Signature Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a year ’round favorite but at Christmastime, I fancy them up a bit.

It took a few years to get this recipe just right. We first tried it by crushing up candy canes but found them to be too hard to eat. Nothing like biting into a cookie and hoping you don’t break a tooth! Plus, the peppermint flavor we were hoping for wasn’t there. Next we tried crushing King Leo soft peppermints. We hit on the right candy texture but again, the peppermint flavor was lacking. Finally, it dawned on us to add peppermint extract to the cookie dough. Ta-da! Now that’s what we were aiming for!

Of all the cookies I make at Christmas, these are my favorite. I like the comfort of the chocolate chip cookie accompanied by the festiveness of the peppermint.

This is my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe that was given to me by my friend, Katie with the peppermint additions noted.


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure peppermint extract (substitute pure vanilla extract to make regular chocolate chip cookies)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crushed King Leo soft peppermints (omit if making regular chocolate chip cookies)


  • Cream together the butter, Crisco and sugars. In a separate bowl, beat the egg & extract together. Add egg mixture to butter/sugar mixture and cream together.
  • Mix in the salt and baking soda. Then mix in the flour. Stir in chocolate chips and crushed peppermints.
  • Bake @ 350 for 12 minutes.



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9 responses to “Signature Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. kcd75

    Those look super delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


  2. Meredith

    These were, by far, the most delicious cookies on the table! Thanks for sharing your recipe secrets.

  3. Yum!! I make chocolate peppermint cookies every Christmas, with Andes peppermint chips. I have some peppermint chips left over and I never thought to add them to regular chocolate chip batter!

  4. Our grocery store was having a buy something, get something else free special. The free thing was a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough. Since I was planning to make these cookies anyway, I dumped the dough into my big mixer (let it warm up just a bit) added the peppermint extract and crushed peppermints and the cookies were awesome. I am sure your recipe is much better because it is all homemade from scratch but it was a nice time saver for me. The family has scarfed down the cookies so they must be good!

  5. I made the same thing, except made cookies bars. (I still find it difficult to not burn cookies when the toddler is in high-maintenance mode!) They were absolutely scrumptious and they will make a return visit next year! YUM!

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