Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies

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Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies! These chewy, chocolate brownie cookies are studded with pieces of peppermint bark. They're the ultimate holiday treat! Best enjoyed next to a roaring fire with hot cocoa.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

If this cookie doesn’t capture the seasonal taste of Christmas, then I don’t know what does!

These cookies are chocolatey, oh so fudge-y, and studded with bright colorful chunks of peppermint bark. Perfect with a tall glass of milk next to a decked-out tree.

These peppermint bark chocolate cookies are the first to be eaten at a cookie swap, and are bound to become a holiday staple after you take your first bite.

Perfect for in-laws, holiday parties, or leaving on a plate for Santa!

Chewy, Brownie Peppermint Bark Cookies

Peppermint Bark

You can buy peppermint bark at any candy store or specialty food store, or you can simply make the peppermint bark yourself.

If you want to make life even easier just add some white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies in lieu of peppermint bark.

Make-Ahead and Freeze

These cookies freeze very well, either unbaked or baked, for about a month. If unbaked, freeze all the dough balls on a single baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag or storage container. No need to thaw before baking; just add an extra minute or two to the baking time.

If already baked, make sure to cool completely, then wrap well in aluminum foil and transfer to a freezer bag or container.

Brownie-like Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Updated December 23, 2018 : We spiffed up this recipe to make it sparkle! No major changes to the recipe.

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Bake time: 10 to 12 minutes per batch
  • Yield: Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • About 1 cup peppermint bark pieces, homemade or store-bought, broken into little chip size pieces

Method

1 Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 350°F.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a bowl and set aside.

2 Make the cookie dough: Beat the butter and sugars together for about 2 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed, until completely mixed and light in color.

Add the egg and the vanilla extract until well mixed, about a minute. Be sure to scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl halfway through.

With the mixer on medium speed, add the sifted flour mixture to the bowl slowly. Stop once all of the flour is incorporated (do not over-mix).

3 Fold in the peppermint bark chips using a stiff spatula.

4 Scoop out the dough: Take small spoonfuls of the dough and roll between your hands to make 1-inch sized balls. Arrange on the baking sheet, spaced a few inches apart.

5 Bake the cookies:  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. Marianne Evans

    I used Ghirardelli’s baking peppermint bark and 1/2 ts peppermint extract. I thought the cookies were very ordinary. Not worth the effort.

  2. LF

    I made 3 dozen cookies for an exchange and my taste tester begged me to make more to keep at the house! They are amazingly delicious. I took the recommendations of other posts and used 1 t peppermint oil, then put 5 crushed candy canes in a 1cup measure and filled the remainder of the cup with white chocolate chips. I chilled the dough 30 minutes before using a melon baller to spoon onto the cookie sheet. 12 minutes cooking time was perfect. Thank you for a great recipe! Do you have any suggestions to swap out all purpose flour for coconut or almond flour?

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  3. Steve

    I know this was posted many years back, but I made these cookies last night and they turned out amazing. Added 1/2tsp of peppermint extract, but think I will up to a full tsp next time. Thanks for the recipe Elise and Garrett!

  4. Katy

    These are now my all time favorite Christmas cookie – and everyone always asks for the recipe. I use 5 smashed candy canes and a few handfuls of white chocolate chips, along with a bit of mint extract in with the vanilla. My son suggested rolling them in Christmas colored nonpareils, and that makes them even more festive. I’m on year two of using this recipe, and I’m sure it will be a regular for many many more years.

  5. Kristin G

    I made these again last night, and I have to tell you that they are one of my favorite holiday cookies of the last few years. I did the “cheater” method and used white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes this time, and it was still amazing, and just the perfect amount of mint. I also use this cookie base for all sorts of chocolate cookies, it is wonderful. Thanks!!

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