Foodie Friday – Dark Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Need Christmas cookie recipe ideas? Chocolate peppermint cookies are the ultimate Christmas cookie. These dark chocolate cookies with candy cane kisses will have your family begging for more! They are fudgy and chocolatey with a hint of peppermint. The perfect Christmas dessert!

I am a homebody and one of my favorite things about the holiday season is warming up the house by baking some delicious Christmas treats. Fofo’s favorite by far are these Peppermint swirl cookies. I’m so glad I found this recipe. It is hands down my favorite cookie I make during the Christmas season.

Rich dark chocolate is melted with brown sugar and butter to make a luscious base for this cookie. The chocolate cookie is baked and then topped with a candy cane kiss. Chocolate and mint is one of my absolute favorites. If it is one of your favs, then you must give these a try!!

This is a very simple cookie to make, but it does take a little patience. The chocolate/butter mixture has to cool before you can add the eggs. Then the dough needs to chill for an hour before you can begin to bake. Then the fun begins! Using a handy, dandy scoop, roll the dough into about 1 inch balls.

Then bake for about 6-8 minutes. You want the cookie to be undercooked so you can pop them back in the oven to melt the kisses.

Melt the chocolate topping for about a minute, take out the cookies, and swirl away!! They are simply divine.

BUT, you need a little more patience. The finished cookies need to cool in the fridge to set the candy. But don’t worry, it is totally worth the wait.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies inspired by A Southern Fairy Tale

Yield: About 3 and a half dozen


3/4 C (1 1/2 Sticks) butter
1 1/2 C brown sugar
2 Tbsp water
1 – 12 oz package of dark chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag Candy Cane Kiss candies


1. Melt butter, brown sugar, and water in a large saucepan over low heat.
2. Add dark chocolate chips and stir until melted.
3. Remove from heat and add in vanilla extract and mix well.
4. Put the mixture in large mixing bowl to cool for about 10 minutes. (I poured it straight into my stand mixer bowl)
5. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt into a separate mixing bowl.
6. Once the chocolate has cooled, add the egss one at a time, making sure they are blended before adding the next.
7. Add in dry ingredients and mix over low speed until blended.
8. Chill the dough for one hour.
9. Unwrap the Candy Cane Kiss candies while the dough is chilling.
10. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F
11. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet about 1 1/2″ apart.
11. Bake about 6-8 minutes make sure you do NOT overbake.
12. Take the cookies out of the oven, and place a Candy Cane Kiss on top of each one.
13. Put the cookies back in the over for an additional minute.
14. Take the cookies out of the oven and use a toothpick to swirl the softened Candy Cane Kiss.
15. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet.
16. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and place them on a cooling rack in the refrigerator to set the candy.
17. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


3 thoughts on “Foodie Friday – Dark Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

  1. I’m so glad y’all are enjoying these. They’ve been a family favorite for years now – I actually posted an update to them this year! Thank you for giving me credit for the recipe, I really appreciate that courtesy.

    Have a great Holiday!


    • No thank you!! My daughter loves these cookies and looks forward to making them every year 🙂 it’s a very special memory for us.

      Thanks for the comment and have a merry Christmas!!!

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