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Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

The most popopular cookie just got a holiday makeover!!!

Good bye Thanksgiving. HELLLLO Holidays.

We’ve arrived in this very happy season. 

The decorations, ugly sweaters, parties, presents, carols, Santa, eggnog, snow and COOKIES. 

Do you remember my neighborhood’s favorite Cookie?

Well, I decided to dress it up! 

‘Tis the holidays after all.

Deep, rich, dark chocolate shortbread cookie. Glazed with melted dark chocolate. Showered with peppermint candy. 

Oh yessss!!!!!


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Skill level – Intermediate

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies


1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt 

Additional ingredients:

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 

1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

about 8 hard peppermint candies, crushed


1. Into a large bowl, add butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract. Beat with a hand held electric beater on high speed (start slow and increase to high), for 1 minute. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt. Continue to beat (start on low speed and increase to high), until the dough comes just together. 

2. Shape dough into a smooth, flat disc, place on a piece of parchment paper and place another piece of parchment on top. Roll with a rolling pin to slightly less than 1/4-inch thickness. Place the dough (along with parchment papers) on a baking sheet and place in refrigerator for at least 5 hours (or up to 1 day).

3. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

4. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator, remove top parchment, and cut into 2-inch squares using a fluted cookie cutter or pastry cutter or knife. Gently transfer dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet, spacing about an inch apart. (If your kitchen is warm or cookie dough  feels a little soft, then place the baking sheet back in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes).

5. Place baking sheet in the middle of the oven and bake for 30 minutes. 

6. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely. 

7. Place chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a small microwavable bowl, microwave on high for 1 1/2 -2 minutes (stirring every 20 seconds), until chocolate is melted completely. 

8. Using a spoon, spread a thin coating of melted chocolate on half the cookie (scrape off excess from the sides), sprinkle crushed peppermint candy on top and place cookie back on the parchment paper. Repeat with remaining cookies. 

9. Let cookies stand until chocolate is set. 

Makes 20 cookies 

Store cookies in an airtight container for several days. 








Katherine | Love In My Oven

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

This is definitely a very happy season!!! Hooray! I love these cookies so much. Chocolate and peppermint is just perfect!!

Maria Doss

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Totally! Thank you Kathy:)

Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Chocolate on chocolate with peppermint!! Yes! I'm ready for cookies, adding to my list! :D

Maria Doss

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Thank you Kim:)


Monday 27th of November 2017

These are SO stunning. And obviously look delicious too. Really cannot wait to try- bring on the holiday baking!

Maria Doss

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Thank you dear:)


Monday 27th of November 2017

Buttery divine chocolate cookies!! Dipped in chocolate and that peppermint candy! I am sure the kids and adults both are gonna love these!

Maria Doss

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Thank you Deepika:)

Ashika | Gardening Foodie

Monday 27th of November 2017

These look so festive and delicious Maria. And absolutely loving your recipe, with chocolate chips and peppermint candies, it must taste amazing !

Maria Doss

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Thank you Ashika:)