chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies


Say hello to your new favorite holiday cookie: chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies! So rich, so decadent, and so dreamy, these snowy cookies remind me of a winter wonderland.

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Crackled tops give way to soft and fudgy centers, flecked with crushed peppermint candy canes that melt ever so slightly into the dough while baking. Finished with a generous roll in powdered sugar (because the more, the merrier!), these crinkle cookies are Christmas bliss!

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Rolling the cookie dough in granulated sugar before coating in powdered sugar helps the cookies crackle as they bake, and keeps the powdered sugar coating in place, for perfect crinkles with every batch!

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 28 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Say hello to your new favorite holiday cookie: chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies! So rich, so decadent, and so dreamy, these cookies are Christmas bliss.



  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • 4 peppermint candy canes, crushed

For rolling

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15 second intervals until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and peppermint extract in a large bowl until combined; add cooled chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Fold in flour mixture just until incorporated, then fold in crushed candy canes. Let dough stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  3. Place granulated sugar and powdered sugar in separate shallow bowls. Use a cookie scoop coated with nonstick spray to scoop 1 1/2-inch balls of dough. Roll in granulated sugar to coat, then coat generously in powdered sugar. Place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 14 to 15 minutes, until puffed and cracked, with edges set. Let cookies cool for 15 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


Rolling the cookies in granulated sugar first before rolling in powdered sugar helps the cookies crackle and keeps the powered sugar coating in place. Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated


  • Calories: 128
  • Carbohydrates: 22

Keywords: Chocolate, Peppermint, Crinkle Cookies, Holiday Cookies

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Peppermint Brownie Sandwich Cookies

  1. Christmas bliss, indeed, Laura! Such exquisite styling and photography as always. We have been on the same page with what we are baking in cookies this holiday season, LOL! I, too, have a chocolate cookie post coming up soon as well as a few others. Cannot wait to try this scrumptious recipe!

  2. These sound like Christmas heaven to me! There’s nothing like the combination of chocolate and peppermint. Your description has me wanting to run to the kitchen and preheat the oven!

  3. I was scrolling through your blog – mouth watering, tummy rumbling, and then I came across this post and my boyfriend, who is sitting across the room, yelled out “IS THAT CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT?!”

    Needless to say, I think I’ll be making these for him and I to share.


  4. Love these cookies!!! Best Christmas recipe yet…. how long can I store them? And what is the best way to store them to keep there freshness?

  5. I KNEW I had to make these cookies and they did not disappoint at all. In fact, they were better than expected because the center remained chewy, almost like a fudgy brownie would be. They’re a good size cookie, also, so one is really enough for a fabulous treat. I’ll have them to enjoy that much longer. BRAVO!

  6. Holy cow!! These came out absolutely amazing. Rolling them in granulated sugar made the powdered sugar crinkle perfectly. The taste is absolutely amazing as well. Perfect for Christmas!

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