Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

These Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies have a buttery cookie base with mini chocolate chips and candy canes. The shortbread melts in your mouth.

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies - a buttery cookie with mini chocolate chips and candy canes. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI have a problem because I have no desire to cook dinner these days but have a list of at least 100 sweet treats that I want to make before December 25th. Phew. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I’m going to have a lot of dishes to do and no one wanting to do them. The kids can and will have to eat cookies for dinner. I’m sure they won’t mind.

Why is shortbread so easy to make? It’s butter, flour, and sugar. That’s all. And it’s sooo good. I actually added some powdered sugar to these because it makes the cookies even more melt in your mouth. And since it’s the holidays, I added mini chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. The dough for these can totally be made ahead of time which is great for planning purposes. I’ve noticed with shortbread people either like it underdone or crispy. Which one are you? A little underdone makes for a super tender, fall apart cookie. If it’s cooked a little longer, the buttery flavor comes through and the texture is a little crisper.
  Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies - a buttery cookie with mini chocolate chips and candy canes.


Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
Serves: about 16 cookies
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup mini real semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon finely crushed peppermint candy
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Drizzle and Topping:
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely crushed candy canes
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Place butter in a large bowl and beat until fluffy. Add the flour and powdered sugar; beat at low speed until well mixed. Add ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon crushed peppermint candy, vanilla and peppermint extract; continue beating until mixture is combined well.
  3. Roll dough into a log (about 2-inches in diameter) and chill for an hour.
  4. Slice into ¾ inch slices and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
  5. Cool for a couple of minutes on the cockie sheet and then cool on a wire rack.
  6. Combine ⅓ cup chocolate chips and butter in a bowl. Microwave 30-45 seconds until chips are melted. Stir until chocolate is smooth.
  7. Drizzle over shortbread with a fork. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon crushed peppermint candy.


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Christy is the voice behind The Girl Who Who Ate Everything! She is no stranger to making meals that kids and adults will love. She grew up in Mesa, Arizona as the youngest of ten kids. She can always be found in her kitchen with music playing and cooking with her kids. She published her first cookbook in 2014. She loves party food that gets the conversations going!

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  1. There seems to be an extra 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in the recipe. Am I missing something, or can I just eat them as I bake? 🙂

  2. Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a great day ad week. Treat yourself to something pleasurable for a pick-me-upper.

  3. I’m definitely going tomake these!

  4. Hey – I’m all for eating cookie for dinner until Christmas!! These look so good – I can’t wait to try them!

  5. Melody Durant says:

    One correction to the directions. I couldn’t ROLL THE DOUGH out because it’s all crumbly. I could squeeze it into a log though.

  6. Oh my goodness… they look amazing! I’ll be featuring these on my 20 Irresistible Christmas Cookies post tomorrow!!! 🙂

  7. I baked Christmas cookies with my sister yesterday and one of the recipes I took to try is your Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. They are just delicious-and easy to make! I actually left them all with her, knowing that I would make another (double) batch at home. I think everyone that I share my Christmas cookies with will love these! Thank you for the recipe!

  8. This is precisely the recipe I have been looking for this year, after trying a rosemary-parmesean savory shortbread last month. I knew mint chocolate in a shortbread had to be amazing!