Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Posted by on Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I created this recipe for two reasons.  First a tall Peppermint Mocha is one of my favorite holiday indulgences.  And second, I hosted a cookie swap last week.  These cookies made their debut here at our house for the first HCA home school mom’s cookie swap!  What could be better than cococa, coffee, and peppermint all infused in a cookie??
  • 2 sticks real butter softend
  • 1/2 cup organic shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract OR 10 drops peppermint oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup instant coffee crystals
  • 3 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package Nestle Chocolate Chip Mint pieces
  • 1 package Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips (for garnish)
  • 1/2 pound White Chocolate Almond Bark (for garnish)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, cocoa, soda, and salt.  Whisk to blend, then set aside.

In another large mixing bowl, cream together butter and shortening.  And the sugars and beat until light and fluffy.  Next add the vanilla, peppermint extract or oil, and the eggs.  Mix well.  Then add the flour/cocoa mixture a cup at a time and mix well.  Fold in the Nestle chocolate mint chips.  Use a 2 oz cookie dough scoop to place cookie dough on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cookies cool before garnishing.  I like to slightly flatten cookies with a spatula while they are warm to remove some of the air, which makes them a little moister, in my opinion.

To decorate cookies, heat the white chocolate almond bark according to package directions.  Spoon melted bark into a disposable cake decorating bag and slightly snip off the tip.  Pipe the melted almond bark over each cookie.  Sprinkle the Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips over melted white almond bark before it hardens.  Store cooled cookies in an airtight container until ready to serve. YUM!

Here's all the moms who each baked 15 DOZEN cookies!

Here's all the moms who each baked 15 DOZEN cookies!

I'm pretty sure these two gals are plotting something!

I'm pretty sure these two gals are plotting something!

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12 Responses to “Peppermint Mocha Cookies”

  1. carolinaheartstringson 17 Dec 2010 at 8:38 am 1

    Wow these look awesome. I am going to give these a try. I love Chocolate and Peppermint too and have two recipes posted on our site, one for creamer and one for a chocolate peppermint bark that is awesome. Come visit.

  2. Amy @ Serve At Onceon 20 Dec 2010 at 9:45 am 2

    Peppermint mochas are my favorite drink of the holidays. And to have the option of eating them in cookie form?

    Let’s just say it just stops short of divine intervention.

    I’m glad I fellow a fellow Nashvillian’s food blog! I’ve really enjoyed perusing your site, and I’ll definitely come back for more. :)

  3. Taraon 20 Dec 2010 at 10:23 am 3

    Thanks Amy! Yes it is always wonderful to meet other Southern cooks from this area. Hope the cookies are a hit for you. They certainly were among the coffee lovers here.

  4. Shelleyon 11 Feb 2011 at 12:22 pm 4

    I saw Tara on a morning show yesterday making these cookies and I just have to try them for Valentine’s Day. They looked awesome and I’m so excited about making them!

  5. Hopieon 23 Mar 2011 at 1:34 pm 5

    Thanks Mom!


  6. Libby Stevenson 01 Dec 2011 at 5:15 am 6

    Hey there,
    I would consider myself an intermidate baker and really want to try this recipe. How many does this recipe make?

    They look so good!

  7. Taraon 01 Dec 2011 at 6:47 am 7

    I apologize for not posting how many cookies this recipe makes. ALthough I do not recall the exact number I am confident that it would be between 3 and 4 dozen cookies. They are so pretty in cellophane bread bags tied with festive ribbon for gifts. And the coffee lovers LOVE these.

  8. 294Everon 08 Dec 2011 at 7:12 pm 8

    When do I add the instant coffee? I assume with the flour and such or should it be with the egg/butter mixture?

  9. 294Everon 08 Dec 2011 at 7:17 pm 9

    also can’t find Nestle chocolate chip mint pieces… using the dark chips along with the mint morsels… well, maybe – heard they’re not the same :( may try the Hershey ones instead.

  10. Taraon 08 Dec 2011 at 8:01 pm 10

    I usually add it right before I put the chips in. Maybe Nestle didn’t make those Mint Chocolate Chips this year. I found them at Kroger last year. If you can’t find them, I would just use the regular chocolate chips instead. The mint extract will still give it flavor.

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