Peppermint Fudgy Brownie Cookies

There are only a few short days until Christmas eve. This means that Santa will soon be packing up his sleigh and heading to the houses of all those on the nice list. Since I have always viewed the cookies and milk you leave for Santa on Christmas Eve to be a last ditch effort to get on the nice list, I thought I would share these cookies that are sure to guarantee you a permanent spot. How could they not? They are fudgy, they are chewy, they are minty and they are oh so chocolatey.

Someone recently asked me what the most popular recipe on the blog is. Without hesitation I said the Fudgy Brownie Cookies that I shared last Spring. After all, everyone needs a good chocolate fix every once in a while. And while I believe they are darn close to perfection on their own, with all the candy canes I have lying around, I thought I’d see what they were like with a minty kick. Scrumptious was the answer.

I originally planed to roll the raw cookie dough in crushed peppermint candies before baking but the candy canes didn’t hold up so well during the 10 minute baking process. As a result, I”m asking you to break all the rules and (gasp!) remove the cookies from the oven halfway through the cooking process to add the candy pieces to the top. But trust me,  the cookies will turn out just fine.

One last note, after having made fudgy brownie cookies multiple times now, I have noticed that some brownie mixes work better than others. Pillsbury and Duncan Hines produce a perfectly chewy brownie cookie while the Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix produces a slightly more cake like cookie.

Okay, okay enough jabbering. Without further ado, I present to you Fudgy Brownie Cookies part II: The Christmas Addition.

Peppermint Fudgy Brownie Cookies Recipe

Makes 3 dozen Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 (19.5 ounce) package brownie mix
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted, cooled
  • 3 - 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 - 3 candy canes, cut into small pieces



In a bowl whisk together brownie mix, flour and brown sugar.


Using a heavy spoon, stir in eggs one at a time. Stir in butter, 3 tablespoons cold water and mint extract. Batter will be thick. If it is too dry add one or two more tablespoons of water. Fold in semi-sweet chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet.


Roll tablespoons of dough and place on the prepared cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart. Press down slightly. Don’t flatten completely. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Place 4 candy cane pieces on each cookie. Put cookies back in oven and cook for 5-6 more minutes or until cookies are set.


Remove from oven. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.


Now, just be sure to save some for Santa. Enjoy!

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    December 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I just made the dough and now I have to wait 2 hours until I put them in the oven? So sad. I guess I should have read ahead in the recipe. I am wondering what will happen if I don’t leave them in the fridge for 2 hours?

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      December 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Sarah- I found that the dough was easier to work with if I refrigerated them for 2 hours. With warm dough it might be a bit stickier and the cookies might be a little flatter. If that doesn’t bother you then no need to wait. I know it’s hard :)

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    January 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Well shucks, these look AWESOME but I do not buy brownie mix???? I always make them from scratch, so I am not at all sure how to proceed!


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    December 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    i might have to give these a try. i love buying brownie mix, but i’m baking for one and it’s so much easier to freeze half a batch of cookies than it is half a batch of brownies.

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    December 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Oh my gosh these look fabulous AND I have just gotten over my cookie baking phobia just in time! I finally baked a decent cookie. I used a cake mix cookie recipe and just like that, the phobia is gone. I bought a brownie mix tonight and was going to search for a recipe! Thank you for sharing this.

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    December 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I just recently made your Fudgy Brownie cookies… they were so scrumptious! Can’t wait to try this new yummy concoction you have come up with!!!

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    December 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I literally gasped out loud when I saw you post this on facebook, these cookies are a chocolate lovers dream come true!

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    December 22, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Have you ever tried make these with a homemade brownie recipe? Anyway, your coookies look yummy.

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    December 22, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Yummy twist on your cookies for Christmas!

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    Neel | Learn Food Photography
    December 22, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Interesting perspective on this one as well.

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