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Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

This is a variation of the cookies my mother made when I was growing up. Now my 13-year-old daughter and I bake them together. They’re always a huge hit! The taste is like rich hot chocolate baked into a scrumptious cookie. —Larry Piklor, Johnsburg, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup finely crushed peppermint candies


  • Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until tops are cracked. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Drop a teaspoonful of marshmallow creme into the center of each cookie. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Immediately sprinkle with candies. Place on waxed paper and let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
To Make Ahead: Bake and cool cookies as directed. Freeze Christmas cookies for up to 1 month. Several hours before serving, proceed with finishing cookies as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 145 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • VKBishop
    Dec 9, 2020

    Daughter’s family was over for supper and I had made these this afternoon. We, the kids and our husbands all loved them. Followed the recipe exactly and they turned out great. A touch of salty with the sweet and daughter and I thought they were perfect with our Zinfandel wine!

  • Jenna
    Dec 14, 2019

    These were great! Easy to make too! The dough was a bit dry like the other reviews said but I added about 2 tablespoons of water and it was fixed! Will definitely be making these again

  • Sarah
    Dec 7, 2019

    These cookies were a disappointment. They were dry, way too much peppermint extract in the recipe, and the crushed mints on top were just too much - definitely only for looks!

  • Brandy
    Dec 11, 2018

    The recipe, as is, produces a very dry/crumbly cookie. To save this batch of cookies, I added 1/2 a cup of sugar, 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil, and 1-2 tbsp of water to the above recipe and remixed. When putting the cookie dough on the cookie sheet, I flattened the dough with the flat bottom of a juice glass. (Not sure if this was necessary, but it gave a more uniform/round cookie.) I then cooked them for 10 minutes instead of 12 minutes. They came out like a regular sugar cookie-- moist and not cracked.

  • Phyllis13
    Feb 10, 2018

    Made these for Christmas, gave as gifts to neighbors and family. They are really good. The only thing I did differently was to use white and chocolate icing because my husband insisted the marshmallow creme would be to sticky. I didn’t fight to hard for the creme because I am not a fan of marshmallows in the first place. That said, they were a big hit with the family. Will make them again and try using the marshmallow creme.

  • tjmj4k
    Jan 1, 2015

    Very good flavor. More chocolate than hot chocolate. Pretty for gifting. a cakey cookie

  • dawnrosanne
    Dec 15, 2014

    These were really good. Very messy on the cookie sheet but very tasty. I accidentally forgot to add the peppermint extract into the cookie mix, so I added it into the marshmallow fluff instead and that worked great. Plus they are a very festive looking Christmas cookie. :) Oh, also my kids had a lot of fun crushing the peppermint candies into powder for the tops of the cookies.

  • aug2295
    Dec 24, 2012

    These were good and easier than I thought they would be.

  • JoAnn Swartz
    Dec 18, 2012

    I thought the cookies were really dry. I would not make them again.

  • janglecat
    Dec 4, 2012

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