchen. Well, here’s proof! I thought I’d never say this, but there is such a thing as too much butter.

What is your favorite treat to put on your holiday cookie platter? Please share!

Recipe Rating




Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

I had a cookie similar to this a LONG time ago - I lost the recipe and I never found one that was even close!! THESE are the closest I have ever found! I am so grateful to have for your recipe! Thank you!

michele

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

I had so much white chocolate leftover from another recipe so I baked these last night! I'm definitely putting these in our Christmas Cookie exchange!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

That's a great idea! Thank you!

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Sunday 11th of December 2016

These cookies look like something my kids would love! So festive and tasty! I like that you included the photo of the "epic fail" cookies too--we've all been there!! :) I will pin this recipe for the holidays!

Julie Menghini

Monday 12th of December 2016

Thank you, Jenny! I appreciate you sharing too.

Sandhya Nadkarni

Saturday 10th of December 2016

Julie, I admire you for developing new cookie recipes. I love to develop new recipes too and can certainly relate to those taa daa moments ;) The white chocolate and peppermint is a match made in heaven and they look so festive too. Thanks for sharing them at Fiesta Friday!

Julie Menghini

Monday 12th of December 2016

Thank you Sandhya! I really appreciate you co-hosting this week too!