Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

by Amy Stafford on December 11, 2013

Christmas Cookie Recipe Chocolate Great Cookie Swap
This holiday season I decided to participate in The Great Cookie Swap 2013.  Helping to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

 The Great Cookie Swap is the brainchild of two amazing ladies, Lindsay from the blog Love & Olive Oil and Julie from the blog the little kitchen.  This is the third year the ladies have organized us food bloggers to donate a small sum of money to participate.  Our job is to whip up a batch of our cookies to send off to three other food bloggers and share our recipes on our blogs.  Along with food bloggers, there were some brand partners who matched our donations dollar for dollar.  This year $13,778.40 was raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

A special thanks to the Brand Partners:


 Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies for Great Cookie Swap  Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies for Great Cookie Swap

 I wanted to come up with a cookie that was pretty special for my fellow food bloggers, but also a recipe that you guys could easily make at home to share with your friends and family.  This is a great recipe to make with the family, kids will love rolling the balls in the sugars.

The peppermint and chocolate combination is perfect.  Pleasing your chocolate fix and making you think of the holidays with the peppermint flavor. If you are not a big peppermint fan, just omit the extract and you will still have a delicious, moist chocolate cookie.  These freeze up great, for up to one month.

 Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies for Great Cookie Swap  Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies for Great Cookie Swap

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
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Serves: 4 dozen
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces bitter 60% dark chocolate (1⅓ cup)
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  1. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate morsels in microwave. Cook for 1 minute, remove and stir, then cook an addition minute.
  3. Add espresso powder to chocolate and stir to combine.
  4. In an electric mixing bowl add butter and brown sugar and blend until creamy.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla and peppermint extract while mixing on low speed until blended.
  6. Add chocolate mix and blend.
  7. Alternating between flour mix and milk add, ending with flour mixture.
  8. Form dough into a ball and wrap with with sedan wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  10. Place confectioners sugar in one bowl and sugar in another.
  11. Roll dough into 1" balls and then drop ball into sugar bowl, rolling to coat.
  12. Then roll ball into confectioners sugar to coat.
  13. Place on baking sheets 2" apart.
  14. Bake with cookie sheets on top and bottom racks for 6 minutes.
  15. Switch cookie sheets, top to bottom, bottom to top and cook an additional 6 minutes
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Heather @ new house new home December 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

These are exactly like the cookies I made for this swap last year!! Great minds….


Michele in Salem December 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

These look wonderful! I’m planning to make Linzer cookies this week, using the great cutters that I won from your giveaway last Christmas!


Amy Stafford December 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi Michele,
Great to hear from you-hope you and your family are doing well! xo Amy


Lisa@ Cooking with Curls December 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

Wow, those look delicious!! You did a much better job of explaining the cookie swap than I did. :) I love chocolate and peppermint, so I am anxious to try these!


Amy Stafford December 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Hi Lisa,
Thank you, hope you got some yummy cookies from the swap.


Amy Stafford December 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Hi Lisa,
Thank you – hope you received some yummy cookies in the swap. Have a happy holiday! Amy


Heather P @The Owl with the Goblet December 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

These will definitely be on my baking list this year. Mine and my hubby’s favorite flavor combos is mint + chocolate! Kudos for a great cause as well!


Amy Stafford December 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Oh Heather, If you like peppermint you will love these. They are delicious!! xo Amy


Betsy @ Desserts Required December 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Love your pictures and the recipe looks delicious!


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