Cookies and Contests: Peppermint and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love the holidays- peppermint things, sleeping in late under piles of blankets and buying presents for friends. I have been trying to make the house as homey-holiday as possible with our front door wreath and 2-foot christmas tree but there is nothing like a couple of christmas parties to bring in the season! This recipe for Peppermint and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies make a good 2 1/2 dozen decent-sized cookies to bring to parties. Or, you could just halve the recipe and keep them for yourself 🙂

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Chocolate Chip Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Adapted from Two Peas and their Pod 


  • 3 3/4 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 6 large candy canes, crushed
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling on cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Let the dough sit in the fridge for 20 minutes. Roll out 1-inch balls of dough and place 3 by 4 on the baking sheet. In the center of the cookie, using your thumb, press a small indent on the top of the cookie. Sprinkle crushed candy cane pieces in the indent.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges just start to turn golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  5. Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

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Categories: Desserts

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid.

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