White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies


White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies | Cooking Classy

Phew! Glad that Thanksgiving is over with! It is so fun to make a big meal like that but man can it be a lot of work! It helped to prep what I could the day before but I’m so picky about food and prefer it all as fresh as can be so Thanksgiving day gets crazy around here! But now on to all the holiday baking!

During the holidays I love to make peppermint everything so I decided to come up with a festive peppermint version of a chewy sugar cookie (last year I did soft peppermint sugar cookies so I wanted to try chewy this year). What would make a cookie more festive then dipping it in white chocolate and covering it with peppermint candy? This is like the ultimate Christmas cookie, oh and these White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies – I absolutely love both and they should each definitely find a place on your holiday cookie tray! Everyone loved these and I’m sure I’ll make them again and again! And just fyi you could also use vanilla almond bark or real white chocolate for these too.

Break out your mixer and getting baking because it’s that time of year, and what better place to start than with these irresistible White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies??
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White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies

White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies


  • 2 3/4 (390g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cups (320g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (15 oz) white chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp (30g) shortening
  • 1/3 cup (60g) peppermint bits or finely crushed candy canes


  • For the cookies:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together sugar and butter until combined. Mix in egg then mix in egg yolk, vanilla and peppermint extract. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined (dough with will thick, so stop mixer and mix by hand to get flour at bottom if needed).
  • Scoop dough out 1 1/2 Tbsp (about 33g) at a time and shape into balls. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner, spacing cookies 2-inches apart (chill dough balls that aren't currently baking in refrigerator on plates). Bake in preheated oven 10 - 11 minutes (cookies should appear slightly under-baked). Remove from oven and allow to rest several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For the coating:
  • Place chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave on 50% power in 20 second intervals, stirring well between intervals until melted and smooth. Dip half of cooled cookies in white chocolate allowing excess to run off (or slide bottom slightly along edge of bowl) then transfer to wax paper and immediately sprinkle with peppermint bits. Allow to set at room temperature or in refrigerator. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies | Cooking Classy


  • Martha in KS: How many cookies does this recipe make? November 27, 2015 at 6:05pm Reply

    • Holly S.: Mine made 3-1/2 dozen exactly, minus at least one that jumped into my mouth before it hit the oven! December 18, 2016 at 5:30pm Reply

  • Bella B: Those look so good!!
    November 27, 2015 at 11:09pm Reply

  • Medeja: Oh they look so great! Perfectly decorated for Christmas :D November 28, 2015 at 6:22am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I would devour these cookies! Sugar cookies are always a hit and white chocolate and peppermint just make them better. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Jaclyn! November 28, 2015 at 6:33am Reply

  • Dee Dee: These look so good!✨ November 28, 2015 at 9:49am Reply

  • Dena: How do you get your cookies to come out to be the perfect disk? Mine usually end up poofed when they’re done November 28, 2015 at 1:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It can depend on a number of factors like where you live – elevation, humidity etc., how you’re measuring the flour, whether the recipe includes baking powder or baking soda. My best guess would be to use a little less flour or a little more butter so they spread more. November 28, 2015 at 11:49pm Reply

  • Victoria: I’d love to make these for a December event I have in mind and I, too, would like to know how many cookies this recipe makes. Thanks. November 29, 2015 at 10:49am Reply

  • Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture: These are so pretty! Definitely giving them a try. I love sugar cookies but they can get a little boring… dipping in chocolate and covering in peppermint is sure to perk them up! :) And you take such beautiful photos, as ever… November 30, 2015 at 1:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the compliment Michelle! I hope you love these cookies! November 30, 2015 at 8:05pm Reply

  • June @ How to Philosophize with Cake: Those look amazing! Love the white chocolate dip + candy cane coating, very festive! And the peppermint + white chocolate flavor sounds delish too :) December 1, 2015 at 3:54am Reply

  • Victoria: I made these cookies yesterday and the recipe yields about 3 dozen cookies, using a well-packed 1 1/2 tbsp. scoop.

    These cookies are excellent – over the top, but great. The sugar cookie can easily stand alone with or without the peppermint extract. There is nothing quite as satisfying as a good sugar cookie and this one does it for me.

    This recipe also lends itself to some variation. You could leave out the peppermint extract. You could replace it with almond extract and then use milk chocolate chips and sprinkle the cookies with chopped almonds.

    When I made this recipe, I did so as a practice run for a cookie exchange and discovered that there is enough left over white chocolate (and crushed peppermint) to cover most of a second batch of cookies.

    Finally, I really appreciate the measurements in grams. I have an Oxo kitchen scale (that measures in grams or ounces) and this takes a lot of work and subtle variation out of a recipe.

    Thanks, Jaclyn. This is a “keeper”! December 7, 2015 at 12:07pm Reply

    • Erin: Were the cookies soft or crunchy? December 10, 2016 at 8:45am Reply

  • GiB: Is there something I can substitute the shortening with? Can I just melt the white chocolate without it or can I use butter in its place? December 22, 2015 at 6:44am Reply

  • Lashaylin: They look delightful December 25, 2015 at 5:28am Reply

  • sarah: I’ve made these and they are AMAZING! I’m trying to make some for a baby shower – can you make these without the peppermint extract? Will they still turn out (just not pepperminty?) April 20, 2016 at 11:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you could definitely omit the peppermint extract. I’m so glad you tried them and enjoyed them Sarah! April 25, 2016 at 12:21am Reply

  • Madeleine: How many does one batch make?? November 7, 2016 at 2:42pm Reply

  • Hannah: Will these freeze well? November 10, 2016 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Maria: Hi there, just wondering how you think these would hold up in the freezer for a few weeks? would love to make ahead of time to put into some christmas gift bags this year :) November 22, 2016 at 3:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried so I can’t say for sure, but I imagine they’d hold up okay. November 24, 2016 at 7:02pm Reply

  • Jenny: Can you substitute coconut oil for the shortening? December 1, 2016 at 7:05pm Reply

  • Sarah Jeon: How long do these cookies last? Will they stay fresh within 3 days? December 3, 2016 at 12:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes they should be good for 3 days. December 4, 2016 at 12:15am Reply

  • Samantha: How many cookies does this make? December 7, 2016 at 10:56am Reply

  • Amanda Steele: OK this is a silly question, but you don’t flatten the cookies before baking right? Just place balls in the oven and they will flatten out themselves correct December 8, 2016 at 12:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes correct. I hope you love them! December 9, 2016 at 12:04am Reply

  • Monica: Hello! Do you chill the dough at all before baking?

    Thanks! December 9, 2016 at 9:58am Reply

  • Carri: I cannot get these cookies to bake correctly. They don’t spread out into a nice cookie. I added extra butter &’they spread out but don’t crinkle on top. Any suggestions? December 9, 2016 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Caroline: I followed this recipe and I only have one word to describe how they turned out:

    Thank you very much to the author of this recipe. My family and I will be sure to continue to enjoy this recipe not only during the holiday season.

    Merry Christmas, all! December 13, 2016 at 7:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family enjoyed these Caroline! Thanks for your comment! December 14, 2016 at 12:57pm Reply

  • Cindy Littl: Everyone out there use a small ice cream scoop and every single one was a perfect shape! December 14, 2016 at 6:44pm Reply

  • Ana: These sugar cookies are a dream! They are the perfect chewy sugar cookie. I substituted the flour for an all purpose gluten free flour blend and they turned out perfect! Thank you for the recipe. December 14, 2016 at 7:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Ana! January 3, 2017 at 11:46am Reply

  • Alyssa: I noticed you said 1 cup of butter and put 8oz in parentheses. A cup of butter I believe is 2 sticks…is it 1 stick or 2? Thanks! December 14, 2016 at 8:47pm Reply

  • Caroline: This sugar cookie dough is WONDERFUL. Great recipe December 15, 2016 at 5:45pm Reply

  • Rinnah Riggin: I’m not sure what happened, but after mixing the dough together it became extremely dry and crumbly. I reread over the recipe and I know I followed it 100%. Any idea why this would happen? December 17, 2016 at 10:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It may just be that the flour was over-measured. Or maybe a stick of butter was left in the mircrowave to soften – lol I did that once :). If you try again try adding less flour. Sorry they didn’t turn out for you! December 17, 2016 at 4:14pm Reply

  • Holly S.: Fabulously delicious! I didn’t have any cream of tartar so I used 2 teaspoons of white vinegar instead. The only thing wrong with them is my daughter keeps swiping them before I can get them dipped and boxed up to mail! December 18, 2016 at 5:34pm Reply

  • Holly S.: Also… if you have leftover white chocolate, find some good quality peanut butter doggie biscuits and dip one end, then add sprinkles. WHITE chocolate ONLY! Regular chocolate contains theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs. My dogs and their friends all love dipped doggie cookies! December 18, 2016 at 6:12pm Reply

  • Amy: Made them today for a holiday cookie party. They were delicious and very festive looking. I did have to cook them 13 minutes. The first batch at 11 minutes were very under cooked.

    Each batch made about 3 dozen cookies.

    Also a good cookie for little helpers. Mine did the dipping and sprinkles with very little mess afterwards December 18, 2016 at 7:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the feedback Amy! December 20, 2016 at 2:47pm Reply

  • Fay: Very interested in making these cookies but don’t have a stand-up mixer or a microwave. Is it possible to make these with a hand-held electric mixer without a microwave? December 19, 2016 at 10:28am Reply

  • kathy m: I made these cookies and they turned out EXACTLY like the photo which is a first for me! :) They tasted amazing… best cookies I’ve ever made. Everyone asked for the recipe. Thanks! December 19, 2016 at 2:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Kathy! December 20, 2016 at 2:43pm Reply

  • Linda: Can you replace the cream of tartar with cornstarch. December 20, 2016 at 8:01pm Reply

  • Lindy: Hey, love your cooking skills, just asking if you can replace the cream of tartar with cornstarch. December 21, 2016 at 6:43pm Reply

  • Angela: These are delicious…and a little addicting! My hubby loves them too.
    I used DoTerra peppermint oil instead of peppermint extract and they turned out perfectly. These will definitely be a staple on my Christmas baking menu :)

    Thanks for sharing! December 22, 2016 at 9:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad they were enjoyed Angela! Merry Christmas! December 22, 2016 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Gina: Can I put them right on the cookie sheet without any parchment paper or silicone? December 22, 2016 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Tara: Do you chill dough before rolling into balls? I think I made mine too big and they ended up spreading out really thin. Not sure exactly what I did wrong? December 22, 2016 at 3:00pm Reply

  • Shelisah Piggee: Wow! What a great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing! They’re so so tasty! December 23, 2016 at 4:02pm Reply

  • Audrey: Could you please suggest what kind of white chocolate you’ve found that is safe for peanut allergies? I haven’t been able to find one that isn’t processed in a facility with peanuts… December 29, 2016 at 11:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend checking out this link: http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/bakers-white-chocolate-chunks. Then I’m sure as you already know – check your labels to make sure things are still the same :). December 29, 2016 at 9:27pm Reply

    • Kathy M: I have made these cookies and shared them with a friend who has a deadly nut allergy- I used toll house white chocolate chips. She said that this brand specificially only says this for liability and isn’t a big concern. I can’t speak for any other brands though. December 29, 2016 at 10:26pm Reply

  • Michelle: These. Were. Amazing! A bit hit and the best compliments came from my husband. January 9, 2017 at 9:45am Reply

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