White chocolate chip cookies with a flair of peppermint make a fun and easy holiday treat, perfect for entertaining, gifts, or a chilly December evening in with the family.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Last week was not a great week for us and our cars. My husband’s car battery died and my brakes went out. And to top it off, I permanently lost my keys.

So on Friday I baked us a batch of holiday cookies just for fun, to celebrate the end of a frustrating week. If only I’d known our car troubles weren’t over yet.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Friday night my husband and I had a much needed date night planned in Park City. We had a babysitter, I curled my hair, and I was so giddy about getting out just the two of us. Only, we had a tire blowout on the freeway mountain pass on our way up. My husband was amazing, and changed the tire in the dark, with sub-freezing temperatures, and without a proper coat, letting me huddle for warmth in the car.

We were frazzled, but date night wasn’t ruined, thankfully. And though we were late, we still enjoyed some seriously amazing food at Burgers & Bourbon, Montage Deer Valley’s latest dining endeavour. But our cars? Ugh. I hate them.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

We went home and I polished off the rest of these cookies, grateful for the impulse I had to bake them earlier. And I felt better.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

For these cookies, I found inspiration from a few other bloggers. Jenna at Eat, Live, Run posted a peppermint and white chocolate cookie that I couldn’t stop thinking about, and I’ve had my eye on a cream cheese chocolate chip cookie recipe from Kelly of Just a Taste for months now. And so I combined the two ideas with my favorite cookie recipe. I should note that Jenna’s recipe also includes cream cheese, but I didn’t even realize it until just now. Great minds must think alike!

These cookies are perfect in every way— they’re crisp on the edges and soft in the middle, and have a holiday touch without being too in-your-face about it. I’ve already enjoyed a few batches, and I think there’s still time in December for a few more!

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
White chocolate chip cookies with a hint of peppermint, making them perfect for holiday baking. Cream cheese is also a fun secret ingredient that gives the cookies a little something extra.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
  • ½ cup (113 grams) butter, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup (85 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (210 grams) brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2½ cups (300 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (170 grams) white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (140 grams) peppermint crunch baking chips (see Note)
  • Coarse sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat together the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and sugar until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each, followed by the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the mixer and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Mix in the white chocolate chips and peppermint chips.
  4. Roll cookie dough into rounded tablespoons (dough will be sticky) and place on the prepared sheet pan about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using. Bake until edges just begin to turn golden, about 9-11 minutes. Let cool on the sheet pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Note: If you aren't able to find peppermint crunch baking chips in your local grocery store, you can buy them online.

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19 Responses to White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  1. These are such a gorgeous idea and so perfect for Christmas. I can’t get enough peppermint at the moment.

  2. This recipe comes with such a perfect timing! I was thinking of a holiday-themed cookie and these are exactly what I had in mind!

    xo, Elisa

  3. Carrian says:

    I love these cookies! Nothing better than peppermint and white chocolate! The perfect holiday combo!

  4. These sound wonderful! Car problems are the worst…especially just a week before Christmas!

  5. Jann says:

    Thinking of doing this with chocolate cookie dough. Think it will work?

  6. What an awesome holiday cookie, Annalise! So glad your date night wasn’t a dud thanks to your car problems. Sounds like you still made some good, delicious memories from that night!

  7. Blair says:

    These came out awesome and are very tasty! I used 6 or 7 crushed candy canes instead of the peppermint baking chips and the cookies were still great.

  8. Mercedes says:

    These look lovely and so festive! I have a bag of peppermint chips in my pantry that I have been meaning to use and these look like the perfect cookies to add them to!

  9. Chelsea says:

    These are amazing! I made them for a Christmas party and they were a huge hit. I couldn’t find the Andes peppermint baking chips, so instead I used a bag of Hershey’s peppermint kisses and chopped them up in a nut chopper. Delish!

  10. Can you sub. peppermint chips with broken up candy canes?

    • Erica says:

      Yes, you can 🙂 Someone posted that they used 6 or 7 crushed up candy canes and it still tastes great. That’s what I plan on using!

  11. Beth says:

    EXCELLENT recipe! Mine made way more than two dozen. I baked half tonite and put the balance of the dough in the freezer to bake next week. Hopefully those will turn out as well

  12. Christina says:

    Do i need to refrigerate the dough prior to baking?

  13. Jocelyn says:

    These were a huge hit at my daughters birthday. Thanks! I didn’t have cream cheese so I sustituted 1/3 skim milk and 4 more tablespoons of butter. Fantastic but required about 15 minutes in the frig for the dough to set up.

  14. Noreen says:

    These are delicious! Mine didn’t come out looking like these though… Mine were more puffy and less flat and cracked, anyone have any idea what may have caused this??

    • Annalise says:

      Hi Noreen! Lots of things could affect how your cookies turn out and without being there with you while you baked them I couldn’t say for sure. It could be the way you measure flour and perhaps you added too much? I’m sorry I’m not more help!

  15. Molly says:

    These are so festive and look so perfect! Love the little crinkle on the top:) Need to add these to our cookie tray for Santa

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