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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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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  • 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.

  • ma_spain
    Nov 7, 2012

    I just made these. I was excited to try them because I love peppermint hot chocolate and to combine that taste in a cookie was something I had to try. I was disappointed right away when the cookie dough seemed a little on the dry side and sure enough when they were done baking the cookies turned out a little crumbly. While they taste alright the process was just too messy and time consuming for us to want to make again. The presentation of them looks pretty though, so they have that going for them.