Chocolate and Peppermint Holiday Cookies

These lovely cookies have just a hint of mint.

If you have a lot of candy canes that seem never-ending, this recipe will take a few of them. I’m not a big candy cane fan but this year I’ve found some good recipes which use them.

These cookies are a perfect size for snacking or even for gifts. They take minutes to make so you could whip them up for unexpected guests, or give the recipe to your kids as a project to keep them amused. Get them to make multiple batches as I guarantee that they will get eaten pretty quickly.

I mixed six smashed mini canes into the cookie dough to make these but they could take more if you like mint 🙂

Ingredients – makes 30:

  • 125g/4.5 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 3/4 cups self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 mini candy canes
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Heat your oven to 170C/150C fan forced/340F and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Beat together the butter and the sugar until creamy, then beat in the egg until combined.
  • Fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
  • Put the candy canes into a zip-lock food bag and then carefully smash them using your rolling pin. You want small pieces but don’t go too far or you’ll end up with candy cane powder.
  • Fold the smashed candy canes and the chocolate chips into the dough.
  • Use your clean hands to roll heaped teaspoonfuls of the dough into balls. Place onto the prepared baking trays. You should end up with about 30 balls.
  • Bake for about 8 minutes then remove from the oven and flatten each cookie slightly with a fork.
  • Bake for another 7 minutes until just starting to crack.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to sit on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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4 Responses to Chocolate and Peppermint Holiday Cookies

  1. trixpin says:

    What a great idea! I’m not so keen on candy canes so I know what to do if I get some. And I love your Christmas plate 😉

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