Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Peppermint chocolate cookies in a simple basket tied with a ribbon is a special holiday gift of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cookies.

30 min
1 hr 25 min



3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled slightly

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 tablespoon milk

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 drop green food color


1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon vegetable shortening

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all cookie ingredients except flour and 1 cup mini chocolate chips in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until mixture forms a dough. Stir in 1 cup mini chocolate chips.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten each ball to 1 1/2-inch circle with bottom of glass dipped in flour.

  4. STEP 4

    Bake 5-7 minutes or until set. (Do not overbake.) Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; transfer to cooking rack.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine all frosting ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed until smooth. (Add additional milk, one teaspoon at a time, for desired frosting consistency.) Frost cooled cookies. Place cookies onto waxed paper.

  6. STEP 6

    Place 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and shortening in bowl. Microwave 60-90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, or until smooth.

  7. STEP 7

    Drizzle thin lines of chocolate over frosting with teaspoon. Let stand 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.

Tip #1

If desired, place melted chocolate in small resealable plastic food bag. Cut tiny tip off one corner of bag to drizzle chocolate.


6Fat (mg)
10Cholesterol (mg)
40Sodium (mg)
12Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  December 20, 2017

These cookies are sooo delicious! I have made them twice already this Christmas season. The chocolate cookies are so tender and the hint of mint cuts the richness. They look very festive on a cookie tray

— says judy

The cookies are perfect as written. I found using the heel of my hand easier to press the cookies down.

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  January 23, 2014

These are a family favorite. I add a bit of half and half to the dough because I find it to be too crumbly. This makes the shortbread really soft and delicious. Also…pay attention to the ONE drop of green, unless you want them to look toxic. I put both the mint frosting and chocolate drizzle into plastic baggies and cut a tiny corner off so I can use them like pastry bags. This makes for some really nice looking cookies. YUM!

— says ERO
  December 09, 2013

This has become my signature Christmas cookie. I make them every year, and they're my husband and daughter's favorite. They always come out perfect and look beautiful on the cookie tray.

— says Ruth
  October 29, 2010

LOVE THIS RECIPE! Have made it many times over the years and it is always a winner. I just change the icing color for different holidays-- green for Christmas, pink and blue and yellow for Easter, orange for Halloween, etc.

— says JJH
  December 10, 2009

These were a treasure that I got from a work cookie exchange party. They were THE best cookie out of all the 20 ladies there! My kids request these cookies more then any other. They do melt in your mouth and I always feel proud to display them because they look so "fancy"LOL! You will have found your fav cookie for the holidays! I would make them as a small ball because they are rich and a little goes a long way, even if you have 3 or 4.: I use my fingers to pat down slightly and them make a small divit or "well" before you bake them, then when you add the green frosting it really holds because you have that well on top. Super Good!!

— says Mandy
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