Nothing says Christmas like chocolate with a splash of mint! And out of all the chocolate mint cookies to make, these Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies are by far the best!
The sweet smooth decadence of chocolate and the perky flavor of mint are combined in these hard to resist chocolate mint cookies. This bold mint flavoring is tamed with sweet chocolate and made creamy smooth with the addition of butter. Sprinkled with crushed candy canes for a festive flair, these tempting treats may not last long enough to take to the holiday bake exchange!
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A Holiday Favorite
- The best of holiday baking is here with these decadent truffle cookies. Cool and refreshing, but also so chocolatey and smooth. The candy cane sprinkles will make them extra crunchy and sweet.
- These cookies taste like Andes Chocolate mints, Nestles dark and thin mint chocolates, or a mint truffle cake. And since they are homemade they can be eaten fresh from the oven. Nothing is better than warm cookies from the oven!
- There are so many ways to serve these chocolate mint cookies! Serve them with vanilla ice cream for something similar to Ben and Jerry’s mint chocolate cookie ice cream. Or make easy ice cream sandwiches simply layering ice cream between two cookies. Alternately make a festive dessert tray and serve them alongside other tasty creations like Butter Tarts or Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.
- One important note about these cookies. Double the recipe so there will be something to freeze!
What’s in Chocolate Mint Cookies?
CHOCOLATE – Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate in this recipe. Unsweetened, semi-sweetened blocks of chocolate are melted with butter. Mini chocolate chips are added to the flour mixture for this step. Regular chocolate chips will work at this step, but the mini ones work better!
THE MINT – Just ½ teaspoon of mint is all that’s needed to create that delicious mint flavoring found in these truffle cookies. If desired, the flavoring can be omitted entirely or just use 1 teaspoon vanilla. But then these would simply be plain chocolate truffle cookies which, for some folks, is perfectly fine too!
CANDY CANE – Peppermint candy canes are easily accessible, especially during the holidays. Be aware that there are cherry and strawberry flavors also available which look very similar to peppermint, so be sure to pick up the correct flavor. Place candy canes in a plastic bag and crush them with a meat mallet or a rolling pin.
VARIATIONS – Substitute other tasty flavorings such as orange, coconut, banana or almond for interesting cookie ideas. Use various toppings like shredded coconut, slivered almonds or even zested orange peel. Drizzle melted chocolate over each cookie, or dip them half way into melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper, decorate and allow to cool. Or make these cookies into chocolate squares. Simply press the dough into a baking dish, bake, decorate, cut and serve. Dip them with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and serve.
How to Make Truffle Cookies
Perky truffle cookies are the perfect holiday treat.
- Melt chocolate and butter together.
- Combine flour and mini chocolate chips.
- Blend dry into wet ingredients and mix. Refrigerate.
- Roll dough into balls, place on baking sheet and bake (as per the recipe below).
- Decorate with crushed candy.
How to Store
Once these Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies are made, storage might not be an issue because they seem to disappear rather quickly! They make a wonderful addition to a holiday baking platter, a tasty lunchbox treat, or quick dessert when company pops over. Truffle cookies will last 2-3 days on the counter, 4-5 days in the refrigerator and 3-4 weeks in the freezer. But in each case be sure to:
- allow cookies to cool completely before storing.
- store cookies in an airtight container or a zippered plastic bag for freshness.
Other Easy Cookie Recipes!
- Pistachio Shortbread Cookies – a delicious twist on shortbread.
- M&M Cookies – make festive with red and green colors.
- Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies – to serve instead of pumpkin pie!
- Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – a year round favorite.
- Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies – tasty gluten free option.
Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies
- In a large saucepan over medium low heat, melt butter and chocolate. Remove from heat.
- Whisk in sugar until well mixed. Add and mix in one egg at a time to the chocolate mixture. Whisk in mint extract.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and chocolate chips.
- Add flour mixture to melted chocolate mixture, blend.
- Transfer batter to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours (up to 24 hours).
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking trays with parchment paper.
- Using a 1 ¼ Tablespoon cookie scoop (size #50), scoop dough and roll into 1 inch balls. Place on lined baking tray, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped candy cane while warm.
- Cool on baking tray for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack and cool completely.
- Cookies can be frozen for about a month and will last in airtight container for about a week (although usually gone before then).
- Can freeze the dough for about 30 minutes instead of refrigerating for 2 hours.
- Use a 1 ¼- 1 ⅓ Tablespoon scoop (about 1 ⅓ inches wide) for a 1 inch ball.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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