Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

BY : PUBLISHED : December 17th, 2021 UPDATED: January 25th, 2022

These vegan double chocolate chip peppermint cookies are soft, chewy, and perfect for the holidays! Packed with cocoa powder, vegan chocolate chips, and peppermint extract, these mint-chocolate cookies truly embody the festive flavor and require just 15 minutes of hands-on prep! Plus, they’re dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan!

finished Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies on parchment paper with one halved in the front

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

As Christmas inches closer, we are currently living our best ‘Hallmark Movie’ lives. We’re decorating merrily, enjoying eggnog and hot chocolate daily, and baking LOTS (and lots!) of Christmas cookies! Along with vegan triple ginger cookies, raspberry thumbprint cookies, and sugar cookies, our collection wouldn’t be complete without these double chocolate chip peppermint cookies!

With both cocoa powder AND vegan chocolate chips, these double chocolate peppermint cookies are the ultimate indulgence for choccie lovers. You can even take it one step further with an optional half-dipped chocolate topping or even melted vegan mallows for ‘hot chocolate’ peppermint cookies! Of course, the addition of peppermint extract is basically the cherry on top!

Even better, this recipe requires just a couple of bowls, fairly inexpensive pantry and baking staples (most of which you probably already have), and 30 minutes to prepare. Did we mention that the texture is perfect too?! These vegan chocolate mint cookies are slightly crisp outside with a soft, moist, and slightly chewy. You’d never guess that they’re vegan!

Want to enjoy more peppermint chocolate treats? Why not add some peppermint extract to thick Mexican hot chocolate fudgy vegan brownies, or even whip up a quick and simple chocolate peppermint pie?!

The Ingredients

This vegan chocolate peppermint cookies recipe is made up entirely of baking and pantry staples, including:

  • Vegan chocolate: Use your favorite vegan chocolate chips or chunks (milk or dark/semisweet chocolate).
  • Flax eggs: A flax meal and water combination creates the egg replacement for this mint chocolate chip cookie recipe.
  • Sugar: We use a combination of brown sugar (make sure it’s vegan) and regular sugar to create the perfect moist and slightly chewy consistency without too much spread. If you substitute the sugars, the texture and spread of the vegan chocolate chip peppermint cookies will be affected.
  • Vegan butter: Use softened, unsalted vegan butter. Solid coconut oil may also work, but may affect the cookie texture.
  • All-purpose flour: Measure it using the spoon and level method.
  • Cocoa powder: We used regular cocoa powder, but feel free to use cacao powder or even a combination of cocoa powder and Dutch-processed cocoa powder.
  • Baking soda: Will help the vegan chocolate peppermint cookies to achieve the correct consistency.
  • Vanilla extract: Use natural vanilla for the best flavor.
  • Peppermint extract: Feel free to adjust the amount slightly to taste. If you use peppermint flavoring instead of extract/oil, you’ll need to add more, as it’s naturally milder.
  • Salt: Just a small amount of salt enhances the flavor of these chocolate peppermint chip cookies.

We usually buy our flour, sugar, and other baking items in the Sprouts bulk department. 

 

ingredients for Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies against a white surface

Optional add-ins & Recipe Variations

There are several ways you can adapt this double chocolate peppermint cookies recipe, including.

  • Instant coffee: All you need is ½ tablespoon to enhance the chocolate flavor without tasting like coffee. Add more if you want peppermint mocha cookies. You can also use espresso powder, though you won’t need as much, as the flavor is stronger.
  • Crushed candy canes: (Optional) or peppermint candies. Press a few pieces into the top of the cookies before baking, or sprinkle over after, especially if using a melted vegan chocolate coating for delicious candy cane chocolate chip cookies.
  • Mini vegan marshmallows: Use 2-3 vegan mini mallows or half a regular one over the top of the cookies when baking for ‘hot chocolate’ peppermint cookies.
  • Vegan chocolate coating: You can optionally make chocolate-dipped mint chocolate cookies by combining melted vegan chocolate (white, milk, or dark) with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Then dip the cookies halfway, sprinkle with any toppings (like crushed peppermint candy) and leave to set.

How to Make Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies?

1) First, preheat the oven to 375F/190C. Meanwhile, mix the flax meal and water for a minute in a small bowl. Then leave to rest in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to thicken.

process of making flaxseed egg in a white bowl against a white surface

2) Then, cream the vegan butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Begin at a low speed, then increase until the mixture is well combined and fluffy.

Be careful not to overbeat the vegan butter and sugar as you’ll end up losing the extra air.

3) Next, add the vanilla, peppermint, flax eggs, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder and mix either with a machine or by hand, with a spatula until smooth.

ingredients for Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies against a white surface ingredients for Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies against a white surface

Don’t overwork the gluten as it can lead to tough, flat cookies. Instead, the cookie dough needs to be ‘just’ smooth.

4) Add the vegan chocolate chips and fold them into the mixture.

process of mixing Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies dry ingredients together into a bowl

5) Then, using either a small cookie/ice-cream scooper or a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop the dough onto a lightly oiled or parchment paper-lined baking sheet with an inch of space between.

process of making Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies with balls being placed on parchment paper

6) Bake for around 10 minutes until the edges are firm, but the middle is still fairly soft. Leave to cool on the tray for at least 15 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely (they’ll fully set in this time)—then enjoy!

finished Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies on parchment paper with one halved in the front

Enjoy the cookies alone, along with a mug of Mexican hot chocolate or your favorite vegan milk, as part of a cookie spread, or even crumbled over other desserts, like a vegan ice-cream sundae, vegan milkshake, vegan cheesecake, and more!

How to Make Ahead and Store?

If you want to make these double chocolate chip peppermint cookies ahead, you have a couple of options. The first is to prepare the dough and store it, wrapped tightly, in the refrigerator overnight. Alternatively, you can scoop the cookies onto your baking tray, flash freeze (for about 30 minutes), then transfer them to a Ziplock/Stasher bag and store for 3 months!

Bake the cookies from frozen. Adding an extra couple of minutes (or so) to the baking time.

To store the baked chocolate chip mint cookies, allow them to cool entirely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days (or 7 in the refrigerator). You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. They require just a few minutes to thaw before eating (yay!) and can even be microwaved for a few seconds if preferred.

FAQs

  • Can I make these peppermint chocolate chip cookies gluten-free? You could substitute the AP flour for a GF all-purpose flour instead. Though, the texture may vary slightly.
  • Do you need to chill the cookie dough? No, these cookies don’t spread too much, so it’s not necessary. Though chilling can lead to slightly better tasting (as the flavors meld), chewier cookies. So feel free to do so if preferred.
  • Can I make these refined sugar-free? Technically, yes (for example, using coconut sugar). Though we don’t recommend it as it will affect the texture and spread of the cookies. The brown sugar is also acidic, needed for the baking soda.
  • Can I ship the vegan chocolate peppermint cookies? That should work fine, but omit any chocolate coating which could melt while en route. Ship the cookies on the day you bake them (so the recipient has longer to enjoy them). Place the cookies either in cellophane bags OR in a cookie tin (but make sure to pack tightly so they won’t be moving around lots). Then place them within a larger well-padded mailing box and write FRAGILE on the top.

finished Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies on parchment paper with one halved in the center

Top Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Make larger cookies: Feel free to use a larger scoop to make bigger cookies. Just increase the baking time by several minutes.
  • Use a combination of vegan chocolate: Combine vegan chocolate chips with either chocolate chunks or a chopped chocolate bar (bonus if it’s a peppermint flavor) for different textures and chocolate flavors in the double chocolate chip peppermint cookies.
  • Use high-quality chocolate: It’ll make the double chocolate chip mint cookies taste the best they can be and does make a difference. We recommend Guittard/Ghirardelli if they’re within your budget.
  • To gift the cookies: Add a few to a cookie tin or a cellophane gift bag. Then wrap with a ribbon and optionally with a tag. You can also ship the cookies (read FAQs above for method).

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

finished Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies on parchment paper with one halved in the front

Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

Toni Okamoto
These double chocolate chip peppermint cookies are soft, chewy, and perfect for the holidays! Packed with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and peppermint extract, these mint-chocolate cookies truly embody the festive flavor and require just 15 minutes of hands-on prep! Plus, they’re dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan!
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 179 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 2 ½ tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup room temperature vegan butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips

READ THE BLOG POST ABOVE FOR OPTIONAL MIX-IN INGREDIENTS!

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    • In a small bowl, beat together the flax meal and water for 1 minute. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
    • In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and vegan butter.
    • Mix in the vanilla, peppermint, flax mixture, baking soda, flour, cocoa powder, and salt. You can mix by hand or with an electric mixer.
    • Using a spoon/spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.
    • Scoop dough onto a lightly oiled baking sheet by the tablespoon.
    • Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool before eating.

    Notes

    There are several ways you can adapt this double chocolate peppermint cookies recipe, including.
    • Instant coffee: All you need is ½ tablespoon to enhance the chocolate flavor without tasting like coffee. Add more if you want peppermint mocha cookies. You can also use espresso powder, though you won’t need as much, as the flavor is stronger.
    • Crushed candy canes: (Optional) or peppermint candies. Press a few pieces into the top of the cookies before baking, or sprinkle over after, especially if using a melted vegan chocolate coating for delicious candy cane chocolate chip cookies.
    • Mini vegan marshmallows: Use 2-3 vegan mini mallows or half a regular one over the top of the cookies when baking for ‘hot chocolate’ peppermint cookies.
    • Vegan chocolate coating: You can optionally make chocolate-dipped mint chocolate cookies by combining melted vegan chocolate (white, milk, or dark) with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Then dip the cookies halfway, sprinkle with any toppings (like crushed peppermint candy) and leave to set.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 137mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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    About Toni Okamoto

    "They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
    My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
    'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
    we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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