Monday, December 2, 2013

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I needed chocolate to offset all the turkey and dressing leftovers I’ve been eating for the last few days so I made some quick cookies on Sunday.

Cookies chocked full of chocolate …

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's

… and peppermint M&M’s.

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's

I blame Target and their huge end cap seasonal Christmas candy displays for these cookies. I was shopping with my mom and walked right past these until she pointed out they were white chocolate inside.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Yes. White chocolate peppermint M&M’s. Yum.

Cookie Ingredients

So naturally, I had to buy a couple of bags. Some to snack on and some to bake with. And some to snack on while I’m baking.

Plus, it never hurts to have white M&M’s on hand for random decorating.

Mixing Cookie Dough

I used dark cocoa for the chocolate in these cookies but you can use regular, too.

Chocolate and M&M's

Spoon please.

Baking Cookies

Roll the dough into balls and bake.

I like to reserve some of the chips and candies to press into the balls after they are rolled so the chips aren’t all hidden inside the cookie.

It helps them look prettier and more pepperminty this way after they are baked.

Warm Peppermint Cookies

Not that any looks would stop me from warm, soft cookies. Big bites right out of the oven are always a must.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Servings: 2 dozen cookies


  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa (I used Hershey’s Special Dark if you can find)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup white chocolate peppermint M&M’s
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix flour, cocoa, soda, salt and coffee crystals in a medium bowl using a wire whisk. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Add flour mixture to creamed butter and mix until combined.
  6. Stir in M&M’s and chocolate chips and then chill dough for about 30 minutes.
  7. Roll into balls. (Note: reserve a few chocolate chips and candies to press into the tops of the dough just before baking.)
  8. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until done. Cool and eat.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Enjoy these “I can’t eat any more turkey” treats!

Rosalyn said...

Ok I’m off to Target now. Thank you these look delicious.

December 2, 2013 12:29 AM
Lara said...

Oh man! That photo of the cookie being all gooey and melty! I think I might have to make these asap! Thanks!

December 2, 2013 12:37 AM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Oh my… these look so good!!

December 2, 2013 12:40 AM
Kathryn said...

Yum these look delicious, they would be great with peanut butter m&ms as well!

December 2, 2013 01:09 AM
Izzy said...

They look so good! As in, they would taste absolutely divine and they look so christmassy and cute!

December 2, 2013 03:43 AM
Izzy said...

But I can’t buy those m&m’s in the uk… *sniff*

December 2, 2013 03:44 AM
Kirsten said...

These sound delicious! I wish we could get those here in NZ. I’ll have to ask a relative to bring some back the next time someone goes to the US

December 2, 2013 04:23 AM
mindy1 said...

Chocolate and peppermint-my favorite combo :D those look amazing :D

December 2, 2013 05:16 AM
Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness said...

Oh my gawsh…I want to face plant into those melty cookie pictures! I am all over these cookies, so perfect for Christmas!

December 2, 2013 07:33 AM
Monica said...

Yum! Love the way these look and I bet they taste even better. I didn’t realize there was peppermint m&m’s out there! Thanks for the festive recipe!

December 2, 2013 08:01 AM
Karen said...

Perfect cookies for Christmas!

December 2, 2013 08:58 AM
Lisa said...

It’s posts like these that make me miss Target and US shops! The UK just doesn’t have the same fun things! Oh well, at least I get to drool over these! They look amazing!

December 2, 2013 09:03 AM
Anna said...

These look sooooooo cute!

December 2, 2013 09:08 AM
Teresa Young said...

these look amazing!

December 2, 2013 09:21 AM
Britt @ A Life Worth Living said...

Oh lord, white chocolate ON THE INSIDE?! I’m running over to Target stat!! Yuuuum I love these kind of cookies

December 2, 2013 10:42 AM
Grace said...


December 2, 2013 11:30 AM
maggie said...

This recipe sounds awesome! Can I omit the instant coffee crystals? My boys love chocolate and peppermint but last time I made a recipe with any kind of coffee (I’ve tried both instant crystals and real espresso) the boys can tell :( Help!

December 2, 2013 01:00 PM
Tracy | Pale Yellow said...

I blame Target for everything! I just go there and buy things! At least I’m not alone! These cookies look fantastic; perfect for the holidays or anytime!

December 2, 2013 01:22 PM
Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate said...

The colours in these cookies are so festive. I am so ready for Christmas!

December 2, 2013 01:40 PM
Tais said...

OMG, looks soooo good!

December 2, 2013 02:43 PM
Beth @ bethcakes said...

I love those white chocolate peppermint m&ms! I wanted to put them in everything last Christmas. Amazing cookies! Love that right-out-of-the-oven photo with the melty chocolate. :)

December 2, 2013 03:02 PM
Alana said...

That last photo really makes me hungry!

December 2, 2013 03:12 PM
Coco in the Kitchen said...

I love everything about these cookies…the mint + chocolate flavours, the colours, shapes.
Now I’ll be baking a batch tonight with Daisy!

December 2, 2013 03:32 PM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

These look lovely! Such a festive cookie!

December 2, 2013 05:12 PM
Sue said...

Those look yummy.

December 2, 2013 05:41 PM
Jayne said...

Really like the Black, Red & White colour. I’m so jealous with all the candy selections you have there. I am obsessed with mint chocolates.

December 2, 2013 10:32 PM
Sevimin Askanasi said...

very tasty, colorful,’ve got to try

December 3, 2013 04:12 AM
Nora&Laura said...

WOW they look so delicious!!! we really have to try them :)

December 3, 2013 06:27 AM
Becca @ Crumbs said...

Ooh look delicious. And wow white choc M&Ms!

December 3, 2013 06:31 AM
SandraM said...

ack! I saw these at Target and didn’t pick them up (was on a mission to find something else). Dang! Now I have to go back and (fingers crossed they still have some) pick them up!

December 3, 2013 07:51 AM
Emilia B said...

I so want to try these! every recipe of yours is always a bug hit around here…You are extremely creative and talented but at the same time i love how You keep a very down to earth approach on your recipes and ways: I, in my small town, am able to get the ingredients and it’s refreshing that when i read you i totally feel you are sharing and not bragging. That’s why your blog is the one i will always follow. May the achievements and blessings keep coming to you

December 3, 2013 02:04 PM
Anonymous said...

I was drooling all the way through this post – these look so amazing! Definitely want to try these! Great Blog.

December 3, 2013 02:51 PM
Rach said...

These look SO good. I would be tempted to sprinkle on some crushed peppermint candies as well.

December 3, 2013 03:59 PM
Suzanne said...

I’m with Maggie…can you leave out the instant coffee and get the same results?

December 3, 2013 06:50 PM
Amyh said...

I just made these. They are every bit as good as they look! Be careful though you may not actually cook any. The dough is to die for!

December 3, 2013 06:50 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

Yum..i need to make peppermint something!!

December 3, 2013 10:04 PM
Ridu T said...

Those look REALLY good
Definitely gonna make them! :)

December 3, 2013 10:33 PM
Laura said...

Uhhhhhm- these look incredible. Cookies are so dangerous. I only have one housemate, so when I bake a batch, we end up splitting it between just the two of us. Good thing? Bad thing? Ack!

December 3, 2013 11:23 PM
Alesia said...

Also wondering if I can omit the coffee? I want to include these with my Christmas cookies, but I have a friend who is allergic to coffee. :(

December 4, 2013 01:07 PM
Bakerella said...

Hey Maggie, Suzanne and Alesia – Sure, feel free to omit the coffee.

December 4, 2013 01:27 PM
Lou Lott said...

White chocolate?? Peppermint?? YUMMMMMM
Now to find them in Australia…..

December 4, 2013 06:07 PM
saraKM said...

UMMM i dont know how you read my mind but I have been craving a chocolate peppermint cookie and was looking for ideas for neighbor gifts! you did it!

December 5, 2013 02:43 AM
Tais said...

ohhh they are baking right now, but they grew so much that became one huge cookie!

December 5, 2013 08:10 AM
muskaan said...

Is there any replacement for egg that you can recommend for this recipe? I absolutely love how they look..

December 5, 2013 11:02 AM
Lisa said...

I made them and they are awesome! They do grow quite a bit, so make sure you refrigerate the dough before baking! My first Christmas cookie of the year!

December 5, 2013 12:08 PM
Tais said...

oh I know what I did wrong.. I used a tablespoon to measure the baking soda instead of a teaspoon!! but they are gorgeous anyway!! thanks!

December 5, 2013 01:03 PM
Grace V. said...

Wowza! They look scrumptious! Wish I had some now!

December 5, 2013 09:42 PM
Miranda said...

Could these be made without the coffee crystals?

December 5, 2013 10:44 PM
Stephanie Henkel said...

I made these and they are SO yummy! Could not find the M&Ms except @ Target! May have to buy more!

December 6, 2013 02:33 PM
Elena said...

I made these today and wowee, what a yummy treat! We went through a number of bags of these m&ms last year but those are even better in a cookie! Thanks for the recipe!

December 6, 2013 11:07 PM
Emily said...

I’m going to make these today!

December 7, 2013 07:22 AM
Amyh said...

I made mine with Pero instead of coffee. They still turned out delicious!

December 7, 2013 10:02 AM
Erin said...

HOLY CRAP!!! Made these to take to potluck and could barely part with them. They are so delicious, especially right out of the oven. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing.

December 7, 2013 11:19 PM
Ruth said...

Wow. Just made these cookies for a Cookie Exchange Party with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. I went out on a limb and tried the recipe without having tried it at home first. Everyone LOVED these!
I used caramel instant coffee and Walmart only had Milk Choc Mint M&M’s – I put the three colors on top instead of mixing them in. They were a rich, decadent, soft cookie – so delicious.
Thank you!

December 8, 2013 12:18 AM
lindsey said...

do you think these would freeze well?

December 8, 2013 08:33 PM
lani said...

is it okay if you exclude the instant coffee crystals?

December 9, 2013 12:25 AM
Golda said...

Looks DELISH!!

December 9, 2013 05:40 AM
Erica R. said...

Made these over the weekend and my 13-yr old taste tester, the one who can down unbelievable amounts of mint chocolate chip ice cream in one sitting, approved them :)

December 9, 2013 08:01 AM
Kristen said...

I went to Target just to find these m&ms (in Canada there are still only a few stores and none very close to me). It was worth it – they are awesome!!!!!!

December 9, 2013 09:47 AM
Amy Krueger said...

I made these twice since last week. My husband loves dark chocolate & mint, so he was very happy.

December 9, 2013 11:08 AM
Sara K. said...

I mistakenly picked up “Holiday Mint” M&Ms instead which are milk chocolate on the inside. These cookies were still amazing though! And my 8 year old daugher wants me to make them again even without the M&Ms. She just loved the chocolate cookie part that much! Definitely a keeper :)

December 9, 2013 01:25 PM
Sonya N said...

I made these today and they are wonderful. I didn’t put in the coffee and used dark chocolate chips instead of bittersweet. The M&M’s are AMAZING! I made a special trip to Target to get them and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for this great recipe. It’s my new favorite!

December 9, 2013 08:59 PM
bec said...

those look so good! perfect for the holidays!

December 10, 2013 10:25 AM
Discounted coffee capsules said...

This looks simply amazing! Great recipe!

December 10, 2013 11:17 AM
Mimi said...

LOVE this recipe! I couldn’t find peppermint M&Ms so I used chopped up Andes instead, but otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly and the cookies were perfectly crunchy on the outside yet moist and chewy on the inside. Thanks for another awesome recipe :)

December 10, 2013 12:46 PM
Sue said...

You might want to mention that these are a Target exclusive and limited seasonal product. I went to 3 different stores looking for them.

December 11, 2013 03:27 PM
Cupcakegirl29 said...

I love it! I’ve never seen the Mint M&M’s maybe I just haven’t been looking. But I guess if you can’t find them you could you mint flavouring or a crushed up candle cane. Something like that. :) I have no idea why I said that xD

December 12, 2013 04:39 PM
Jamie said...

These turned out devine! I made two batches and the ones with the dark chocolate chips tasted much better!

December 13, 2013 06:56 PM
Karen said...

Made these without the coffee and with half white chocolate peppermint and half chocolate mint m and ms (since we ate too many of the white chocolate ones before we started!). Fantastic!

December 14, 2013 02:36 PM
Kate W said...

Thank you for posting the recipe, I made the cookies for a potluck & cookie exchange event. I looked all over the tiny town I live in for the peppermint M&M’s but unfortunately none were to be found , so I used plain mint M&M’s. I’m sure the peppermint M&M’s would have tasted better but the cookies were still a huge hit! Everyone raved about them. Thank you!

December 15, 2013 11:41 AM
Anonymous said...

I love peppermint so I will try it.

December 18, 2013 04:21 PM
Ali said...

I made this last night and they are very tasty! The only problem I had was that they went super flat while baking? What did I do wrong? I still have have the dough can I do anything to help them. They taste great and have been disappearing quite quickly. They just don’t look quite as pretty.

December 20, 2013 12:56 PM
Allison said...

Just made these today!!! DELICIOUS! They turned out exactly like your photos! The recipe is perfect and I will be adding it to the annual Christmas baking list! Thank you!!! Looks like I’m going to Target to stock up on these M&Ms!

December 22, 2013 02:20 PM
Andrea said...

I used one packet of Starbucks Via instant peppermint mocha instead of plain instant coffee. They taste great!

December 23, 2013 04:28 PM
Marcie L said...

I ditto what Allison just said above…these are amazing and I can’t stop eating them :) Just had some for breakfast! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2013 12:11 PM
Serena said...

Thank you for the recipe. Santa LOVED them. Thank you again.

December 25, 2013 10:57 AM
Donna said...

I made these for Christmas. They didn’t make it to Christmas Day because they were gone by Christmas Eve! These were incredible! Thanks for the recipe and thanks to my target for having the M&M’s!!

December 26, 2013 12:56 PM
Mariana said...

I just made these but unfortunately in my country we don´t have those M&M´s! I used regular M&M´s and crushed peppermint candy, and they are amazing!! Thanks again for a great recipe!

December 27, 2013 11:10 AM
Jodi said...

Brilliant Angie! I have a bag of those from last year!

December 30, 2013 09:27 PM
Danna said...

I just wish I had read this more carefully when I first stumbled upon it. I went to grocery stores, drug stores – never any white chocolate peppermint m & ms. Finally, I see they are @ Target. I went after Christmas and stocked up. They were 50% off at that point, so there’s the silver lining :-)

January 2, 2014 03:17 PM
Lissa said...

My daughters and I made these yummy cookies and I must say, they were the best sweets I have ever had!!!! They almost melted in my mouth. I love peppermint especially around the holidays so when I saw this recipe I bought some peppermint M&M’s planning on making these then I totally forgot them until after the holidays. I will for sure make these every year. Think you for all of your wonderful ideas. You inspire me all the time.

February 7, 2014 09:41 AM
Shyama said...

Hi. I stumbled upon ur website today. One look at this page n I decided to make this cookie right away. Sadly, my cookie dough was very sticky. After baking, it was more like brownie than cookie. Where do u think I went wrong? I sure did follow the recipe above. Pls let me know

March 3, 2014 09:15 PM
Jessica said...

Can you make these without the coffee? Would it change the flavor?

November 4, 2014 11:54 AM
sonaly said...

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE This is pure delight for your taste buds.

CHERRY-MINT CHOCOLATE a burst of cherry zest

Both are great flavour :) :)

November 28, 2014 03:42 AM
Alisha said...

Made these, but didn’t have the M&Ms, so I just used chocolate & white chocolate chips & then pressed the tops into crushed candy canes before cooking. Yummers! Thanks for the idea!

December 12, 2014 02:58 PM
sonaly said...

love these cookies

December 18, 2014 05:21 AM
sonaly said...

looking super delicious

January 3, 2015 01:58 AM
Jennifer said...

great recipe! I made these with the above ingredients one time, then decided to use toffee chips and chocolate chips the next and they turned out fantastic! The possibilities are endless!

March 7, 2015 05:59 PM
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