If you are looking for an amazing Christmas Chocolate Chip cookie, then you are going to love these Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies, or as my kids like to call them, crushed candy cane cookies. These soft peppermint chocolate chip cookies are always a hit in our house!
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
I get so excited when it is time to make holiday cookies; actually, my whole house gets super excited when it comes time to get started on our holiday baking. Holiday baking is perfect for the kids and me to have some fun and spend time together doing something we love. Baking fresh cookies!
We love our bakery-style chocolate chip cookies and the perfect chocolate chip cookies. But come the holiday season, we need to change them up and give them a holiday flare. Bring on Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies!
My kids refer to these cookies as our candy cane chocolate chip cookies because to make them; you need to use candy canes. They do tend to all want to be the one to take the rolling pin to the bag of candy canes to make these candy cane chocolate chip cookies.
We may have had a few tiffs in the kitchen on who got to use the rolling pin. Now I plan to make these a few times each holiday season, so they each get a chance to beat up some candy canes… What can I say? It makes them happy, and we all have fun together. 🙂
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Making Christmas Cookies!
These Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies are a super soft and chewy cookie, with a bit of a crunch from the peppermint candy canes. You can opt to use pre-crushed peppermints or if you are like me, who tends to over buy candy canes, you can crush them up instead.
Of course, anytime I have suggested using pre-crushed candy canes, my children have objected because they like to be the ones to crush the candy canes.
One of our favorite things to do is turn traditional cookies and treats into festive cookies and treats. We turn Oreos into Christmas Tree Oreos and Santa Oreos; we turn our homemade brownies into Christmas Tree brownies, our traditional M&M Cookies into Christmas M&M cookies, and our sugar cookies into Christmas Sugar Cookies along with many other Christmas treats.
For these Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies. I combined two of my favorite holiday flavors, chocolate, and peppermint and came up with this chocolate peppermint cookies recipe.
If you can make a chocolate chip cookie, you can make these candy cane chocolate chip cookies. I promise you they are not at all hard to make. They are perfect if you are getting the kid’s feet wet with baking Christmas cookies, and they taste absolutely amazing!
Also, don’t worry if they don’t come out looking like perfect circles, mine never do when I am baking with the kids, but that is part of the fun of having the kiddos in the kitchen with me!
How long do fresh chocolate chip cookies last?
Stored in an air tight container, fresh chocolate chip cookies will last for 2-3 weeks. That is if your family does not eat them all on your first.
How to store these cookies
The best way to store these homemade cookies is in an airtight container at room temperature. To store the cookies, let them cool completely and then place one layer in an air tight container, layer a piece of parchment paper and another layer of cookies and continue until all the cookies are in the container.
If you notice the cookies are loosing moisture, add a piece of bread to the container and it will help keep the cookies soft and the moisture in the air tight container.
Freezing Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies will keep in the freezer for 3-4 weeks. To freeze these cookies, allow the cookies to cool completely. Then place a piece of parchment paper on a room temperature baking sheet and lay the cookies in a single layer on the tray. Place the tray in the freezer for 1-2 hours until the cookies are fully frozen. Remove the frozen cookies from the tray and store in a zip-lock plastic bag.
How to freeze chocolate chip cookie dough
If you are planning on doing a lot of cookie baking sometimes it makes life easier to make the cookie dough ahead of time and then freeze it. Having frozen cookie dough in the freezer also makes it easier to make fresh baked chocolate chip cookies anytime you want to.
If you are going to freeze the chocolate chip cookie dough, follow all of the steps of this recipe up to the baking step. Do not bake the cookie dough balls. Place a piece of parchment paper on a room temperature baking sheet and lay the cookie dough balls in a single layer on the tray. Place the tray in the freezer for 1-2 hours until the cookie dough is fully frozen. Remove the frozen cookie dough balls from the tray and store in a zip-lock plastic bag.
Frozen Chocolate chip cookie dough will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to bake Frozen Chocolate chip cookie dough
Remove the amount of cookies you want to make, place the cookie dough balls on a baking sheet and bake at 325 for 17-18 minutes. Then remove the cookies from the oven and let them continue to cook while on the baking sheet for an additional 5 minutes. The heat from the baking sheet will keep the cookies cooking.
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients
- baking soda
- baking powder
- brown sugar
- granulated white sugar
- vanilla extract
- chocolate chips
- candy canes
How to make Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat the oven.
Beat your butter, brown sugar, and sugar together with your mixer on medium speed until light and creamy, about 5 minutes.
Add in the eggs and the vanilla just until combined.
Turn the speed down to low and carefully add in the flour mixture just until it’s combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.
With a small cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and put on a baking sheet. Once all the cookies are scooped, refrigerate for two hours.
After being in the fridge, remove the dough from the fridge and roll each scooped cookie in your hands, so they are round and smooth.
Place them on a cookie sheet two inches apart.
Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, just until the edges start turning brown. They will still look raw in the middle, but the remanding heat from the cookie sheet will finish cooking them.
Let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 to 10 minutes.
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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3 3/4 cups flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
- 8 ounces granulated sugar (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 7 oz crushed candy canes
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt together in a medium bowl.
- Beat your butter, brown sugar and sugar together with your mixer on medium speed until light and creamy, about 5 minutes.
- Add in the eggs and the vanilla and mix just until combined.
- Turn the speed down to low and carefully add in the flour mixture just until it is combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and crusted candy canes.
- With a small cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and put on to a baking sheet. Once all the cookies are scooped, refrigerate for two hours.
- After being in the fridge, remove the dough from the fridge and roll each scooped cookie in your hands so they are round and smooth.
- Place them on a cookie sheet two inches apart.
- Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, just until the edges start turning brown. They will still look raw in the middle but the remanding heat from the cookie sheet will finish cooking them.
- Let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 to 10 minutes.
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