It’s holiday baking season and that means it’s time for homemade cookies! These Easy Frosted Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie baking agenda.
Easy Frosted Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
After I created my Halloween Monster Cookies, I decided that adding in some peppermint to those easy homemade chocolate chip cookies and homemade frosting would make the perfect cookie for Santa! Now, you all that I am not the best baker in the world, so please, trust me when I say that these peppermint chocolate chip cookies are EASY. In fact, so easy that I have already made 2 batches and froze some. Why did I freeze them? Well, I have a massive sweet tooth and if I leave them on the counter I will eat them 😉 This way, I make some for the kids and then I can prepare for the holidays too.
Peppermint and chocolate are by far two of my absolute holiday flavor combinations. I mean, how can you go wrong? The mint from the peppermint is the combination accompaniment to the sweetness of the milk chocolate.
In my peppermint chocolate chip cookies I just used peppermint extract to get that peppermint flavor, you can add in chocolate peppermint candies (like Andes) or even peppermint bark along with the chocolate chip or instead of chocolate chips if you would like. Again, I went the easy route. Plus, I didn’t have to buy anything extra at the grocery store. Feel free to experiment if you have mint candies at home! Again, how could you possibly go wrong with peppermint and chocolate? You can’t. Promise.
I also made a homemade peppermint frosting for my peppermint chocolate chip cookies, because well, Christmas cookies call for frosting and sprinkles.
To make the peppermint chocolate chip cookies and homemade peppermint frosting you need very simple ingredients, ones that you probably have at home right now. Especially since it’s prime baking season.
To make my peppermint chocolate chip cookies you need these ingredients:
To make the peppermint frosting you need these ingredients:
Did you do look in your pantry and refrigerator yet for the ingredients? I bet you have them.
If you are serving these yummy peppermint chocolate cookies to Santa or the kiddos, I recommend serving them with a tall glass of cold milk or a cup of hot cocoa. If you are indulging in one or two yourself and are a wine lover like me, I recommend pairing them with a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Now, here is my Easy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peppermint Frosting recipes. Be sure to print it and pin it so you can make them again and again.
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peppermint Frosting
- Baking/Cookie Sheets
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients
- 2 ¼ cups Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 Sticks Softened Butter
- ¾ cup Sugar
- ¾ cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 2 cups Chocolate Chips
Peppermint Frosting Ingredients
- 1 stick butter - softened/room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 tbsp milk
- Sprinkles or Crushed Peppermint Candies for Decorating
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Instructions
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and vanilla extract using mixer.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time.
- Slowly add the flour 1/4 a cup at time.
- Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray or parchment paper.
- Make small cookie dough balls, approximately 1 inch.
- Place the cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
Peppermint Frosting Instructions
- In a large bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), mix the butter until it is smooth.
- Mix in the powdered sugar, a little at a time.
- Add in in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
- Add in 2 tablespoons of milk a little at a time too.
- Blend until smooth.
I hope you enjoy these Peppermint Frosted Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies as much as we do!
Can you freeze homemade cookies?
Absolutely! As I mentioned above, I already have a batch in the freezer. I just put mine in a gallon size freezer bag and filled it up. Mine will only be in the freezer for a few weeks, but homemade cookies can be frozen for up to 6 months if stored properly.
Can you make chocolate chip cookie dough ahead of time?
Sure can! I actually like making it the night before and refrigerating it because it gives it a little time for all the flavors to blend perfectly together and the sugars to break down. You can make cookie dough 3 – 5 days ahead of time, be sure to wrap it and/or keep it in an airtight container and refrigerate it.
How long do freshly baked cookies last?
At room temperature and when properly stored, freshly baked cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature. If you are at my house, they last about 3 days 😉
Can you use peppermint oil instead of peppermint extract in the dough and frosting?
Yes, however peppermint oil is much more concentrated, so from what I have read, you only use about a 1/4 of what the recipe calls for. So, you will use less peppermint oil than peppermint extract. In this particular recipe, you would use only 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint oil in the dough as well as the frosting. Of course, you can adjust to your taste.
Can you use store bought frosting and just add the peppermint extract to it?
Sure! It will save you a few minutes, but making homemade frosting is actually really easy, so give it a try sometime!