Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies


Chocolate peppermint chip cookies to get you in the mood for the Holiday season

Chocolate peppermint chip cookies to get you in the mood for the Holiday baking season!

Chocolate peppermint chip cookies to get you in the mood for the Holiday baking season!

Chocolate peppermint chip cookies to get you in the mood for the Holiday baking season!

‘Tis the season! Our tree is up and presents are sort of getting bought and wrapped. I hate wrapping presents, though. In the future, my kids are probably going to think I’m a disappointment cause the gift wrapping on their friends’ birthday gifts will be pathetic. When I was young, I always looked up to my mom and thought, “moms know EVERYTHING and know how to do everything PERFECTLY.” Which, for me, is true cause my mom’s present wrapping was always perfect and she rarely ever used gift bags, she knew how to sew things and hem things, she knew how to do various styles of braids in my hair. And then I think about myself and I panic because I can’t do ANY of that. I don’t know how to French braid, I don’t know how to sew, I don’t know how to wrap a present’s kind of panic-inducing cause I don’t want my kids to think I’m a disappointment. I guess I have some time between now and then to learn, right?

Who loves good chocolate cookies with peppermint? Peppermint with cookies around the holidays is always the quintessential reminder that the holidays are amongst us. My favorite cookies around the holidays, especially in December are peppermint and chocolate cookies. I mean, they just TASTE like Christmas!

My coworker found these Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips at the store and immediately texted me about them. I told her to grab me two bags. I already knew what I was going to bake up with them! No doubt in my mind that a soft chocolate cookie was going to be used. These cookies went like hot cakes at work so bake up a batch yourself and spread the holiday cheer :)

Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Chocolate peppermint chip cookies to get you in the mood for the Holiday baking season!

Servings: 3 dozen
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1: 3.4 oz package of chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Andes peppermint crunch baking chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add in the pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat well until incorporated.
  4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the peppermint chips with a spatula.
  5. Drop cookies onto baking sheet with a cookie scoop (I used a medium cookie scoop) and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Posted on December 05, 2012

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 12/05/2012 at 8:06 am

    Yum! I love cookies made with pudding mix :) And what a cute plate!

  2. Mai Nguyen
    12/05/2012 at 9:03 am

    YUM-O! I can just smell them in my oven right now….I shall be baking some soon!

  3. 12/05/2012 at 9:08 am

    Hooray for pudding mix cookies! Awesome photos. :)

  4. 12/05/2012 at 9:09 am

    I adore pudding cookies and those peppermint pieces a little too much! You are going to laugh when you see my cookie swap recipe next week…almost the exact same as yours:-)

  5. 12/05/2012 at 9:16 am

    I’m making cookies very similar to this over the weekend :)

  6. 12/05/2012 at 9:18 am

    These cookies look awesome! I love wrapping presents – probably because my mom always hated it… when we were little she used to put all our presents in giant bags (i.e. as many as possible in one bag) and my sister and I would get so mad! : ) lol.

  7. Jenn
    12/05/2012 at 9:23 am

    You must have read my mind! I JUST picked these chips up at the store the other day and have been brainstorming about a cookie to put them in…Can’t wait to try this!

  8. 12/05/2012 at 9:39 am

    These look great, but it’s the plate that’s really got my attention. Too cute!!

  9. 12/05/2012 at 9:54 am

    I heart these! Extra peppermint for me :) and I spy a Crate & Bsrrel plate! (Haha I worked there last Christmas season and stocked up!)

    • 12/05/2012 at 9:57 am

      Haha, yes you are correct! I bought it during their after Christmas sale so it was a great price!

  10. 12/05/2012 at 10:04 am

    I LOVE these cookies!!! We’re going to bake Friday. . and these just might be it! :)

  11. Dawn
    12/05/2012 at 10:19 am

    These look wonderful! I love chocolate and mint together! I can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  12. 12/05/2012 at 10:36 am

    I have these Andes in my pantry right now. Lucky me!

  13. Kristen M.
    12/05/2012 at 11:04 am

    Wrapping gifts is so not my thing. If I had my wish I would put all of the gifts under our tree in bags even though I hoard pretty paper and ribbons with the intentions to wrap. Luckily for me my husband is a perfectionist when it comes to wrapping gifts so that is always bestowed onto him. These cookies look scrumptious!

  14. 12/05/2012 at 11:19 am

    I love the peppermint baking chips! Love that it is cookie season because I have so many recipes to make and this one is great!

  15. 12/05/2012 at 11:37 am

    Your kids will think you are the most amazing, beautiful, fairy-princess of the universe, “I can’t believe my mom can bake ANYTHING in the whole world and she puts candy in cookies!” For real. Who cares about braids when there are so many amazing cookies to bake? Plus, you could have boys :)

  16. I LOVED those Andes peppermint crunch baking chips! They tasted a lot more delicious than I expected!

    Good idea to use a pudding mix cookie with these! Mmmm!

  17. 12/05/2012 at 2:07 pm

    I don’t know how to french braid either! If I have a little girl one day I’m just gonna have to learn!!! Lol. LOVE these cookies, Julie!!! Save some for me, please ;)

  18. 12/05/2012 at 2:56 pm

    I saw those Andes peppermint baking chips and wanted to buy a bag (or two!) so badly…but my boyfriend pushed me along. LOL

    I WISH I DID BUY IT NOW! These cookies look wonderful.

  19. 12/05/2012 at 2:58 pm

    I love the chocolate and peppermint combination!

  20. 12/05/2012 at 3:19 pm

    I love chocolate peppermint cookies..I made some a couple weeks ago! Just like yours, they were gone so fast, I only got one! hah Love the tray by the way!

  21. 12/05/2012 at 3:36 pm

    Love these! I made a normal cookie version last year, but I bet that the pudding in the mix ones are 1,000 times better.

  22. 12/05/2012 at 4:03 pm

    Chocolate and peppermint is my favorite combination! Love these cookies!

  23. 12/05/2012 at 4:13 pm

    I love those Andes bits so much! Yum!

  24. I can’t sew either, and my 7 year old knows it! He likes to point out the Grandma can sew him his Halloween costume, but Mom can’t…so you are not alone!
    Love these cookies, my son does call me the best cookie baker, so I guess we all have our places :)

  25. This makes me want to sing FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LAAAA!!!!! I made a cookie like this last week and i inhaled all of them. so yay!

  26. Nicolle Martin
    12/05/2012 at 6:45 pm

    Came across these on Pinterest as I was searching for a way to use a full bag of Andes Baking chips. Would those work ok in place of the Andes peppermint chips?

  27. 12/05/2012 at 8:36 pm

    GAH! I don’t know how to French braid either. I grew up with all brothers and was never taught the ways of hair braiding. Good thing we have these cookies to keep us distracted!

  28. 12/05/2012 at 8:43 pm

    I cannot get enough chocolate and peppermint in December. Also…braids and ironing and sewing are total disasters in my world. At least I can bake? :)

  29. 12/05/2012 at 10:22 pm

    I H8 giftwrapping – EVERYTHING goes into a gift bag with tissue paper on top. And I would need a whole batch of cookies to get me through wrapping a ton of gifts. These cookies in particular.

  30. 12/05/2012 at 11:00 pm

    I am all about this recipe, Julie! I made some intense choc cookies earlier in the week but no peppermint was involved. I love that you rocked the Andes chips!

  31. 12/06/2012 at 2:21 am

    These look like some soft and chewy lovleyness!! My two fav flavors too..your killing me :)

  32. 12/06/2012 at 4:56 am

    These are so festive especially with that fab plate!

  33. 12/06/2012 at 7:33 am

    First of all – these cookies… why weren’t there any when I was over?! lol Okay cuz it was made like a month ago right? ;) But anyway…. I can’t French braid. But you know what… you can absolutely and totally just use bags for everything. The more tissue paper the better! Fluffy = awesome. ;)

  34. 12/06/2012 at 9:53 am

    I am obsessing over your JOY plate. Ob. Sessed!! I loooooooooooooove it!! The cookies are pretty awesome too ;)

  35. 12/06/2012 at 12:54 pm

    Haha you are funny! You will be a great mom, whether you can wrap or french braid or not. I mean, you bake and cook amazingly! Your kids will automatically LOVE you for that!!! ;) Your kids are going to love these cookies, bc they look fantabulous!!!

  36. 12/06/2012 at 8:36 pm

    Julie, I LOVE these cookies. First, the amazing chocolate base, and all that peppermint! I bought a package of those peppermint andes chips and cannot wait to use them!! The photos – so crisp and clear. PS: I hate wrapping presents too! I have no patience. and I suck at it.

  37. 12/06/2012 at 9:23 pm

    These look so yummy – question: do you use instant pudding or the regular kind? Thanks!

    • 12/06/2012 at 9:26 pm

      Instant. Don’t use the cook & serve one.

  38. 12/06/2012 at 9:42 pm

    What should I ask for more. You have the answer for what I need! Looks so wonderful! I’m with you – seems like my mom does things way better than I do, I’m sure but we do other things better than her, too.

  39. 12/07/2012 at 8:33 pm

    Chocolate + peppermint = the best holiday flavor combo ever in my opinion! I just picked up a bag of peppermint baking pieces from Trader Joe’s and I bet they’d be fantastic in this recipe!

  40. 12/08/2012 at 11:08 am

    Uh yeah, these look amazing. I would have to be tied up to stop eating them… or something along those lines!

  41. 12/08/2012 at 12:53 pm

    These cookies look so delicious! I may have to serve them at my annual holiday party. Thanks for sharing!

  42. 12/09/2012 at 10:57 am

    These look so great! I am going to add these to my holiday baking list!!! :)

  43. These are perfect for the holidays! They look so good!

  44. Sarah C.
    12/11/2012 at 12:54 pm

    I need to make these cookies but do not have a pudding mix — Is there a good substitute that you know of? Also, I am wanting to stuff (or sandwich) them with a whole Andes mint instead of using chips.. do you think that would work with this dough?

    • 12/11/2012 at 1:02 pm

      No, sorry, I do not since this is a pudding based recipe. You could maybe add in 2 tbsp. of cornstarch to get the right consistency but I’ve never tried that so I can’t tell you the results. You can stuff whole Andes mints if you want.

  45. Cassie
    12/17/2012 at 9:11 am

    I just made these for a Christmas cookie exchange and they are DELICIOUS!!! I am not an experienced baker and I was so surprised that they came out so well. How big is a medium cookie scoop? I used a heaping tablespoon of dough and the first ones were a little small, so I combined a few to make the next batch bigger. I think I ended up with 30 cookies. Also, I don’t have a stand mixer (“with the paddle attachment”) so it was a little difficult to mix with a regular hand mixer, but like I said, they still came out great! Can’t wait to share them tonight!

    • 12/17/2012 at 9:14 am

      I’m so glad they turned out for you!! A medium cookie scoop for me is 1/2 tbsp. It’s by OXO. :)

  46. Cammi
    12/12/2014 at 10:38 am

    These are DELICIOUS! I will say though, my arm and hand was killing me after making these!! And I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I kept going back to look at the recipe to see if I missed some liquid, LOL. And then when I had to add the chips, OMG! That being said, I’m done complaining. These are wonderful cookies. I can’t wait until my kids get home to try them. I have 2 dough scoopers and used my larger or the two. I still ended up with a little over 3 dozen. Now I need a pretty plate like yours, LOL.

    • Julie
      12/15/2014 at 7:35 am

      Haha, yeah, the dough is pretty thick but I’m glad you enjoyed it :) I got the plate on sale at Crate and Barrel one year!

  47. Pat Coleman
    01/06/2016 at 6:43 pm

    I bake a lot and rarely write reviews but these cookies are absolutely delicious. The batter was thick (I added another egg) but they turned out perfect. A keeper.

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