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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


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large 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
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, melt white baking chips in a microwave; stir until smooth. In another bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in melted chips. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Frost cookies; sprinkle with peppermint candies. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 99 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268178
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2017

"These minty chocolate cookies are awesome. I get my kids to help decorate them."

lorstout User ID: 2537668 217056
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."

K.Wholaver User ID: 8145271 215441
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

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

feedthemwell User ID: 6554784 140086
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."

ndwd User ID: 2012428 102187
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"

SherriP12s User ID: 3693008 171288
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

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

Janaber User ID: 2495473 99590
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

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

MRPinter User ID: 2095996 170318
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!"

becky33 User ID: 6996014 102186
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

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

moyer1995 User ID: 4142334 111007
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!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 170317
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!"

FaithM User ID: 6073466 175266
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!"

blueshell User ID: 2447283 170950
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!!"

crkent User ID: 1311736 209545
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."

LadySullen User ID: 3595759 84479
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!!"

IiIbree User ID: 3452441 157434
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"My husband says these are his new favorite Christmas cookie. :-) Mine turned out just fine following the alterations needed!"

l2bake User ID: 2030987 84468
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

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

solar0209 User ID: 3255068 140085
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!"

megan44411 User ID: 5070166 172713
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."

carebearkiddie85 User ID: 5672721 170316
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."

mcgregger User ID: 5569415 170315
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

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

jerryandmaaret User ID: 3633602 140066
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."

DebAnderson1 User ID: 3621962 157431
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

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

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 172710
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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