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Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Treats Recipe

Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Treats Recipe

Santa is sure to stop by your house if you leave these minty chocolate cookies waiting for him. They're quick and easy for the whole family to make together. —Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:80 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • WHITE CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a microwave, melt white baking chips; stir until smooth. Cool.
  • 4. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in melted chips. Frost cookies; sprinkle with peppermint candies. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.

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lorstout
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"The flavor combination was great, but the cookies were a bit dry. Thankfully, the buttercream icing I used helped add some moisture. I may try them again next Christmas, but I will definitely decrease the flour, which should make them more moist."

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K.Wholaver
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"These are the Christmas cookies everyone is going to remember and request every year!"

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feedthemwell
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"These are my family's absolute favorite cookies! I do not frost them, I just make the cookie part and they are double chocolate peppermint cookies...YUM! I also just use the semi-sweet chips. I have made them for a cookie exchange and everyone loved them. They are the best."

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ndwd
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"These are easy to make and really good. I think next time I may add some peppermint extract to cookie mix for an even more minty taste"

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SherriP12s
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"Made these at Christmas, and words cannot describe how much we loved them!!! Making them for valentines day!! Thanks, Sherri :)"

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Janaber
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"Our NEW Christmas favorite. Wonderful. Put a 1/4 tsp. of Peppermint flavoring in the frosting for an extra kick."

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MRPinter
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Love these. To make these easier to bake with my little kids, I skipped the frosting and added both Andes mint chips and Andes peppermint chips to the dough. They still looked Christmas-y with the green and pink chips!"

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becky33
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Just made these after reading all the good reviews and they were GREAT! Everyone loved them."

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moyer1995
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This cookie was awesome!! My husband says it's his "new" favorite cookie. I did change it up a little bit though. Instead of 2 tsp. vanilla, I did 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. peppermint extract.(amazing!) And instead of using both semi-sweet choc. and 60% bittersweet choc., I only used semi-sweet. I also didn't do the frosting. I melted white choc. and drizzled it all over the top then sprinkled with crushed up candy canes!! This is a definite keeper and new Christmas cookie tradition!"

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IslandWife
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011 Edited Dec. 17, 2013

"Very yummy!! We did add 1 tsp peppermint in place of 1 tsp vanilla in the cookies and added only 2 Tbs butter in the frosting - they frosted much easier this year! For mcgregger - yes, we freeze them every year and then pull them out individually when we want to eat one. We let them thaw for just a few minutes - we can't wait for them to completely thaw they are SO good! Hope that helps! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!"

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FaithM
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"This is my new favorite recipe for the season. Very refreshing and Christmas-y with the candy cane topping.

I didn't have the white baking chips for the frosting and just made it without and it turned out just fine. I just added a bit more powdered sugar so it wasn't so thin.
A VERY TASTY COOKIE!"

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blueshell
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"Loved these cookies...I did some with just green sprinkles and some with candycanes and they looked pretty on plate for giving as gift!!"

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crkent
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"Lots of chocolate flavor but worry about having icing with cream cheese--would this need refridgerated? Kinda hard to give as cookie gift if so."

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LadySullen
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I just finished baking seven different kinds of Christmas cookies and these were by far the very best ones. The sweetness of the frosting balances beautifully with the subtle bittersweet taste of the chocolate. This is a very elegant and lovely addition to my Christmas cookie repertoire. No wonder it's a contest winning recipe!!"

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IiIbree
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"My husband says these are his new favorite Christmas Cookie. :-) Mine turned out just fine following the recipe...no alterations needed!"

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l2bake
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"Easy to make and they are excellent and full of flavor!!"

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solar0209
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"So good! Chocolate and cream cheese-peppermint frosting make for an excellent combination. Also used the frosting on a mocha cookie, which was also really good - tasted like a drink from Starbucks!"

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megan44411
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"They are very good - my daughter and I made them. We had a lot of trouble with the frosting though. I had to add a little milk to mixture to get it smooth and spreadable. Other than that, they were easy to make. Will make again."

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carebearkiddie85
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"This cookies are great.... now that I know what to expect! This cookies burn very easily, both me & my mom experienced this in our own seperate ovens. Also - the icing... I don't know how other people made it following those directions! It came out SOO thick, I couldn't even mix it with the beater! I had to add 1/4 cup of melted butter to it, then it was good to go. I too added some peppermint extract (1/4 teaspoon) & piped the frosting on for a neater look.

Also - crush the candies up as fine as possible. I liked it better than having chunks of candy on top of the cookie. If it's fine, it's more like a little sugar on top of the cookie.
VERY SWEET cookie. If you're looking for something not too sweet, this is NOT the cookie for you! But - good none the less."

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mcgregger
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Can these triple chocolate peppermint treats be frozen with the icing?"

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jerryandmaaret
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"These cookies have WOW! They are delicious as well as beautiful! They recipe was very simple and easy to follow. They turned out perfect! I changed the frosting a bit by adding white candy melts instead of white chocolate. I also added 1/8 tsp peppermint extract to the frosting which gave it a perfectly cool kick for the holidays. And just for fun, I tinted the frosting pink and used a pastry bag with a large round tip to pipe it on, which is really pretty on the chocolate brown cookies."

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DebAnderson1
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"very chocolaty, with a nice hint of peppermint. yummy!"

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Kris Countryman
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"These were delicious. Mine appeared flatter than those pictured but were very nice. I had trouble meltling the white chocolate; it burned in the microwave. I went to Hershey's web site and they recommended melting with 1 Tablespoon of shortening at 50% power for 30 seconds, stir and continue melting stirring every 15 seconds until melted. That seemed to work."

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