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Peppermint Frosted Chocolate Cookies

Discover the joy of holiday baking with peppermint-frosted chocolate cookies. These are rich with extra soft centers and chewy edges. These cookies are perfect for all of your holiday get-togethers!

peppermint frosted chocolate cookies

I can’t be trusted around cookies with frosting. At 46 years old, this is the sad truth I’ve had to accept. I’m a cookie monster of sorts, and those with frosting particularly tickle my fancy.

Some of my frosted creations include lemon, pumpkin, caramel apple, and even circus animal. Plus I love sandwich cookies, nom nom!

You’d be shocked at how fast I can decimate these frosted delights – and then just as quickly deny it was me who did it.

But I can’t help it.

Frosting adds an awesome texture to cookies as well as enhances the flavor. I will take a delicious cream cheese or buttercream with my baked goods, anytime.

Which brings me to these peppermint frosted chocolate cookies, my friends. I made this recipe for Christmas cookie exchanges, and it’s one of my new favorites!

These double chocolate cookies are rich and fudge-like with extra soft centers and chewy edges. They are frosted with a velvety buttercream frosting, and sprinkled with crushed candy canes.

They are the ultimate holiday cookie. I realize that is a bold statement. I stand by it!

frosted peppermint cookies

I’m really excited to share the recipe with you and how you how they are made!

Tips for Making Delicious Cookies

Before you dive into this recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) cookies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom.

Here’s what I always make sure to pay attention to.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best cookie flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in these cookies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods. Scoop your flour then use a knife to scrape off and level the top.

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and soft cookies. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Chill the Dough

Chilling the cookie dough in the fridge for the specified time (or even overnight) before baking allows the flavors to meld and the fats to solidify. This results in cookies with better flavor and texture. It also prevents them from spreading too much during baking.

Look for Golden Edges

Unless the recipe says otherwise, the edges of the cookies should turn a golden brown while the center remains slightly soft. This balance ensures a chewy texture without overbaking.

Cool Before Transferring

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and avoids them becoming too fragile and crumbling apart.

frosted peppermint brownie cookies

Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your cookie baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods! Here’s what you’re going to need for these peppermint frosted chocolate cookies.


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

Peppermint Frosting

  • 1/3 cup room temperature butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Crushed candy cane

Depending on the texture you would like for your icing, you might want to decrease the whipped cream. For thicker texture, use from 2 to 2 1/2 Tablespoons.

chocolate cookies with mint frosting

Keep these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for a day, but they should really be refrigerated. You can keep them for up to a week in the fridge.

You can also freeze them in an airtight container for two to three months. When you bring them out of the freezer, let them rise to room temperature naturally as opposed to microwaving.

chocolate peppermint frosted cookies

Get the printable recipe for these cookies below:

Yield: 17 - 18 cookies

Peppermint Frosted Chocolate Cookies

frosted peppermint cookies

These frosted peppermint cookies are rich and fudge-like with extra soft centers and chewy edges. They are perfect for all of your holiday get-togethers!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 29 minutes



  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

Peppermint Frosting

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 candy cane, crushed


Chocolate Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.Preheating the oven
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until well blended.creaming brown sugar and butter together with a mixer in a glass bowl
  3. Add an egg and the vanilla and mix until just blended.egg added to the creamed brown sugar and butter
  4. Slowly add the baking powder, flour, cocoa powder, and milk into your butter mixture. Mix only until combined.Dry ingredients being mixed into the chocolate batter
  5. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second intervals, so you do not burn them. Fold the melted chocolate into the dough until just combined.Folding the melted chocolate chips into the chocolate cookie dough
  6. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour, or longer if possible.Folding the melted chocolate chips into the chocolate cookie dough
  7. Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to place the batter on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly.Scooping chocolate cookie dough onto a cookie sheet with a cookie scoop
  8. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until set. Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes. Transfer to wire racks.Chocolate cookies ready to put into the oven

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

  1. In a bowl, beat your softened butter until soft and creamy.Beating butter in a clear glass bowl with a hand mixer
  2. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix.Powdered sugar being mixed into the creamed butter with a mixer
  3. Add in the peppermint extract, cream, and then the rest of the powdered sugar. Beat for a couple of minutes until smooth and creamy. Add more cream if needed.Cream being added to the buttercream frosting
  4. Put a dollop of buttercream frosting onto a cookie and spread with an offset spatula. Repeat with all the cookies.spreading icing onto the top of chocolate cookies
  5. Sprinkle some crushed candy canes over the buttercream.Candy cane bits sprinkled on top of the cookies


Depending on the texture you would like for the frosting, add less whipping cream. For thicker texture, use only 2 to 2 1/2 Tablespoons.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

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