Brownie Peppermint Cookies


Sorry to anyone following my blog, I know this is like the 3rd chocolate cookie in a row.  I’m loving the brownie cookie I guess =).  Anyone not following and just stopping by, you may also like Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies or Marshmallow Brownie Cookies.  They all basically start out with the same dough and are topped differently.  It is a delicious cookie even on it’s own.  I love this holiday version of it!  Peppermint and chocolate are divine together!  I hope you enjoy this holiday cookie as much as I do!


Brownie Peppermint Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen


  • 1 (18.3 oz) pkg brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 recipe vanilla cream frosting , recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Vanilla Cream Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 6 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a cookie sheet and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together brownie mix, flour, brown sugar and salt. Add in eggs and milk and stir with a large spoon. Add in melted butter, vanilla and peppermint extract, stir until well blended. Spoon dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet (you can fit 12 per sheet). Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting. Once cool, frost each cookie and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Vanilla Cream Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, whip together sugar, butter and cream until fluffy. Stir in vanilla and salt, blend well.


  • Amy: I found you on pinterest, and these look awesome. You have a new follower! December 3, 2011 at 9:19am Reply

  • Bec@littlelucylu: I’m going to feature these on my blog tomorrow …. hope that’s OK! :-)
    ~Bec December 6, 2011 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks Amy! Glad to have a new follower =). And of course Bec, that would be great! December 6, 2011 at 7:47pm Reply

  • Tina: just found you on Crafting Chicks~ oh my you have so many awesome ideas/recipes. I have a feeling I am going to be putting on a few pounds~! thank you for sharing. December 7, 2011 at 3:02pm Reply

  • cheri: These look delicious! Now I just need to go buy a brownie mix & I’ll be set. YUM! December 8, 2011 at 11:00am Reply

  • Bella Michelle: These look amazing! I am going to try them tomorrow to take to our church Caroling and cookie night! YUM! December 10, 2011 at 9:23am Reply

  • Anonymous: I made a similar cookie, used cocoa powder instead of a brownie mix, and the frosting was a peppermint buttercream. I’m really liking the sound of your recipe though – must try! December 18, 2011 at 8:49pm Reply

  • Kristi: These look soooo good! So many of your recipes do. You’ve definitely got a new follower. December 19, 2011 at 9:37am Reply

  • Melissa and Allen: I made these and they are totally my new favorite cookie! December 21, 2011 at 9:41pm Reply

  • Carrie: These are amazing! I’ve made them for three different Christmas functions and everytime someone has asked for the recipe. I topped them with the Hershey’s Candy Cane kisses. December 23, 2011 at 2:49pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Carrie, I will have to try it with the candy cane kiss, it sounds delish! Thanks for the great idea and I’m glad you enjoyed =). And thanks Melissa and Kristi! December 23, 2011 at 11:00pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Can you freeze these? What do you think? November 11, 2012 at 5:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Personally I like all baked goods fresh so I’m probably the wrong person to ask =). I will tell you if you have had success freezing cookies/frosting in the past then these should freeze just fine as well. Hope that helps! November 12, 2012 at 11:41pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Your blog is so great!! my friends and I are doing this holiday baking party and we were all searching for recipes for stuff to make and this pretty much gave us our whole agenda haha. Fun site you have created. Keep it going! :) December 1, 2012 at 11:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much =) I hope you love the recipes you try from here! December 2, 2012 at 11:54pm Reply

  • Katrina Hobart: will this icing allow me to stack the cookies? December 3, 2012 at 4:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend stacking them, it’s not like a frosting that dries like iced sugar cookies do. If I’m remembering correctly they can stack if you have a lot of peppermint candies on them but they just won’t look as pretty. Hope that helps! December 3, 2012 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Jody M: Hi-because of the cream and butter in the frosting, do they need refrigeration? They look awesome! December 6, 2012 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi Jody – I don’t ever refrigerate mine. If you were going to be eating them the following day then I may refrigerate them, I’d just bring them to room temperature before enjoying. I hope you love them, happy holidays! December 6, 2012 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Noreen: Hi, I made these and while they taste fantastic, the candy canes got soft and “ran” after a day, spoiling the look of the cookie. I stored them in plastic containers…wondering if that had something to do with it, or the candy canes being in contact with the homemade frosting was the problem. Any suggestions? December 27, 2012 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is the candy canes coming in contact with the frosting I believe. What I would recommend is frosting those you want to eat that day then reserving the remaining cookies and frosting in separate airtight containers then frosting and sprinkling them with candy canes the following day. Hope that helps! December 29, 2012 at 11:06pm Reply

  • Meghan: The cookies are great. I made them for Christmas and they flew off the platter. My daughter requested them for New Year’s Eve. I added white chocolate chips and did not use crushed candy canes in the frosting the second time. They were just as popular. Thanks for the recipe for a cookie that my grandfather, who is very cautious about his eating habits, actually had multiple. He raved about them all week. January 7, 2013 at 12:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Meghan – that’s so great to hear they were enjoyed so much!! The white chocolate chips version sounds amazing, I’m going to have to try that soon =). Thanks so much for your comment! January 8, 2013 at 9:24pm Reply

  • Raine: My nephew would love this!
    He’s addicted to mint too and anything with it :)

    Thanks :) April 19, 2013 at 3:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome :)! Thanks for your comment Raine! April 20, 2013 at 10:15pm Reply

  • Caitlyn Kubis: How many cookies does one batch make?? December 2, 2013 at 11:00am Reply

  • Stefani: Wow, I can’t wait to try out this recipe! I love homemade frosting- I wonder if a vanilla cream cheese frosting would pair well with the peppermint? I just might have to try it out! Thanks for sharing these beautiful cookies! They are perfect for a holiday party. December 3, 2013 at 6:23pm Reply

  • Hannah: I’m making this recipe today for a potluck at our church tomorrow, and I noticed that the brownie mix I have includes a packet of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Will adding the syrup affect the cookie at all, or should I just use the mix without the syrup? Thanks in advance! (these look amazing, by the way!) December 7, 2013 at 9:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t know consistency wise what it might do, so I’d probably wait until the end then if you think the batter seams dry I might add some of it. December 7, 2013 at 10:16pm Reply

  • Steven: I plan on making these for a holiday party on Wednesday. Only, I won’t be able to devote much time to baking on Tuesday night. I was planning on making the cookies tonight, making the frosting Tuesday night, and perhaps waking up early to combine the two Wednesday morning.

    Does that sound like a good plan, or will the cookies not keep? December 9, 2013 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They probably would keep that long I just think they are best the first and second day. I hope you love them Steven! December 9, 2013 at 2:24pm Reply

  • Allison: Do you really only bake them for 10 minutes? I just checked mine and they don’t look done, but I have never made a cookie with this dry of dough before so maybe they are? December 15, 2013 at 3:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, but if you made yours a little larger than I did or are in higher humidity you may want to bake them a little longer. I’d just recommend testing how gooey they are with a toothpick. December 15, 2013 at 10:31pm Reply

  • Pam: The dough for this is so dry and stiff
    Is this right? December 16, 2013 at 10:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It shouldn’t be dry? It should be thick though. I hope they haven’t changed the batter, I haven’t made these for a while. If it seems super thick you may want to add a few more tbsp of butter. December 16, 2013 at 10:50am Reply

  • Kate: I made these this morning! I noticed that they don’t expand hardly at all, and are pretty dense. Is this normally how they are? The dough is pretty dry, compared to other cookie doughs I’ve done in the past. Maybe the brownie mix has changed?! December 20, 2013 at 9:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m thinking it may have, I haven’t made these for quite a while, I would mix in more butter. December 20, 2013 at 2:48pm Reply

  • Terri: Wish I had read the comments first… I made them & the batter was very dry, and they hardly expanded at all. They taste fine… Hopefully Ivan pretty them up with frosting & candy canes. December 20, 2015 at 8:05am Reply

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