Desserts

Peppermint Chip And Chocolate Cookies

These peppermint chip and chocolate cookies are a merry mouthful of holiday flavors! Cake mix and cream cheese create a pillowy, soft, and chewy cookie loaded with creamy peppermint chips and rich chocolate. These sweet treats will be a festive favorite for your holiday gathering or cooking exchange!

‘Tis the season for all things merry, bright …and sweet, of course. And instead of sugar plums dancing in your head, these peppermint chocolate chip cookies will be! They are delicious and downright irrestitable.

I can’t take credit for these, though. I stumbled upon this recipe from a fellow blogger and made a few substitutions. I also tested this recipe with a sugar cookie mix, which is what I used for this recipe. It creates a thinner cookie, whereas the cake mix creates a thicker cookie. Both are excellent!

The cream cheese and cake mix truly set these cookies apart from other chocolate and peppermint versions. And while I’ve always been an avid “from scratch ” baker, however, using a cake mix or instant pudding mix every now and then can do magical things in baked goods.

I add a few drops of peppermint extract for a little more cool kick and chocolate chunks instead of chips for a touch of elegance. Make the dough ahead and cook up a few or a batch when you need…ahem, want them.

So, put on your favorite holiday tunes, light your candles, and fill your kitchen with the heavenly aroma of peppermint and chocolate.

Ingredient Notes And Substitutions

ingredients for peppermint chocolate chip cookies

White cake mix ~ Essential for this recipe, as it includes the flour. You could substitute a chocolate cake mix for an indulgent version or do a batch of both!

Cream cheese ~ creates an extra-rich cookie and a soft texture

Egg ~ adds moisture and binds everything together

Peppermint chips ~ NOT crushed candy canes. ( you can use it, however, if you must, lol ) The chips are creamy and bake up beautifully.

Chocolate chunks ~ most grocery stores (or Trader Joe’s) carry the chunks. Regular chocolate chips are excellent.

Peppermint extract ~ this is optional, but if you love the kick of peppermint, you’ll want to add it.

A stack of peppermint chocolate chip cookies

What’s to Love About These Cookies

  • One bowl & ready in 30 minutes
  • Easy and fun to make with these kiddos and grandkids
  • Make now, bake, and eat later. This cookie dough freezes beautifully, and the baked cookies are excellent when frozen after they have been baked.
  • Loved by all ages! I’m always told these are the best and most festive cookies from the little kids and the big kids amongst all the other cookies on a platter!
  • They are perfect for a cookie exchange. Don’t forget to bring the recipe; everyone will want this one.

How To Make Peppermint Chip And Chocolate Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the Butter and cream cheese ~ In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter cream cheese and until light and fluffy. This step is crucial for achieving a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  3. Add the Wet Ingredients ~Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and peppermint extract, giving the dough a minty freshness! Now add the cake mix and blend until well combined.
  4. Fold in Peppermint chips and chocolate Chips: Gently fold in the chocolate and peppermint chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  5. Scoop and Bake: Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop rounded balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving enough space for the cookies to spread. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set. The centers may still appear slightly soft – that’s okay; they’ll firm up as they cool.

Other Holiday Treats You May Also Love!

Bourbon Espresso Pecan Tassies

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Gingerbread biscotti ~ Delicious with a cup of coffee or tea, and so EASY

Gingerbread Banana Muffins ~ Healthy!

Eggnog White Russian ~ a dessert or a cocktail!

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 26 cookies 1x

Description

These peppermint chocolate chip cookies are a merry mouthful of holiday flavors! A pillowy, soft, and chewy cookie loaded with creamy peppermint chips and rich chocolate. These sweet treats are sure to be a festive favorite for your holiday gathering or cooking exchange!


Ingredients

Units Scale

For the peppermint chocolate chip cookie

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, softened.
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup Andes peppermint chips. * See Notes Below
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


Instructions

For the peppermint chocolate chip cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. Cream the Butter and cream cheese ~ In a large bowl, cream the softened butter cream cheese until light and fluffy. This step is crucial for achieving a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. 
  3. Add the Wet Ingredients ~Beat in the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Now add the cake mix and blend until well combined. 
  4. Fold in Peppermint chips and chocolate: Gently fold in the chocolate and peppermint chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Scoop and Bake: Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop rounded balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving enough space for the cookies to spread. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set. The centers may still appear slightly soft – okay; they’ll firm up as they cool.

Notes

*Andes peppermint chips are very seasonal and somewhat tricky to find. I have always found them at Walmart though. Of course, Amazon sells them year-round; however, you will pay more, but hey, it’s the holiday’s right?

Not to worry, though; you have options if you can’t find them! You can substitute a peppermint candy bar such as Ghiradelli’s, and chop it up, or the Hershey’s peppermint kisses chopped up.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes Plus 30 minutes of chilling
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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