Peppermint Brownie Cookies

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If you love chocolate and peppermint together, these Peppermint Brownie Cookies are a dream come true! Rich brownie cookies have the perfect crispness and are gooey inside. Homemade peppermint icing adds sweet mint flavor to finish these easy chocolate drop cookies.

Close up of brownie cookies with peppermint icing

I have a thing with combining peppermint and chocolate. I also have a thing with candy canes. And a thing about brownies, too.

These Peppermint Brownie Cookies combine all those aforementioned things into one delectable cookie.

My daughter’s nanny helped whip up these beauties when Lady Baby was napping (and I was working on the Cranberry Crumb Bar filling), and they’re quite the success!

Why I love this recipe:

The chocolate brownie cookie recipe is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

The cookies themselves taste divine on their own… but when you drizzle the peppermint icing over them, they’re taken to another level.

A Christmas level, if you will.

And then you sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of them for that extra peppermint goodness and sparkle. Because we all like sparkle.

This cookie dough is an easy one. It doesn’t require chilling time, and you can bake the cookies once the dough has been made. The chocolate flavor is decadent and perfect for chocolate lovers.

The only part that takes any significant amount of time is waiting for the cookies to bake… then waiting for them to cool enough so you can drizzle on that peppermint icing.

I may or may not have gotten a little too enthusiastic and dolloped the icing on them too soon, resulting in the messy look.

Hopefully, you have more patience than me. But if you don’t, I’m here to tell you they still taste fantastic! And I’m sure Santa won’t mind a messy-looking cookie as long as it tastes as scrumptious as this one.

More festive treats to try this holiday season: Christmas Funfetti Cookies | Christmas Chex Mix | Potato Chip Cookies | Christmas Rice Krispie Treats | Shortbread Brown Butter Cookies

Love cookies? Check out my Cookie Recipe Index for more ideas.

Close up of peppermint brownie drop cookies on wood board

What you need to make this recipe:

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Let’s talk ingredients!

In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

Here’s what you need:

  • Bittersweet chocolateyou may use chocolate chips or a bar, depending on your tastes. If using a bar, chop it up before melting!
  • Unsalted butter—normally, we’d want the butter to be softened to make cookies, but we’re melting this with the bittersweet chocolate.
  • Eggs—these help the cookie batter come together. We want them at room temperature.
  • Granulated sugar—also known as white sugar, this is the sweetener for our cookies. There is no substitute.
  • Peppermint extract—or Peppermint Vodka if you’re feeling fancy
  • Kosher salt—I like to use a medium-grain kosher salt. You could use the same size of a sea salt, too.
  • All-purpose flour—we keep unbleached AP flour in our house, but the regular kind works, too. We have not attempted to make this recipe with gluten free flours or other substitutes.
  • Powdered sugar—also known as confectioner’s sugar, this is the sugar of choice for the icing. There is no substitute.
  • Water—this will help bring the peppermint icing together.
  • Candy canes—you can crush them yourself or you can purchase peppermint pieces in a bag, too.
Cookies with peppermint icing on wood board

How to make Brownie Peppermint Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together.

Pro tip!

I like to melt the chocolate and butter in 20-second increments so that they do not burn. Stir the mixture after every round until they have melted together. Let cool.

In another glass bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, peppermint extract and salt with a hand mixer together until well combined.

Pour in the melted chocolate, and stir gently by hand.

Add the flour, stirring until just combined.

Using a 1″ cookie scoop, dollop the brownie cookie batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Leave 1″ between each cookie because they will spread in the oven.

Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes, or until they are slightly crisp on the outside.

Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Make the peppermint icing. In a glass bowl, whisk the powdered sugar, peppermint extract and water together until smooth.

Drizzle the icing over the cooled cookies, then sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Enjoy!

Chocolate cookies with a pink glaze on top with the text Peppermint Brownie Cookies with a peppermint icing drizzle

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute a box of brownie mix for the brownie cookies here?

I do not know if that would work and do not recommend that. If you want to make Brownie Mix Cookies, check out this recipe.

How do you store these cookies?

Store in a cookie tin at room temperature for up to a week.

Quick tips and tricks to the best brownie cookies:

  • Make a double batch if you plan to share these cookies! They never last long in our house.
  • Switch up the chocolate. I used bittersweet chocolate in these cookies, but you could use semisweet or dark if you prefer one of those.
  • Add them to your cookie trays for a cookie swap or put them in a cookie gift box to share with someone you love. Wrap them in wax paper before placing them in the box so that the peppermint scent does not overtake other flavors.

More chocolate peppermint cookies:

Here’s how you can make them at home:

Close up of brownie cookies with peppermint icing
Yield: 24 cookies

Peppermint Brownie Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

If you love chocolate and peppermint together, these Peppermint Brownie Cookies are a dream come true! Rich brownie cookies have the perfect crispness and are gooey inside. Homemade peppermint icing adds sweet mint flavor to finish these easy chocolate drop cookies.

Ingredients

Brownie Drop Cookies

  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (6 oz.)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or 1 tablespoon peppermint vodka)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Peppermint Icing

  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (or 1 teaspoon peppermint vodka)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Microwave the chocolate and butter in 20-second increments in a large bowl. Stir the mixture after every round until they have melted together. Let cool.
  3. In another glass bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, peppermint extract and salt with a hand mixer together until well combined.
  4. Pour in the melted chocolate, and whisk gently by hand.
  5. Add the flour, stirring until just combined.
  6. Using a 1" cookie scoop, dollop the brownie cookie batter onto the prepared baking sheet. (Leave 1" between each cookie, as they will spread just slightly.)
  7. Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes, or until they are slightly crisp on the outside (but soft on the inside!)
  8. Let the cookies cool.
  9. In a glass bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, peppermint extract and water until smooth.
  10. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cookies, then sprinkle with the crushed candy canes.
  11. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

Adapted from my Lindt Classic Chocolate Brownies recipe.

How to store: Store in a cookie tin at room temperature for up to a week.

Switch up the flavors: You can use dark or semisweet chocolate in these cookies if you prefer those flavors. Use the same amount.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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8 Comments

    1. RIGHT, Anne?! I’d never made brownie cookies before these, and I’ll definitely be making them again. It’s hard to go wrong with all that chocolate, ya know? And that peppermint, too…

  1. Oh these look amazing! I love mint and chocolate together, and the idea of a brownie cookie. Oh, I had to pin these to try out later.

    1. Thanks so much, Joanna! The mint and chocolate together are just divine (assuming you’re into that kind of thing!) And I hope that you enjoy these as much as we did when you make them!

  2. I’ve got a thing for peppermint and chocolate, too! These cookies sound so good. They are really pretty, too.

    1. Hooray for peppermint + chocolate goodness! And brownies. And cookies. Mmm. Thank you! They’re tasty AND pretty, which is a great combination in my book!

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