Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies {From Scratch}

12.09.2014

That’s right, two peppermint frosted cookies in two days! I just posted these Peppermint Sugar Cookies yesterday and it got me thinking of other peppermint cookies I’d like to make this season. Three years ago I posted a very similar recipe to these but that started with a box mix, these however are made entirely from scratch!

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These cookies are so soft and moist. I love how they are perfectly fudgy along with just the right intensity of chocolate flavor (as to not overpower the peppermint flavor and the cream cheese frosting). Plus, I didn’t want a cookie so rich you could only take a few bites. The overall contrast between textures of this cookie is simply dreamy! I love the creamy frosting atop the chewy cookie and the slight crunch from the tiny peppermint pieces.

You will love this recipe, I mean how could you not? Here we have a brownie cookie, cream cheese frosting, and peppermint candy all in one! They may even become a new holiday favorite!

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Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies

5 from 3 votes

Yield: About 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter, diced into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup (6 oz) good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate , roughly chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups (175g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup packed (148g) light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (74g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 cups (236g) powdered sugar
  • Crushed peppermint candy canes , for topping

Instructions

  1. To a microwave safe bowl add chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate and butter. Heat on HIGH power in 20 second increments, stirring between intervals until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool, about 25 - 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-high speed, whip together eggs, egg yolk, brown sugar and granulated sugar until pale, fluffy and creamy, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Mix in cooled chocolate mixture.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, stir dry mixture into egg/chocolate mixture just until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill until partially set, about 45 minutes (it should be easier to roll and chilling will reduce spread). Preheat oven to 350 degrees during last 10 minutes of chilling.
  5. Scoop dough out about 2 - 2 1/2 Tbsp at a time (35g each) and shape into balls. Place dough balls on Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 8 - 11 minutes (cookies should look slightly under-baked they'll continue to cook slightly once removed from oven). Cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool frost with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting then sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  6. For the frosting:
  7. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy. Add peppermint extract and powdered sugar and mix until pale and fluffy.
  8. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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82 comments

  • Mindy: Temptation, temptation! Santa already bought me my Empire Red Artisan Mixer and these beauties are going to be my first in the Mixer! Can’t wait…keep up your inspiring recipes! Really, though, these make terrific gifts because they really are festive, and special to cuddle up with, perhaps with a large mug of cocoa with whipping creme. December 11, 2014 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Amber Ketchum: These are absolutely beautiful and the chocolate peppermint combo is so good – I have to try these! Thanks for this recipe! December 11, 2014 at 7:25am Reply

  • Megan {Country Cleaver}: Brownie cookies? This is the best mash up EVER! December 10, 2014 at 8:31pm Reply

  • Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture: These look so amazing! I love the classic combo of chocolate and peppermint, and the frosting! Your photos are really beautiful too. We have a snow day so I miiiiiight be making these soon :) December 10, 2014 at 2:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Michelle! December 10, 2014 at 5:48pm Reply

      • Heather: Hello! I made these today! Followed the recipe exactly but mind spread very thin… Any suggestions? December 9, 2015 at 3:01pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’d recommend adding a little more flour next time and chilling the dough a little longer. Sorry that happened! December 9, 2015 at 3:51pm Reply

  • Jocelyn: Oh, wow! These look fabulous!

    This is probably a silly question, but do they need to be stored in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese in the frosting? Thanks! December 10, 2014 at 2:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I usually don’t but most people probably would :). Just be sure to store in an airtight container and bring to room temp before enjoying. December 10, 2014 at 5:49pm Reply

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments: They look amazing Jaclyn! I’m all about the peppermint and brownie combo right now. I have that same combo on my blog today.

    It’s down right irresistible!!

    Pinned. December 10, 2014 at 11:36am Reply

  • Sarah @ Sarah Cooks the Books: I was super confused when it looked like the same picture in my RSS feed from you today, but I was so pleased to see these in brownie form! Yum! December 10, 2014 at 10:07am Reply

  • Ilona @ Ilona’s Passion: They look so pretty.. I could eat them quickly:) December 9, 2014 at 8:24pm Reply

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