Peppermint Mocha Cookies

These peppermint mocha cookies are soft-baked with a generous dunk in white chocolate and sprinkle of candy cane crunch. They taste like brownies and are always the first to disappear at a cookie exchange!

peppermint mocha cookies with half of each cookie dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes

I was inspired to make today’s cookies after baking chocolate crinkle cookies and mocha cheesecake brownies on the same day. Individually, they’re delicious. But combined? I had to try it. I got to work mixing espresso powder and peppermint extract together and crushing every candy cane in sight. The end result was out of this world– in fact, my friend said “these are the best thing to happen to Christmas cookies.”

Peppermint mocha cookies are soul-warming and pepperminty– just like an actual peppermint mocha, but better!

overhead image of mocha cookies on a marble serving tray with chopped white chocolate and crushed candy canes

These Peppermint Mocha Cookies Taste Like Brownies

One bite of these peppermint mocha cookies and you’ll be surprised to find a cookie instead of a brownie in your hand. These cookies taste just like fudgy brownies! We can thank my basic chocolate cookie dough for that. You probably recognize this cookie dough– it’s what I use to make chocolate crinkle cookies and many other chocolate cookie creations. It’s the best base recipe because this magical dough creates rich, thick, and chewy chocolate cookies that stay soft for days. We’re talking soft cookies even on day 7. If in the very strange event that your chocolate cookies last that long. (Who are you?)

overhead image of peppermint mocha cookies with half of each cookie dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes on a marble serving tray

How to Make Peppermint Mocha Cookies

The full printable recipe is below, but let’s walk through the recipe so you understand each step before you get started.

  1. Cream the wet ingredients together. As detailed in the recipe below, cream the butter and sugars together before adding the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together. This includes the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt.
  3. Combine both and add the chocolate chips. The dough will be very thick and sticky.
  4. Chill the cookie dough. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  5. Roll cookie dough into balls. Use about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per ball.
  6. Bake. Let the cookies cool completely.
  7. Melt the white chocolate. 
  8. Dip each cookie halfway into the white chocolate. Place each cookie onto a parchment or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate. Repeat this process with the rest of the cookies.
  9. Refrigerate the cookies. This helps the chocolate set.

peppermint mocha cookies with half of each cookie dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes on a white plate

Secret Ingredient: Espresso Powder

Espresso powder gives the cookies their unbelievable mocha flavor. I use just two teaspoons and the flavor is unreal. If you can’t find espresso powder in stores, you can use instant coffee instead. You’d need a little more instant coffee since it isn’t as strong or rich as espresso powder. I find espresso powder at my regular grocery store, but you can also find it online. I don’t recommend using ground coffee because it’s not as flavorful as espresso powder or instant coffee, both of which have super concentrated flavor.

Peppermint extract is another power player here. Always be careful when using peppermint extract! It’s scary potent– a little goes a very long way. And make sure you are using peppermint extract, not mint extract. The latter tastes like spearmint toothpaste. It’s not good.

Everything You’ll Love About Peppermint Mocha Cookies

As if you need more reasons to bake these cookies:

  • They’re super chocolatey and taste like brownies. Sometimes I add mini chocolate chips to the cookie dough for extreme chocolate flavor.
  • You’ll love the combination of white chocolate + regular chocolate.
  • They’re totally festive and stand out on holiday cookie trays.
  • The bites with the white chocolate and candy cane crush are the best. The candy canes add a soft crunch– perfect if you love texture like me!
  • Peppermint + mocha = perfection.

Whenever I go to a cookie exchange I always make these cookies; they’re really unique and everyone goes wild for them!

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peppermint mocha cookies with half of each cookie dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes

Peppermint Mocha Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: 20 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These peppermint mocha cookies will be the star of your holiday cookie tray and cookie exchanges! The candy cane crunch and white chocolate put them over the top!


  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (53g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder or 1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (180g) mini or regular size semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large candy canes, crushed


  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg, vanilla and peppermint extracts on high speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Switch to high speed and beat in the chocolate chips. The cookie dough will be sticky. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough. I always chill mine overnight.
  3. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes– if the cookie dough chilled longer than 3 hours, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This makes the cookie dough easier to scoop and roll.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  5. Scoop and roll balls of dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each, into balls and place on the baking sheets.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. My oven has hot spots and yours may too- so be sure to rotate the pan once during bake time. The baked cookies will look extremely soft in the centers when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. They will slightly deflate as you let them cool. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. Melt the chopped white chocolate in a double boiler or (carefully!) use the microwave. For the microwave, place the white chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. Melt in 15 second increments, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Dip each completely cooled cookie halfway into the white chocolate and place onto a parchment or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate. Repeat with the rest of the cooled cookies. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator to help the chocolate set. Once set, enjoy!


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Baked cookies (without white chocolate and candy cane) freeze well – up to three months.  Decorate after they thaw out. Cookie dough balls freeze well too – up to three months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for about 10 minutes. No need to thaw them. For more information, read my tips on freezing cookie dough.
  2. Chill Cookie Dough! Make sure you chill the cookie dough for at least 3 hours. The longer, the better! Chilling helps the flavors develop, prevent spreading, and makes the otherwise sticky cookie dough easy to handle.
  3. Double Batch: This recipe can easily be doubled.

Keywords: peppermint mocha cookies, mocha cookies


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  1. Could I use brewed coffee at all or even just regular coffee granules? 

  2. Made these yesterday and they were a huge hit!! I’d never worked with peppermint extract, so I was pretty nervous about overdoing it and ending up with mouthwash-flavored cookies or something, but it ended up being perfect. I wonder if they’d be good with white chocolate chips, or maybe dipped in a mocha-flavored white chocolate?

  3. I am glad I read the reviews I flattened mine with a spoon halfway in and it came out perfect I tried many different chocolate cookies and I’m never happy with that because I never quite chocolatey enough these are absolutely perfect just like your description it’s one recipe I will be making going forward

  4. Just made these today after them being on my “to bake” list for a couple weeks. They came out great and everyone loves them! They are the perfect Christmas cookies. Thanks Sally!

  5. One of the best cookies I’ve ever made! Thank you for this amazing recipe!!!

  6. kat frandanisa says:

    In the rush to make & chill the dough so I could be baking something else, wrapping presents, cleaning the house, etc., I inadvertently used a full cup of butter but the correct amount of the other ingredients. Do you think it would work if I just made a dough of all ingredients but butter and added it to room temperature dough and then re-chill? I realize it’ll be pretty dry before mixing it in but what do you think?

  7. SALLY, YOU DEVIL! I made two batches of these this holiday season and they were a crackerjack WHIZZBANG! Everybody loved them. In my first batch, I found the coffee note a bit strong (I used 1 TBSP instant granules) but they were still quite edible and delicious. On the second batch I reduced the coffee to 1.5 teaspoons and this pleased me greatly.

    A totally indulgent cookie with a PERFECT BALANCE of chocolate to peppermint. Don’t hesitate to make this one! Thanks, Sally!

  8. I have a question. So if you use coffee granulates instead of espresso do you just throw it in with the flour like you would the espresso?

  9. I’ve made these cookies three times in the last month (first time I left them naked; I just wanted to test the cookie base to made sure it really stayed soft before making them for a bake sale. Happy to report that unlike most chocolate cookie recipes which quickly dry out, these remained soft for 3+ days). The next two times I dipped them in white chocolate and added the crushed candy canes. They turned out beautifully and were a success at the bake sale. The only thing I changed in the recipe was leaving out the espresso because the bake sale was aimed at young families who probably didn’t want their kids to enjoy a caffeine buzz in addition to a sugar high ;). 
    I’ve also had good results from the Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow from this site. 

    The proceeds from the church bake sale are providing Christmas stockings for children in families in our area who are having a tough year, so I appreciate your contribution of solid, well-tested recipes! 🙂

    1. Hi Amy, I’m so happy that these were a hit! What a great fundraiser to be part of!

  10. Amazing cookies! Only adjustments I made (1) didn’t add the instant coffee; didn’t have any, (2) didnt bother dunking the cooled cookie in white chocolate/peppermint pieces however, (3) instead of adding chocolate chips to the mix I added Andes mint baking pieces. OMG I am trying my hardest not to eat them all same night of baking ’em!

  11. Hey, I followed the directions and ingredients to the letter and they spread and became incredibly thin instead of needing flattening out. Where did I go wrong? 

    1. Jessica Ouroumis says:

      The exact same thing happened to me! When they came out of the oven they were a nice full cookie like the picture, but as they cooled they became extremely thin with lumpy chocolate chips! Still taste delicious, but Sally – what could have caused this spreading? Butter too warm when making the dough? Help!!

      1. Make sure you’re chilling the cookie dough for at least 3 hours. Too warm butter OR over-creamed butter/sugar could very well be the reason. Make sure the butter is soft, but not overly warm. About 1 hour at room temperature (from the fridge) is enough. Also, you can try adding 2 Tbsp of flour to the cookie dough. This will help soak up some of the liquid in the cookie dough, which is the reason it’s spreading too much!

  12. Hey, I put the correct ingredients and followed the directions properly but they turned out super thin. What did I do wrong? 
    It did taste amazing though.

  13. Lynn Bradshaw says:

    OMG! These are a lot of cookies i see me baking a lot of cookies in the next few weeks!!!

  14. I’m wanting to make these for friends/family this holiday season, but I am no fan of peppermint! Would it be okay adding more vanilla instead of peppermint, or will that not turn out?? Thanks! 

    1. That’s completely fine– or you can just leave out the peppermint completely. There is enough vanilla already 🙂

  15. I just have to tell you, this recipe is my FAVORITE Christmas cookie! Ever. I absolutely adore these cookies! THANK YOU. <3

  16. Sally I absolutely love these cookies! I made them last year and they were my favorite!! I have a question….. I was wondering if I could attempt to roll this dough out and make cut outs with it? Thought I could use my kitten shape and dip the bottom of the mitten in white chocolate. What do you think?

    1. I meant mitten shape! Not kitten! LOL 

      1. HAHA kitten cookies 🙂

        I don’t recommend using this cookie dough for rolled out and shaped cookies. How about you try my chocolate sugar cookies instead. You can add 1-2 teaspoons of espresso powder for a mocha flavor.

  17. I have a busy week coming up but want to squeeze in making these cookies. 
    Is it ok to chill the dough for 32-48 hours?

    1. Definitely. Make sure you let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes since the dough will be quite hard.

  18. What about dipping them in ganache if you don’t like white chocolate

    1. You could dip them in melted dark chocolate instead of white chocolate. I’m afraid the ganache won’t set as nicely.

  19. I made these tonight for a cookie exchange. They are delicious. Followed the directions and chilled the dough overnight and they were perfect. Thanks for the great recipe.

  20. This is the second Christmas I’ve made these. They are SO good! My husband is gluten intolerant so I made them (both times) with gluten free flour (pillsbury blend) and they turn out so perfect! I never expect things to really turn out well when I sub gluten free flour but these are amazing! Just wanted to share in case that’s helpful for anyone else!

    1. Omgosh, Hannah…my daughter is gluten sensitive and I SO appreciate you commenting on this because I thought I was going to have to make her something special GF on the side. She is only 8 and really does appreciate when she can eat what everyone else does, though she doesn’t complain. It’s just that when she comes across a restaurant that has a GF bun or serves GF bread, she’s so grateful. This will be a lovely treat for her and her sister to share (fight over) equally 😉

  21. These were really yummy and beautiful! I actually just took one that a baked last week and was getting a little on the hard side and broke it up into vanilla ice cream. Oh my goodness! It was insanely good.

  22. Definitely the prettiest cookies on the plate, and they taste SO YUMMY too. This is the 2nd year I’ve made these for Christmas, and everyone loves them. I make this recipe exactly as written, and they are perfect. Great recipe!

  23. Gave bags of these as Christmas gifts and they were a hit! In the second batch, I used Hershey’s special dark cocoa and increased to 1.5T instant coffee for a stronger mocha flavor. Thanks, Sally!!!

  24. Would it work to freeze the dough then bring it to room temperature before baking? Is there a way you recommend packaging the dough for freezing?

    1. Hi Jill! Here are all my instructions for how to freeze cookie dough. No need tp thaw before baking. I hope you find the post helpful!

  25. If I subbed in white choc/peppermint chunks into the chocolate cookie, would that work well… instead of dipping?

    1. I don’t see why not! Sounds delicious… and easy!

  26. Sheila Calnan says:

    Sally, I hope this not over stepping the bounds. I made these cookies, to go with 7 others, of yours, for a Christmas Party. I had enough for a couple of friends to try and their reactions, were exactly what a baker wants to see and hear. They are amazing.
    I was looking at adding another color combination to go with, what I already had. You may already have something like this, but I think, after days and weeks of getting ideas, I could have missed it. The change is so simple, it’s ridiculous. I used your Sugar Cookie Recipe, as a drop cookie. For the vanilla, I used part Vanilla and part peppermint extract. I changed the white chocolate to semi-sweet chocolate for the dipping part. Ran out on the last 9 and melted a handful of mini chocolate chips. Then sprinkled the crushed canes, just like the original recipe. I was told, this combination was just perfect. Not an overpowering taste of peppermint.
    I guess, now, my biggest problem will be finding candy canes, in the off season.
    Thanks for such a great recipe.

  27. Kelly Cameron says:

    Sally, I made these last weekend for a Christmas party and they were a hit! I didn’t use the espresso powder and added a little bit of peppermint extract to the white chocolate. The cookies were the perfect amount of peppermint and the texture is heavenly! This recipe will be going in my “Tried and True” folder for future use. Thank you again for your baking information and prowess. I know I can count on your recipes and often refer this site to friends. Happy Holidays!

  28. There’s no egg(s) listed in the ingredients but your directions state to add egg. How many? Perhaps this is why others have been having problems?

    1. 1 egg is listed under the brown sugar. 🙂

      1. JUST LIKE AT THE MARKET!!!! Right in front of my face and I STILL miss it! I even had someone else look for me and she missed it, too!!! Thank you and, by the way, these are my family’s new favorites as of last year!!!

  29. Do I actually wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap or just cover the bowl tightly with it?

    1. Hi Christine! You can do it either way. I usually just cover the whole bowl.

  30. Hi Sally,Is it possible to also give your cookie measurements in ounces/grams also Example 1 1/2 would be equal to approximately how much in ounces/grams? I find that using approximate weights are more accurate and uniform in obtaining evenly baked cookies. You have one of the BEST websites for cookies and other baked goods!!
    Thanks Susie

    1. Hi Susie, Thank you for the kind comment! I measure a lot of my ingredients when making dough, but not the actual balls of dough before I bake them! If I want uniform cookies I find a cookie scoop works wonders. But you can absolutely weigh yours to make them perfectly uniform!

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