chewy peppermint mocha cookies

by jenna on December 5, 2011

Saturday was a great day. The perfect weekend day, really.

I went to a yoga class in the morning and in the afternoon, Adam came over to fix one of my kitchen cabinets that had gotten unhinged and to be my official cookie taster. He left, I curled up on the couch to watch Love, Actually (how have I never seen that movie before?!) and then he came back over to pick me up for our weekly date night.

You know what the very best part was though??? Not those mussels, not the fries and not even that amazing garlic aioli that literally melted on my tongue. Nope, the very BEST part was when Adam took one bite of these fudgy cookies and told me they were the best cookies he’s ever tasted in his entire life.

Bold statement.

These cookies are SUPREMELY fudgy and chewy, and full of dark chocolate chips, peppermint and instant coffee. Friends, if there’s anything I love more than coffee, it’s a caffeinated chocolate cookie. And these do the trick juuuuuust fine. I got the idea to make these after one too many peppermint mocha trips to Starbucks. I was in a caffeinated stupor and thought, why not? I’ll dump coffee in my cookie dough. And some extra chocolate chips for good measure.

You can never go wrong with extra chocolate chips, folks.

These cookies are best eaten straight out of the oven when the chocolate chips are still melted and gooey. Oh, and that white chocolate drizzle? It’s pretty.Β  Isn’t that reason enough?

Chewy Peppermint Mocha Cookies

makes about 20 cookies

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2 sticks butter, softened

1 1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp peppermint extract

2 eggs

1 tbsp instant coffee

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/4 cups flour

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350.

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add peppermint extract.

In another bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, coffee, baking powder and salt. Add to wet ingredients and fold in chocolate chips.

Drop tablespoons of dough onto lined sheet trays and bake for 12 minutes. Let cool completely.

Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave (stirring after each 30 second interval) and scoop into a small plastic bag. Snip off end and drizzle cooled cookies with white chocolate.


45 minutes


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Lindsay December 5, 2011 at 3:45 am

Holy moly those look amazing!!


Katrina December 5, 2011 at 3:46 am

I am in love! That frosting sound unreal.


Kay December 5, 2011 at 3:51 am

Isn’t that the best feeling when your loved one gives you a statement like THAT after eating the food you prepared?! :) Looks like another great recipe I will be making for Wed. lunch crowd at church! THANKS, Jenna!


kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 5, 2011 at 4:05 am

Chewy+peppermint+ mocha+ cookies= my favorite combo and I need to make these they look fantastic!


Sarah December 5, 2011 at 4:05 am


I’ve been looking for one more cookie recipe for the cookie tins that I’m sending my friends. These are it, surely. Gee whiz, so early on a Monday morning to mark something of my to do list…



Julie @ Table for Two December 5, 2011 at 4:23 am

I can’t wait to make these. I think these are going to be the first cookies I make in my new kitchenaid mixer :) these look and sound so good! Your date night sounded so cute and fun :) I love it when our significant others make bold statements such as Adam’s! It’s such a good feeling.


Sarah@The Flying ONION December 5, 2011 at 4:32 am

Sigh. These sound so good! πŸ˜€


kathleen @ the daily crumb December 5, 2011 at 4:52 am

i LOVE love actually, french fries, date nights, yoga… and peppermint! sounds like you had the perfect saturday to me :)


Amanda December 5, 2011 at 5:00 am

The texture of these cookies sounds wonderful. I love peppermint, and my husband loves coffee, so these seem like they’d be a win for both of us.

I think it’s great that you and Adam set aside time for a weekly date night. My husband and I try to do the same, and it’s something we can look forward to every week. :)


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 5, 2011 at 5:01 am

Jenna these sound wonderful!

I love my caffeine too, and have heard that adding coffee to cookie batter can make for really moist and wonderful cookies. I have done it with brownies but never cookies. Must try this recipe!

And “the best cookies he’s ever tasted in his entire life…” <– love that!

My husband tells me that every month or so when I shove something in his face and say TRY THIS….and he's like oh this is the best ever. Til next month. I love it when I feel I have surpassed my previous efforts, even if my hubs isn't the best judge of things anymore :)


Emmy (Wine and Butter) December 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

Thats exactly what my husband does :)!! I have to love it because he’s so supportive and I guess maybe my cooking does just improve exponentially on a regular basis (*smug smile*) AND it does show he’s supportive. But I do sometimes wonder what it would be like to have a real proper assessor in the house!

Sounds like Adams more frugal with his excitement though, so these cookies might need to go on my must bake list!


Kellie December 5, 2011 at 5:02 am

Jenna, these look so amazing. And if Adam says they are, then I know it’s true! I’m compiling my Christmas cookie list right now and I have a feeling these are going to make the cut!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 5, 2011 at 5:03 am

Ooh these sound awesome – I love a chewy cookie! And OMG I can’t believe you haven’t seen Love Actually before! It’s a Christmas staple in my house!


Jen December 5, 2011 at 5:21 am

Never seen that movie before?! Wow, the cookies do look amazing. Are they part of your “Grandma Recipe Project”?


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 5, 2011 at 5:22 am

These are gorgeous! Bf/husband approval is always the best compliment :)


Mikaela December 5, 2011 at 5:25 am

This may be a silly question, but, do you mix the instant coffee with the rest of the dry ingredients or is it mixed in with the wet ingredients? I didn’t see it in the recipe and I would REALLY like to try these as I am a certified peppermint mocha addict!!!!


Austin December 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

These cookies look amazing! However, I was also wondering about the coffee, and leafed through the comments to see if anyone else had the same question. Glad I’m not the only one!


Jen December 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

It says in the recipe to mix the coffee with the baking powder, flour, cocoa, etc. and then add to wet ingredients.


jenna December 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Yep! Sorry I forgot to mention that and just edited the recipe. You do add it into the dry ingredients!


Janna December 5, 2011 at 5:38 am

The pictures of you and Adam next to your dinner out look very Parisian!


jenna December 5, 2011 at 5:54 am

what a lovely day! :) these cookies look perfect for the holiday season!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 5, 2011 at 5:55 am

These look perfect! Can’t wait to try them out :)


Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau December 5, 2011 at 5:56 am

I love how THICK these cookies are. They look perfectly addictive :)


Anne @ Baking Me December 5, 2011 at 6:00 am

Wow these cookies look and sound amazing!


Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life December 5, 2011 at 6:03 am

Yum! I just made a variation of these myself… they are a wee bit different, but there really is nothing like a peppermint chocolate cookie.


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove December 5, 2011 at 6:05 am

I think I just died and went to Heaven. I am going to make these this weekend!! Yum!!


Heather (Heather's Dish) December 5, 2011 at 6:10 am

how had you not seen Love Actually before?! so glad you’re on board now though…that movie is one of the best holiday movies ever in my opinion :)


amy walters, aDESIGNdock December 5, 2011 at 6:21 am

These look amazing Jenna. So glad Adam made your day and reaffirmed just how delish they really were!


Elisabeth December 5, 2011 at 6:37 am

Holy crap those look goooooood!


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) December 5, 2011 at 6:39 am

Haha i’ve never seen that movie all the way through either, actually!

I love chewy cookies- these look so thick and chocolatey!


Cait's Plate December 5, 2011 at 6:46 am

You really can’t go wrong with the chocolate/peppermint flavor combo. Those remind me of a Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bar!


Leslie Means @ Her View From Home December 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

Yea, these look awesome!!!


Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine December 5, 2011 at 7:17 am

That sounds like a wonderful Saturday. :) I watched that movie this weekend too—don’t you love it??

Your cookies look festive and delicious!


MindyG December 5, 2011 at 7:27 am

Thank you for inventing what will most likely become the first cookie I bake this season :)


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray December 5, 2011 at 7:50 am

These cookies look phenomenal!


Corrie Anne December 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

OH yeah. I’ve made white chocolate mocha cookies before with great success! These are so festive. I’m so IN!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

So glad you watched Love Actually! It’s the best. : )

Wow, those cookies look right up my alley.


Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 5, 2011 at 8:24 am

Those cookies look amazing, I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint!


Kristin December 5, 2011 at 8:25 am

These sound A-MAZING! Yum! Thank you for sharing!!


Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

I LOVE compliments like that. They just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.


Bethany @Bethany's Befuddled Brain December 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

Yes! Definitely making these as gifts for my professors. Yea I’m still that girl who will give presents to teachers, but they deserve it for all they put up with and do for us students. However, they might only end up with 1 cookie each since I love anything with peppermint!


Sharon December 5, 2011 at 8:45 am

Love, Actually-so great! can’t believe you haven’t seen it either! I will have to try making those cookies for sure. But what I really want to know is where you went for mussels and fries….


Jenna | The Paleo Project December 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

Jennaaaa… as soon as you posted a sneak peak of these on instagram with Adam’s quote… I’ve been preying to the cookie gods for you to post the recipe so I could see for myself. If my assumptions are correct, I’m going to make them for every holiday event I have this month. XOXO


Laurie {Simply Scratch} December 5, 2011 at 9:15 am

Love, Actually is one of my favorite movies… along with The Holiday, to watch around Christmas time! I can see it now… me, these cookies… and those movies! SCORE!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

Holy YUM!!!


Molly@RDexposed December 5, 2011 at 10:20 am

1. I bought a peppermint candle this weekend and am now peppermint crazed.
2. How could you not have seen Love Actually? I love the little boys story!!
3. You two are one of the cutest couples! I’m waiting for the ring announcement!


Nicole @ Giraffelegs December 5, 2011 at 10:28 am

New xmas cookie!! For sure making these!


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

they look delish! I love the combo of peppermint and mocha…reminds me of a warm cup of Starbucks on a chilly day :) Oh and Love, Actually is definitely one of my favorite movies ever! It gets me every time.


Laura @ She Eats Well December 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I love the chocolate, mint and mocha combination. And you can never, ever go wrong with cookies straight outta the oven. Or cookie dough…

Love Actually is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love how all the unique stories come together in a way. And it still totally gets me crying every time. How can you not LOVE Colin Firth aka, Mr. Darcy!? And Hugh Grant is oh so handsome….and Liam Neeson with his son who is in love…it’s just such a warm and lovely film!


Judith Scott December 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Jenna, As they say in life, timing is everything! I was just requested to bring dessert to a Monday Night Football party. Women are bringing wine and the guys bring food, which usually means pizza, although occasionally some brave soul might venture into the chili experiment. As i am considered a good cook :-) I was asked to forgo wine in lieu of dessert, so I was going to post the question right here re what do men like in the sweets dept. And, here we have a boyfriend approved cookie…in fact more of a guy commendation.
Did you read my mind?
These will be accompanied by your incredible Triple Ginger Biscotti, which I was thinking of dipping 1 end in chocolate. Sounds good, right?
Thank you as always!


jenna December 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

dipping one end of the cookies in chocolate sounds amazingly delicious! Let me know how it goes!


Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen December 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm

These cookies look amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to make them :)


Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner December 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Wowzas…. these look AMAZING!!


Liz December 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I’ve been looking for a cookie to make, and these things look both delicious and a tad unusual. I must try them!

Do you ever get the thought that Adam is just trying to get on his girlfriend’s good side? :-) I think I’ve lost count of the number of things he’s pronounced to be the best [insert food type here] ever. I don’t know if he’s said it about a cookie yet, though. So I will trust that these really are the best cookies he’s ever tasted! They sure look yummy to me.


jenna December 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

hahahaha I don’t know but I’ll take it!


Izzy December 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Just baked these! I subbed fake sweetener for the sugar, though (my mum’s diabetic and I wanted her to be able to have one or two!) and halved the recipe. They are EXCELLENT! Though mine didn’t turn out as dense as yours look – not falling apart, just much lighter inside. Still deeeelicious, though.

Thanks for the wonderful recipe, yet again :)



Natalie December 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

YummmmmY! Cant wait to make these! Mint chocolate is my favourite combination in the world and with an added touch of mocha. I am drooling now…


Laura @mypurposefullife December 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

LOVE this post. You pretty much put all my favorite ingredients in one cookie. I am going home to New Mexico in a few weeks for Christmas and my parents are throwing a holiday party and asked if I would be willing to make anything-I definitely know what I’ll be making now! Thanks, Jenna!


Luv What You Do December 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Love Actually is one of my all time favorites. I even have the CD (and the DVD). Fudgy cookies + Live Actually = the perfect evening!


Andrea December 6, 2011 at 6:45 am

So, I made these last night. Yummy. I used a mix of mint chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips for even more minty taste. I have to make more…next time I’m going to double this! My little guy who was sick and hadn’t eaten a thing all day licked off the white chocolate…it made me so happy! Paired with your chicken and dumplings (which I also made last night) it was a great night of eating at our house!


Charise December 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

Ahhh! Love, Actually is one of my favorite movies EVER! It is part of our Christmas Eve movie watching marathon every year. I can’t believe you’d never seen it – did you love it?!


Sarah December 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

I made these with my son last night and the flavor was so delicious! I could not stop picking at the dough! They didn’t turn out chewy though, just big and soft, which was yummy in its own way. I followed the recipe as written — was there a certain technique for dropping the dough on the baking sheet? Should I have patted them down a bit to get that chewiness? Thanks!

Oh and for my microwave, 30 second increments was apparently too long to melt the white chocolate chips; they just seized up (and they were real white chocolate). So just a heads up, melting in a double boiler might work better if you have a too powerful microwave like me. :-)


Chelsea December 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

In the spirit of “best ever” comments, I’ve made your white chicken chili twice now. My dad, who can detect a spice in any dish and is quite possibly the pickiest eater I know, told me he thinks that is his new favorite soup. Meaning, you’re soup is kind of a big deal! Way to go :)


Katie H December 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

These cookies are insanely delicious and will be a permanent addition to my Christmas cookie collection. I dropped 1/4 cup mounds of dough and still ended up with way more cookies than the 20 the recipe states, but I’m not complaining! It’s impossible to make too many of these!


Beth B. December 9, 2011 at 6:25 am

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this recipe! You just made me the most popular person this holiday season. How am I going to top this for next year?!? Hope you have something else in store πŸ˜‰


Stephanie (@Life Tastes Like Food) December 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Hey Jenna!

These look amazing, and I’m also a HUGE fan of peppermint mochas too! I’m going to make these this weekend for my company’s cookie exchange next week. Thanks so much for the recipe! :)


Lizzie December 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

JENNA! I just made these! I have been going through a cookie slump these days and nothing (NOTHING!) was turning out. These cookies did and I thank you for restoring my faith in my baking ability.

I followed your recipe exactly (well, okay, I did add a splish more instant coffee cuz I luv it sooooo) but everything else was EXACT. Love them love you and love…. puppies. xoxoxo


Jessica December 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

These are delicious! I just made one batch, and using my 1 tbsp cookie scoop, I got 66 cookies.


Miss Meghan @ scratch-made wife January 19, 2012 at 5:15 am

They’ve got coffee in them, so does that mean they’re appropriate for breakfast? πŸ˜‰


jenna January 19, 2012 at 6:45 am

obviously! :)


Kitty November 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I’d love to try making these for my younger sister when I go home for Christmas! I’m from England, and I was just wondering what kind of instant coffee you think works best? Does it matter how finely ground it is, or is it best to get the super-fine stuff?

Thanks so much. :)


Jenni @ Traveler in the Kitchen December 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I made these about a week ago. They are SO GOOD! I had to add a little more flour since I’m cooking at altitude. You were right on the money about using dark chocolate chips.

Thanks for sharing,


Margaret December 12, 2012 at 5:47 am

My 12 year old made these cookies at Thanksgiving and she was invited by her 94 year old grammy to please contribute this cookie to grammy’s famous ‘ cookie plate’ which is an assebly of decades old favorites that grammy gifts to us each year…what an honor..yummy!!!


Linda February 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Okay, I’m sorry if this is a really dumb question…. but by instant coffee do you mean the powder, or actually mixed with water and made into coffee? I did the powder and it came out delicious, but just wondering!!


jenna February 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I meant the coffee powder – I’m sorry, I should have been more direct with that!


Dana April 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

These look awesome! You just gave me an idea for an upcoming bridal shower! You would like these cookies, I think. πŸ˜‰


Nic May 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

These look delicious! Is the 2 sticks of butter equivalent to 2 cups? I’m now seeing butter packaged as 1 stick = 1/2 cup.


Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists December 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

These are going to be made pronto! Always go for softer cookies!


Kelly December 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

I made these last night – I did 1 tbsp scoops and got 35 cookies. They were fudgy and minty! I added extra coffee and used just 1 cup of sugar and they turned out great. Hopefully the BFs co-workers love em! Guess Ill find out later =)


Kyle December 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I’ve made this recipe a few times and I really like it, but here are a couple tips that might help:

If you want stronger flavors of coffee and peppermint go ahead and double the peppermint extract. I also use about 2 teaspoons of coffee extract because the instant coffee I used didn’t give me much of a coffee flavor.

I don’t know how the author got the cookies in the picture following this recipe. It says to “Drop tablespoons of dough onto lined sheet trays and bake for 12 minutes.” Firstly, if you don’t flatten the balls of dough into a disk the cookies will not just flatten out and look like the ones in the picture. Second cooking for 12 minutes seems to make the cookies very crunchy and not chewy by the time they cool. I went with 9 minutes and got the consistency I wanted which was a light crunch on the edges and chewy inside. Lastly, I use a more than a tablespoon and come out with more than 20, so I don’t see how the author got only 20 cookies that size from a tablespoon each.

Hope that helps someone out there. Happy baking!


Dana December 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm

GREAT recipe!! Made a ton of these this year- everyone LOVED them! They’re so, so dangerous !

I love your recipes-easy, effective, and delicious!



Vianne Brown January 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

Briefly going to make a shoutout to this cookie recipe. Needed a last minute/ show stopping dessert for NYE this year and decided to scour the ELR archives for inspiration. I’ve been following this recipe blog for a long time, but I need to declare that this is probably my FAVORITE dessert I’ve made from a food blog… ever. It was so simple, so quick (I decided to forgo the pretty white choc drizzle so it ended up taking about 30 minutes flat once these babes came outta the oven) but the best tasting cookies I’ve had all holiday season.

I’m only making such a big deal out of it because I was extremely, thoroughly, and impressively delighted with this cookie recipe :)


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