Straight from the Plate: Peppermint Chocolate Cutout Cookies


Peppermint Chocolate Cutout Cookies. Photo courtesy of Wampler.

Amanda Wampler ‘24, Associate Co-Managing Editor

It is never too early to start celebrating the holidays! These cookies are the perfect holiday treat that you can give to all your friends. It might be a long process to make these, but turn on some music, grab a friend, and it will be a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

For the sugar cookies

  • 2 and ¼ cups flour 
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the chocolate sugar cookies

  • 1 and ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For making the cookies

  • 4 crushed candy canes
  • Cookie cutters
  • Glass cup or jar to press down the cookies
  • Cookie scoop (optional)

First, make both types of cookie dough. Be sure to make these in two separate bowls. For both the chocolate and regular dough, you will first want to mix the butter and sugar together until light in color. Next, mix in an egg and the vanilla extract for each. 

Next, for the chocolate cookies, mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Once that is done, wrap up that dough and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.

Next, for the regular cookies, mix in the flour and baking powder. Once that is done, wrap this dough up as well for at least an hour.

While the dough is chilling, take out your candy canes and put them, unwrapped, in a Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin or anything that is strong, crush your candy canes into a sand-like texture. Pour that out onto a plate or into a bowl. 

Once the dough is done chilling, get it out of the fridge and grab a spoon or a scoop. Roll out a ball of regular dough and chocolate dough that, once flattened, will be big enough to leave an inch of room between the cutout and the side of the cookie. 

Take the regular dough ball and roll it in the crushed peppermint. Then, using a glass jar or something flat, press the cookie balls flat into a cutting board. Make sure the chocolate cookie is around the same size as the regular cookie. 

Next, take the cookie cutter and cut out a piece from the middle of each of the cookies. Then, place the regular cutout in the chocolate cookie and place the chocolate cutout in the regular cookie. See the picture above. 

After that, use a spatula to carefully put the cookies on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Then, the cookies are ready to be eaten!