Chocolate lovers rejoice, these Chocolate Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies combine the best of both dessert worlds. Fudgey, cake mix cookies with a hint of peppermint flavor, are topped with a swirl of white chocolate and a sprinkle of peppermint chunks.
Do you ever set out with the to-do list for the day and then as the day progresses pivot to another task? Today was one of those days for me. I was supposed to be working on a client post, but felt like baking.
After heading to a few stores this morning, I had so many people stop me to talk about the holidays. One lady was raving over cocoa toppers, another was exasperated that Thanksgiving is next week, and another was simply joyful to be alive.
The positive energy I picked up from my shopping trip set me in the mood to bake. I love this time of year because baking is my favorite. Since we are just about to enter the Christmas season, I had all things peppermint on my mind.
I wanted a cookie recipe that would be easy for you all to replicate because we don’t always have a ton of time during this busy season.
Cake Mix Cookies
So, cake mix cookies it was! Cake mix cookies are so easy to make! I have made many variations of the years like this Spice Cake Mix Cookies, and these Orange Crinkle Cookies.
They typically require the same type of ingredients you’d need to bake a cake so you will not be frustrated.
How to Make
- Add dry cake mix to the bowl
- Add eggs, oil, peppermint extract
- Mix well with a spoon until combined
- Add dough to a piece of parchment paper large enough to wrap up and twist the ends
- Place dough in fridge for 1 hour
- Crush candy canes in a zippered bag & crush, set aside
- Spoon out tablespoon-sized balls
- Place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet
- Bake for 9-11 minutes
- Melt white chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals until creamy
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding melted white chocolate
- Top with crushed peppermint
- Allow chocolate to harden for at least 30 minutes.
- Powdered or Granulated Sugar– Most cake mix cookies require rolling the ball in sugar before baking. I skipped this step so the cookies were not too sweet. If you like a sweet cookie, you can roll your balls in granulated or powdered sugar.
- Peppermint extract instead of vanilla- typically a small amount of vanilla extract is used in chocolate cake mix cookies. For this recipe, I used peppermint extract instead.
- Cookies look soft– These cookies need 9-11 minutes to bake. They may feel soft when you remove them from the oven, but they will harden in at least 10 minutes time.
- Crush Candy Canes- Add unwrapped candy canes to a zippered bag. Use a rolling pin to crush.
How to Freeze Cake Mix Cookie Dough
- Once dough is chilled, form tablespoon-sized balls of cake mix cookie dough.
- Add cookie dough to a single layer cookie sheet.
- Freeze for 1 hour, and add dough balls to an air-tight freezer bag, repeat.
- Label & date bag. Use the below recipe to bake cookies.
Chocolate Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- mixing bowl
- 15.25 oz Devil's Food Cake Mix
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes
- 1 cup white chocolate morsels
- Add cake mix, eggs, extract, and vegetable oil to a large mixing bowl.
- Mix to combine with a wooden spoon.
- Add dough to parchment paper. Roll up dough and twist up edges.
- Place dough in the fridge and allow the dough to chill for one hour.
- While dough is chilling, add candy canes to a zippered bag and crush with a rolling pin until they form small pieces.
- When dough is ready to work with, preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
- Form tablespoon-sized balls and space them 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool for 10 minutes before adding them to a cooling rack. This allows them to harden before icing.
- Repeat above steps until all cookies are baked.
- Microwave white chocolate morsels in 30 second intervals stirring in-between each session.
- Once chocolate is creamy, add a teaspoon amount to each cookie.
- Sprinkle with crushed peppermint.