Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


5 dozen

Updated: Oct. 18, 2023
Santa is sure to stop by your house if you leave these minty triple-chocolate peppermint cookies waiting for him. They're quick and easy for the whole family to make together. —Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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 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 together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in semisweet and bittersweet chocolate chips.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 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.
Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Tips

How can you make triple-chocolate peppermint cookies your own?

Skip the frosting and give the cookies a chocolate dip instead! Using the microwave, melt white or semisweet chocolate chips in a measuring cup in 30-second increments, stirring until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate and sprinkle a crushed candy cane over the top for a festive finish. Let the cookies sit on waxed paper or a cooling rack until the chocolate is firm. Here are more cookie decorating ideas to get you started.

How should you store triple-chocolate peppermint cookies?

Since the frosting on these cookies contains cream cheese, it's best to store these triple-chocolate peppermint cookies in the refrigerator. Place in a single layer in an airtight, lidded container, where they should keep well for up to 3 days. Here are more cookie storage tips.

Can you make triple-chocolate peppermint cookies ahead of time?

Absolutely! Bake your triple-chocolate peppermint cookies and then freeze them, unfrosted and wrapped well in your freezer. They should last for up to 6 months. When you're ready to serve them, defrost the cookies, prepare your frosting, and proceed with the recipe as directed. If you liked these triple-chocolate peppermint cookies, we've got plenty more peppermint cookie recipes for you to make and love.

Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 132 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.