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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream is a soft, chewy chocolate cookie base with a creamy vanilla buttercream topped with crushed peppermint candies. The combination of flavors is so rich and festive! This will make a great addition to any Christmas or Holiday cookie platter!
Course Dessert
Keyword buttercream, chocolate peppermint, chocolate peppermint cookies, Chocolate peppermint cookies with vanilla buttercream, christmas cookies, cookies, peppermint, peppermint cookies, peppermint cookies with vanilla buttercream, vanilla buttercream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 13 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Author Karli Bitner


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • [Vanilla Buttercream]
  • crushed peppermint candies


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together for 2-3 minutes or until light (in color!) and fluffy.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  • Add the flour, cocoa, soda, salt and cornstarch and mix together. Start mixing slowly, gaining speed as the flour incorporates. Mix until the dough has come together.
  • Scoop the dough and arrange it onto a cookie sheet.
  • Use the back of a drinking glass to flatten the cookies.
  • Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until the cookies are puffy and no longer glossy.
  • Let the cookies rest on the hot cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring the a metal cooling rack.
  • Frost the cookies with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the crushed peppermint candies.