Fudgy Peppermint Brownie Cookies

8 servings


10 minutes

active time

1 hour

total time


½ cup unsalted butter (softened)

½ cup light brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup dark cocoa powder (I use Hershey's Special Dark)

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ cup heavy cream

¼ teaspoon peppermint extract ((oil-based, which most grocery store brands are))

crushed peppermint candy


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to cream softened unsalted butter (½ cup, 1 stick), light brown sugar (½ cup), and granulated sugar (¼ cup) for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add the egg (1 large), peppermint extract (⅛ teaspoon), vanilla extract (1 teaspoon), and light corn syrup (2 tablespoons) and mix on low speed until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl so everything can combine.

Add in baking soda (¼ teaspoon) and salt (¼ teaspoon) and mix for another 5-10 seconds until combined.

Lastly, add dark cocoa powder (½ cup) and all-purpose flour (1 ¼ cups) and mix on medium until combined.

Scoop dough into 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) sized scoops (I use this stainless steel cookie scoop!), roll into balls, then gently flatten each dough ball into a 1/2" thick disc; this will help them spread instead of be puffy.

Bake at 350°F for 11-12 minutes. Do not overbake. The centers may look a tiny bit wet but will continue to bake on the hot pan, allowing them to firm up without overbaking.Allow to fully cool before decorating.

To Make Chocolate Ganache:

In a medium-sized, heat-safe bowl (cereal bowl sized), place semi-sweet chocolate chips (¾ cup).

In a separate medium-sized bowl or large liquid measuring cup, heat heavy cream (¼ cup) in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until it begins to bubble (it’s important that your measuring cup or bowl is at least 4x taller than the milk line, as it will expand when it’s heating and can easily overflow). You can also heat this on the stove; remove it once it begins to steam.

Use a hot pad to carefully remove milk from the microwave and pour over the chocolate chips (do not stir yet!). Use a fork to press down the chips so that they're fully covered with the cream.Allow to sit for about 3 minutes, then use a fork to stir; it will be thick and will likely look like it's not going to mix together but keep at it until smooth & creamy.If your mixture doesn't melt down, microwave in 10 second increments at 50% power, stirring in between each increment until smooth.

Stir in peppermint extract (¼ teaspoon).

To decorate:

Spoon 1 tablespoon of chocolate ganache on each cookie and top with crushed peppermint candy. Place in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to help the ganache harden.

I recommend refrigerate the cookies as they get even better & fudgier when chilled! You can also keep them at room temperature for up to 2 days, if desired.


Serving Size



410 kcal

Total Fat

22 g

Saturated Fat

13 g

Unsaturated Fat

7 g

Trans Fat

0.5 g


63 mg


130 mg

Total Carbohydrate

51 g

Dietary Fiber

4 g

Total Sugars

30 g


5 g

8 servings


10 minutes

active time

1 hour

total time
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