These dark chocolate peppermint bark cookies are one of my favorite ways to share holiday cookies with neighbors!
a stack of warm dark chocolate peppermint cookies on a cooling rack
These cookies and the Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies  are from the same cookie recipe, but it’s amazing how different the chips make them.
I asked a bunch of people which cookie they preferred and everyone had a different opinion, so of course I have to show both kinds.
I actually go back and forth between my favorite as well. I love when March hits and the Girl Scouts bust out those Thin Mint cookies so I’m always a little pulled in that direction with the Andes Mint Chocolate cookies but there’s something just so darn perfect and holiday awesome about the peppermint chip version.
a close up of a dark chocolate cookie with white chocolate peppermint bark pieces

Peppermint

These Peppermint Chips are not like the hard candy like many peppermint desserts sport, aka broken candy canes, instead it’s these little chips that taste like peppermint white chocolate bark.
They get all melty and creamy which means that the cookie is melty and awesome.
Plus they make your house smell like the holidays and I loooove the holiday smells. Decorating is fun and feels so exciting, but when you walk into a house that smells like Christmas, well that’s when you really get into the holidays. Don’t you think?

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

This cookie recipe is one of my favorites because… wait for it…

NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED!

How many of you have been making cookies only to realize it calls for 12 hours in the fridge?

NO! Ugh!!! I wanted cookies right now!

The only key to these cookies, or really there are two are the time being mixed and kind of cocoa.

a close up of a dark chocolate cookie with white chocolate peppermint bark pieces

Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder

Dark chocolate cocoa powder is finally becoming more common and for good reason, it amps up the flavor of chocolate in your cookies without tasting like a deep dark chocolate.
In fact, if you didn’t know that these cookies were dark chocolate would you even notice?
Probably not.
But, if you head to the baking section of the grocery store or amazon you can find dark chocolate cocoa powder. It’s absolutely worth buying.
a cooling rack of dark chocolate peppermint bark cookies

Beating the Butter and Sugar

This is a huge deal in the chocolate cookies world as chocolate cookies can often be dry and flat. You need to beat the butter and sugars together for 3 minutes.

When butter and sugars beat together they chemically change and create a fluffier cookie.

a stack of warm dark chocolate peppermint cookies on a cooling rack

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

3.59 from 12 votes
Servings: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Description

These dark chocolate peppermint bark cookies are one of my favorite ways to share holiday cookies with neighbors!

Ingredients 

Recipe by me

  • 3/4 Cup Butter, softened (MUST be softened)
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 3/4 Cups Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Dark Hersheys Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Peppermint Bark Baking Chips

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth for 3 minutes and lightened in color.
    3/4 Cup Butter, 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla and mix until just combined.
    2 Eggs, 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • In a separate bowl, sift together all of the dry ingredients.
    1 3/4 Cups Flour, 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Dark Hersheys Cocoa, 1 teaspoon Baking Soda, 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix only until the ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Stir in the baking chips.
    1 Cup Peppermint Bark Baking Chips
  • Spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove to a cooling rack.

Notes

cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 228mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 296IUCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 Best Cookies Recipes on the Planet

a stack of warm dark chocolate peppermint cookies on a cooling rack