Chocolate Wafer Cookies with Mint Chocolate Ganache

Crispy chocolate cookies are topped with a decadent, dark chocolate and mint ganache to make these delightful Chocolate Wafer Cookies with a Mint Chocolate Ganache. Makes 30 cookies.

Info graphic with stack of snowflake shaped wafers on holiday linens

I never thought the day would come where I was admitting to this… but I’m a sucker for food-related television. The good thing is these shows are few and far between… but the bad thing is, once I get emotionally involved in a show (like Top Chef or The Next Iron Chef, for example), I’ll watch a series until its completion to cheer on my favorites. This was a lot worse when I lived on my own, and I’m thankful I have pared this food programming obsession down a bit in recent years.

A few years back, a charming man named Fabio graced the Top Chef kitchens… and he was one of my absolute favorites. Not only did he prepare beautiful and delicious looking food, but he was wonderfully charismatic  To top it all off, he had just moved to the U.S. from Italy. Since I studied art in Italy, I felt that instant connection, and watching him cook drove home how much I missed the cuisine of the country I fell in love with during my summer abroad.

I’ve followed Fabio on Twitter for a while now, and last week, he tweeted about some Christmas and holiday cookie recipes. I immediately checked them out and loved the idea of making these Cocoa Wafers for my friends and family. So I made them… and then got a little crazy and added a mint chocolate ganache to top them off.

Don’t get me wrong: These cookies are fantastic on their own and don’t need any kind of accoutrement topping them. I just wanted to vary it up a bit, and since I had some mint extract hanging out, I figured, ‘Why not give it a shot?’

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    These thin, minty wafers remind me of Girl Scout cookies, and I may or may not have already taken down at least a dozen (or more!) since I baked them on Saturday…

    Overhead close up of stacked cocoa wafers on holiday linens with glass of milk

    Other chocolate cookies we love: Gluten Free Almond Butter Brownie CookiesChocolate Chip Cookie BarsMississippi Mud CookiesPeppermint Brownie Drop CookiesChocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

    Info graphic with stack of snowflake shaped wafers on holiday linens

    Cocoa Wafers with a Mint Chocolate Ganache

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Crispy chocolate cookies are topped with a decadent, dark chocolate and mint ganache to make these delightful Cocoa Wafers with a Mint Chocolate Ganache. These wafers are a perfect holiday cookie for anyone who loves the chocolate-mint combination.
    5 from 1 vote
    Servings 30 cookies
    Calories 135 kcal
    Prep Time 45 minutes
    Cook Time 8 minutes
    Total Time 53 minutes


    Chocolate Wafer Cookies

    • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 180g
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 34g
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt 3g
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder 2g
    • ½ cup unsalted butter softened (1 stick)
    • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 300g
    • 1 egg at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Mint Chocolate Ganache

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    • Line two sheet pans with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats. Set aside.
    • Measure the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Whisk together until combined, then set aside.
    • In another bowl, cream together the sugar and butter using a hand mixer or a stand mixer.
    • Add the egg and vanilla to the mixture, beating until fluffy.
    • Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture, beating until combined.
    • Transfer the cookie dough onto a long sheet of wax paper. Press another sheet of wax paper on top of it. Roll the cookie dough out until ¼" thick. Cut out with a cookie cutter and transfer gently onto the prepared baking sheet.
    • Chill the cut out cookies for 30-45 minutes.
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    • Bake for 8 minutes, or until firm.
    • Set the cookies on a wire rack to cool.
    • While the cookies are cooling, make the ganache, if desired.
    • For the ganache: Melt the chocolate chips, and let them cool slightly. Transfer the melted chocolate into a food processor, then add the mint extract and milk, mixing until the ganache is combined.
    • Once the cookies have cooled, use a knife to spread the ganache on top of them, then enjoy!


    Makes around 30 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters and the thickness of the dough.


    Serving: 1cookieCalories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 55mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13g
    Keyword baking recipe, baking recipe, chocolate cookies, Christmas cookie, Christmas dessert, Christmas recipe, cookie, cookies, holiday baking, mint chocolate
    Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
    Cuisine American
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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    One Comment

    1. These look delicious! I love the ganache on top, the pretty snowflake form, and of course, the chocolate. Yummy. I don’t think I could find a prettier Christmas cookie. Pinned!

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