Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sing of the holiday season with their combination of chocolate and peppermint. These dense cookies are the perfect treat for Santa!

A half-eaten cookie sits on top of a glass of milk

Remember the class Christmas parties you attended in elementary school just before classes let out for winter break?

I don’t remember a ton about them, but I do remember the copious amount of candy canes and chocolate available for all children on that day and trying to eat as much as humanly possible because CHOCOLATE and CANDY CANES. I also remember opinionated fights over what music to play during said party. (Just so we’re clear, No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom is totally not appropriate because they use the “H” word in one song. Thanks, jerk-y 6th grade classmate.)


Collage of images of dark chocolate peppermint ingredients

Holiday parties. Chocolate. Candy canes. All the spirit and joy leading up to Christmas.

This cookie is the combination of all of the above, and it shines this season. The final products are incredibly dense and decadent without being too over-the-top. It’s a recipe that can be appreciated by people of all ages, and the peppermint sings when surrounded by all the chocolate.

Chocolate cookie on plate next to glass of milk

Here’s how you can make your own…

A half-eaten Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sits on top of a glass of milk with Pinterest text

A half-eaten cookie sits on top of a glass of milk
Yield: 36 cookies

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sing of the holiday season with their combination of chocolate and peppermint. These dense cookies are the perfect treat for Santa!


  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt, (non-fat OK)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup peppermints or candy canes, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer (with the paddle attachment), cream together the butter, Greek yogurt and sugars until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture, and beat on low speed, until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. With a wooden spoon, fold in the chocolate chips and candy cane pieces.
  7. Using a cookie scooper, form dough balls and place on the baking sheet about 3" apart from one another.
  8. Bake for about 12 minutes or until puffed and slightly cracked.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before eating.


Stores well in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:


36 cookies

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

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

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  1. I think I fell in love when you mentioned Tragic Kingdom. It’s the soundtrack of my 6th grade life lol. All I can remember us listening to in my 6th grade Christmas party is Backstreet Boys though.

    One new Christmas tradition we’re starting over here is cookie baking, so I’m loving this post. Candy canes and dark chocolate combined to make cookies– I’m all for that. Definitely gonna try these with the kiddies this weekend! I’m headed to pin this now. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. LOVE IT, Drea! Tragic Kingdom was the soundtrack of my 6th grade year, too, and it was my favorite… I wasn’t a Backstreet Boys fan at that time, though, and I think I would have turned my nose up at them if they were played at our party, haha.

      I love that y’all started the tradition of baking cookies, and I hope you made some delightful treats this season! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. OMG, I LOVED the Christmas parties growing up with all the cookies, fudge, and little gifts. Your pictures look amazing, cookie heaven! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. They were pretty fun, weren’t they, Heather? Thank you! I’ve had fun photographing and making all these little cookies, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, too!

    1. That was the same with us, Tina! And I was always happy to munch on a leftover candy cane. (And confession: The candy canes from this recipe were actually leftover from LAST CHRISTMAS. Oops?) Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I KNOW. I’ve been dragging my feet.

      Tell ya what. Whenever I visit NYC, we’ll make some cookies together. Granted, that’s more work for you, but it’s a win-win in my book because we’d get to hang out!

  3. Erin, these are such happy cookies- they ARE Christmas! All of the ingredients say “the holidays are here”- chocolate (2 kinds!!), peppermint, vanilla, brown sugar…I can’t imagine how heavenly these must smell while they’re baking. Thanks for a great recipe, and a fun trip back to elementary school Christmas parties! ♥

    1. Joy, THANK YOU! They really are Christmas-y , and the combo of the flavors is just divine. They were definitely a favorite in our home while they were around (and they weren’t around for long!) Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you and yours had a lovely Christmas and New Years!

  4. Erin, I am just IN LOVE with your blog! Keep on sharing these pictures and I will LICK the screen! haha but seriously… 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Eeeep! Peppermint and dark chocolate! My favourite combo in the world. I cannot resist mint chocolate ice cream, Andes chocolate mints, chocolate mint patties, mint chocolate brittles…. the list goes on forever! I know I have to make this now. Together with Shutterbean’s Peppermint White Chocolate Barks. Cute as gifts.

  6. WOW! I so have to make these cookies! I have a recipe for mudslide cookies and the peppermint addition would be great! Thanks for sharing! 😉

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