Chocolate mint cookies are bursting with chocolate flavor and full of chocolate chips and chocolate mint pieces in every bite. These cookies are perfect for the holidays!
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Anyone else get to the holiday season and suddenly turn into a Cookie Monster?!
Maybe it’s the cookie exchanges, the neighborly cookie gifts, the kids’ cookie parties, the constant family and guests coming through…
I don’t know. But I get to this time of year and start churning out cookies like a mad woman!
And today it’s chocolate mint cookies. These cookies are loaded with chocolate and mint flavors and they make a wonderful holiday cookie!
They are soft, perfectly sweet and the burst of mint in each bite just brightens up your taste buds – and has you wanting more!
One of my favorite things about this recipe is the BIG chocolate factor.
We’ve got cocoa powder in the cookies as well as chocolate chips mixed in. Double chocolate goodness.
But we’ve also got the mint pieces, so that’s a possible third hit of chocolate.
And since I know you may be wondering about those mint pieces, let me tell you that there are several options. (And I’ve tried them all!)
Read on below for some of the different variations you can use.
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Back to the cookie fun!
I’ve got some notes, tips and FAQs coming up below on how to make chocolate mint cookies. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
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Notes on making chocolate mint cookies:
- The recipe calls for all-purpose flour but I’ve also made these with white wheat flour. A combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour would work as well. You could also try these with a 1:1 gluten-free baking mix.
- I prefer to refrigerate the dough for these cookies before baking them. It helps them come out more rounded and pretty.
- However, you can definitely bake them right away. (Just preheat your oven before you begin mixing up the dough.) The cookies will spread out a bit more and may be ready closer to 13-14 minutes, but they still turn out delicious. (I’m inpatient so I’ve definitely done this before.)
- The recipe makes 36-40 cookies, depending on how you scoop them. (And how much cookie dough you eat before you bake them. 😂)
Oh, and the dough for these cookies is pretty thick when you mix it up. No worries, the cookies come out deliciously soft and tender.
Speaking of soft cookies, you can definitely take these out a minute or two early if you want super soft, almost fall-apart gooey cookies. I sometimes really like them that way!
You’ll want to take them out of the oven when they are still just barely puffed, before they “fall” and settle down.
Granted, they fall all to pieces when I go to pick them up and especially after I store them. But then I can nibble on broken cookie piece after broken cookie piece and feel like I’m not overdoing it. 🙌
(My mama taught me that broken cookies don’t have calories. That’s true, isn’t it?)
Now, back to the “mint” part of this recipe and what to use for that add-in.
What mint pieces do I use in chocolate mint cookies?
– You can use green mint baking chips for this recipe or use chocolate mint pieces, such as creme de menthe pieces.
– You can find any or all of these in some grocery or specialty stores and you can also order them on Amazon.
– For the creme de menthe pieces, you can buy them as baking pieces already chopped up or you can buy the mints and chop them up yourself.
As mentioned, I’ve tested these cookies with ALL of the above options and they were all delicious.
The cookies have lots more minty flavor with the chopped chocolate-mint creme de menthe pieces, because that mint gets infused into the cookie better than the chips that don’t really break down. For that reason, they have been the clear favorite among my family and friends.
Bottom line though: Use what you can get. 👍
Cause any which way, these are delicious and fun and need to be part of your Christmas cookies extravaganza or just general holiday sweets and treats plans.
I hope you try them! And if you do, please tag me on Instagram so I can see! (And I would love if you’d leave me a comment and 5-star review below!)
Enjoy and happy baking!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons The Spice Hunter pure Madagascar vanilla extract
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/4 cups mint chips or chocolate mint pieces (see notes)
- Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl, using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. (You can use a fork or whisk, but you’ll need to beat it really well to get to the light and fluffy stage.)
- Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and the mint chips or chocolate mint pieces. The dough will be thick.
- Cover the dough and refrigerate for 45 minutes to one hour (Or if you plan to bake them right away, just preheat the oven and proceed.)
- Preheat the oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Scoop into small balls onto the prepared baking sheets, about 12 cookies per sheet. (Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons per cookie.)
- Bake at 325 for 14-16 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a cooling rack or a strip of wax paper to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Mint pieces: You can use green mint baking chips for this recipe or use chocolate mint pieces, such as creme de menthe pieces. You can find any or all of these in some grocery or specialty stores and you can also order them on Amazon. For the creme de menthe pieces, you can buy them as baking pieces already chopped up or you can buy the mints and chop them up yourself.
Flour: The recipe calls for all-purpose flour but I’ve also made these with white wheat flour. A combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour would work as well. You could also try these with a 1:1 gluten-free baking mix.
Chilling the dough: I prefer to refrigerate the dough for these cookies before baking them. It helps them come out more rounded and pretty. However, you can definitely bake them right away. (Just preheat your oven before you begin mixing up the dough.) The cookies will spread out a bit more and may be ready closer to 13-14 minutes, but they still turn out delicious. (I’m inpatient so I’ve definitely done this before.)
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g