Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These easy Peppermint Sugar Cookies are soft and chewy cookies with peppermint pieces and white chocolate chips. They’re festive, flavorful and hard not to get addicted to! The perfect homemade cookies for Christmas and just soaking up those holiday vibes.

three peppermint cookies on countertop and full plate of cookies on red napkin

Soft & Chewy Peppermint Sugar Cookies

I can’t get enough of the white chocolate and peppermint combo in these cookies! This minty recipe is an adaptation of my tried and true Homemade Sugar Cookies recipe. They have the same soft and chewy texture with an added coolness and sweetness from the peppermint pieces and white chocolate. These cookies are also made with peppermint extract, so they have plenty of flavor without being overpowering.

These easy Christmas cookies come together in just 20 minutes! They’ll look amazing on your holiday cookie plate, and they make the perfect treat for Santa Claus. But even if these cookies are ideal for Christmas, they’re also good enough to make year round!

White Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies Stacked on a Countertop

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Ingredients

These cookies are made with the same ingredients as my classic sugar cookies, plus peppermint extract, peppermint pieces and white chocolate chips. Here’s your ingredient lineup:

  • All-Purpose Flour: Be careful not to pack the flour in your measuring cups. Otherwise, you risk over-measuring your flour and making your cookies dry.
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted Butter: Bring your butter to room temperature.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Light Brown Sugar:
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Peppermint Extract
  • White Chocolate Chips: Feel free to use semisweet or dark chocolate chips instead, if preferred.
  • Crushed Peppermint Pieces

Peppermint Sugar Cookies Neatly Arranged on a Granite CountertopA Stack of Six Peppermint Sugar Cookies

What Kind of Peppermint Candy Should I Use?

I recommend using either candy canes or Brach’s peppermint candies for this recipe. They both have great peppermint flavor, they’re inexpensive and they’re easy to crush. Simply place them in a plastic bag and pound them with a rolling pin! If you want bigger chunks of peppermint in your cookies, don’t crush your mints too finely. You can also often find pre-crushed peppermint pieces on the baking aisle in certain stores.

How to Make This Easy Peppermint Sugar Cookie Recipe

These cookies are anything but complicated. All you have to do is make your dough, add in the peppermint pieces & chocolate chips and bake!

  1. Prepare for Baking: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set them aside.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream Butter & Sugars: Cream the butter and sugars together in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy. You should be able to see the change in color happen and know it’s ready.
  4. Add Egg & Extracts: Add the egg and mix until well combined. Then, add the vanilla extract and peppermint extract and mix until well combined.
  5. Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients: Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is well combined. It will be thick and shouldn’t be sticky. Do not over mix it.
  6. Add Chocolate & Peppermint: Once it’s well combined, add the white chocolate chips and peppermint pieces and use a rubber spatula to help it come together to form a more cohesive ball.
  7. Assemble Dough on Baking Sheet: Create 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Gently roll into a ball, then set the balls on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake: Bake your cookies for 7-9 minutes. The cookies will spread and the centers will look soft, but should look done. Remove just as the edges begin to turn golden. Don’t overbake them. The cookies may look a little puffy when you take them out of the oven, but they’ll fall a bit as they cool.
  9. Let Cool: Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheets for 4-5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

A Serving Plate Full of White Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies

How to Make These Cookies Ahead

It’s easy to make these peppermint sugar cookies months in advance! Simply pack the cooled cookies in a ziploc bag, squeeze all the extra air out and store them in the freezer.

You can layer your cookies between parchment paper, if desired, to prevent them from sticking together. When you want to eat your cookies, just thaw them in the fridge and enjoy.

Cookie Decorating & Variation Ideas

  • Drizzle Your Chocolate: In addition to putting the white chocolate chips in your cookie batter, you can melt some of them and drizzle the chocolate over your cookies once they’ve cooled.
  • Add More Chocolate Chips: When your cookies come out of the oven, you can lightly press some white chocolate chips on top to make them stand out!

Peppermint Sugar Cookies Grouped Together on the Counter with Crushed Peppermint Pieces

How to Store Homemade Sugar Cookies

These cookies should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or a ziploc bag with all the air squeezed out. They’ll stay perfectly soft and chewy for days! I recommend enjoying your sugar cookies within a week of making them.

Can You Freeze These Cookies?

If you want your cookies to last for longer than a week, you can pop them in the freezer. Keep them in an airtight plastic bag and thaw them out before eating them. Frozen cookies will last for about 3 months!

Print
clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon
Peppermint Sugar Cookies Grouped Together on the Counter with Crushed Peppermint Pieces
Recipe

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 40 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These easy homemade Peppermint Sugar Cookies are soft and chewy cookies with peppermint pieces and white chocolate chips. They’re festive, flavorful and hard not to get addicted to!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups (358g) all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (233g) granulated sugar 
  • 2 tbsp (28g) light brown sugar 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract 
  • 1 1/4 cups (211g) white chocolate chips 
  • 6 tbsp crushed peppermint pieces 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy. You should be able to see the change in color happen and know it’s ready.
  4. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and peppermint extract and mix until well combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is well combined. It will be thick and shouldn’t be sticky. Do not over mix. 
  7. Once it’s well combined, add the white chocolate chips and peppermint pieces and use a rubber spatula to help it come together to form a more cohesive ball.
  8. Create 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Gently roll into a ball, then set the balls on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes. The cookies will spread and the centers will look soft, but should look done. Remove just as the edges begin to turn golden. Don’t overbake. The cookies may look a little puffy when you take them out of the oven but will fall a bit as they cool.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for 4-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Keywords: peppermint cookies, chocolate peppermint cookies, soft sugar cookies, chocolate sugar cookies, christmas sugar cookies, chewy sugar cookies, white chocolate cookies

This post may contain affiliate sales links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Share a Comment

Have a question? Use the form below to submit your question or comment. I love hearing from you and seeing what you made!

Recipe rating

4 Comments
    1. Lindsay

      I’m not sure that would work well. I don’t know much about the flavor of peppermint tea, but you would probably need a considerable amount more to be able to taste the peppermint and that would thin out the cookie dough too much.

Lindsay
About Lindsay

I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

Scripture I’m Loving

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12