Christmas Cookie Recipe – Peppermint Christmas Cookies

Peppermint has a rich, vital history that reaches back before the origins of Christmas. This highly prized candy and medicinal addition derives from the peppermint plant. A brief history follows this Christmas cookie recipe made from chocolate and peppermint. Another Christmas cookie recipe, especially peppermint Christmas cookies, ranks high on many a holiday cook’s wish list. This recipe adds chocolate and brown sugar to yield a Christmas concoction to add cheer to office parties and family gatherings.

List of Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of softened butter.
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar that has been firmly packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons table salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered cocoa
  • 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup peppermint candy. Use about 8 candy canes or hard peppermint candy


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place peppermint candy inside a plastic bag. Use a wooden hammer or rolling pin to coarsely crush it.
  3. Cream the butter and shortening with an electric mixer at medium speed.
  4. Gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar while continuing to beat well.
  5. Add eggs one at a time. Make sure eggs are beaten in well blended as you add them.
  6. Add vanilla extract.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa.
  8. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Beat until blended.
  9. Fold in semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
  10. Fold in crushed peppermint candy.
  11. Use a tablespoon to drop cookie dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Keep rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 3″ apart.
  12. Place cookie sheet into the center of a preheated 350-degree oven. Bake for 12-12 minutes. Do not over bake.
  13. Remove from oven to wire cooling racks. Enjoy!

This peppermint and chocolate cookie recipe yields 2 1/2 dozen Christmas cookies

A Brief History of Peppermint

Peppermint was first brought to the United States during the colonial period. Europeans, English and Russian cooks had long discovered its additive value in wines and other recipes. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used peppermint oils in wines and sauces. Its distinctive flavor and cooling effect has been used as a remedy for toothache and morning sickness. The American northwest produces much of the peppermint used in today’s pharmaceuticals, candy, gum and elixirs.