Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Kristen has become one of my great friends in this crazy life of blogging.  I first met her as a blog conference newbie at SNAP! last year where she taught an awesome class on photography! I mean, this girl has some serious talent! We then roomed together at EVO and I had a blast hanging out with her! She is so upbeat and kind I know you will just love her blog, Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke.


Hello friends! I’m Kristen Duke, and I blog at Capturing Joy. I’m a momma to 4 kiddos/portrait photographer/home-diy-recipe blogger in Austin, Texas. I also like to share photo tips along with my beginner e-books on my blog.

I had the pleasure of rooming with Nikki this past summer at a conference, and she is simply one of the sweetest people I’ve met in the crazy blogging world. I’m delighted to be here today! I am very happy to share with you the recipe for chocolate peppermint cookies, which are a Christmas spin-off of my favorite Andes mint cookies. They can be enjoyed warm and gooey out of the oven, or chilled for a delightful texture. The recipe is super simple, with 3 ingredients (besides eggs and oil you will likely have on hand), and 2 you might already keep around: Devil’s Food cake mix, chocolate chips (in this case, the Christmas colors), and Andes peppermint chips.


The batter is pretty thick with just eggs and a little oil. I love how colorful the Christmas chips make it look festive!



I scoop up each dough ball with a spoon, and scrape it off with one finger. It looks like a messy plop, but it all turns out just grand.



Above is what the cookie looks like fresh out of the oven (7-8 minutes of cooking).



While the cookies are still warm, I sprinkle the peppermint chips (after indenting the cookie with a spoon to hold them on better).



Each cookie has a tablespoon or so of peppermint chips sprinkled on top.



After the peppermint chips sit for 2 minutes, they are ready to be spread with a knife as “frosting.”



I love the look of the back of the cookie with the colorful chips.



After spreading the original chips, I sprinkled a few more on top and didn’t spread it. I liked the textured look of the pieces on top.


Oh so pretty, and OH SO delicious!

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  • 1 pkg. Devils food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 package Andes Peppermint chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (or the whole bag) of holiday colored chips

Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil together. Batter will be thick.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes.
Remove cookies from the oven and place a tablespoon or so of Andes Peppermint chips on each cookie. When melted (1-2 minutes), lightly swirl with a knife.
Top with extra peppermint chips.
Enjoy melted right out of the oven, or refrigerate for 10 minutes (my preference) for that hardened chocolate crunchy texture.

Makes approximately 18 cookies.



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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I never used the Andes CHIPS, only the actual Andes mints. Now I need to find these! Nice to see you here Kristen!

    1. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

      HI Averie! If I'm making my original recipe, I prefer to use the actual mints b/c they are less messy (though you have to unwrap each one), but the peppermint chips are the way to go for this one. I tend to spill too much and get the chips on the cookie sheet as well as the cookie.

  2. Katie @ Oh Shine On

    Making cookies with cake mix? Whaaaaat? Why have I never heard of this? Insanity. I'm totally changing this. Like, tonight :)

  3. carrian

    These look wonderful!! Cannot wait to go find those colorful chips for myself!

  4. Donna Howard

    These look yummy! Definitely going to make them. Do you think you could make them and then freeze them?? Or freeze before you bake?? Not sure. Thanks for all you help.

  5. Tara

    These look delicious! Do you know if they can be frozen?