Double Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies need to happen in your kitchen. Just trust me. It’s basically a chocolate and peppermint patty explosion over here. Good thing I really like both of those flavors.


Double Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies are the ultimate chocolate cookie recipe! The soft cookie is topped with a York Peppermint Patty and chocolate ganache!

Have you ever seen a shoe in the middle of a road and wondered how does someone lose a shoe? Don’t they miss it? Don’t they notice they only have one shoe? I’ll admit it; the judgmental side of me would make an appearance when I’d see random sneakers on the side of the freeway. What kind of parent doesn’t notice their kid is missing a shoe? I’d wonder.

Karma is a real witch, you know that?

Last Monday was a hellish day. In fact, the whole week pretty much was like one of those dreams where you’re running and running but not going anywhere. Jordan had theatre every single night, in addition to dance class. Both recital and play were this weekend. Anyway, I digress.

I picked Jordan up early from dance class so she could get to theatre only an hour late. We rushed to the car where she scarfed down her dinner. Two hours and about 7 errands later, we drove into the driveway. My bottle of wine and an episode of RHOBH were in my minds eye.

Then Jordan only found one dance shoe on the floor of the car. She had “thrown her shoes” in the backseat when she got in the car.

But only one shoe made it. Only one of a a brand new pair of jazz shoes.

I all of a sudden became a that person who loses a shoe on the road. Somewhere, someone found one lone tan dance shoe last Monday night and wondered what parent would not notice their kid only had one shoe.

That would be me, my friends.

Luckily, I had cookies to go along with my wine and RHOBH. I needed it, especially since I’m pretty sure the neighbors now know my favorite phrase is not “Oh Darn It.”

Double Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies are the ultimate chocolate cookie recipe! The soft cookie is topped with a York Peppermint Patty and chocolate ganache!

So, let’s talk therapeutic cookies, shall we? There is nothing more therapeutic than chocolate. Lots and lots and lots of chocolate.

Also? I’m totally in love with peppermint patties. A few weeks ago at the grocery store I walked by a display with a family size bag of York Peppermint Patties and without thinking I threw them in my cart. Then I got home and realized I had a family size bag of the most addictive candy of all time. After eating 4 at a time for a couple days I decided to take action.

Because of course, in true food blogger fashion, I took a candy and added it to a cookie so I could eat more calories when I shove cookies in my face.


Double Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies are the ultimate chocolate cookie recipe! The soft cookie is topped with a York Peppermint Patty and chocolate ganache!

These are my absolute favorite chocolate cookie. I’ve made them a few times and they’re always perfect and soft. The secret? They’re pudding cookies. Just adding a box of instant pudding to cookie dough practically guarantees soft cookies with an extra bump of flavor. I used instant chocolate fudge pudding mix in these, but you can also use chocolate or special dark chocolate. The flavor doesn’t matter so much, but just be sure to use instant pudding, not cook ‘n serve, and don’t use sugar-free.

In addition to the pudding mix, I also added some cocoa powder to the cookie batter. That gives an extra bump of chocolate. My favorite cocoa is Hershey’s Special Dark, but if you can’t find that, regular unsweetened will work too.

The cookie dough mixture is somewhat thick, even with only 1 cup of flour (thanks to the pudding mix). Even still, I like to chill my cookie dough before I bake it. Chilling the dough ensures a puffy and soft cookie. I want little pillows for cookies. Thin cookies need not apply.

Once the cookies are baked you top them with a peppermint patty. Just press it onto the top of the cookie, like a blossom cookie. Let them cool. Once they cooled, my peppermint patties took on that off-brown color that chocolate sometimes does when it melts and re-hardens. What’s a girl to do in that situation?

Make ganache. #always

Topping these Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies with an easy chocolate ganache made of chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream gives them the WOW factor.

It makes you stand up and take notice of them. Also? It makes them taste so good you’ll want to cry.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies are the ultimate chocolate cookie recipe! The soft cookie is topped with a York Peppermint Patty and chocolate ganache!

Kind of like I did last Tuesday, when I bought Jordan new dance shoes…again.

Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies are a chewy chocolate cookie topped with a peppermint patty then covered in ganache.
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Double Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookie

Soft double chocolate cookies are topped with a peppermint patty after baking and then frosted with chocolate ganache. They're the ultimate chocolate mint decadence!
Servings 17 -18 cookies
Author Dorothy Kern


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder I used Hershey’s Special Dark
  • 1 box 3.5-3.9 ounces instant Chocolate Fudge Pudding Mix (or any instant chocolate pudding mix, not sugar-free)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • About 17 Peppermint Patties such as York, unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Note: this dough requires chilling!
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and both sugars. Mix in vanilla and egg until smooth. Mix in cocoa powder and pudding mix (just the powdery mix, not actual pudding). Beat in salt,  flour, and baking soda until well blended, adding 1 tablespoon of water if needed to get the dough to form together.
  3. Drop cookie dough balls (I used a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop) onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. You don’t have to space them out, you’re going to chill the cookie dough balls. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour. (You can also just chill the bowl of cookie dough, but you’ll need it to chill for at least 4 hours. It’s harder to scoop cold, so scooping out cookie dough balls before chilling is easier.)
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment or a silpat. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until the edges lose their sheen. I like these a little under-done, so I take them out when the center is still a tiny bit shiny, about 10 minutes. Immediately press a peppermint patty on the top of each cookie. Let cool completely.
  5. The peppermint patties may dull as they harden, so make a ganache frosting. Place the heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe measuring cup or small bowl. Add the chocolate chips and microwave on high power for about 45 seconds (my microwave is 1100W). Whisk until smooth, microwaving for an additional 15-20 seconds as needed. Spread about a tablespoon of ganache on each cookie. If you want the ganache to semi-harden, chill the cookies. Otherwise it’ll get slightly dry but still be tacky. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Sweets from friends:
York Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies by Buns in My Oven
Peppermint Patty Cookie Dough Dip by Chocolate Moosey

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  1. These are the most beautiful cookies you’ve ever made! Omg. Wow.  Pinned, want, and that opening shot is just perfection!

    And parenting and just wanting to sit on the couch and watch RHOBH but you’re out looking for lost shoes, this is the story of my life!!!

  2. Karma does get you. But did it have to be a new pair? Usually those shoes look really really old. 
    Amazing cookie!  Heck yeah, always ganache!

  3. Oh no – so sad you guys lost a shoe! I have always wondered that as well (“how does someone lose a shoe?”). I love peppermint patties and bet they would taste amazing in these cookies!

  4. Double yum! Love chocolate and peppermint combo!

  5. Quadruple chocolate in this recipe.  I just can’t.  These are perfect, fudgy, rich, everything you want in a cookie!  I have completely wondered how shoes get on the sides of the road but now I know haha!  Pinned this recipe 🙂

  6. I wondered that all the time about those crazy single shoes in the road! Then one of the twins kicked off his shoe while I was buckling him in the car and I didn’t notice. Oh well. 
    These cookies are awesome. I want like 6. Pinned!

  7. The cookies sound so delicious and over the top decadent. Just what’s needed after those less than perfect moments…

  8. Wow, these look great. I didn’t see any leftovers at your place yesterday so you must of had a really bad week!! lol 🙂
    p.s. you know Costco sells large bags of York peppermint patties!

  9. Loving all of your peppermint recipes this season…this is like a peppermint pattie cookie “sundae” with “hot fudge” on top…perfect therapy…

  10. You definitely needed these cookies after the week you had!! There isn’t a mom out there who hasn’t been in your shoes before 🙂  Great recipe!! Hope you week is better this week 🙂

  11. I’m ALWAYS looking for my girls’ ballet shoes! Every week! And every week I tell them to put them in the ballet bag. Yet, somehow at least one is missing. These cookies and RHOBH – yes! I am in! 

  12. Missing shoes – story of my life. These cookies have me drooling! Pinned!

  13. Girl, you’re a total genius. I must start throwing candy into everything I make! I happen to have a box of peppermint patties just waiting for me in my baking cupboard (obviously unopened, or I wouldn’t have a box of peppermint patties waiting for me in my baking cupboard) 😀

  14. Wow!  Just, wow.  Those cookies look amazing.  But then, chocolate with more chocolate and the best candy in the world will do that!  And your story made me laugh, cause I’m always wondering how someone loses a shoe!  I hope that doesn’t mean that one of my kids is going to randomly lose something new now.  Probably!  🙂

  15. Oh  my these cookies look awesome, you’re a genius!  I’m glad I’m not the only mom losing their kids shoes. 

  16. These look so exquisite, Dorothy. I love peppermint patties and an enhanced version must be wonderful. I would have a hard time staying out of these!

  17. That shoe story is crazy!! I don’t have kids but my little brother has left his shoes at school many times. Yes, the ones that he went to school with – I still haven’t figured it out. I’m trying to join the cookies in by calling them crazy good (Which sounded much better in my head) so I’m just going to say they look really delicious! Love the double chocolate effect and the peppermint. Honestly think I’ve had more than my fair share of peppermint this holiday BUT I could always take more in the form of this dessert!! Pinning this beauty :).

  18. I’m sorry I had a good laugh over your story but I am SO glad you had cookies for the RHOBH, because that’s what matters right? Also, did you happen to catch in the 1st or 2nd episode that someone at Kyle’s house has the tittle of “Lady sitter”. Is that what they call modern day babysitters? I just, I don’t know. It’s weird!

  19. Peppermint fixes everything… Our Minties lollies here in NZ (chewy mint flavour lollies) have the slogan ‘At moments like these you need Minties’ along with a picture of something going wrong… like finding only one half of a brand new pair of shoes in your car! I reckon these peppermint chocolate cookies would be even better for moments like these… because everything is better with chocolate!

  20. Your week sounds like mine the other week, the oldest had rehearsal/recitals/perfomances every day for 7 days straight. It was exhausting, but fun. Oh, and I’m the mom that lost her kid’s shoe in the Target parking lot one time. I also recently lost a flip that I keep in the storage bin with the car door – it’s there to drive in instead of heels, well, it feel out as I opened or closed the door.

  21. Bahaha! Great story about the shoe. I hope these cookies made up for suck a stressful week. Wishing you better days this week!

  22. Oh heck yes! These cookies look crazy good! Love the peppermint patty sandwiched between all that chocolate goodness! Pinned! And how does someone lose a shoe? 

  23. Love these cute cookies! 

  24. Those cookies make me want to cry. But in a joyful, not sorrowful, way. Minty fresh pleasure!

  25. Well, now I know what I’ll be thinking about every time I see a shoe on the side of the road now.  That stinks that you had to buy another pair so soon…gotta love those crazy little monsters we call kids, right?  Chocolate is always a good go to on occasions like this.  Wanna know something funny?  I have a bag of Peppermint Patties in my cupboard for…yup, you guessed it.  Chocolate brownie cookies topped with candy.  Haha!  Great minds 🙂

  26. Ugh, that’s the WORST! It’s even worse than losing one earring and never being able to find it. (Or dropping it down the sink drain and not wanting to fish it out…) But I absolutely adore these cookies!!

  27. Is it possible to make this recipe as a bar cookie?  Not sure if it could be modified to be baked in a half sheet.  Any thoughts?

  28. where does the tablespoon of water come in?

  29. What is the reasoning that you state they be stored for only up to 4 days?

  30. These are AMAZING as per usual for you, and your recipes!  The artistic nature of your creations are awesome!  The cookies have made me a hero in the outside world as well as my family.  My son wants something with KitKats in the mix.  I made your peanut butter cup cookies, and my son actually peeled the whole bag so I could make more. He never volunteers for any task in the kitchen. Thank you for making this a family affair.

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