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.

Shedding Pounds This Holiday Season With the New Candy Cane Diet

The holidays are a time of joy, spending time with family, friends, and avoiding fruitcake at all costs. Throughout December, we’re bombarded by platters of brownies, pies, cookies, cheese plates, gin fizzes and those tins of stale flavored popcorn. When I’m offered sweets or appetizers at work, cocktail parties and my parent’s house, it’s easy to put on a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.

In order to combat the added calories, I developed a very simple “Candy Cane Diet” that works which I first jokingly blogged about on MySpace back in 2005. Sounds weird, right? But believe it or not, people actually used MySpace at one time. And for the handful of friends that may have read it six years ago, I’ve been on this seasonal diet (Nov-Jan) since then and revised the plan with even more research to back up my findings.

The Facts:

1. Peppermint works as a natural appetite suppressant. I noticed years ago that eating a peppermint candy cane after a meal kept me full and not reaching for more goodies.

2. This diet is less expensive than weight loss supplements, drinks, or paid programs.

3. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, this diet works and canes can be substituted with Peppermint tea.

Here is how the Diet works:

Diet Plan*

1. Eat a well balanced breakfast around 400 calories. It’s okay to drink coffee too.

2. After a reasonably portioned lunch, skip the cupcakes or cookies and grab a candy cane.

3. Snack around 3pm-Like oranges, nuts, pretzel crisps, string cheese, Greek yogurt with honey & berries.

4. After dinner, as soon as you feel full instead of indulging in desserts, grab a candy cane.

5. Doing steps 1-4 most days will allow you to eat more at a holiday dinners or events during Dec.

*Actual weight loss results may vary and may increase tooth decay, (but trust me it works). The candy cane must be the standard size & peppermint flavor (watermelon, blueberry or fruity candy canes won’t work. (Box of 12= 40 calories each. Try to stick to 2-3 canes a day)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This diet is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. And exercise (even if it’s just walking) and drinking H20 helps, as with any diet.

Added Benefits:

1. A candy cane is a festive edible accessory during the holidays. Cuter than a lollipop, and much healthier than cigarettes. Plus, they easily fit in your purse, pocket or clutch.

2. No hostess will feel the need to force goodies or egg nog down your throat if they see you with candy.

3. Minty fresh breath in case you meet Mr. or Mrs. right under the mistletoe.

4. You can lose weight & still eat your favorite holiday foods in reasonable portions a couple times a week.

In closing, I also just read last week I just read yesterday in Better Homes & Garden magazine, (Dec. 2011, pg. 181) that “Next time you need a nudge to exercise, try a peppermint stick. Studies suggest the fresh scent can rev mental energy and boost athletic performance.”

Holiday Candy Cane Recipes for All

We have been making candy canes since 1906, and we know they aren’t just for kids. There are fun and tasty recipes for adults and kids alike. White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a holiday tradition in many homes!

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe

Making White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is easy! You need:

-2 cups of white chocolate (white chocolate chips or white chocolate baking candy)

-4 large peppermint Candy Canes

-Cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil

After gathering the ingredients:

-Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler

-While the chocolate is melting, take the candy canes and crush them into tiny pieces using a bowl and the bottom of a glass, a rolling pin, or a food processor

-Once the chocolate is melted, fold in the crushed candy canes

-Pour the white chocolate and candy cane mixture on the cookie sheet

-After the mixture is evenly distributed, put the pan in the refrigerator to let it cool

-Once it has hardened, break into pieces. No further refrigeration is required.

This is the perfect holiday treat to share with family and friends.

Candy Cane Drink Rim

Are you having a holiday party and want to make a festive beverage? Making a special rim on a glass will keep your guests talking for years to come.


You need:

– Candy Canes (decide the number needed depending on the number of glasses you are planning to cover)


-Drinking glasses

After gathering the ingredients:

-Chop candy in the same fashion described for the White Chocolate Peppermint Bark (crush them into tiny pieces using a bowl and the bottom of a glass, a rolling pin, or a food processor) and leave the crushed up pieces in a bowl. Make sure the pieces are as finely chopped as possible.

-Wet the rim of each glass

-Place the wet rim in the bowl of consisting of the mixture made from the directions above, moving the rim in a circular motion.

Once each glass is covered with a candy-coated rim, fill the glass with whatever beverage you’d like. The peppermint flavor complements every beverage imaginable! The candy coated rim is fun for parties involving both children and adults. Let the children decorate their glass in the same fashion as the adults – with a different beverage inside the glass, of course!

Both of these recipe ideas can be used year round to give your home the holiday look and feel you desire.